Friday, February 27, 2009

Quick up-date!

I always think about the blog and never seem to make the time to add to it!!!! Winter bla time is coming to a close and spring is just around the corner! I have already smelled spring here on the farm. It's hard to explain, but it's the soil. This means lots of pictures and produce news is also around the corner via the blog! Ben and I are still doing Toronto markets, so our presence is there with our frozen foods, our own storage cabbage and the Saturday market manager has asked us to provide folks with more variety, so we are "reselling." Crops such as beets, carrots, broccoli, salad mix to name a few. I don't like selling what's NOT mine, but to benefit the market and knowing that we grow so much of our own, I'm doing it to benefit the market and keep folks happy. This will be short lived, as Ben and I just fired the middle greenhouse this week and all will be happy to hear we have seeded all our onions, heirloom tomatoes, herbs, lettuces, asian greens and a few other crops to boot! We have a "Greenhouse plan"...hehehe. More news to follow, but the markets should be very happy with us this spring IF our hard work pays off................

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Hey Podge! This Perog is for you!!!

After talking about it for months now, I have finally created GLUTEN FREE Perogies!!! I had one of the best market helpers ever this past season. Miss Padraigin Murphy, my little Irish helper, nicknamed 'Podge', informed me she has no problem shooting whiskey, but if she has a piece of bread or eggs, she would be 'hung over BAD' the next day. I watched her at market truly missing out on a lot of food I don't even think about while I'm scarfing it down. She was truly missing out. I promised I'd work on a gluten free version of my perogies for her. It was not easy. The consistancy of gluten free dough is very different, but if anyone can do it, my Ukrainian/Polish crew can!! I did trial runs. I still need public opinion. I do not want to sell food that doesn't taste awesome. I am creating organic prepared food with flavour AND fat! You will never get skinny on my food. I could use eggs in these new perogies, but I opted not to, especially for you Podge!! So, an egg replacer which is basically made with most of the specialty flours I am using plus leavening. The first batch was a mixture of Tapioca Flour, White Rice Flour, Quinoa Flour, Potato Starch, Xanthan Gum, along with butter, oil, egg replacer and water. Not bad at all. Ben actually liked them (however they were served to him pan-fryed in butter. I think that is universal food-love to serve anything basted badly in butter!!!) THEN I got rid of the Quinoa flour, which I find to have a stronger flavour I didn't care for in this particular recipe and replaced it with a generous amount of Potato Flour. Oh yes, here we go!! I didn't want to hit up perogies already filled with mashed potatoes with potato flour, but it works wonderful! Next time I intend on using mashed potatoes right into the dough too! With the butter, oh man! Of course, the filling can be well enjoyed as it is simply a glorious mixture of organic yukon gold potatoes and organic old cheddar cheese!! Gluten intolerance people rejoice!! Now, try and not gain 20lbs!! LOLOLOL!! Endulge, Enjoy!! You are soo welcome!

Baby Tomato is born and wants to say 'hello'!!

The first of my tomatoes have (been born) germinated and are thriving! Again, I get carried away and have ordered many, many different varieties of heirloom tomatoes! Old favourites like Green Zebra, Pink Brandywine, Black Krim, Striped/Old German and some new faces including: Lime Green Salad, Plum Lemon, Southern Lights, Black from Tula and many, many more. Let's not brag this year (perhaps keep it dryer out in the patch) but I am planting more than last year, just not going to start screaming amounts until they are in the ground!! Lots of organization to keep it all in check, but also a hell of a lot of fun too!! I will also be selling some plants this year. Tried and tested varieties great for patios or small garden spaces. Particularly our very popular Sweet Baby Girl the super, super sweet red cherry tomatoes, along with it's partner in crime: Sun Sugar, the super sweet yellow cherry tomatoes!! Plants will be sold well established for an affordable price with our own compost to aid in transplanting or simply maintaining in a potted environment!! Also look for early spring transplants we will also offer the markets including spring onions, lettuces & Asian Greens! I noticed no one offered these important plants early in the season, so I hope to fill a gap and create more of an income for start up costs on this very busy farm! Anyhow, all in due time, not until well into late April for anything of the sort.....
Just enjoy the nice warming baby tomato picture for now!!