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The Wednesday Fresh Foods Link Up Week #35

Good morning my lovelies and welcome to week #35 of the Wednesday Fresh Foods Link Up!
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It’s official – we’ve finally managed to find a new CSA in Toronto that lines up with our ideals! After breaking up with our original one in Victoria, I was doubtful of finding one here that could fulfill all our fresh food needs. However, after much searching, I discovered Cultivate Toronto – local, seasonal, organic and within 15 minute transit distance for pick up. They get all their produce from volunteer back yards, front yards and the roof top of a food shop here called The Big Carrot.That being said, John and I just decided last night not to go with them. It’s a tough decision but we’re going to go the farmer’s market route this season. I love a good CSA, but it’s a lot of money up front and I’d really like to meet some of the farmers around here. It’s gonna be good – and I’ll be feeling better about the food we’re supporting, procuring and eating. So stoked! It’s gonna be a good growing season, I can just feel it! 
As I collect some farmer’s market treasures, you’d better believe I’ll be sharing my fruitful finds with you! Now… Onto the link up!
This link-up is to encourage fresh food production, consumption, activism, and awareness.
Please feel free to link up posts containing:
  • CSA collections;
  • Farmer’s market treasures;
  • Home grown/raised hauls;
  • Recipes that feature fresh fruits and veggies that are seasonal to your area or feature local, sustainably farmed meats, eggs, and dairy;
  • DIY projects and tutorials for: gardening, storing and/or preserving fresh, real foods, composting market scraps, raising chickens in your back yard, small living, etc…
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  • litlsis
    April 17, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    Thanks so much for hosting! Hope you’re having a super week!

  • Kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts
    April 17, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    I’m linking up a rare thing today–cookies. My in-laws live in Michigan, and when we go up there I try and pick up local foods. We’ve enjoyed honey, maple syrup, and today’s item: dried cherries. Michigan makes tasty dried cherries, and today I’ve stuffed them into oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Great for sled hockey tournaments or just snacking, or when the world is scary and some chocolate makes you feel better.
    I’m also linking up a way to stretch a pound of ground meat with put up CSA farm share veggies: Picadillo. I’ve got everything from olives to zucchini in there.
    Last, a tasty collision between leftover pork steak, home-canned salsa verde, and a marked down utterly perfect cheese: Oaxaca cheese. On a pizza. Yum!

    I’m very happy that you’ve settled your fresh food procurement for the year–one cool thing about developing relationships with farmers at the farmer’s market is that you can get the ‘seconds’ produce at a cheaper price. Letting the farmer know that you’d be happy to have the blemished tomatoes, for example to can/slow roast/freeze, means that the farmer has a buyer for less than perfect produce and you save money. It’s a win-win!

    Thanks for hosting!

    • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets
      April 21, 2013 at 1:35 PM

      Kirsten: I don’t know how to can tomatoes so I will be looking to you for guidance this summer. 🙂 No pressure though.

      Kristy, I’m happy you were able to work out your CSA woes. I actually signed up for mine this week, although it won’t start until June. Much like you, I’m making due with farmer’s markets in the meantime, and let me tell you, I got a great haul on Friday. I’m thrilled with my finds and am already putting them to use. Hopefully, I’ll be linking up next week….

  • grannysvitalvittles
    April 17, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    Thanks for hosting Kristy! The Granny Plan is moving on to the first steps in building a real food pantry. In keeping with the pantry theme we have strategies to reduce food costs … stuff like thinking of your food in categories. Also I’m sharing my simple summer side dish of raw tomatoes. Food doesn’t need to fancy or difficult to be nutritious!

  • suzy supnet
    April 17, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Thanks for hosting.

    I think you made a great decision and I love Kirsten’s suggestion on buying the “seconds”. I never thought of that, but maybe I will try it as well.

  • C Ed
    April 17, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Thanks for hosting. I’m sharing our ideas on how to cook swiss chard. We grow so much and give away so much. I’d love to hear more ideas of preparing this amazing veggie. Thanks.

  • April @ The 21st Century Housewife
    April 17, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    I love farmer’s markets, so I can definitely understand why you have made your choice. I also like the idea of being able to select exactly what I want and need. Thanks for reminding me about the link up. I’ve shared an easy and delicious Spinach Florentine Pasta Bake. Not many veggies are growing very well in England at the moment with the cold and rain, but the spinach seems to be doing okay! Thankfully it’s starting to warm up, and we’ve actually seen the sunshine the last couple of days 🙂

  • Loriel @ Healthy Roots, Happy Soul
    April 17, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Thank you for hosting again! I’m sharing 2 posts:

    1. DIY Herbal Shampoo- Part of the Toxic Free DIY Mini Series, you’ll learn how to easily make your own herbal shampoo!

    2. Trekking Across Country w/a 2 Year old: My long journey from Tampa, FL to San Francisco, CA with my inlaws and toddler plus my disgusting food experiences. I couldn’t wait to have my fridge in walking distance!

  • Tiffany @ DontWastetheCrumbs
    April 18, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    If it’s only just a little tiny bit of “bad,” then does it really matter? Why should someone else be allowed to make that decision for us? I shared a Q&A style post on why we should care about what’s in our food, regardless if the bad stuff is labeled as “dietarily insignificant” by the FDA. Thanks for hosting!!