|Ron answers questions at his 13th Annual Farm Tour,|
held this past Saturday.
|Butterhead lettuce, with its almost cream, buttery texture,|
makes a wonderful base for a salad to accompany this dish.
These are from S4 Greenhouses.
He was very thrilled with the response that he and his wife, Sheila, received with their 13th annual Farm Day Tour. They had over 700 people registered for the event... that's an incredible number of people who are invested in their food... people who want to know where it comes from, how it is raised, and the conditions under which it is harvested. Half of those people were Terwillegar residents! At SWEM we applaud that kind of intelligence, interest in and investment in our local food system. Well done! Check out the very brief video here to get a sense of the atmosphere... Farm Tour Video
Ron says, "When you come to our local farm, about 75 km away, you will see how the animals are raised. You will see how they are processed and how we make our products. Truly transparent. We don’t use any tricks, we don’t employ food scientists. We employ people that care about how your food is grown, raised, handled and processed. On our farm you can see that the social licence we have as farmers with the consumers is fulfilled and verified."
|Mini tomatoes, like these, from Dargtaz Family Farm's booth|
add a rainbow of colour to any end of summer tribute salad!
And Ron also strongly believes, "People go to farmers markets to meet the farmers and develop a relationship with the growers of their food. There often is a lot of trust that the patron of the farmers market has with the grower. When you can go to the farm it validates that trust."
|Lettuce mixes, like these at Holden Colony, are|
available throughout the market at many of our veggie
farmers' booths. Often, they have bags of pre washed,
mixed salad bags, ready-to-go.
|Nasturtiums are edible flowers, pictured here in the centre of|
basket at The Plot's booth at our market.
|Corn, from Riverbend Gardens or Holden Colony makes|
a wonderful accompaniment for this BBQ'd chicken!
barbecued Chili chicken thighs
|Donna and I resting while hiking up Mt. Lady Macdonald... |
named after the feisty wife of our first Prime Minister who
liked to ride through the mountains on the cattle
pusher grill on the front of the trains!
This recipe is SO simple!!! It works every time. It works equally well for chicken breasts, but the thighs, with their higher fat content and their darker meat, are much juicier and, in my opinion, far more delicious, in this recipe.
2 lbs. Boneless Chicken Thighs
2tbsp. Chili Powder
1tbsp. Brown Sugar
1/2 t Pepper
1-2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
Mix together the chill powder, brown sugar, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Coat the chicken breasts or thighs in olive oil. Rub the powdered mixture into both sides of the chicken thighs.
Grease the grill so the chicken won't stick and pull apart as you flip it. Grill on med-high on the BBQ, approximately 3 minutes a side, until the juices run clear when pierced with a fork or cut with a knife.
- Sunworks Farm has outstanding, wonderful tasting, ethically raised, organic chicken.
- Dargatz Family Farm, The Plot and the Holden Colony have lettuce mixes that are washed & bagged and ready to use.
- S4 Greenhouses, along with The Plot, Dargatz Family Farm and the Holden Colony, often have whole heads of lettuce to use in an accompanying salad.
- S4 Greenhouses and Holden Colony have gorgeous greenhouse cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes to use in a salad. Dargatz Family Farm, Riverbend and Holden Colony all have field cucumbers.
- Dargatz Family Farm always has wonderful heirloom tomatoes to dress up a salad and add incredible flavour, history and intriguing texture.
- Add a few fresh herbs or edible flowers from The Plot and you have the fixings for a gourmet feast.
- Corn on the cob can still be found at Riverbend Gardens and Holden Colony... but not for long!!!
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Contributed by Sheri Hendsbee