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The gift of food: Stocking stuffers for locavores

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

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Good food is a welcome gift, no matter what the celebration. And with the growing number of Ottawa-area food artisans, it’s getting easier to shop for the locavores on your list.

Here’s my list of ideal stocking stuffers: compact and non-perishable, with most prices ranging from $3.50 to about $20. I’ve based the list on my visit to this year’s Locavore Artisan Food Fair, a showcase of products from 20 of Ottawa’s most creative food-makers.

These artisans produce in small batches and use local ingredients when possible. Many don’t have their own retail space, so plan to contact them online, or visit them at the Ottawa Farmers’ Christmas Market or Flavours of Ottawa Holiday Food Markets. I’ve indicated where products are available at local restaurants and stores.

Artisan brownies and dulce de leche from Carolina’s Box of Goodness

Carolina’s Box of Goodness handcrafts rich artisan brownies in flavours such as Chocolate Fudge, Dulce de Leche, Caramel Sea Salt, and Cinnamon Pecan Blondie. The treats come individually packaged or in boxes of 6 or more. There’s also a Boozy Brownies Collection featuring Bailey’s Irish Cream, Amaretto & Ginger and Grand Marnier varieties.

Another option is Carolina’s dulce de leche, a simple mixture of milk and sugar that’s cooked until it becomes thick, creamy and full of complex flavours. It can be served with fruit, toast, pancakes and ice cream – or eaten straight from the jar.

Chocolate bars and Mayan drinking chocolate from Hummingbird Chocolate

Almonte-based Hummingbird Chocolate handcrafts dark, organic chocolate from single-origin, ethically traded Latin American and Caribbean cocoa beans, using 19th century methods that bring out the beans’ unique flavours. In addition to bar chocolate, Hummingbird has come out with Mayan drinking chocolate for the holidays, essentially a cake of chocolate on a stick that you melt in heated milk for a rich, spicy drink. You can find Hummingbird products at a restaurants and food stores across Ottawa. (For more information about Hummingbird Chocolate, read my February 2013 post

Chocolate truffles from koko chocolates

koko makes gourmet chocolate truffles by hand, using premium Belgian chocolate, and all-natural, gluten-free ingredients. Choose from traditional truffle flavours or more adventurous ones like margarita and spicy Thai chili.

Fairly traded coffee from The Barking Barista

These fairly traded, Brazilian, Indonesian, Ethiopian and Colombian coffee beans are craft-roasted by an Ottawa husband and wife team. For every pound of coffee you buy, $1 goes to help dogs in need. The owners are available at barkingbarista@yahoo.com or in person at the Ottawa Canine School, and will ship to you for an added cost.

Gourmet jams from Michaelsdolce

Confectioner Michael Sunderland makes all-natural gourmet jams, using local produce when and where possible. Michaelsdolce jams include: Blueberry & Lavender, Ginger Citrus marmalade; Fig Blood Orange, Papaya & Pink Grapefruit, Plum & Star Anise, and many others. Find them at Isobel’s Cupcakes and Cookies or contact info@michaelsdolce.com for more info.

Oil and balsamic vinegar from The Unrefined Olive

The Unrefined Olive is Ottawa’s only oil and balsamic vinegar tasting bar. It sells 50 fresh premium olive oils from around the world as well as balsamic vinegars and flavour-infused oils.  All balsamic vinegars come from Modena Italy, are aged for a minimum of 12 years, and are available in flavours such as fig, cranberry pear, pomegranate and dark chocolate. Flavour-fused olive oils include mushroom sage, Tuscan herb, basil, garlic, and hot chili. Drop by the tasting bar at 151 A Second Avenue in the Glebe or call 613-231-3133.

Elizabeth Kilvert, owner, The Unrefined Olive
(Photo: V. Ward)

Preserves from Top Shelf Preserves

Chef Sara Pishva makes her small batch pickles and preserves from locally sourced produce. Top Shelf wares include: spicy pickled garlic scapes, pickled turnips, red pepper jelly, molasses baked beans, brandied plums, spiced pears in syrup, pickled jalapenos, dill pickles, pickled beets, and more.

