From: The Good Stuff - Cooking with The Good Food Box on Cable 14's "Hamilton Life" - DECEMBER 2013

Carrots and Rutabagas with Lemon and Honey

Makes 6 to 8 servings

Lemon juice adds refreshing flavor to earthy root vegetables.

  • 1 1/4 pounds rutabagas, peeled, cut into matchstick-size strips
  • 1 pound carrots, peeled, cut into matchstick-size strips
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh chives

Cook rutabagas in large pot of boiling salted water 2 minutes. Add carrots and cook until vegetables are tender, about 6 minutes. Drain.

Melt butter in large pot over medium-high heat. Add lemon juice, honey, and peel. Bring to boil. Add vegetables; cook until glazed, stirring occasionally, about 6 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Remove from heat. Mix in fresh chives.

You can try all kinds of variations on this recipe by making changes like: orange juice instead of lemon juice (reduce the honey since orange juice can be pretty sweet), try maple syrup instead of honey and grated fresh ginger can make a zippy change from using citrus zests.


Putting GOOD FOOD in motion... in pictures


Recently the Good Food Box volunteers and staff were visited by a talented young photographer Jennifer Hoesen, who took a number of great pictures of our Good Food Box pack site on a pack day in November.

The great range of actions shots really impressed me, in the way that they convey the atmosphere of a Good Food Box pack day.

There's a great range of people: different ages, different national origins, all walks of life -- and together they create an energy that makes our project come together in a way that seems like magic some days.

On Wednesday December 18th we'll be doing our last pack for the year 2013.  We're poised to enter our next year finishing up a special pilot project and embarking on our fourth year of operations -- yes, we've been putting good food in motion for three years come February.

We will celebrate with our volunteers and look forward to all the challenges and achievements to come in 2014.

Thank you for your support in 2013: volunteer packers, drivers, Site Coordinators, funders, Good Food Box Buyers and all of those working with us to keep all that good food flowing!
Environment Hamilton is  hosting their third annual Local Food and Frills Festival!  THIS Friday Dec. 13th as part of December's Art Crawl from 6:30-9:30pm. 
We have local farmers, bakers and makers coming to sell their locally made products!
At Environment Hamilton's office - 22 Wilson St in the Sonic Unyon Records building.
Entry is free.
Support Local for the Holidays!

Let's talk "TURNIPS" - four easy ways to enjoy this fall favourite!

Today Project Manager Karen Burson demonstrated "Mashed Turnips with Ham", which can also be made with crispy bacon or no meat at all, depending on your personal preferences.

These recipes are from "Real Simple" online... click here to enjoy!

The Real Dirt on Turnips!

(This article was originally published in the November edition of The Good Food Box News - click here to get your copy online)

The real dirt on your food...
By Kevin Hamilton, Shared Harvest Farm

This is the time of year when we are busy harvesting all of our delicious root crops for winter storage.  We want to store our crops in the best condition we can.  This usually means exactly as they came from the earth.  We don't wash them before we put them away.  The dirt acts as a protective layer to help it be firm and defeat the arch nemesis that is oxygen.  We pull the crops first and then go back and cut the green tops off when the roots have had the dirt dry a bit in the wind.

Here at Shared Harvest Farm we keep half of our roots in bins with a little bit of air flow on the sides and the other half buried in peat moss.  This allows little oxygen flow and keeps the roots crisp and fresh for the months ahead.  Traditionally crops were left in a giant pile with a giant pile with a few feet of hay on top to insulate them.  Farmers and families would go into their piles, peel back the straw and grab their vegetable loot for a winter soup or stew.  My grandmother tells me stories of keeping the veggies in the corner of the basement in sand.  Nowadays, there is controlled atmosphere rooms where the oxygen is removed from the room and kept at 2 degrees celcius.  This keeps apples and other storage crops as fresh as the day they were picked and don't require any dirt protection.

