Foraging for Food and Pasta with Morels and Wild Leeks

In the MyKawartha Farm to Table blog, I explore the idea of foraging, and offer up a great pasta dish to boot!

Click here for the full blog entry and recipe.

Morels foraged in my backyard.

” Of course, the foodie-come-latelies are just the most recent of a long line of folks to forage for sustenance. And our foraging is minor in comparison to those who came before us. In fact, for tens of thousands of years, all human beings were full-time foraging creatures. Back in the day, you know, there weren’t supermarkets, big box stores or fast food restaurants. Heck, for most of human history, there weren’t even farms.

“No, for most of our existence we were a hunting and gathering peoples. We ate what we found. Sure, we eventually learned how to farm, but the period since we mastered agriculture is only a brief moment in the development of humanity. Heck, in some parts of the world, hunting and gathering still make up large parts of the diet.

“In North America, we’ve kept the hunting/gathering tradition for a long time, despite our long held reliance on farms. First Nations people traditionally survived on what they could pick seasonally – even those cultures that had domesticated and cultivated crops depended on gathered fruits and plants. Early settlers couldn’t possibly have survived without foraging for food. And there are no shortage of modern-day farmers and rural communities today that continue to augment their daily diet with found foods.”

Asparagus and Wild Leek Frittata

Another blog entry over at MyKawartha.

A recipe for Asparagus and Wild Leek Frittata. It is a kind of loosey goosey recipe, in that I tried to roughly recreate what we did for dinner tonight. And there was no original recipe involved. This one has all local and seasonal ingredients, so I urge you to try this taste of spring while you still can! Asparagus and wild leeks are only around for another short while.

Find the recipe here.

Community Snapshots: Faces of the Farmer’s Market

I took in the sights (and tastes) of the Wednesday Downtown Market today. I left with a full stomach, some fresh produce, and a hundred of so pictures. Here’s the photo evidence.

Dee d'Silva of Sybil's Indian Food stirs up some butter chicken.
Spatch (Jesse Bateson) of the Leather Caché works his magic.
The girls at Kyoto Coffee are always having fun... Must be the caffeine.
Danny from Stewart's Kettle Corn puts on his show. By the way, it tastes awesome.
Fiddling Jay brings us home with some good ol' traditional music.
Michelle and Teresa from CHEX TV's NewsWatch @ 5:30 are on the scene!
Christine and Romeyn of the Gaelic Garlic wear their tartan proudly. Look for a feature on their farm in the next Farm to Table column in Peterborough This Week.
Nicole van der Heyden of Wooler Dale Farm sold me some asparagus. Look for a recipe tomorrow!
and, finally, Inna from A Taste of Russia serves up the best perogies in town. I dare you to try just one!

Peterborough Downtown Farmers’ Market

My new column in Peterborough This Week has been launched. As has my My Kawartha (the online version of the newspaper) blog.

Check out my coverage of the Peterborough Downtown Farmers’ Market here.

The weekly market starts this week and runs each Wednesday from 8:30am until 2:00pm.  You can check out their website here.

Added bonus: my blog contains a wonderful Market Greens and Goat Cheese Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette.  It’s a bare bones salad that can be added to as other veggies (or fruits) come into season.

I’ll be interviewing Jillian Bishop, Market Coordinator and adding more coverage later in the week.