9 posts tagged with “Niagara Local Food Co-op”

  • One to tuck away

    My heart sunk just a little bit the day I found out I was having a girl when pregnant with my daughter.

    I wasn’t disappointed that I would be mom to a girl. What I dreaded was being bombarded by pink and princess everything from well-meaning family and friends who got sucked into gendered marketing. I was determined my child would come into the world knowing there was more to it than fuchsia, mauve and tiaras.

    So my husband and I made a pact that we would keep the sex a secret until the big day. Still, that didn’t stop people from guessing based on how I carried and mostly what I craved to eat.

    It was sandwiches to start but then it was citrus everything. Continue reading

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  • One, two, eat tofu (cheeseburgers)

    Barbecued tofu burger with cheddar and arugula.

    When I was in Grade 4, I made up a skipping rhyme about tofu for a creative writing assignment.

    Growing up in what was then a very German Kitchener, no one in my class knew what tofu was. I had the unfortunate experience of trying the stuff when my mom brought some home from a night course she was taking at OISE for her master’s degree. Her professor was a hippie who treated his students to a vegan meal at the end of the term. My mom got the leftovers. 

    Among them was tofu and seaweed stew, which made my nose wrinkle. I had never heard of tofu and seaweed conjured images of the slimy stuff that harboured all kinds of mysterious underwater life in the lake at our cottage. Continue reading

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  • Six made-in-Niagara summer essentials

    Sweet Potato Johnny's sweet potato and black bean burger topped with Niagara Aquaponics sprouts.

    If this summer goes by any faster, I may get whiplash.

    I always find the August long weekend, just days away, mildly depressing because it means the unofficial end of my favourite season is nigh. Only a few weeks until Labour Day and from there, it just snowballs into you-know-what. Not to sound like a Debbie Downer but I adore summer and the thought of it ending always makes me a little melancholy. I think it’s residual dread from my younger days and that looming return to school. It’s only been 12 years since I finished university and yet that feeling hangs on, like a stubborn cough after a cold. Totally annoying and unpleasant.

    OK, now to conjure the return of the Glass-is-half-full Me. There are still several weeks we usher fall’s arrival. So, focusing on that, I bring you a handful of made-in-Niagara summer essentials that have been making the best time of year even better for me. They’ve become regular features on my plate or in my daily routine and I share them with the thought that if I like them, there’s a good chance you will, too.

    So without further blathering, here goes:
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  • Co-operation makes it happen: Helping out the Niagara Local Food Co-op

    Arden Vaughn of Lake Land Meats and former board president for the Niagara Local Food Co-op. The co-op is in "dire straits financially," Arden says.

    I just ate a vegetable pot pie that I didn’t make myself, save for reheating it from frozen.

    Not my usual fare but I’m still getting back into the swing of cooking for myself since my daughter’s arrival four weeks ago. That makes convenience food fair game for me right now.
    This pre-fab pot pie is a little different, though, than what you might be conjuring. It was made locally by a St. Davids business called Health Nut Vegan Foods and I bought it through the Niagara Local Food Co-op. In fact, a lot of my recent meals have come from co-op vendors: Chana masala, sweet potato and black bean chili, tofu deli slices for sandwiches. None of it has unpronounceable preservatives or funky chemicals putting me at risk of indigestion or my daughter growing a third eye. Just simple ingredients, much like what I’d use if I were making each meal myself.

    While I’ve made a point of ordering regularly from the co-op, which is a virtual farmers market with shopping done online, that order with the vegetable pot pie made the entire two years I’ve been a member worthwhile. My life is made easier with healthy meal options that I don’t have to stress over making myself as I get accustomed to being a sleep-deprived mom running on fumes.
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