Category Archives: Local Food

Seed Saving Libraries (AKA free seeds for you and me!)

I feel a bit like Oprah when I say that Seed Saving Libraries are one of my new favourite things. And the most wonderful news is that they’re cropping up all over the place! If you know me in real life, that’s pun intended. If you’re local to me, the Orillia Public Library, Essa Public […]

Mulled Cranberry-Orange Cocktail for Holiday Sipping (dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free)

Do you love cranberries for their gorgeous festive colour OR are you the person who always passes on the cranberry sauce? If you’re someone who always skips this tart berry, maybe this easy sipper will help change your mind… and if not, more for me! Cranberries are at their peak now because they are harvested […]

Tangy, Refreshing Red and Green Salsa (with Tomatillos and Tomatoes!)

I would be lying if I said I wasn’t already mourning the loss of the fruit and vegetable bounty that crops up during the warmer months. Easy and plentiful access to organic berries, organic kale and other greens, organic sweet peppers and celery, and of course – the juicy tomato! There is so much to […]

Chewy Pumpkin Spice Oat Bars

Pumpkin spice oat bars

Judging from the sudden invasion of pumpkins and squashes of all kinds on my counter, it may be time to admit that it is no longer summer (contrary to my claim a few days ago that summer was still alive and well!)   I guess it’s time to admit defeat with Thanksgiving literally around the […]

Warm Corn Salad with Fresh Basil, Red Onion & Cherry Tomatoes

Corn salad with basil, cherry tomatoes and red onion

Excuse me, is it too late to post a recipe for a salad featuring freshly shucked corn? A warm one with fresh basil, red onion and cherry tomatoes? I know it’s a bit late but I was so busy eating this that I completely forgot to tell you about it. I know that was rude […]

Homemade Applesauce (for your little ones and you!)

Applesauce making

I have a confession to make…I’m a bit of a rebel. You see, I rarely ever peel my fruits or vegetables. I know it’s not quite the scandal you were expecting, but it’s true. I often leave the peel on for a couple reasons: I like the nutrition (fibre, antioxidants, and other nutrients that usually hang […]

20-Minute Homemade Strawberry Jam

Homemade strawberry chia jam

Hot muggy air. Countertops stained with berry juice. An all-day affair of simmering a pot of crushed berries only adding to the heat. A steam burn on your right hand when the boiling glass jar you picked up accidentally touched your skin. Arms sore, stirring and stirring and constantly stirring, feeling like you can’t possibly […]