Apple Spelt Squares


Got Apples? Make Apple Sauce.

Got Apple Sauce? Make Apple Spelt Squares.

Snacks for kids are probably one of the most challenging things about feeding your family local. You can always bring along some fruits and veggies, but there isn’t any reason your children can’t enjoy a baked good too. Skip the sugar laden cereal bars from the grocery store and make a batch of these.

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Easy Apple Sauce Recipe

Apples are one of those great local foods that you can usually get almost year round. They store well and new technology that allows producers to create low oxygen storage means you can order them from Wendy’s Mobile Market almost anytime.

Besides slicing them up and eating them as is (or just biting into one) there are so many ways to bring the local flavor of apples into your child’s diet. Apple Sauce is a snack staple, and making your own (no sugar or preservatives added!) is too simple to resist.

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Memorial Center Farmers’ Market- Potential

Despite my excitement about the opening of the new Farmers’ Market at the Memorial Centre I had to miss the launch because we were celebrating the little one’s first birthday, but yesterday we took a quick stroll over to check it out.

Definitely more modest than the Downtown Market, but it has some features that made me smile, like a simple kids tent featuring some coloring books and crayons.

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Adaptable Tomato Sauce

I have training in classical French cuisine. Sounds oh so fancy no? Well it turns out it actually ends up being oh so useless in practical life.

Okay, I shouldn’t say useless. A lot of the basic skills have value, but its none too often that I’ll take the time to debone a chicken leg, make a filling, stuff the chicken, wrap it, boil it (yes boil), and then bake it. Not to mention make a sauce that requires the creation of two other sauces, and potatoes that have been peeled, chopped, boiled, mashed, shaped, coated and fried.

I don’t even bother to peel my potatoes now; everyone knows all the nutrients are in the skin anyway.

Practical cooking is all about adaptability. Local cooking is all about adaptability. This tomato sauce recipe, oh it’s adaptable.

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Jerusalem Artichoke Mash

 

With the Jerusalem Artichokes I picked up the other day from the  downtown market I sauted half of them with some broccoli and parmesan, and with the other half I decided to make a quick side for the next day’s meal.

I’m all about breaking up the work in cooking and having a side or two already done makes getting dinner together much easier (dare I say more feasible?).

While my first half of Jerusalem Artichokes were sizzling in a pan on the stove I put these together in no time. The reward was much greater than the work.

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Fruition Berry Farm

If you aren’t sure why anyone would go through the trouble of sourcing their food locally do one thing; go to Fruition Berry Farm.

You’ll be changed forever. Strawberries in the middle of January might be nice in theory, but the truth is those pale red things encased in plastic aren’t real strawberries at all. Don’t be embarrassed, I didn’t know until recently either.

Ken and Christine Paul have been working the land at Fruition Berry Farm since 1994. It’ll take about a 20 minute drive to get to the farm located at 3208 Hughes Road. And it’s worth going a few times.

Strawberries are their main crop in June and early July, but they share the spot light with Raspberries, Green and Yellow Beans, Peas, Pumpkins, and Apples. They also sell local preserves and pickles from the farm stand.

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Kingston Public Market

The downtown farmers’ market is in the heart of the city, and it’s the epicenter for local food in Kingston.

Some cities can boast about a year round, indoor market. While we are currently lacking in that regard we can lay claim to the oldest farmers’ market in Ontario, ours having been established in 1801.

The market is run by the city and the Kingston Public Market Vendors Association. It takes place every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday in the market square behind City Hall (at the corner of Brock and Kings Street East).

Tuesdays and Thursday tend to be a little quiet, especially in the spring and fall months.

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Jerusalem Artichokes- Sauted

Selection is limited at the Market right now. None the less the husband, little one and I headed downtown on Saturday to see what the vendors do have available.

There are a few stalls that carry produce that doesn`t strictly qualify as local (banana`s anyone?) and I usually pass those in favor of truly local food.

Unfortunately the current scarceness of the local food vendors make the banana laden stalls look all that more appealing.

I just have to keep reminding myself that June strawberries will seem all the sweeter after waiting months for them to grow. Too bad strawberries go so well with bananas.

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Wendy’s Mobile Market

One of the best known sources of local food in Kingston is Wendy’s Mobile Market. They bring local produce, meat, dairy, eggs, flour, and prepared foods from over 70 farms and local producers to commercial kitchens as well as delivering to residential homes.

Wendy Banks and Rick Trudeau are the names behind the iconic green truck. In addition to the delivery service they also run Wendy’s Country Market in Lyndhurts at 408 Fortune Road RR #2, where they offer the same local foods for those looking to make the drive.

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Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market Ready to Kick Off

This spring and summer are full of new ventures for local foods in Kingston. The Village Co-op is hoping to open their doors in August. Limestone Organic Creamery will begin delivery farm fresh milk this month.

The launching of another Farmers’ Market in the Bennett Barn at the Memorial Center is probably the most exciting of all the new local food venues.

It was a struggle to get the one year pilot project granted the green light. At first there was a worry about a new market at 303 York Street causing competition with the Downtown Market. After many city council discussions around the topic the Farmers’ Market Association of Kingston and local vendors are setting up shop on May 20th and running until October 21st.

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