Friday, June 24, 2016

FG Market Ltd. - Osler

A friend and I took a road trip out to Osler this week to visit FG Market Ltd. It’s a big, brand-new store stocking a wide range of fresh, frozen, and canned foods; wine and spirits; baked goods; beauty products; and candy.

They specialize in local food so we found fruit wines, liqueurs, and spirits from all corners of the province as well as Koko Patisserie baked goods from Regina, home baking, and lots of home-canned jams and pickles.

There’s a really large selection of flavoured oils and vinegars, a large freezer full of meat products, and lots of Homestead ice cream.

The market offers a daily lunch special, but if you’re vegetarian you may want to head for the ice cream sandwiches (very tasty!).

FG Market is definitely worth a visit. There’s lots to choose from and many products that I haven’t seen anywhere else.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Flavourful Saskatoon, June 20, 2016

The artistry of Tim Yoder, Peasant's Pick, Saskatoon Farmers' Market

Food Justice and Traditional Foods Networking Gathering, June 28 
CHEP Good Food Inc. and Wanuskewin Heritage Park are hosting a Food Justice and Traditional Foods Networking Gathering at 8:30 am, June 28. Guest speaker Sandra Walker will share a presentation on ethnobotany and Indigenous survival foods. RSVP by June 23.

Our Farm, July 2
Our Farm will be back in St. Joseph’s parking lot at the corner of Broadway and 8th at 8 am, July 2. They’ll be selling their vegetables there every Saturday until the end of September.

Hort Week, July 2-9 
Check out the wide array of courses on offer during Hort Week – from Backyard Veg Gardening to Drinking Your Garden and Keeping Bees in an Urban Setting.

Julianna's lovely smile, Those Girls at the Market

Fresh Pizza Dough
Earth Bound Bakery sells fresh pizza dough every day they're open. 

Guide to India Pale Ales 
Ever wondered about the difference between an English IPA and an American one? Curious to find out about Belgian, Vermont, and Northeast-style IPAs? Then you’ll appreciate Lucky Peach’s Guide to India Pale Ales.

Why Sourcing Local Food is so Hard for Restaurants 
Chipotle prided itself on serving locally sourced food, but then it was linked to outbreaks of E. coli, norovirus, and salmonella. Professor Quelch, Harvard Business School, says, “local sourcing adds complexity, increases risk and fragments the supply chain. Even if you have a standard quality control procedure for all of your sources, you’re not going to be able to monitor them on-site at every location. You’re going to have to put your trust in the suppliers to live up to the expectations laid down in the quality control guidelines. . . . most local suppliers lack substantial experience in testing their products. They don’t have as much experience with USDA inspection procedures and their own internal inspection systems may not be as well-developed and operationally as reliable” as those of large companies.

Greed, Murder, Obsession, Arson 
Tangled Vines: Greed , Murder, Obsession, and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California by Frances Dinkelspiel tells the story of Mark Anderson, an oenophile and con man who set fire to a wine storage facility, with devastating impact on the wineries that lost their libraries and their financial resources. The author goes on to outline the many other occasions when love of wine has led to fraud, murder, and competition in California. There’s a dark underside to the wine industry.

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Flavourful Saskatoon, June 13, 2016

June 18 may be your last chance to purchase these gorgeous dahlias from Mistik Acres

Market Scoops
I visited the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market twice this week (blame my addiction to BC cherries!). It was great to see so many customers and so many producers selling fabulous local products.

Here are just a few of my finds:
First zucchini of the season from Kaleidoscope Gardens (planted in the ground with high plastic tunnels to retain the sun’s heat)

First outdoor-grown spinach from Belle Plaine

Peasant's Pick is back: Tim's vegetable displays are a work of art

First BC cherries (from Sukh and Sonu Singh’s orchard in Oliver) - so good and Sukh says the next ripening variety tastes even better

Cinnamon-glazed sunflower seeds from Name Your Nuts

Fit Fuel In A Jar, a new vendor, selling breakfasts and salads in a jar that will keep for up to a week in a refrigerator

Kaleidoscope Gardens

Coming soon!
Clare Pearson, Prairie Sun Orchard, says they should have field-ripened strawberries in 1-2 weeks.

