Farmer Paul’s Blog

Saving an Heirloom Pear, before it’s gone!

Saving an Heirloom Pear, before it’s gone!

If you call yourself a foodie or like to understand or seek out unique foods, you may have heard of the Paw Paw, Quince, Sea Buckthorn or Haskap berries. However, have you ever listened to a story about an Heirloom Pear called the Jesuit Pear? Your time to do so may...

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Changing the Way We Think About Bread

Changing the Way We Think About Bread

This month we look at Bread in our blog series leading up to Regenerate-Heritage Grain weekend. There are many views on bread today, but one thing is true of this product, it was a fundamentally important part of humans diets for generations. An International Example...

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Beer as an Agricultural Product

Beer as an Agricultural Product

What if we started thinking about the finished products we consume as agricultural products, just like tomatoes, cabbage or wheat? Would it change the way we eat and drink? I believe it would! “Beer as an Agricultural Product” A Profound Statement Several years ago,...

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The Grain Economy can be a Local Food Catalyst

The Grain Economy can be a Local Food Catalyst

This month we look at another misrepresented food from its cultural origins and also because of the impact of the industrial food system - pizza! Pizza as a Starting Point for Local Food Why did we choose to focus on pizza? Who hasn’t enjoyed a piece of pizza as a...

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Why You Should Buy Locally Sourced Pasta

Why You Should Buy Locally Sourced Pasta

In Pursuit of Locally Sourced Pasta As the local food movement continues to expand into more food offerings, one critical area still needs further discussion: locally sourced pasta. Why is it that very few people think about how much pasta is being consumed and...

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Distilling – A New Craft Opportunity Awaits

Distilling – A New Craft Opportunity Awaits

Every day more and more consumers seem to be pushing for locally sourced products in the marketplace. One area that is just beginning in Ontario is the craft or artisanal spirit industry. It offers an opportunity to buy regionally grown grains like corn, wheat, and...

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A Pear that offers Terrior

A Pear that offers Terrior

A few weeks ago CK Table had the privilege to work on a regional collaboration focusing on an old heritage fruit called the Jesuit Pear. Showcasing terrior for a narrowly defined regional. This pear has a long and storied history within an area of a few hundred...

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Why Bread Camp Part 3 of 3

Why Bread Camp Part 3 of 3

By Greg Wade, Publican Quality Bread Lighting the Oven Day two of camp begins early. We light a fire in our brick ovens, then help with the morning’s harvest of squash blossoms and lambs quarter. We hear from a representative from the Illinois Stewardship Alliance...

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