Smoked seasonings from The Salty Don

The Salty Don makes its own line of natural smoked salts, as well as pepper blends, unique items such as smoked quinoa and smoked risotto, and spa products. Salt and pepper flavours include Bison Smoked, Canadian Curry, Garlic Smoked, Peppered Provence, Lemon Pepper, and Saffron Pepper Rub, to name a few. You’ll find Salty Don products at Grace in the Kitchen and other locations.

Specialty tea from Kimicha

Kimicha owner and tea sommelier Kimiko Uriu sources the best-tasting black, white, green, herbal and fruit teas from Southeast Asia; two varieties she’s chosen have won awards at the North American Tea Championships.  In addition to packages of loose tea, Kimicha sells sampler sets and tea accessories. Order online or call 613-612-5464.

Sweet treats from Pascale’s Ice Cream

Pascale’s seasonal, all-natural ice creams are renowned in Ottawa.  For the holiday season, she’s also offering less perishable treats: try her salted caramel or sour cherries in balsamic caramel, but order soon because they go fast. Get in touch at pascale@pascalesicecream.com or call 613-322-4256.

What’s the best food gift you’ve received?

 

Wrapping up 2013: Holiday farmers markets, Locavore Artisan Food Fair, forest farm workshops and more

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

 

Koko Chocolates will be one of the vendors at the 2013 Locavore Artisan Food Fair on December 7.

As Ottawa’s local food economy puts down deeper roots, we’re seeing more locavore events year-round and not just in the growing season. The next month is packed with holiday farmers markets, the Locavore Artisan Food Fair (LAFF) is back, and the Greystone Locavore In-Season Fêtes  returns with the second of its seasonal dinners. Also on the calendar are conferences, workshops and webinars on topics ranging from market gardening to reforming the food system.

  1. Holiday Farmers Markets

Metcalfe Farmers Market 

When:                 Saturday, Dec 14, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where:                 Greely Legion, 2081 Mitch Owens Drive

More info:          http://www.metcalfefm.com/

 

Carp Farmers Market 

When:                  Friday, Dec 6, 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday, Dec 7, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where:                 Carp Fair Grounds, Carp

More info:          http://www.carpfarmersmarket.com/

 

Cumberland Farmers’ Market 

When:                  Saturday, December 7, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where:                1115 Dunning St, Cumberland

More info:         http://www.cumberlandfarmersmarket.ca/home.cfm

 

North Gower Farmers’ Market 

When:                 Saturday, Dec 7, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where:                North Gower RA Centre

More info:        http://www.ngfarmersmarket.com/calendar.html

 

Ottawa Farmers’ Market

When:                  Saturday, Dec 14 & Sunday, Dec 15, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Saturday, Dec 21& Sunday, Dec 22, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where:                 Ernst & Young Centre, 4899 Uplands Drive

More info:          http://ottawafarmersmarket.ca/

 

  1. Locavore celebrations 

Locavore Artisan Food Fair (LAFF)

LAFF brings together 20 of Ottawa’s most creative food artisans to showcase their wares in time for the holidays. Participants include: Auntie Loo’s Treats, Barking Barista, Carolina’s Box of Goodness, CHEFX, Hummingbird Chocolate, The Flatbread Pizza CompanyKimicha, Michael’s Dolce, Milkhouse Farm & Dairy, Pascale’s Ice Cream, Seed to Sausage, Stone Soup Foodworks, The Unrefined Olive, and more.

When:                  Saturday, Dec 7, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where:                 Memorial Hall, 39 Dufferin Road, New Edinburgh

More info:          http://ottawalaff.ca/Home.html

 

Greystone Locavore In-Season Fêtes

Sample fresh food from local producers, inventively prepared by Chef Darryl MacDougall of the Greystone Grill. The Locavore Fêtes take place four times a year to showcase the products of local farmers and food gardeners from within 100 miles. They’re also linked to a roster of sustainable food initiatives, such as a SPIN Farm, being planned by the Torbolton Institute in collaboration with Just Food Ottawa. The Torbolton Institute is an innovations hub whose goals include making Ottawa locally food secure by 2020. 

When:                  Wednesday, Nov 27, 6 p.m.