The other reason the veggies aren't washed is that we are on a well.  We have limited water and we feel that most people will wash the veggies again before they cut them up to eat.  There is also a lot more handling than their summer counterparts wherein we have to harvest them, store them, unpack them into boxes, wash them and repackage them for deliver.  In the summer we simply harvest them, wash them then pack them.

At last -- the GOOD FOOD BOX newsletter is available online!

It took me a while to get to this long-awaited move, but I'm pleased to announce that our monthly issues of THE GOOD FOOD BOX NETWORK NEWS will now be available for previews and printing online!

Click here to get to our new blog!


Enjoy this Three Sisters Salad recipe from
Cooking with The Good Food Box
on Cable 14's "Hamilton Life" - October 2013

Corn, beans, squash and millet combine to make a delightfully flavoured, hearty and easy-to-make cool-weather salad

To start:

Cook, cool and set aside 1 cup millet.

Prepare one medium butternut squash: cut into medium cubes, tossed with olive oil, salt/pepper and roasted at 400 degrees until softened and slightly golden, then set aside. 

Carefully remove kernels from two cobs of corn and sautee very lightly in a medium pan, then set aside... or use the kernels raw for a crunchy and sweet surprise.

Rinse, drain and set aside 1 14 oz can of black beans (or thoroughly cook and drain dried black beans, then using 1 12 cups for this recipe – any remaining beans can be frozen).

Dice and seed one sweet red pepper.  Set aside.
Make the dressing:
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup apple-cider vinegar
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground celery seed
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, coriander or your favourite fresh herb – chopped

Toss it all together:
Toss together all the vegetables, millet and dressing.  Allow the salad to rest in the refrigerator for at least one hour before serving for best results.  It tastes even better the next day! 

Use your imagination or try minced red, white or green onion, chopped nuts, chopped sun-dried tomatoes, minced garlic, cooked chicken or fish, or leftover ham.  Adjust seasonings to taste in all cases… consider dressing it up with a little drizzle of honey for just a kiss of sweetness.  Use frozen corn when it's out of season rather than buying long-distance trucked "fresh" corn.  Try adding fresh green beans when they are in season. 

October farm trip

UPDATED: Details for October Rural Routes 

Our October trip is:
Saturday October 26th and we are heading to Fletchers Fruit Farm.  Farmer Brenda will tour us around their new farm market and talk more about the challenges of being an apple orchard farmer.
Fletchers Fruit Farm is one of the staples at the Ottawa Street Farmers Market as well.
Bus departs on Saturday October 26th 2013 at 10:30am sharp from Homegrown Hamilton (27 King William St)
Tickets: $10 for adults
$8 for seniors
$5 for children (under 12)
Cash only, please.
Tickets available at Homegrown Hamilton.
This event is rain or shine.

Stay tuned for our November Rural Routes - just in time for the holidays ;)

West Mountain Farmer's Market is hosting a "Heirloom Tomato Festival!"  Friday Sept 6th from 3pm-7pm.
567 Scenic Drive (at Olive and Kiwi Store). 
Celebrate the delights of heirloom tomatoes! 

Always a great time at Shearlea's Acres - Especially During their Corn Fest!

Rural Routes headed out to Shearlea Acres Farm in Lynden on Sat. August 17th to celebrate Shearlea's 10th Annual Corn Fest.

We were treated to All-You-Can-Eat corn and an exclusive tour by Pam, one of the daughters of farmers Earle and Sharon.  

photo credit: Jennifer Hoesen

We stopped to see some of the farm animals that were brought in especially Corn Fest.

Thank you to Shearlea Acres for hosting us!  The corn, the tour, the animals were delightful!

A big thank you to Jennifer Hoesen, an inspiring local photographer who came along for the ride to take photos!   

Special thanks to Smart Commute Hamilton and Homegrown Hamilton for their support!


We spent our sold out July's Rural Routes at Weir's Lane Lavender Farm and Apiary.  What a treat! 

Farmer Kevin (in the multi-coloured shirt) toured us around their lovely farm that is located just outside of Dundas.

