I love garlic but since we try to do only a few large cooking days a month, sometimes I forget to buy garlic or the bulbs we have are starting to sprout!
The Garlic Box wants your garlic to last and they want to make your life easier. Who needs to bother with messy skins and peeling garlic? The Garlic Box sells a bag of large garlic cloves, already peeled, frozen and vaccuum sealed. When you are getting ready to cook you just need to pull out the number of cloves you need; they thaw quickly or you can microwave them for a short time.
I forgot to take a photo when the bag was full so the photo above shows about 1/2 a bag. I purchased it for $7.95 at Sanson Estate Winery. You can contact The Garlic Box to find out who else carries their products.
From their website:
“The Garlic Box™is Canada’s leading premier company of gourmet garlic food products made with select cold-climate garlic.”
The Garlic Box is in Hensall, about 45 minutes north of London.
Garlic, Hensall, Sanson Estate Winery, The Garlic Box
Need a hostess gift? Things in a jar make a great gift and is different from the traditional bottle of wine (not that that’s a BAD gift). This year we made cherry jam. Of course the cherries were local and the sugar is RedPath from Toronto.
Making jam is super easy and the investment in canning is very low. Better yet, borrow some canning supplies and get a recipe online. You will only need about 2 hours (or less) for a basic recipe where your fruit is already prepared.
Here’s the recipe that I used from Bernardin:
This makes 6 jars and a little is left over so that goes into the fridge for immediate use.
Do you want to help farmers and the local food movement? Get involved. Volunteer for the downtown market, join a CSA or…
There are a few vacancies on the Kent Federation of Agriculture board for 2010 so if anyone might be interested in getting a bit more involved, contact their office at 519-674-1595.
You would be working with the new 2010 Kent Federation of Agriculture board of directors:
- Louis Roesch – President
- Leon Leclair and Mark Huston – Vice Presidents
- Alice Uher – Past President
- Directors: Clayton Crow, Ron Faubert, Ed Pumfrey, Gord Woods, Adrian Jaques & Bill Parks
Kent Federation of Agriculture
Are you ready for the holidays? There are a few people that might help you get some of those last minute gifts in order…
- Thibert Farms is doing one last delivery before Christmas. Contact Richard and get your order in so he can deliver it Saturday morning. For the holidays he has added a traditional fruit cake and gift baskets to his usual foods.
- Tredki Acres has launched their new website. Give them a call to check store hours and then pop in for jams made from their own chemical-free berries.
- Black Kettle Bistro has gift certificates for the restaurant or for their series of cooking classes that they will be holding on the third Sunday of each month.
- Made in Windsor hosts Marty Gervais for a book signing this Saturday (Dec. 19) from 1 to 3pm. If you are interested in the history of Hiram Walker and prohibition in our region, then get your copy of Rumrunners for $22.95 and Marty will sign it.
After the holidays, get ready for some great events:
- WindsorEats is holding its Winter Bites event again from January 17th to 23rd. Check out their website for the different events that are planned.
- The Downtown Windsor Farmers Market will be holding a town hall meeting for vendors on January 13th at 6pm at the Leamington Kinsmen Recreational Complex.
Black Kettle Bistro, Downtown Windsor Farmers Market, Thibert Farm, Tredki Acres, WindsorEats.com
This week Elias Big Boy announced that it would be shutting down its prepared meals plant due to repeated recalls for meals contaminated with listeria. On the radio they read a statement that basically said it was not financially viable to fix the problem so the “ready-to-eat” arm of the Big Boy empire would shut down.
Since when is it too expensive to be competent in food safety? Does it scare anyone else that someone would throw in the towel because they cannot keep contamination out of their plant?
Just another reason why we should cook from scratch when possible and buy food from trusted food sources.
You can read a quick brief about this debacle here.