Truck Farmers outside the Byward Market 1979

Thank you Katie Fillion for commenting on the Byward Market and for forwarding me this article from the Ottawa Citizen. You mention a Fruit stand you like to visit and it reminded me of this photograph that I came across while doing research for my thesis. The name of the store in the background is Zunder’s…

Adventures in Fermentation Part II

Lesson II Kimchi  It’s been a week since a couple of friends and I got together to start a good healthy mix of mushrooms and cabbages. Lesson 1 in fermentation was brewing the tea for kombucha and this week’s recipe and reflection is on Kimchi, which is a traditional fermented Korean side dish. It is…

Adventures in Fermentation Part 1

In this three part series I will introduce you to my latest adventures in food fermentation.  Lesson 1 Kombucha Kombucha is a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast “SCOBY”. Originally from the Himalayas it has been consumed in Asia for Centuries and only recently gained popularity in the “West.” The fermented tea drink is packed…

As fall sets in

I loved this summer’s  farm visits and farmers’ markets, hot days on the sail boat, swims in Lake Huron, road trips along Lake Superior, White Fish fish fries on Fridays, bike rides on the “random tandem,” camps and cottages, fresh local food, strawberry picking, urban garden experiments, summer art shows, good bands and all night…

St. Lawrence Market

The St. Lawrence Market is one of Canada’s oldest public markets and in 2012 it earned world recognition when National Geographic gave it top spot in a list of the world’s 10 best food markets. I’m totally inspired by this list by the way. Of the ten markets named in the article, the St. Lawrence Market…

Johnson Farmers’ Market in Desbarats

How is it that something so simple, something so everyday, can be so much fun. You only have to go to Granville Island on a Saturday morning or look at post-industrial city planning to see that I am not alone in my fascination with markets. You don’t really see me getting excited over a grocery…

Planting in the Blue

As strongly as I believe in buying local produce, I have never attempted to grow anything, apart from an indoor basel plant, on my own. Early in the season, I had some very grandiose ideas about what my garden would look like. I had plans to buy or build a square foot gardening box and…

These city streets

The first sight I see is the CN tower standing 550 meters higher than the ramp I am walking down at the waterfront. I can’t smell anything just yet, but I can feel the urban heat warming up my step and I slightly skip a beat as my feet carry me down the ramp, over the…

Algoma Farmer’s Market

The Algoma Farmer’s Market opened the first Saturday in June and I’ve done my best to make it down there every Saturday morning this month.The market takes place at the Roberta Bondar Pavilion which is conveniently located right downtown by the St. Mary’s River and the Station Mall, an unfortunate city landmark. Thus far the…

A little pizza never hurt anyone!

Recently one of my oldest and closest friends decided she was going to eat meat. This came as a big shocker considering she has been vegetarian for her entire 29 year life. It all started with a post she read on Wenellness Mama warning against the dangers of grains. The post was appropriately titled “How grains…

Baked Oatmeal

Here is a recipe for the best breakfast ever! As I mentioned in another post – the best thing to come out of an obsessive quest to reduce and eliminate the deadly phytic acid from my diet was this recipe for baked oatmeal. The truth is I have never been a huge fan of pancakes…