Despite the severe thunderstorm in the night before, they were still willing to host us despite having lost power. Luckily, despite the strong winds, they did not lose any trees.

Weir's Lane is also an apiary.  At their farm, they have 15 hives with approximately 20,000 bees in each hive.  Over the winter, they lost 7 hives.  Kevin believes this is due to a pesticide that the bees are being exposed to as they are collecting and pollinating.  They cleaned out the dead bees, burned them in case of disease and had to start over again this season.  So the 7 hives will not be producing honey this year. 

On a happier note, Weir's Lane is part of a pollination initative through the Hamilton-Halton Watershed Stewardship (HHWS) where the farm has  invested land, time and soil to a pollinator's project.  They are growing plants like Black Eye Susans in their area to encourage pollinators to do their thing.  As the project rolls out, grades 6-7's will be invited to the farm to learn about the importance of pollinators.

We were treated to lavender infused honey samples and lavender infused lemonade - it was such a lovely way to end the tour on such a warm day!

Thank you to all the participants who came and asked great questions, thanks to Kevin for his time and to his team for letting us take over their farm.
Special thanks to Smart Commute Hamilton for their continued support.  

Rural Routes heads to Murphy's Country Produce in Binbrook

Thanks to support from Hamilton Community Foundation and in partnership with Neighbour to Neighbour Centre,  Rural Routes went to Murphy's Country Produce in Binbrook to pick strawberries!

Thankfully, the rainy, rainy weather in the days leading up to Sat. July 6th, held off and we are were able to pick strawberries, beans and peas.

Participants were excited to bring the berries home to make into jam or freeze them for smoothies.  It was a treat for a number of the children (and some of the adults :) who have never picked fruit before.

We have to thank farmers, Brian and his daughter Megan who welcomed us to their farm with open arms, answered our numerous questions and took very good care of us!

Special thanks to our funder, Hamilton Community Foundation and to Neighbour to Neighbour Centre for partnering with us!

Find your local farmers' market

The growing season has begun in Ontario so make sure to support your local farmers.
Here is 2013's list of our local farmers' markets:

Ancaster Farmers' Market START DATE: Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Every Wednesday until October 16th, from 3pm to 7pm
272 Wilson Street East, Ancaster.
Contact Market Managers: Joanne Turnell at 289-239-7828
Re-establishing a 200 year old tradition, the Ancaster Farmers Market will be back for its fifth year in the Heritage Village Core.

Binbrook Farmers' Market  START DATE: Saturday June 15th, 2013 Open Saturday Mornings from 8am to Noon in 2013, rain or shine, starting mid June until Labour Day weekend at the Binbrook Fairgrounds.
The Binbrook Farmers Market is a community meeting place for residents to purchase local fresh food products.  It is a place for the local farmers to inform the new residents of our community what produce are available and to promote their own farms.
Contact Market Manager, Kylene at: 905-692-3543

Burlington Mall Farmers Market START DATE: Already active
The Market is Open from May to October
Wed.  8 - 2       Fri. 8 - 4       Sat. 8 - 2
The market is located in the Burlington Mall parking lot, on the Prospect Street side of the mall, south of the Zellers Store.
Freshest Available Produce
Come see our fresh produce, baking, cheeses, meats, eggs, plants, flowers, healthy prepared foods and Smiles!! 
This market has been running for 50 years now.

Dundas Farmers' Market  - START DATE: Thursday June 6, 2013
and continuing every Thursday from 3pm to 7pm through October 24, 2013 A showcase of local food.  A city parking lot transformed into a market offering local veg, fruit, honey, maple syrup, dairy, baking, breads, preserves, lamb, chicken and prepared local foods. Great atmosphere with community spirit.
The Dundas Farmer’s Market is conveniently located in Municipal Parking Lot 7D at Hatt Street and Miller’s Lane
Contact Market Manager, Lisa for more information: 905 975-9968.

