What comes to mind when you think of farm fresh produce? Does it bring to mind the simple pleasure of choosing a pint of local strawberries to take home, of deciding which pumpkin most clearly says ‘pick me!’ Or is it the knowledge that you’re choosing something deliciously good for your health, your hometown and your neighbours? Local food is … [Read more...] about What is Farm Fresh Produce, and Why Does it Matter?
Health conscious Barrie dwellers who like to visit Ontario farmers’ markets in summer tend to lose enthusiasm for buying local foods once temperatures drop. It’s as though the first snow blanket over those pick-your-own strawberry fields tries to cover up all our good intentions for making eating local Ontario produce a priority. But eating local … [Read more...] about Five Wintertime Tips for Making the Most of Ontario Farmers’ Markets
After finding your pumpkin at the pumpkin patch, it’s time to search for a little carving inspiration, perhaps while sipping a pumpkin spice latte! Pumpkins will last a few weeks on your front step if left uncarved. We recommend carving only a few days before Halloween. If hollowing out a pumpkin isn’t your idea of a good time, you can try … [Read more...] about Found the Perfect Pumpkin at the Patch? Here’s How to Decorate it.
Picking your own pumpkins is the perfect way to celebrate the spooky season, and that’s why kids of all ages love it. Getting outside and finding the perfectly round or ‘perfectly imperfect’ pumpkin is an excellent way to enjoy the fall sunshine. In Ontario, we are fortunate to be close to the pumpkin farm. This means you don’t have to settle … [Read more...] about Pumpkin Picking Tips for Kids of All Ages
Every fall should celebrate the changing of the seasons. But in the midst of back-to-school from summer vacation, homework, and a return to being busy, families often forget. But fall shouldn’t be all about work! Take a day off and enjoy the fall season: the crisp fall air, the colours of the leaves, and of course, a trip to the farm. There are … [Read more...] about 8 Reasons to Visit the Pumpkin Farm and Apple Orchard this Fall
Roasted butternut squash with pasta is the essence of fall. Use broccoli, shallots and sage and top it with toasted almonds and capers buckle up for a total combustion of flavors! The title of this dish doesn't do it justice because it has so much more but there are only so many words you can put into a title, right? The beauty of this recipe … [Read more...] about Roasted Butternut Squash with Pasta