The Good, the bad and the dusty

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It has been a very interesting few weeks. The construction that they said would take 3 weeks is nowhere near finished … with no real end in site.  I’ve always thought that assistant directors should run all projects. Things would be done on time, on budget and run super smoothly. That said, the construction crew has been super friendly and really great with helping our customers to get themselves, strollers, and bikes into the shop. One bonus is that all the kids reeeeeally love all the construction so feel free to come sit in the window and watch the snails pace progress happen. It’s kinda like a built-in babysitter. Just saying.

Our new pastry chef Corey Chin-Yick has been hard at work developing and baking new delicious summer treats for everyone. Welcome aboard Corey, we are so happy to have you on the team.

We want to continue to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for braving the fences, trucks, caution tape and at times noise and dust to come grab bread, coffees and other staples. Please remember we are here every day baking delicious bread. Thank you so much for your continued support and patronage. We are so lucky to have the best customers.

Despite being in the epicentre of construction, we got a great mention in the “Best of the City” Bakeries in Toronto Life. What fantastic company to be in! We are so proud and thankful to be noticed. We swear we did not pay or sleep with anyone to get it. So that must mean YOU are talking about it and loving what we are doing so thanks for that. Let’s all keep up the great work – baking and enjoying delicious bread!

We hope everyone is having a fantastic summer. There are so many beautiful and fun things to do in Southern Ontario. We are truly blessed to live in such a wonderful part of the world.

Attached is a slideshow of whats been happening this July

Peace Out

 

 

An Italian Garden

One of our lovely customers, Diane Bruni, connected us with her parents, Gina and Pasquale who have been gardening this plot of land for 60! years. We have the incredible fortune of planting a rather giant garden this summer in the most beautiful soil and dreamy space. We’ve somehow managed to get almost everything in the ground – here are a few pics.

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Prairie Boy Angels

This week has been a challenging one but we are feeling more optimistic…kinda like we are “winning” again. We have been watering round the clock. The latest planting of beans is germinating, the tomatoes are doing really well, we’ve saved some squashes, cukes, and watermelons from complete bug annihilation, the lettuces are growing and perking up, the pride chard is bouncing back etc. We bought a water pump so we can water the plants at a much faster rate which is really helping and last but not least we were visited by some Prairie Boy Angels. The “girls” showed up this long weekend with a passion for weed killing & tomato mulching like we’ve never seen before. We cannot express the deep gratitude we have for all your hard work, sweat, and company. We will hopefully express it better with tomatoes in August. Thank you Stacey, Christine and Emily for everything. We are touched by your efforts and well timed help. Mwah x 1000. And thanks to Tico for swooping in and helping with the moonlight harvest. Tomorrow is Tuesday. Market day & CSA pick up/delivery day. Our favourite day of the week.

Prairie Boy Angels

Introducing The New (to us) Tractor

So we got a new tractor. We desperately needed one, especially at this time of year when the tilling needs to be done. It will also come in handy later with weeding. With the generous and knowledgeable help of our dear friend Mark Grahlman from Sunrise Organics,  we acquired a 1956 Ford 600. It’s almost as old as the both of us combined. ok, ok, not quite but it’s certainly older than each of us by a long shot. It has been beautifully maintained and restored. Grant tilled yesterday and texted me “greatest tractor ever!” so it must be doing a good job. It has lovely lines and beautiful design elements that are unlike anything made these days. We promise to look after it and  do our best to see it is running in 2056. Here are a few pics.

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Vive Montreal! dinner pics

A giant Merci to everyone who came out to the Depanneur for our last dinner. It was a great night filled with some serious heavy hitting food. Classic, Canadian, Old School, comfort food.

Also thanks to Scotch Mountain Meats & Sanagans Meat Locker for the various versions of Pork, Sunrise Organics for the turnips and cider glazing, Marc Pierce for making the cheese curds, to the fine restaurants in Montreal that inspired the evening…and to the Quebecois who keep these recipes alive.

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The MenuWild Mushroom and Wild Rice Tourtierettes with Red Cabbage Slaw
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Sugar Shack Beans with Smoked Onions and Maple Syrup
Bacon, Sausages, and Roasted Pork Shoulder
Cider Glazed Turnips
Fairmont Bagel Chips
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Maple Pets-De-Soeurs (nuns farts) with Marc’s homemade Cheese Curds

Cuban markets

I’ve always been fascinated with markets whenever  traveling. They are always such a hub of activity and creativity. On a recent trip, I noticed there was a lot more food in Havana than in the past. More markets and vendors which was very nice to see. The produce there is essentially organic as they don’t have the same access to pesticides and herbicides as the rest of the world…which is a happy accident i suppose.

The other thing i noticed on this trip was the design of things in the market. We are forever trying to think of interesting and affordable ways of displaying and distributing our produce, with minimal environmental impact and I was very inspired by Cuban ingenuity. Necessity is the mother of invention after all.

Here are some images from markets and street vendors in Havana.

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