Grimsby Farmers' Market START DATE: Thursday May 23rd, 2013
Every Thursday to October 10, 2013 from 3pm to 7pm
Main Street between Christie and Ontario Street, Grimsby, ON
Our market was established in 2008 in response to a growing demand by the residents of Grimsby to enjoy the freshness of local products from the Niagara Region.
Contact Market Manager, Michelle Seaborn at: 905-945-7963

Hamilton Farmers' Market (downtown) START DATE: year-long, indoor
Open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, please check website for hours.
35 York Blvd. Hamilton.
New this year: a seasonal outdoor market Saturdays from June 8 to November 2, 2013, 7am-3pm.
Events and cooking programs include:
Free Saturday Morning Programs: Kids in the Kitchen & Market Fresh Cooking Demonstration
Cooking classes and educational demonstrations

Hamilton Mountain Farmers' Market START DATE: Saturday May 31st, 2013
Every Saturday until late October.  From 3pm-7pm.  Sacred Heart Church Parking Lot, 19 Viewpoint Ave, Hamilton.
Selling of locally grown food and food products.
Contact Market Manager, Chuck at: 905-383-3280
During the growing season, the Mountain News will list all the produce available each market day.
Go to and search Hamilton Mountain Farmers' Market.

Locke Street Farmer's Market START DATE:  Saturday June 15th, 2013
The market has changed to Saturdays and will be from 9am-1pm until mid October.
Starting June 15th, the market is offering delivery!
The Local Basket will be delivering goods from local farmers (at this point most from the Locke Street Farmers' Market plus a couple of others) directly to people's door/porch by bike. Order online.
We are a growing market with lots of heart!
Find us on facebook!

McMaster Farm Stand  START DATE: Wednesday June 19th, 2013
The Farmstand operates on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 AM - 4:30 PM.
We are located in front of the University Hall’s Nina de Villier’s garden in the middle of campus.
Mac Farmstand is an initiative coordinated by the McMaster Students Union, in partnership with McMaster Sustainability and McMaster Hospitality Services. We are McMaster’s Farmers’ Market!
Contact Karin Gordon at

Ottawa Street Farmers' Market START DATE: Year round (Hamilton's only year long outdoor market)
204 Ottawa St. North.  Saturdays from 7am-3pm all year.  From our field to your table whats at market: grower/producers, a wide variety of fruits and vegetables that were picked the night before or morning of market.  Delicious baked goods and other added value items such as coffee and we have lots of food trucks that come for a visit too!
Contact Elisha, Market Manager at:

Hamilton's Newest Farmers' Market!
West Hamilton Farmers' Market (Olive & Kiwi Fine Foods) START DATE: Friday, May 31st, 2013
567 Scenic Drive, Hamilton.  Fridays from 3pm-7pm.  Check us out on facebook!

***Please note, while we did our best to be as accurate as possible, please check with your market for hours and dates.***

"THE GOOD STUFF" is here -- come and get it!


A message from
The Hamilton Good Food Box Network!

We'll be presenting our next session of "THE GOOD STUFF: Cooking with the Good Food Box" soon!  Join us at The Nutrition Centre at Mission Services (195 Wentworth Street North) on Thursday May 23rd, from 1pm - 3pm as we demonstrate "The Awesomeness of Asparagus" and videotape our demos for broadcast on Cable 14.

There will be fun, cooking tips, special guests and samples of the food we're creating for you!  Please join us as the neighbourhood's residents, folks from across the city who would like to be part of the action and of course as fans of the show "Hamilton Life".

Admission is free but seats are limited.  Let us know when you get there if you would like to be part of our "on-camera" studio audience -- if not, there will be plenty of seats where you can still see all the action.  See you there!

For more information please contact us:

Environment Hamilton presents….

Rural Routes for 2013!
Join us as we tour local farms and learn from local  producers that are growing and raising local foods and goods.

Schedule for 2013:

May's Trip:
On Sat. May 25th we are heading to Alpacas from Eighth and Mud to check out their annual shearing demonstrations.  
Other highlights include:
* This east end farm has enlisted the help of some weavers to demonstrate the art of weaving and hand spinning.  
* The 4H club will be showing off how Alpacas  can be led through obstacle courses.
* Plus! Gorilla Cheese will be there selling their tasty cheese sandwiches!