Stay informed:
The Market has a monthly newsletter with monthly updates, new vendor announcements, and upcoming events. To sign up, email

Provide feedback:
I was invited to join an advisory committee to the Market’s board of directors. If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, let me know. I’ll be happy to pass them along.

BC Cherries

Wine Events around Saskatchewan
Doug Reichel Wine Marketing is hosting wine events in Luseland, North Battleford, Prince Albert, Saskatoon, and Waskesiu over the next few weeks. In Waskesiu, participants will have an opportunity to taste a 1985 Riesling from the private cellar of Johannes Selbach.

Vertical Farms
A Regina woman is growing vegetables in row upon row of large milk jugs. She plans to donate most of the produce to her neighbours to show them how easy it can be to grow your own vegetables.

The Opaskwayak Cree First Nation in northern Manitoba is hoping to supply its community with fresh, affordable fruit and vegetables through an indoor vertical farm.

If you want to try your hand at vertical gardening, check out the City of Saskatoon’s publication: Small Space Gardening: A How-To Guide.

Prairie Farming’s Future
The Prairie Climate Centre is predicting hotter, drier weather on the Prairies over the next 50 to 60 years with over 7 times as many days with 30-degree temperatures. Changes in the weather could lead to more pests and diseases, with a possible 50% drop in crop yields.

“The Dirty Thirties, a time of depression and drought, were shattering. Eighty years later, we have the data to foresee a recurrence of such devastation, and a clear vision for what can happen to our agrifood systems. We need to take action now….”

Cinnamon-glazed sunflower seeds, Name Your Nuts

Bude’s New Supermarket
Bude, Cornwall, has a new supermarket. It’s 100% local with almost all the food harvested on the day or the day before. It’s zero waste and pays its producers over 80% of the price paid by consumers (compared to 15-30% at supermarkets and 30-50% at shops).

Master Tea Taster’s Tongue is Insured for £1 Million
Sebastian Michaelis is Tetley’s master tea blender. “Michaelis says he has tasted between 300,000 and 400,000 teas during his career and can recognize hundreds of different flavors and characteristics with his tongue, which allows him to grade any tea in the world in just a few seconds. A rare tea, however, might require him to linger on the grade for about a minute. . . . Michaelis has been tasting (and spitting) tea for a decade. His bosses at Tetley think so much of his taste buds that they insured them for £1 million.”

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Monday, June 6, 2016

Flavourful Saskatoon, June 6, 2016

The Night Oven Bakery

Community Farmers Market, June 14
The Community Farmers Market of Saskatoon is anticipating a 2016 start-up date of Tuesday, June 14th. The locations and days/hours are the same as last year. Tuesdays and Fridays will be in the parking lot at London Drugs on 8th Street. Thursdays will be in the parking lot at Peavey Mart on 51st Street. Hours are 9 am - 4 pm.

Composting Workshop, June 23
Saskatoon’s Compost Coaches are offering a free hour-long workshop on different composting options, including trench composting, mulching, vermicompost, and bokashi fermentation at 7 pm, June 23, at the Rusty MacDonald Library.

Summer in the Loire Valley, June 30
Celebrate summer in the Loire Valley on June 3 at a wine tasting event sponsored by Doug Reichel Wine Marketing, Co-op Wine Spirits Beer, and Boffin’s. The five French-inspired food stations will be accompanied by wines from Domaine Joseph Mellot.

The rhubarb pinwheel croissants are delicious!

The Scoop
The Scoop in Riversdale is a summer employment program for inner-city youth. They’re now offering sugar-free, dairy-free, vegan popsicles.

Temperance Brewing
Temperance Brewing Co-operative will be brewing their first beer at Paddock Wood Brewing Co. Co-op members can vote on their choice of beer.

Battle Brewing
Female brewmakers are taking aim at the industry’s sexism (i.e. a beer labelled Legspreader).

“If beermakers want a lesson on women’s role in beer, says Peyton, they should look to history. “Women were the original brewers of beer … and in the creation myths of many cultures, beer was given to humans by females.”

