So first a note, to those that took me off their regularing reading by email after my lungs and Blood soup recipes came out, clearly I crossed a line for you, sorry about that, to those that are new, I swear I am not always that “out there” and to my dear regular’s I swear it will only make up a small part of the my blogging but I do want to share the learning experence with you..
Now back to our regular programming as they say, one of the gift from my mom this christmas was a big glossy, photo filled at first glance coffee table book called The ontario Table..and it truly is eye candy, tons of high quality glossy photos of all farming related things across this amazingly HUGE province of Ontario. It’s the kind of cookbook that only has one recipe per page with a huge photo of what the food turned out like and its fancy dishes and plating that would make a foodie drool..
But then I started reading the info on regards to the farms that were in fact growing that Ontario food and that is where this book really shines, each area of the province and its small farmers are highlighted, farm gate sales and hours are included, what they make for value added foods talked about, what farmers markets they supply, awards given by Slow Foods. All really good, and I would recommend it for the above alone.
However that best is yet to come.. The Ontario Pantry! WOW.. She has included websites on things to find locally grown and produced in ontraio, like a great local sourse for Grape Seed Oil http://www.ouellettefarm.com
I am so going to try the maple syrup vinegar from Mr. Vinegar http://www.mrvinegar.ca or how about our wonderful ontario salts from either Sifto Salt in Goderich or Windsor Salt, Still looking for places for local flour, here are few to try out Arva Flour http://www.arvaflourmills.com or Oak Manor wwwoakmanorfarms.com or Grass Roots Organics http://www.saugreenspecialtygrains.ca
Did you know that we have companies that can 100% Ontario Products, the list is to big to put them all here but I liked the list from Sunshine Farms http://www.picklesplease.ca as well as cottam Gardens tomato and beans.. http://www.cottamgardens.com
How about Verjus, the Ontario answer to lemon juice, they say it can be used in place of the lemon juice in all recipes, to be found at wineries like featherstone, its made and sold by Hughes Vineyard in beamsville..Did you know that Ontario is canada’s largest producer of peanuts, want to know more.. Check out Kernal Peanuts http://www.canadianpeanuts.com in Norfolk County.. We can even get Ontario made Soy Sauce.. http://www.pristinegourment.com, the last one i am going to highlight is Dried Beans, look for the Thompson label for Ontario Dried red and white kidney beans, yellow eye beans and white Navy beans http://www.thompsonslimited.com Want a bit more choice in your beans? Check out Hill Billy Beans.. wwwhillbillybeans.com
Honestly, I would recommend this book for the ontario pantry section alone! Check it out of the local libary, and create a whole new list of local food favorites and where to source close to home.. and for a special meal, check out some of those recipes as well.. 5 baaa out of 5..