July's Trip:
Sat. July 20th - Weir's Lane Lavender and Apiary
 * they produce and sell around 100 different lavender and bee related products.  
* including a culinary line include many delights:  lavender chocolate, scones, shortbread, hot cider, lavender tea, lavender hot chocolate, honey from our hives and more!
* plus their very own creams, cleansers, shampoos and other items for your body and your house. And more!  NOTE: there is a beekeeping operation on site.  

Plus more trips in August and September!

Tickets: $8 for seniors
$10 for adults

Tickets will be available at Homegrown Hamilton (27 King William St.)  
Cash only.
Departure at 10:30am sharp at Homegrown Hamilton.  
Rain or Shine. 
For more information, contact Juby at: 905-549-0900 / email Juby at

Special thanks to Smart Commute Hamilton and Homegrown Hamilton

Mustard Seed Gathering

Our friends at the Mustard Seed Coop Grocery Store asked us to post this:

We are almost at 400 Members and half way to opening
The Mustard Seed Co-op – Hamilton’s first non-profit grocery store.
Come join us on
Sunday, March 3rd from 2:00-4:00pm at Hamilton’s Central Library.
Meet many of our Co-op members and hear how our amazing volunteers have been shaping OUR Co-op since the membership launch in November!
We’ll have delicious local treats, free draws, beautiful buttons, and our own Beet The System t-shirts for sale.

New schedule for the Ottawa Street Farmers' Market!

Ottawa Street Farmers Market has updated their schedule.  The market is open year round on Saturdays from 7am-3pm.  Check out Hamilton's only outdoor market that is open year round!

Locke Street Farmers' Market is looking for volunteers!

The Locke Street Farmers Market is growing and we are looking for key volunteers to be part of the organizing committee for 2013 and beyond.

Heading into its fourth year, the Locke St Market is made up of a small but growing number of vendors and we are looking for folks to help us with various tasks.
As a volunteer, you'll get to know some great local farmers, some of the fantastic local businesses and have an opportunity to see the behind-the-scenes action that make this market work.

Organizing Taste of Locke (a kick-off event for the market, we have local businesses offering appetizers featuring ingredients from the market)

Contact:  Russ, from Backyard Harvest /

FEBRUARY IS FARM MONTH Cooking Demonstrations @ The Hamilton Farmers’ Market Community Kitchen

Check out the schedule of local food cooking demonstrations below - all demos are open to the public, require no registration and are free of charge!

Demos take place Saturdays at 10am and noon!

FEB 2: “Cooking with The City” Demos – Inspirations from The Ontario Table

10am Meet the Community Food Security Stakeholder Committee (CFSSC) Chicken Thyme Pasta is a Hamilton-inspired recipe featured in Lynn Ogryzlo’s The Ontario Table – see how easy and tasty local fare can be!

Noon Cooking with Councillor Maria Pearson, Ward 10 Dessert anyone?  How about some Apple Sticky Toffee Pudding!!  Check out this localized twist on a great British classic!

*Both demonstrations will be presented by Karen Burson (a.k.a. The Eklectic Kitchen), Project Manager at Environment Hamilton for Hamilton Eat Local and The Good Food Box Network

FEB 9: Spotlight on Local Ingredients: after the harvest season, what do you eat?

10am “Cabbage is Cool!”  Come to this kid-friendly cooking demonstration to learn some fun facts about this underappreciated vegetable! Local cookbook author Karen McLaughlin will show you how to prepare a tasty slaw with cabbage, apples and carrots.
*With Karen McLaughlin, blogger and author of the budget-friendly “Cheap Appetit: The Complete Guide to Feeding Your Family for Less Than $400 a Month”
Noon "The Locavore in Winter"  How do you eat local when the fields have been frozen for months?  Hamilton Eat Local will show you how to localize it, even in the chilly month of February!
*With Karen Burson of Environment Hamilton and The Eklectic Kitchen

