Farm to Table News

First of all, apologies for not posting regularly.  Farm to Table and Small Print Writing and Consulting have been busy with a large project.  While I can’t release the details just yet, look for a national-level new media local food program to be announced soon.

Also, the website is in a bit of flux while I do a redesign.  Pardon the mess.

Finally, look for the Farm to Table downtown culinary tours to be starting in June.  Details to come soon.

Ready for the Works?

The fine folks at kawarthaNOW offer a write-up of the soon-to-be-opened Works Gourmet Burger and Bistro.  You can find it here.

According to the kawarthaNOW article:

“The ground floor of the former Trasheteria building at 123 Simcoe Street will be the new home to the WORKS.  Known for their patio “garage door” enclosure – The WORKS look will transform the face of Water Street when they “open up that space” facing west toward Peterborough Square.”

This raises a couple of questions:

1. Plenty of old school P-Dot locals have stated displeasure with what the Trasheteria did with both the inside and the outside of the old Peterborough Club building.  What will they think of knocking out walls and putting up “garage doors?”  And what about the interior being used as a chain restaurant?

2. After getting unceremoniously hoofed from their Trent University chip-wagon location, Reggie’s Hot Grill suddenly faces “gourmet” burger competition from downtown.  Big time.  Do you think the bulk of Peterborough will continue to cross the river into East City for their burger fix?  Or will the more convenient downtown location lure the burger-lovers?  With only so many burger dollars to go around, will Reggie’s take another hit?  And will this affect your burger buying habits?

I’d love to hear what you think.  Share your thoughts in the comments section.

Wednesday Market Starts Tomorrow


Colour me officially excited.

Tomorrow is the first downtown market of the year.

I’ve heard rumours of local asparagus.  I’ll be keeping my eyes open for it.  If i get there early enough, I’m expecting some spring greens.

This is some of the joy of the early market season…  Tender first crops.  And I can’t wait.

Here’s their official release:


Opening Day Celebrations – May 2nd  2012 – 8:30am-2pm
Louis St. Parking Lot

Beginning May 2nd, the Peterborough Downtown Farmers’ Market will be open every Wednesday between 8:30am and 2:00pm in the Louis St. Parking Lot

Right downtown Peterborough, just east of the corner of Charlotte & Aylmer streets, market-goers can find a festive and bustling market full of their favourite vendors selling seasonal produce, meats, cheese, fresh flowers, baked goods, crafts, plants to grow, coffee and lunches to go. All market products are Kawarthas’ Own and Locally Grown!

Join us for our opening day celebrations on Wednesday May 2nd and every Wednesday throughout the season. Each week, market-goers can learn about and purchase diverse local produce as it comes into season. The Downtown Farmers’ Market will also host special monthly events that feature local Chefs, samples, on-site cooking demonstrations, and innovative ideas on using the foods you purchase at the market.


Now, a few things I can tell you — some sneak peeks from my main connection, Market Co-ordinator, Jill Bishop:

There will be some new vendors this year.  Look for a Better Bite’s local flour and baked goods (incredible crackers).  Two Dishes Catering will have some fresh breads, smoked meats, and prepared foods.  Birds Head Hollow will be selling sprouts.

Now you know more than most folks.

Other things you should know:  There are going to be some great events, such as a Strawberry Festival, corn roast, and…  well…  I can’t tell you ALL the secrets…

Coming soon: Monthly guest chefs.  Worry not, I’ll let you know the when’s and where’s.

In the meantime, though, I’ll be heading into town first thing tomorrow morning.

And I hope to see you there!


Silver Bean Opens for Summer Season

The staff at the Silver Bean on opening day.

The best little café on the Otonabee opened up today.

The Silver Bean is celebrating its 10th summer this year.  Open from May-October, the café is a great downtown destination for light meals, snacks, and, of course, coffee.

Now, I’m not a java guy, so you’ll have to excuse me for not giving a review of their fair trade roasts.  They’ve got a good selection…  And people rave about their espresso-based bevies…  So, coffee-lovers, I’d say that it is safe to assume you’ll find it to your liking.

I can, however, tell you that they make a mean London Fog.  Ah, Earl Grey…  How I love you so…

The food at the Bean is fantastic.  I lunch there frequently.  I snack there even more so.

There is an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients.  Everything is made from scratch.  Salads, sandwiches, wraps — light but delicious fare.

If you haven’t already, get on downtown and check ’em out.  Tell them Donald sent you.

Sure, that probably won’t get you much.  But it might get me the odd free cup of tea.

And, trust me, I’ll appreciate it.

Silver Bean staffer, Stephanie Wood, makes some chocolatey snacks.