Monthly Archives: June 2017

Oakville welcomes two new community kitchens

This month’s Savour Local takes us a year into the future when a new community kitchen comes to Halton! Opening in Spring 2018, the kitchen will be located at the Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC) in Oakville. The Town of Oakville was awarded a grant from the Ontario150 Community Capital Program to help fund…

Building Your Own Pallet Garden (part 3)

My mom lives in Toronto and with me being in Oakville, we check in with each other pretty regularly so a typical phone call with her sounds something like this: Mom:    Hi honey. I wanted to see how things are going. Me:        All good. But we just saw each other yesterday. Nothing much going on.…

Celebrate Canada 150 with a Berry Grunt

Celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday with a traditional East Coast berry dessert – grunt! Yes, it has a funny name, but there is nothing funny about how easy and tasty this dessert is. Berry grunt, most commonly blueberry grunt is an East Coast traditional dessert. Berries are cooked in a sweetly-spiced sauce, and then topped with…

Policies, Practices & Partnerships: Reducing Food Waste Symposium

On May 30, the Halton Food Council hosted Wasteless 2017. Read about the event at Reducing Wasted Food.

First Fruit of the Season at Local Halton Farms

Last month I introduced you to Halton Region’s bountiful farmers’ markets -- have you been yet? They are open for the season! (Click here for my list of market locations and opening hours.) The markets are a great place to do your weekly shop and plan meals around the freshest local produce from a variety…

Building your own pallet garden (part 2)

Last month’s article introduced the idea of building a low-cost pallet garden, that would provide a harvest of homegrown vegetables. As the saying goes, the longest journey starts with a single step and, I am pleased to say, the steps have started. Assembling the structure was not nearly as challenging as I expected, although my…

Summertime arugula salad

Along with warming temperatures come fresh, local greens. Be on the lookout for dark green produce like broccoli, arugula, asparagus and spinach at your local farmer’s market this month. Dark green vegetables, especially leafy greens like spinach and arugula are an important source of nutrients like folate, vitamins A and C.(1)  Canada’s Food Guide recommends…

Gardening & agriculture in 1867: What’s changed in 150 years?

What do you think gardening in Ontario was like 150 years ago? The Halton Food Council pondered this question at a recent meeting in light of the upcoming sesquicentennial anniversary of the Confederation of Canada. We thought it would be interesting to highlight what has changed with gardening, and what hasn’t changed. Maybe people grew…