Canada Day is fast approaching and the Ontario Strawberry crop is a bit late this year. Normally by this time of the year we are in full swing of Ontario Strawberries, however everything has been delayed by this extended spring. The rain that we have experienced should actually help to produce some of the best tasting berries in recent memory, as the shade produced by bigger leaves helps allow the berry to grow and then the hot weather allows for some good ripening and big flavor. Continue reading →
It’s planting season! I am quickly figuring out that gardening and planting are not as easy as they may seem. It appears most of what I planted last year has not survived the winter and I do not think it relates to soil condition or full sun/part sun as much as it has to do with me being horrible at planting. So this year I am committed to changing all of that by visiting the greenhouses/garden centres, speaking with seasoned gardeners, learning from my mistakes, and managing my expectations. Fingers crossed. I’m taking advice; so feel free to share by commenting on this blog post or on our Facebook page. Continue reading →
A few summers ago, we introduced the LiberTerre® brand of Beef, Pork, Poultry and some highlights of lamb, through our Partners at Retail Ready. The LiberTerre® brand signifies that their products are “free from…” For example, the products are Antibiotic Free, Hormone Free, etc. and they are great… especially during BBQ season. Continue reading →
We are very happy to welcome this spring weather. It’s about time! Last week we sent Brian to visit the meat packers, Ryding Regency, and hope you enjoyed watching the video. If you have not yet seen it, check it out here. And, now that our BBQ’s are fired up, its time to look at some of our favourite grilled veggies and grilled fruits that can either accompany your dinner or be the main attraction. Continue reading →
When you are trying to eat a healthier diet, it does not have to be complicated. In fact, the more complicated a food is, the more likely it is unhealthy. Just think of the number of ingredients on the package. Don’t the healthier foods tend to have fewer ingredients? It’s important to get back to basics. Here are 5 simple steps to healthier eating and a healthier lifestyle.
With the Easter long weekend coming up soon, it is a good idea to start planning your menu for your family get-together. Whether you are hosting the event, or just bringing a dish to a pot-luck, why not give some thought to making the meal healthy. Continue reading →
Usually St. Patrick’s Day is associated with parades and celebrating at the Irish pub. But this year, why not try cooking something green for the special day. Now that might not sound as exciting as drinking green beer, but it is definitely healthier for you. Continue reading →
New Orleans is a city that is famous for many things – including Mardi Gras, Voodoo and jazz legends. Of course a trip to “The Big Easy” would not be complete without sampling the distinctly “New Awlins” Cajun food like Jambalaya. But did you know about the connection between New Orleans and Canada?
Beets have been a staple in winter recipes for centuries. They are part of the chenopod family with Swiss chard and quinoa. These easy-to-grow root vegetables, not only store well over the long winter months, they also pack amazing nutritional value.
Even though the weather is cold, there are lots of reasons to love February. Ontarians are excited to get an extra long weekend for Family Day, to relax or have a fun day with the kids. The most obvious reason to love February is because of Valentine’s Day, the day devoted to love and sweethearts.