Tag: farm

Love Me Tender, Love Me Sweet

Ontario’s tender fruit is in season now – enjoy a tasty treat

Summer is in full swing, and so are Ontario’s peaches, pears, plums, cherries, nectarines, apricots and Coronation grapes. Pick up an array of these sweet treats while they are at their most ripe and flavourful at your local grocery stores, on-farm markets and farmers’ markets across the province.

“Our hardworking farmers are harvesting a bounty of healthy, delicious tender fruit for you to enjoy right now,” said Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “I invite everyone to eat, drink and be ‘cherry’ this summer with Ontario’s terrific tender fruits.”

“Summer is here, and that means consumers across Ontario can enjoy the sun and the wonderfully sweet tree-ripened fruit that farmers have nurtured over the spring,” said Sarah Marahall, Manager of Ontario Tender Fruit Growers. “We encourage everyone to overindulge in peaches, nectarines, plums, grapes, apricots and pears before the trees and vines take a rest in the fall.”

Ontario’s tender fruit is delicious and nutritious. Peaches, nectarines and apricots are a good source of vitamin C, while pears are a great source of fibre. Plums are high in potassium, and cherries and grapes are high in antioxidants and folic acid.
Recipe: Plum Ginger Jam

You’ll need about 2 lbs (1 kg) of plums (about 15 medium) for this recipe.

To remove pits from plums, cut in half through the stem and twist to separate the halves. Repeat, cutting the half that still has the pit in half, then twisting the stone from the center. This technique helps a lot when the pits are tightly imbedded in slightly underripe fruit. Continue reading “Love Me Tender, Love Me Sweet”

This Thanksgiving, Gobble Up Ontario Goodness

To make the most of your festive meal this Thanksgiving, be sure to include locally grown and harvested food and beverages. Local food is healthy and delicious, and supporting local farmers across Ontario is a great way to celebrate those who grow, produce and harvest the good things we eat and drink.

Here are some quick tips to make the most of Ontario’s harvest:

  • Turkey Tips – Smoke, roast or barbecue a locally raised turkey. It’s packed with vitamins and nutrients, and low in cholesterol and sodium, making it the perfect centrepiece of your meal. Learn the best way to cook a turkey at Turkey Farmers of Ontario’s makesitsuper.ca.
  • Clean, Separate, Cook, Chill – To help ensure your holiday meal is prepared safely, follow four simple steps. Clean your hands, surfaces and equipment well and often. Separate cooked or ready-to-eat foods from raw meat, other uncooked foods or contaminated utensils. Cook food thoroughly, and chill leftovers to reduce the risk of food poisoning.
  • Family Favourite Recipes – Whether your family loves tradition or likes to try new things, Foodland Ontario has a number of simple recipes that are a delicious way to feature Ontario’s bounty on your table.
  • Local Ingredients – Choosing local ingredients from the abundance of Ontario’s harvest is easy at farmers’ markets, pick-your-own farms and on-farm markets. Visit Harvest Ontario and Ontario Farm Fresh to learn more about where to buy local. The Foodland Ontario logo makes it easy to find local products where you shop.
  • Celebrating the Feast – Raise your glass of local Ontario winecraft beer or ciderthis Thanksgiving. Continue reading “This Thanksgiving, Gobble Up Ontario Goodness”