Greenbelt Fund News

The latest about the Greenbelt Fund, our initiatives and local food community.

Maple Tapioca Pudding

This is a nice simple pudding for fans of tapioca - but don't forget to stir it! I did, and ended up with a horrible black mess the first time I tried to make this. I don't think it was even boiling properly before it was burnt. Stir, stir, stir! Otherwise, this is very easy and the maple flavour comes through well. I served mine with some of our canned cherries from last summer - delicious.

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Roast Leg of Lamb with Seville Orange Gravy

Seville oranges, also known as sour oranges, or marmalade oranges, are really only available in December, January and February. They make a fine, slightly sour-spicy sauce which balances the richness of a leg of lamb beautifully.

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Local Food Solutions Vol. 1

Local Food Solutions: Addressing Barriers to Ontario Food Procurement

Consumers are increasingly asking for and consuming more locally grown food. The Canadian Restaurant and Foodservice Association has listed local food as the top food trend for the past three years, while the creative food economy has seen an annual growth rate of 15-25%.

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Chef Survey Says Local Produce Hot in 2013

A recent survey by the Washington, D.C.-based National Restaurant Association shows that fresh produce, local produce, healthy kids' meals, and environmental sustainability will respectively be the top four restaurant trends in 2013. 

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Parsnip Timbales

We planted our parsnips late this year; so when we went out and pulled up a bunch of them (during last week's deep-freeze, no less) we were surprised to find what a good size most of them were. They were also amazingly delicious - the freezing temperatures having done them nothing but good - and surprisingly tender considering how large they were. Success! This was a very simple treatment for them, but very well received. If you wanted them a little fancier, you could season them with a bit of finely grated nutmeg or orange zest before forming and baking the timbales.

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The Ontario Table $10 Challenge: December Edition

This Month's Issue of the $10 Challenge Features:

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The Toronto Star: "Ontario wine sales expected to soar after banner harvest

The economic and weather conditions of this past spring and summer created a perfect storm that left many of Ontario's fruit growers hurting - but not the wine makers. 

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Junior Farmers' Association of Ontario presents "The Language of Agriculture"

When: November 18-19, 2012

Where: Doubletree by Hilton, Toronto Airport

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#FarmerLove - Why Social Media Is Critical to Your Farm's Success

#FarmerLove - Why Social Media Is Critical to Your Farm's Success

When:  November 12, 2012, 12:00 PM EST

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