Where:                Greystone Grill, 179 Constance Bay Road, Woodlawn

Cost:                     $35 per person; free for children under 5

Reserve:              Call the Greystone Grill at 613-832-0009

  1. Conferences

National Farmers Union 44th Convention

The National Farmers Union (NFU) is made up of Canadian farm families who share common goals. Its is to work to achieve agricultural policies that promote dignity and income security for farm families while protecting the land for future generations. The theme of this year’s convention is “Growing Resistance” and will focus on the issues underlying food seeds, including the symbolic and real economic value of seeds, their role in food sovereignty and the debate over their ownership (farmers or corporations?).

When:                  Wednesday – Saturday, Nov 27-30

Where:                Travelodge Ottawa , 1376 Carling Ave

Cost:                      $15-$175

Register:   alexchisholmfletcher@gmail.com or cammie@waldegrave.org

More info:           http://www.nfu.ca/about/conventions

 

  1. Workshops and webinars

Torbolton Forest Farm Workshop

The Torbolton Forest Farm Project aims to create a food-producing, urban forest farm CSA in rural Ottawa, with a first planting date within three years.  Lead by the Friends of Torbolton Institute and their partners, the farm project will produce nuts, fruits and berries, vegetables, and aquaponically*-raised fish for farm gate sales as well as delivery to local consumers and farmers markets; gleaned surpluses will be donated.

This workshop will define the project and estimate start-up costs and is open to all who are interested.

*Aquaponics refers to the production of fish and plants together in a closed, mutually beneficial system.

When:                  Saturday, Nov 30, 1:30 – 3 p.m.

Where:                 3924 Woodkilton Road, Ottawa

Register:              http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/torbolton-forest-farm-           project-registration-6927234545

Fermentation Workshop, presented by Radical Homestead and Transition Ottawa

Radical Homestead will demonstrate how to make some delicious beverages and dishes such as sauerkraut, sourdough bread, kombucha, and kefir sour cream using the healthy, age-old technique of fermentation.  Group size is limited to five to guarantee personal attention. Each participant will leave with a jar of sauerkraut, a kombucha mother, sourdough starter, kefir grains, and recipes.

When:                  December 8, 2 – 5 PM

Where:                At private home near St. Laurent mall. (Address will be                                   provided at registration.)

Bring:                   4 jars or other containers

Cost:                      $50
More into:          http://radicalhomestead.ca/workshops/fermentation-                                     workshop/

 

Crop Planning for Organic Vegetable Growers – Two-part Webinar with Dan Brisebois

Discusses the fundamentals of profitable market gardening, including choosing and planting the right crops at the right time.

When:                Thursdays, Dec  5 & 12, 7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m

Cost:                   $40+HST

More info:         https://farmstart.ticketbud.com/crop-planning-english

Do you attend holiday farmers markets or food fairs? What do you enjoy about them most

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Ottawa LAFF brings together eaters and local food artisans

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

 

Christmas markets are flourishing in Ottawa this year. Since many of them feature the area’s best artisanal foods, these markets offer a great way to sample what’s being made right here, with ingredients that are as local and organic as possible. Last weekend was especially busy, with three events scheduled: the Ottawa Farmers’ Market Christmas Market, A Taste of Ottawa: Westboro’s Holiday Food Market, and the Ottawa Locavore Artisan Food Fair (LAFF).

I was able to spend a few contented hours at LAFF’s December 8 market in New Edinburgh. With more than a dozen of LAFF’s 20 innovative food makers on hand, I had the chance to nosh on everything from Hummingbird’s small-batch, hand-crafted chocolate and michaelsdolce gourmet jams to Major Craig’s 1884 North India chutney. I also enjoyed a lip-smacking tomato and garlic soup from Stone Soup Foodworks, and a fiery salsa from Chef Richard Nigro, whose new store, Richard’s Hintonburg Kitchen, is set to open in February 2013.

Other creative food makers at the holiday market included: Art-Is-In Bakery; Auntie Loo’s Treats (a 100% vegan bakery);  Happy Goat Coffee Company (fair trade, organic coffee); Kawalsa Salsa; koko Chocolates; Relish the Flavour food truck; The Salty Don (gourmet seasonings); Scratch Kitchen (gourmet, home- delivered frozen meals); and World of Tea.

The Christmas food markets wind up December 16, with the last of four from the Ottawa Farmers’ Market, to be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ernst & Young Centre,  4899 Uplands Drive.

What’s your best Christmas food market find?