Fresh Foods

The Wednesday Fresh Foods Link Up Week #39

Good day my darling readers!

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This past weekend I was in Victoria for a visit. Uh, yeah. Why do I live in Toronto again? The entire trip was just jam packed (and I do like me some jam!) with friends and beaches and patios and fresh air, free of smog and noise pollution and smokers. It was glorious! I can do mail art sitting at the bar in Victoria without receiving strange “WTF?” glares; I can wear stockings and look like I belong in the city; Flip flops are considered appropriate footwear in fine dining restaurants. Yup. I love my island.

But it was also good to see what I’ve left behind. In a good way. As spectacular as Victoria is, it’s also important to leave your comfort zone. Try new things. See new places. Meet new people. Like a plant, a person can only grow as much as their environment allows. If they don’t get a new pot, they become stagnant and will eventually wilt. And I’m not talkin’ about B.C. pot, either. Though, the same could be said for that too.

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…
You may link up to 3 posts in a given week that you haven’t shared here before by using the linky tool at the bottom of this post. Please make an effort to click on any of the linked up posts and say hello by leaving a comment for your fellow fresh food communitarians and/or leave one here to tell us what you’ve shared – because we know how much we all love comments!
And lastly, please include the button below or a simple text link back to this link up in the post(s) you share:
I want this blog hop to feature you as well as help each other come together to form a resource of good food ways for one another. In order to be featured on the monthly features – which includes a highlight on your post here on the last Wednesday of the month as well as tweets, facebook page “like” and posting, and being added to the Fresh Foods pinterest board – you must have a text link back or button displayed in your post or on your blog. If you don’t link back to this post I can’t feature you.


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  • Kirsten@farmfreshfeasts
    May 22, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    You’re absolutely right about getting out of your comfort zone–in life, in work, you name it. I’ve moved around a lot for work or my spouse’s work, and it’s a useful feeling to be a real fish out of water for a change.
    I like having kids in school, because in addition to the “fresh start” action going on in January, I also get a summer improvement fresh start and a fall fresh start opportunity.
    This summer I plan to get out of my comfort zone and learn to grill, among other things.
    Today I’m linking up a breakfast, savory (savoUry) or sweet yeasted breakfast waffles, made when I ran out of baking powder and the recipe I tried ended up not quite right. Lemonade out of lemons. I used my put up peach preserves and some pizza topping leftovers in the sandwiches.

    I’m also linking up a dish involving some chicken, a bunch of lentils and rice, folded together with cheeses and my CSA tomatillos canned in salsa verde. The name is unwieldy, but the dish works in so many ways.

    Lastly, I wrote a poem for my pizza stone, and to keep you from being bored with my prose I’m including a recipe for pizza dough that is better than TJ’s: Roasted Garlic and Herb pizza dough.

    Thanks for hosting!

  • Diane Balch
    May 22, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Ah the comfort zone… I lived in NYC for a long time and now I live outside of it in the country. Going into the city has now become going out of my comfort zone. It’s all relative I guess. I brought a lovely seasonal pea and shellfish recipe along with a post about the food revolution that includes a yummy chicken recipe. Hope you it enjoy it.

  • suzy supnet
    May 22, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Thanks for hosting. I decided to post an oldie but goodie, since I felt like I didn’t have any good recent fresh foods posts.

  • litlsis
    May 22, 2013 at 1:13 PM

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

  • Tiffany @ DontWastetheCrumbs
    May 22, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    I am the world’s WORST cake decorator, but my cakes cannot be beat in taste! This week I shared a recipe for chocolate ganache frosting, made with coconut oil and no refined sugars. Rich and delicious, the easiest and healthiest chocolate frosting you’ll ever make. I also shared a post from my current series on carbohydrates as we work through Nourishing Traditions. Enriched flour is found in a huge variety of both homemade and store-bought baked goods and it’s not as healthy as the food industry claims it to be. Read the post to find out what you’re REALLY eating. And as always, thank you for hosting!

  • Lindsey at NW Backyard Veggies
    May 22, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    But on the other hand – it’s perfectly okay to smoke crack while holding high public office in Toronto. Hmmm….flip flops or crack, flip flops or crack…that’s a toughie…

    I say, if the crack helps people get their work done – go for it. We want our mayors to be productive after all. All Seattle’s mayor does is take away parking and tell us all to ride our bikes to work.