Flavourful Saskatoon is a weekly Monday feature. I also post articles about food that is good, clean and fair; travel; and books. You may also enjoy EcoFriendly Sask profiling Saskatchewan environmental initiatives and events.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Food Artisans of the Okanagan, Jennifer Cockrall-King

If you care about local food and supporting local food producers – or if you’re planning to visit the Okanagan – you should definitely read Food Artisans of the Okanagan: Your Guide to the Best Locally Crafted Fare by Jennifer Cockrall-King (published by Touchwood Editions).

Jennifer has sought out the farmers, bakers, brewers, chefs, and all the other individuals who are producing and selling locally crafted, organic or near-organic fare in the Okanagan. The book is divided into four sections for the North Okanagan, Central Okanagan, South Okanagan, and the Similkameen and provides a one- or two-page introduction to each individual and their products.

The book takes you off the beaten track with mouth-watering descriptions of products that can only be found locally, from beer and honey to cheese and chocolates. The only thing it doesn’t cover is wine, referring readers instead to John Schreiner’s Okanagan Wine Tour Guide 2014.

view from Tinhorn Creek winery

Travel Guide
My first response to this book is to get in the car and head west so that I can sample for myself some of the wonderful products Jennifer describes in her book. There is such an amazing variety and they all sound absolutely delicious.

Ceres Seed Oils, Penticton takes advantage of an abundant by-product of winemaking to sell cold-pressed grapeseed oil.

There are plenty of macarons at Sandrine French Pastry & Chocolate in Kelowna, but Sandrine suspects they’ll soon be supplanted by croquembouches and religieuses (eclairs with coloured icing).

You’ll meet Scott Moran, a professional forager who is supplying restaurants and markets with items ranging from wild cattails and wild mustards to miner’s lettuce.

Meadow Vista Honey Wines employs winemaking techniques rather than traditional mead-making methods. The owner used “the term honey wines to acknowledge that she’d be making wines from honey using skills she had picked up from the grape-wine industry.”

Visit Keremeos Grist Mill and learn about the role it played in reviving Red Fife wheat or Sunshine Farm, which is fulfilling a critical role in preserving and growing heirloom seeds. Jennifer says, “Sunshine Farm’s seed catalogue is an important link in the local food chain, keeping local, open-pollinated, organic seeds in circulation and available to other market gardeners and individuals.”

You may not expect to find local food at an international restaurant, but Jennifer knows better. You’ll want to visit Benja Thai restaurant in Keremeos, head to Kekuli Café in West Kelowna for “seriously amazing bannock,” and turn off Kelowna’s main thoroughfare to taste “regional Indian cuisine by way of the UK” at Poppadoms-Taste India! where the Dosanj family are “fiercely loyal to local raw ingredients and wines.”


Economic Development
Food Artisans of the Okanagan is so much more than a travel guide. It’s also a description of how a food culture can develop and sustain an area both socially and economically. It demonstrates the ties between businesses, individuals, farmers, producers, and customers and indicates the key role food has played in expanding the Okanagan’s tourism industry.

For example, Gatzke Orchards, Oyama, has had to adjust to changing market conditions. They started selling direct to consumers when free trade flooded the market with tariff-free fruit, dealt with a highway rerouting which meant they were off the beaten track, and changed their fruit stand into a destination with a café-restaurant, bakery, and wedding space. The owner served two terms on city council to bring the bylaws into line with the needs of agritourism.

Hank Markgraf, manager of growers’ services, BC Tree Fruits, explains that the Okanagan leads North America in high-density planting of apples in order to pay workers living wages and be financially sustainable. Early orchards were planted with 200 to 250 trees per acre – they’re now planting 1200-1500 trees per acre.

Bean Scene Roastery was awarded the City of Kelowna’s Environmental Award for Business Innovation when they replaced their gas afterburner with a mist tank and an electrostatic filter to save energy, reduce fire risk, and eliminate odour.

There’s an organic home delivery service and a food bag fundraiser in the South Okanagan.

And so much more! Every page provides interesting information. You should definitely pick up a copy of Food Artisans of the Okanagan.

