Mulled Wine, Sauerkraut, Garlic Planting,Crackers and Cookies!

Tons of hands on culinary events to improve your skills.

November 1, 2012 | | Blogs | Eat Local Caledon | Food

Festival Mulled Wine Canning Bee – Sunday, November 18, 1:00pm- 5:00pm, Palgrave Community Kitchen, 34 Pine Avenue, Palgrave.  – As the holiday season draws near, don’t miss this opportunity to stock your pantry with delicious homemade gifts to bring to your next holiday gathering.  At this workshop, hosted in partnership between Toronto and Region Conservation and Eat Local Caledon, participants will learn how to make festive mulled wine jelly from scratch.  From choosing wine and spices,  to preparation and canning, this hands-on workshop will guide participants through the process of making their own jelly.  We will also make homemade wheat crackers.  Everyone will take home six jars of jelly and some crackers for their home pantry!  Cost is $30 per person.  Registration is limited, click here to sign up. All materials will be supplied.  For more information, please contact [email protected] or (416) 661-6600 ext. 5639.

Upcoming HAYville Activities – HAYville is back in action, with some great cooking and farming events coming up for youth (aged 12-19) in the Caledon-Dufferin area over next couple months.  HAYville is Eat Local Caledon’s youth engagement program, which aims to foster food and farming enterprise through hands-on experience in growing, harvesting, cooking, preserving, eating, marketing, selling, business planning and customer service.   For more information and to pre-register for all events, please contact us at [email protected].

Tuesday, November 6th, 6:30-9:00pm, Palgrave Community Kitchen, 34 Pine Avenue, Making Sauerkraut, Learn how to prepare, ferment, and preserve sauerkraut.  Sauerkraut –easy to make, very healthy and delicious, a wonderful way to preserve Ontario cabbage, and a great food business opportunity!

Saturday, November 10th, 10am-noon, Albion Hills Community Farm, 16555 Humber Station Rd., Garlic Planting, Come out to the farm, where we will be doing a fall-planting of garlic.  Learn the basics of garlic planting and production.  Hot apple cider and snacks await those that come to help out.  Please note that this event is eligible for community service hours.

Tuesday, November 13th, 6:30-9:00pm, Palgrave Community Kitchen, 34 Pine Avenue, Crackers & Root Vegetable Chips, Learn how to make your own spelt and lentil crackers, as well as root vegetable chips.  Another great business opportunity!

Tuesday, November 27th, 6:30-9:00pm, Palgrave Community Kitchen, 34 Pine Avenue, Holiday Cookies, Learn how to make delicious holiday cookies that feature local, wholesome ingredients.  Take home a dozen or 2 for your own household!

Featured Producer: NEW! Escarpment Edge Dairy

13201 Mississauga Road, 905-838-1442, [email protected]

Escarpment Edge Dairy is Caledon’s latest addition to the ever-growing new farms focused on producing local food. Located on the edge of the Niagara Escarpment near Cheltenham, the dairy produces goat’s milk for cheese and other products marketed through Hewitt’s Dairy.

Farmers, Jason Lyons and Kelly Graham are excited to announce the new home of the dairy is on the family farm – Lyonsdale Farms. Jason will be the 7th generation to farm there. The young couple worked tirelessly over the summer to prepare the facilities for their herd of Saanen and Alpine dairy goats. Prior to the move, the young farmers housed their herd at the farm of Barb McKane and family on Heritage Road.

Jason did not initially choose farming as a career, even though he was born into a family with deep agricultural roots. After training and working as a licensed auto mechanic until 2007, Jason came to the conclusion that the farm was where he wanted to be. With encouragement from his father David, Jason chose to explore the new and emerging goat dairy business and apprenticed with one of the leading operations in Ontario.

As Jason remarked, “The Vandenberg family of Lindsay gave me an opportunity that I will always be in their debt for and they showed me a future I could not have dreamed of.”  Bruce and Sharon Vandenberg are the owners of Lenberg Farms and Mariposa Dairy, where they are producing award-winning goat cheese, marketed under the brand names Celebrity and Mariposa Dairy. Both brands are available throughout Ontario.

“Being part of the local food movement has encouraged us to delve into this industry with enthusiasm,” says Kelly. “We will be producing milk for cheese and other markets as people discover the unique characteristics of goat milk products, while building our future in Caledon agriculture.”

Jason’s father David Lyons couldn’t be more supportive of the new venture.  “The Lyons family recently celebrated 177 years of agricultural production at the same location in Caledon and it is with great satisfaction that we encouraged Jason to continue the family business,” says David. “The demand for new and different food products tells us that ambitious entrepreneurs have an unlimited future in agriculture.”

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