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Red Fife Chocolate Chip MuffinsIngredients (Makes 12 Muffins)
  • 4 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2/3 cup Anita’s Organic Cane Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Anita’s Organic Ground Flaxmeal
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1/3 cup neutral tasting oil (grapeseed; canola; sunflower etc)
  • 1 ½ cups Anita’s Organic Red Fife Flour
  • 1 ½ tsp non-alum baking powder
  • 1 tsp non-alum baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup Anita’s Organic Chocolate Chips


Emmer Pecan Cranberry CookiesIngredients (Makes 22-24 Large Cookies)
  • 2 1/3 cups Anita’s Organic Emmer Flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup Anita’s Organic Brown or Coconut Sugar
  • 1/3 cup Anita’s Organic Pecans, chopped
  • 1/3 cup Anita’s Organic Cranberries
  • 1/3 cup Anita’s Organic Chocolate Chips
  • 2 tbsp Anita’s Organic Flaxmeal
  • 4 tbsp water
  • ½ cup coconut oil melted (or other neutral tasting oil such as grapeseed/sunflower etc)
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup (we used Canadian Heritage # 3)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract (or 1 tsp vanilla powder)


jan_news_tbThis month we would like to feature two of our flours which are sometimes overlooked but really shouldn’t be. With ever increasing prices and frequent shortages of some of the more popular varieties such as Spelt, these two flours can make great substitutions in many applications.

Emmer Flour & Kernels – a beautiful Ancient Grain dating back thousands of years. Can be used in many applications and has a delightful; delicate nutty flavour. This parent of Spelt is a great addition to your pantry and very versatile with just the right amount of TLC.

Red Fife Flour & Kernels – this Heritage Grain dates back to the mid 1800’s and is said to be the wheat that built Canada. It is often overlooked but a fabulous substitution in any recipe that calls for Whole Wheat Flour. Though a distant relative to our more modern varieties such as Hard Red Wheat this grain has a more subtle flavour but is just as versatile.

If you haven’t already tried them then now’s the time. For the whole of January you can save 10% off both the flours and the grains.

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This recipe for a simple Emmer Sandwich Bread is very adaptable and can easily be tweaked to give different results. As the picture indicates the loaves are different shapes and sizes which is due to the amount of white flour present in the recipe. From left to right 100% Emmer Flour; 66% Emmer Flour 33% All Purpose Flour; 50% Emmer Flour 50% All Purpose Flour. Emmer Flour falls into the Ancient Grain category so has less gluten than our more modern wheat varieties. Because of this it needs to be handled a little more delicately as do most of the Ancient Grains. They prefer a shorter kneading period and take a little more time to rise than their modern day counterparts. My favourite of the three was the 100% Emmer Flour loaf (which is on the left of the picture). Though not very ‘big’ it has a beautiful nutty taste to it. Enjoy -J

100% Emmer Flour Option

(see note for adaptations)

Ingredients (Makes 1 loaf)
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • 2 ¼ tsp yeast
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cups Anita’s Organic Emmer Flour
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup seeds (eg. hemp, sesame, chia) ~ optional


  • 5 cups Vegetable Broth
  • 4 cups chopped Butternut squash cut into 1/2 in pieces
  • 1/4 cup Butter
  • 2 cups Anita’s Organic Emmer Kernels (Farro)
  • 1 cup White wine
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 cup toasted chopped hazelnuts


Cinnamon Streusel Muffins

December 29, 2014
cinnamon_muffinsIngredients (Streusel Mixture):
Ingredients (Muffins):
  • 2/3 cup Anita’s Organic Red Fife Flour
  • 1 ½ tsp aluminum free baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp Himalayan salt
  • 1/ ½ tsp organic cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1 beaten egg


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Special Event

Anita’s Organic; The Local Harvest Market and Magpies Bakery will be holding a special Christmas event. During the week of December 8—15 we’ll be hosting a Christmas Pop the Balloon Event. All through the week you’ll be to save big and sample great food from our café, bakery and bistro. Here’s what we’re offering:

  • Pop a balloon to get up to 70% off and lots of free stuff
  • Win a free basket valued between $25-$100
  • Get a Christmas basket custom wrapped with local products of your choosing
  • Sample great food and fantastic Christmas treats
  • Enjoy farm-sourced foods from our bistro
  • Free regular coffee from our friends Pacific Coffee Roasters

Watch out for further details on our Facebook pages; websites and in your inboxes!


Chocolate Drizzle Dessert Cupcake with Whipped Coconut Cream(Dairy free & egg free)

Ah cupcakes! So bad, but oh so good anytime of the year. Cupcakes are incredibly versatile and can be as simple or as decadent as you like depending on the occasion. This one is perfect as a dessert as the frosting is super light and yummy. Enjoy – J



  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • ½ cup neutral tasting oil
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp vanilla powder or 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup coffee
  • 1 ¾ cups Anita’s Organic All Purpose White Flour
  • 1 ½ cups Anita’s Organic Cane Sugar
  • ¾ cup Anita’s Organic Raw Cacao Powder
  • ½ tsp non-alum baking soda
  • 1 tsp non- baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt

Whipped Coconut Cream:

  • 2 cans organic (good quality) coconut milk which has been refrigerated for a few days (Native Forest is my preferred brand for this recipe)
  • Maple syrup or sifted icing sugar to taste
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract or ¼ tsp vanilla powder

Chocolate Drizzle:

  • 2 cups Anita’s Organic Chocolate Chips
  • 2 to 4 tbsp non-dairy milk (to thin)


Mike’s Date Squares

November 29, 2014

Mike's Date SquaresThe Local Harvest Bistro resident Chef Mike has been kind enough to share his (up until now) oh so secret recipe for Date Squares. These traditional squares make a great addition to any occasion but have a definite festive comfort about them. The recipe is simple but if you don’t feel like baking them yourself pop on down to the Bistro and buy some through the month of December. -J


Filling recipe:

  • 1 pkg Medjool dates
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

Crisp Recipe:

  • 2 1/2 cup quick rolled oats
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup softened butter


Cranberry Pecan Oatmeal CookiesRecipe courtesy of Magpie’s Bakery

The team from Magpie’s bakery have been working so very hard since their arrival at The Local Harvest Market its crazy. But lucky for us they managed to make time to develop and share this recipe. A fabulously festive cookie full of all the flavours you would expect at Christmas. Delicately spiced and beautifully buttery it’s a must for any gathering. Enjoy ~J

  • 1/2 pound (1 cup, or 2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3/8 teaspoon allspice


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~ Artisan Bake Shoppe