Photos: Andrew McKinlay, View from Tinhorn Creek Winery and Paragliding in the North Okanagan

Monday, May 30, 2016

Flavourful Saskatoon, May 30, 2016

Christie's Il Secondo Bakery

Urban Beekeeping, June 11 
Learn how to keep bees in an urban setting at a one-day workshop with Barry Brown on June 11.

Nice Cream Class, June 12
Intuitive Path Superfoods is offering a class on how to make vegan ice cream and choose superfood toppings at 3:30 pm, June 12.

More Space at Il Secondo 
Christie’s Il Secondo Bakery just off Broadway has expanded – lots of space and lots of light. If you’re planning a curry dinner, you might want to pick up some of their wood-fire oven naan bread.

New Brunch Menu at Nosh 
Nosh Eatery & Tap has a new brunch menu with everything from Wild Rice Croquettes and South Asian Benny to Chocolate Chia Bowl and Orange Almond & Ricotta Pancakes. For the anti-brunch crowd, there’s a Samosa Sandwich and Roasted Beet Dip.

Lemon Raspberry Ice Cream
Fans of raspberry lemonade are sure to enjoy Prairie Sun Orchard’s new summer ice cream flavour – Lemon Raspberry. Yet one more reason to head over to the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market.

Locally Inspired Mexican Cuisine 
Mariana Brito, head chef of the Backyard Project, is serving pop-up meals inspired by local ingredients and her Mexican heritage. She’s interested in finding a permanent location for her restaurant.

Christie's Il Secondo Bakery

Bannock’s Contentious Place in Aboriginal Cuisine 
“Though it’s typically considered a ‘traditional’ Aboriginal food, and sometimes even the Aboriginal food, bannock was first made elsewhere. The story goes something like this: originally a Scottish bread, brought here in the bellies of ships carrying fur traders and early settlers during the late eighteenth century, bannock—bannach in Scots Gaelic—was adopted and adapted by Indigenous nations across the country.” 

The article goes on to discuss varying points of view from one Winnipeg-based Oji-Cree artist who has sworn off bannock and only eats food that are indigenous to North America (e.g. squash, wild rice, bison) to others who feel that bannock matters because it’s a part of family and tradition.

Flavourful Saskatoon is a weekly Monday feature. I also post articles about food that is good, clean and fair; travel; and books. 

You may also enjoy EcoFriendly Sask profiling Saskatchewan environmental initiatives and events. 

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Flavourful Saskatoon, May 23, 2016

Grandora Gardens, Saskatoon Farmers' Market

Build a Squash Grow Pile, May 27
Join the Saskatoon Compost Coaches from 6:30-8 pm, May 27, to build a squash grow pile at the Saskatoon Food Bank’s Garden Patch. A grow pile is a compost heap that doubles as a garden bed for growing compost-friendly vegetables.

Summer Dining at Creekside Orchard 
May 27 & 28 – East Indian cuisine with Karun & Geetali Dawra
June 9 & 10 – Moldovian cuisine with Svetlana Cuisine Catering
Aug. 25 & 26 – Teresa, The Garlic Guru
Creekside Orchard is located near Melfort and grows asparagus, tart cherries, rhubarb, raspberries, and black currant.

Customer Appreciation Day, May 29
The Saskatoon Farmers’ Market is hosting a Customer Appreciation Day on Sunday, May 29. There will be special deals from all the vendors.

Food Truck Wars II, May 27-29 
Sixteen food trucks will be participating in Food Truck Wars II, May 27-29, at the Sutherland Curling Club.

Fit, Macho, Sexy & Vegan 
Veganism is losing its hippy image and being embraced by everyone from Beyoncé to UFC fighters. Could the movement go mainstream – and what do committed ‘real’ vegans make of the newcomers?”

Chefs Weigh In on the Future of Food
Chefs discuss the future of food from menu options and climate change to agriculture, prices, and organics in an article excerpted from Questlove’s new book, something to food about: Exploring Creativity with Innovative Chefs.

Flavourful Saskatoon is a weekly Monday feature. I also post articles about food that is good, clean and fair; travel; and books. 

You may also enjoy EcoFriendly Sask profiling Saskatchewan environmental initiatives and events. 

You can follow Wanderlust and Words on Facebook, Twitter, or by email (top right corner).