Community Calendar – August 2011

This month is all about wild blueberries and greens, like kale, spinach and chard. Check out these two cool events you don’t want to miss out on.

Wild Blueberry Festival at the Brickworks:

Children’s activities including wild blueberry tie-dyeing, face-painting, crafts,  baking workshops with Bettina Schormann. Complimentary wild blueberry sampling and recipes at the Wild Blueberry Association of North America booth . A wild blueberry feast with wild blueberries provided by the Wild Blueberry Association of North America.

Vendors include:  Chez Vous Dining, Merchants of Green Coffee, The Waffle Bar, Stasis Preserves, Monforte Dairy, Augie’s Gourmet Ice Pops, Sunshine Natural Foods, Alli’s Bread, Oikos Tea, Hearty Catering Inc., Nzyme and LPK’s Culinary Groove. Wild blueberry treats at Café Belong’s outdoor patio prepared by chef Brad Long and guest chef Charlotte Langley of Whalesbone Oyster House in Ottawa, along with beverages from Muskoka Brewery and Southbrook Winery. Wild Blueberry Garden Talk with grower, Laura Sabourin from Feast of Fields farm.

A Wild Blueberry Pie Bake-Off with prizes – anyone can enter, check out the details here. Book signing by Earth to Table chefs and co-authors Jeff Crump & Bettina Schormann. ‘Preserving The Wild’ workshop on how to make wild blueberry preserves led by Voula Halliday, Slow Food Toronto advocate and chef.

When:  Saturday August 20th, 2011   8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Where:  Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Avenue, Toronto


Cookin’ Greens Wants YOU to get “GREEN WITH ENVY

Who doesn’t want to give their kids nutrient-rich dark-leafy, body-building greens? The trick is getting them to eat the good-for-you greens with the same zeal with which they devour their favourite foods. Cookin’ Greens – the dark-leafy greens that are farm-picked and, within 6 hours, double-washed, double- blanched, chopped and quick-frozen to lock in flavour and nutritional benefits – knows that moms and dads across Canada have been trying to figure this out for decades. We want to tap into your know-how and share it with parents across the land as part of our “Green With Envy” contest.

Cookin’ Greens took on the challenge to come up with healthy and delicious greens that even the most rushed, picky diner would enjoy on a regular basis. Young, selective palates that generally don’t want to try greens are also changing their tune. Whether it’s our single vegetable chopped kale, spinach or rapini, or one of our two blends that you prefer (including our Designer’s Mix of collards, rapini, spinach, yellow beans and onion), what we want to know is:


Ø  What’s YOUR most ingenious tip, method, or idea for getting Cookin’ Greens into your family’s meals? Tell us (through an anecdote, recipe, poem/nursery rhyme, or song) or show us (via photos, a video, a play, a drawing or cartoon) – make us laugh, ponder or shriek with your entry – it’s up to you and the sky really IS the limit!

Ø  To Enter: Like Cookin’ Greens on Facebook and post your entry there. Then, go to Twitter and copy your entry’s link to @cookingreens with the phrase: “Going Green with Envy”.

Ø  Stay in the conversation with updates using the #greenwithenvy hash tag on Twitter.

Ø  The contest is open from August 15, 2011-September 20th 2011. Winning entries to be decided by Cookin’ Greens founder Toby Davidson in tandem with a panel of local food industry experts – with the lucky winner announced by Sept. 30/11.

What’s in it for you? Enviable Prizes of Course!
FIRST PLACE: $500 gift certificate to a grocery store of your choice for a shopping spree or two + a few bags of Cookin’ Greens.

·         SECOND PLACE: Cookin’ Greens for a year – 2 FREE Coupons per month (or 24 bags of Cookin’ Greens) and an hour consultation with a local, Registered Dietician so that you can better understand your family’s dietary needs.

·         THIRD PLACE: A one-hour consultation with healthy eating advocate/mom Nettie Cronish, a signed copy of her latest cookbook – The Everyday Flexitarian, and 6 FREE bags of Cookin’ Greens.

Never savoured the vibrant greens or blends from Cookin’ Greens? Just email to receive your free coupon voucher to redeem a pack of the greens of your choice at a local supermarket/health food store near you (participating retails here: ).


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