Sunday, August 31, 2008

Bailey's Local Foods

The past two weeks we've been savouring local organically grown (or low spray/no spray) fruit! It's such an amazing time of year in southern Ontario, when garden produce is at it's peak -- this may well be THE peak week right now -- and not to mention fresh fruit that we access here.

Bailey's Local Foods, a fairly new local buying club offers food from within a "100 mile" radius of Kitchener-Waterloo. This is not your typical buying club (purchasing bulk dried goods, flour and grains from a supplier), but it includes a whole range of seasonal produce from nearby farms, fruit from Niagara and berries closer, as well as organic meats, cheeses, breads, pastries, sauces, jams, salsas, and even handmade pasta made with local organic flour which Vincenzo's is going to prepare specifically for the group. The order options vary each week (based on availability and the season of course) and members can fill out the order by email and send it in to Nina, who coordinates the whole operation from her home in Uptown Waterloo. Orders arrive Fridays, and there is an exciting buzz around the neighbourhood as people wheel up with bike trailers, wagons, carts, etc to pick up their orders. How fortunate to have such dedicated local food advocates like Nina and her dad Wendell (who does much of the driving for Bailey's Local Foods) sourcing out healthful, local food suppliers for us and offering these options in our community.

We've purchased plums, blueberries, peaches and pears and have been canning sauce, freezing, drying, eating and baking with these all week in order to prepare for the winter months.

To contact Nina at Bailey's Local Foods, email:

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