Make New Potatoes The Star Of Your Summer Menu

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For fresh food aficionados, nothing beats local produce picked when perfectly ripe, it is the highlight of our year and the fleeting nature of it is one of its charms, part of its allure. You missed ramps this spring? Too bad; you will have to wait until next spring! To help you plan ahead, sites like Harvest Ontario and Foodland Ontario have provided a handy guide to determine growing and harvesting seasons for our favourite fruits and veggies, and this page from www.pickyourown.org directs you to farms around Toronto where you can do just that; pick your own! Continue »



Summer Food Festival Round-Up

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There are a LOT of food festivals in Ontario every summer – an exhaustive list would be exhausting. So we’re just going to pick our favourites. There is one especially that we’re extremely excited about… Continue »



Stay Hydrated!

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The dog days of summer are now upon us and is important for all of us to adjust our patterns a little bit. In the summer we are exposed to the elements more than usual, and trips to the beach, or working or playing outside for extended periods can take its toll on a body and even put you at risk for sunburn, sunstroke, exhaustion and dehydration. You need to drink up. Here’s how to stay hydrated this summer. Continue »



In-Store Demos, July 19-20th, 2014

  • Nossa Cucina Sauces and Antipasto »

    Saturday, July 19, 11-3pm

    Nossa Cucina’s philosophy is providing customers with the highest quality locally made artisanal products. A collaboration between Mike Correia and Enzo Licata, two buddies with a passion for all things food. The name Nossa Cucina, meaning “Our Kitchen" reflects the dual Portuguese and Italian background of its founders.

    Nossa Cucina’s philosophy is providing customers with the highest quality locally made artisanal products. A collaboration between Mike Correia and Enzo Licata, two buddies with a passion for all things food. The name Nossa Cucina, meaning “Our Kitchen
  • Tonica Kombucha »

    Saturday, July 19, 11-3pm

    Tonica kombucha is a fermented tea that is 100% raw, organic and naturally sparkling AND is made locally in Toronto! Rich in live enzymes, healthy bacteria, and liver cleansing acids, TONICA is a natural tonic for digestion, energy and immune strength. Yum.

    Tonica kombucha is a fermented tea that is 100% raw, organic and naturally sparkling AND is made locally in Toronto! Rich in live enzymes, healthy bacteria, and liver cleansing acids, TONICA is a natural tonic for digestion, energy and immune strength. Yum.


The Humble Radish

Martha Stewart's radishes with chive butter

Martha Stewart’s radishes with chive butter

 

Continuing on our series of summer fruit and vegetables we present the humble radish; with local grown varieties just coming into season now, the brilliant radish is fresh, crisp and bursting with a bright and lively balance of peppery and sweet.

Radishes (raphanus sativus) are siblings in the brassicaceae family, known as “the mustards.” They are thought to have originated in South East Asia and India, and introduced to Europe in the third century B.C., with records of their cultivation occurring in Greece and Italy in the first century A.D. Radishes made their way to North America during what is known as the Columbian Exhange,
the period in the fifteenth century when European fruits, vegetables and livestock were introduced to the New World and vice versa. Continue »