FEB 16: The Global-Local Kitchen: international flavours & local ingredients
Noon “Hamilton Eat Local’s International House of Pancakery”  Prepare for Pancake Day!  Using local ingredients you can create a world of flavours in your skillet.  Karen will demonstrate a couple of classics and show you a couple of surprising twists.
*With Karen Burson of Environment Hamilton and The Eklectic Kitchen

FEB 23: Exploring Ideas About Farming
10am “An Introduction to Food & Farming for Kids” What does a farm look like and what foods come from farms? Join Kelly for this very visual exploration of a "permaculture" setting showing how foods can come from the trees, shrubs, plants, flowers and animals on a farm.
*With Kelly McKinney, founder and operator of Hamilton’s amazing “Sprout Camp” for kids

Noon “The Lazy Locavore” In Winter  Tips and techniques to help bring local food to your table in a hurry!  See how shopping lists, planning ahead and making the most of what’s best in winter can help you save time, money and maybe even our planet!
*With Karen Burson of Environment Hamilton and The Eklectic Kitchen



Join us for our fourth annual celebration of food and farming in Hamilton.

This year we are presenting a variety of events and all of them are completely free to join, no RSVPs needed!

Feb 2
@the Hamilton Farmers’ Market Community Space 2-4pm

Drop in to connect with Hamilton's local food scene!  Featuring:
  • "The Buzz About Bees" presentation & honey tasting
  • Launch event for Hamilton's newest independent magazine "GUSTO!" with Editor Amy Bonin
  • A book signing with Karen McLaughlin, author of the budget friendly cookbook
  • "CHEAP APPETIT: The Complete Guide to Feeding Your Family for Less Than $400 a Month"
  • Information on Hamilton's Community Food Security Stakeholder Committee (CFSSC) and the HAMILTON FOOD CHARTER
  • Launch of the online version of the "OPERATION SMOOTHIE" handbook
  • Speak with Kelly McKinney of Hamilton's super-awesome and educational "SPROUT CAMP"

Feb 15
FOURTH ANNUAL FARMERS’ FORUM (farmers only, please!)
@The Winking Judge, 7pm

Feb 27
@ the Hamiltton Public Library  7-10 pm

Come join us to learn and share information on one of the most critical topics facing food security in Canada.  Featuring our panel of experts:

Erin Shapero - from Environmental Defence and Local Food Plus, Erin made a name for herself as the Markham City Councillor who put local food on the radar and led the way towards their ground-breaking municipal local food procurement policies!  What role does the Greenbelt play?

Lisa Ohberg - her influential academic research paper "Can Hamilton Feed Itself?" answers this question in ways that may surprise you!  At a time when 60% of our province's food is important, we need to look at the potential consequences of turning our agricultural lands into residential and economic development zones.  Check out her presentation to the food security committee here:

Ella Haley - the outspoken farmer who has made land use and ownership a political hot potato in Brant County shares her perspectives on farmland preservation through the lens of the "land-grab" happening all around her farm, Hearts Content Farmstead.  Should we have concerns about foreign ownership of agricultural lands?

David Carson - of Dundas in Transition and now co-chair of the Community Food Security Stakeholder Committee (CFSSC) talks about sustainability, farmland preservation and what we need to know about the AEGD proposed by the City of Hamilton (also known as The Aerotropolis).  Carson is also one of the citizens most actively engaged in the creation of Hamilton's first FOOD CHARTER.

Wondering what it's all about?  Come to this gathering to find out!  There will be displays set up by community groups, such as The Mustard Seed Cooperative Grocery... get your membership!

All month long on Saturdays at the Hamilton Farmers’ Market Community Kitchen
their FREE Cooking Demonstrations will be part of “FEBRUARY IS FARM MONTH!”
Enjoy the food fun, facts and flavours... there will be samples!  Details TBA right here on the Hamilton Eat Local Blog!


We are working hard to bring you FEBRUARY IS FARM MONTH!  
Details to be announced.
Check back soon!