We Love Maple Water




When it comes to rehydrating the body, few things are as effective as good old water, but a lot of people are reluctant to hydrate sufficiently, drinking water only when they are thirsty, which, as coaches everywhere have moaned for years, is a little on the late side. The thirst reflex only kicks in once the body is experiencing dehydration; in terms of efficiency, performance is already being compromised. We need water, don’t wait until you are dying of thirst to drink it. Continue »

Our Proud Producers: CIPM Flours


 CIPM Flour

It used to be that the only selection of milled flours available to consumers in grocery stores was good ol’ All Purpose Flour. There’scCake flour, pastry flour and whole wheat…but they all seem to be treated with additives or come from two or three hugely recognizable brands, and trucked in from who knows where. And let’s face it: lately wheat has been getting a bad rap, with more and more trembling citizens afraid of a slice of bread, thanks to the frankenwheat that now passes for food. Continue »

Grass Fed Beef




The debate surrounding grain fed beef and grass fed beef has been going on for some time now. It does seem kind of ironic really, that grass fed beef is often regarded as some kind of new fad, when, of course, cattle are ruminants, and are supposed to eat grass, not grain.


Still, it is cheaper to bring cattle up to market size by feeding them grain -corn, mostly- rather than grasses. So cheap must be good, right? Continue »

Our Proud Producers: Devil’s Rock Creamy Blue Cheese



The tiny hamlet of Thornloe, Ontario, population – one hundred and twenty three in 2011, produces some of the best cheese you will ever have. Since 1940, when the company was started by Rene Laframboise, Thornloe has been crafting award-winning cheeses. Devil’s Rock Creamy Blue is one of the stars, visually stunning in its black wax jacket and unique in taste and texture. Continue »

Water Buffalo Ice Cream

You may be asking yourself, “Did I read that right?” Yes, you did. HOPE Artisan Dairy Co-op in Ontario is home to a herd of Water Buffalo, and the Dairy is producing and selling some of the best ice cream you will ever taste. And you can get a sneak-peek tomorrow, Saturday July 27 and Sunday July 27 at Fiesta Farms, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

But let’s back up a bit. Water Buffalo have been domesticated for over 2,000 years, but it was not until the 1990’s that they were introduced to Canada, brought to a farm on Vancouver Island. Some of the descendants of those very animals now live in farms in Ontario, producing milk for local artisanal dairies. Continue »