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Summery Mango Salsa

I started making this tomato-salsa alternative years ago when I began my career in children's garden education. That summer (and it seems every summer since) the kids were obsessed with mangos, so at their request I found an easy recipe you can make in the garden, at a picnic and especially at home. Kids love the…

Garden Salsa

Nothing beats fresh ripe tomatoes off the vine from the garden you've lovingly tended to all summer long. This easy recipe is a great way to use up any extras you have when you just cannot seem to find enough friends to share them with. Sweet, a little tangy with a hint of spice. I…

Working in Community Gardens

Halton Food Council has been active in many community gardens, running workshops with kids of all ages. Two of our staff members, Andrea and Helen, visited Kerr St. Mission as guest speakers to teach a workshop entitled “Life Lessons from the Garden” - all about caring for the garden and each other. Kids of all…

Why We Love Farmers’ Markets

By Megan Haley, 2018 HFC Summer Student Everyday is a great day to visit your local farmers’ market, pick up some fruits and vegetables, maybe even a butter tart.  But what are the benefits of these gatherings, and why do we love them so much? The sense of community created at farmers’ markets is one…

Cherry Tomato and String Bean Pasta Salad with Feta and Fresh Herbs

Submitted by Michelle Bohanec *Note* The ingredient amounts reflect the fact that this salad was prepared for a large amount of people. Serves approximately 20-25 people. Ingredients: 750 grams bite sized pasta of your choice 1.5 lbs cherry tomatoes, halves (growing in the garden!) 1.5 cups string beans, cut into 1 inch pieces (growing in…

Helen’s Rad Radish Dip

It’s Farmers Market season! Here are some great recipes you can make with the fresh food from your trip to the market! Helen’s Rad Radish Dip Ingredients: 1 bunch radishes 8-oz package cream cheese 1/4 c (or more) plain Greek yogurt 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning 2 tsp minced garlic (or 2 cloves, minced) 1/2-1 tsp…

How I Food-Waste’d My Summer in NWT: Recycling and Composting in Canada’s North

[caption id="attachment_3295" align="alignright" width="300"] Worm composter at home in Yellowknife NWT.[/caption] Dealing with the wasted food and discarded packaging that comes out of our kitchens may not be the prettiest part of our food system, but I think a household worm composter with those little squirmy creatures turning food scraps into black gold (soil rich…

Art in the Garden

“Art in the Garden” is a collaborative project between Halton Community Housing Corporation (HCHC), Halton Food Council (HFC), ArtHouse and social agencies in Halton Region with the goal of teaching life skills, in particular gardening, to children in disadvantaged communities. To date, HFC has built and helped manage six community gardens within the community housing…

Preparing potted gardens for the winter

Potted gardens are a great alternative to backyard gardening, especially if space is constrained. But what do you do when winter comes? Re-using the soil for the next season may seem like a no-brainer. But there are few things to keep in mind when preparing your potting soil for next season. Before explaining what to…

Meals that Heal: Halton Healthcare Sources Local Food

Everybody wins when Halton Healthcare buys local. “Many of our fruits and vegetables come from just down the road in Niagara,” explains Marianne Katusin, Food Service Manager, “so they arrive fresh and tasty for our patients.” Local is also good for the environment. The short 100 kilometre journey from Niagara means a truckload of vegetables…