Posts Tagged ‘preserves’

Time to Harvest Your Mint

DSC00993   If you haven’t harvested the mint that has been growing like gangbusters all summer, now is a good time to do it; once the temperature dips towards zero it will be too late, and it seems like a bit of  a waste to let the bounty of this perennial herb go to waste. Even if you have been harvesting leaves all summer, chances are there’s still a lot of foliage left for you to collect and process into jellies, sauces and pestos that you can have in your larder or freezer all winter. Continue »

Preserves Swap



One of the best things about making preserves is not only getting to enjoy them throughout the winter but also getting to trade with other preservers to round out your pantry. Maybe you only put down fruit preserves this year and have an overwhelming amount of jams and jellies- a preserves swap is a great way to trade some of that sweet surplus for savoury sauces or piquant pickles. Continue »

Video: If You Give a Chef a Peach

Alexandra Feswick is the Executive Chef of the Samuel J.Moore in the Great Hall. We asked her what is happening in her kitchen as we sail through August and get ready for fall. She shared an unconventional, but incredibly delicious sounding, recipe for peaches with us. Grab some peaches and try it at home this long weekend.


The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, 2011

The Winter Fair is back in Toronto until this Sunday, make sure you head out to enjoy all that it has to offer. From horse jumping to butter sculpting, the petting zoo, bison burgers, award winning leeks and more!

The Winter Garden

Fiesta Farms employees have been canning and pickling all summer and fall to preserve Ontario’s delicious harvest.

stacked boxes of mixed fruit jam made in-house

stacked boxes of mixed fruit jam made in-house

Produce arrives within hours of being picked in the fields, the team gathers it up then begins transforming fruit, berries and vegetables into Strawberries in Balsamic, Cherries in Ice Wine, Chilly Dilly Green Beans, Sticky Pear Butter, Indian Cauliflower Chutney…..the list goes on.

The amount of local fruits and vegetables produced from May to October is just too much to eat, so they must be preserved. Every true canner knows that what is good fresh can be better in a Mason jar.

just a few of the many preserves available

just a few of the many preserves available

Fiesta Farms new line of preserves, “Take Me Home”, use no fillers or additives and are made with 90% Ontario product (we had to go out of province for lemons and the like!). Coming across the “Take Me Home” display is like discovering a bountiful farmer’s market in winter.

“Take Me Home” preserves can be purchased seperately or as part of a Foodland Ontario basket.