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!
Here we are, almost in November already! The clocks are due to fall back; Halloween is a mere day away; Thanksgiving is a distant memory and Santa is polishing his sleigh in readiness for a busy end to the year. Is it just me or does this time of year seem far busier than other times? It always seems to be rush, rush, rush and dinner is quite often an afterthought. Preparation and planning for most people is the key and certainly helps in my house. A good crock pot (or two) and a handful of quick nutritious recipes work wonders to fill tummies and leave time for snuggling with a good book by the fire. This issue of our newsletter features some of those recipes. Sadly they weren’t tested at the height of summer with an arsenal of food stylists and photographed seductively in flattering light. Did I mention this is a busy time? They were tested and photographed in my kitchen accompanied by my impatient family’s cries of ‘What’s for Dinner?!’ Served with love and a nice fresh slice of Magpies Bakery Bread I hope you enjoy them too.
With Thanksgiving little more than 2 weeks away (oh my, is it really!!!) preparations for this precious family time are being made in homes all across the country. Food glorious food is the focus on most people’s minds so less chat this month and more recipes!!!!
So Happy Thanksgiving to all our lovely customers both near and far and enjoy this precious time with your loved ones. We’ll be back with the detox; post-Thanksgiving – run up to Christmas newsletter in November.
This month we have a selection of rolled flakes and oats on special and a few ways that you can use them to make something delicious!
Here at Anita’s Organic we currently have 25 different flours and are always looking to add new varieties to the family. This month our specials include three flours that may not be new members of the family but they are definitely the lesser known or under used cousins in this growing brood.
Summer, oh summer – how you crept up on us so quietly – springtime was pretty fabulous – will you be too? Will you help the grain crops that we so desperately rely on grow big and strong? Will you ripen those beautiful fruits and vegetables that no family dinner table should be without? Will you give us the rain we need to survive but enough sun so that we can play? Oh please beautiful summer, be kind to us. The lakes they are a calling and the mountains need some climbing.
This month we are featuring two Ancient Grains that are gaining popularity and the attention of bakers everywhere – Emmer and Einkorn. Both grains can be traced back thousands of years and have remained unaltered by human hands since then.
Well, what a whirlwind few weeks we have had here at Anita’s! Talking about the move; preparing for the move; physically moving; and then settling in to our new home here at The Local Harvest Market. It’s been a bit of a roller coaster but we are almost there. There are a few little wrinkles to iron out but hey that’s what growing and learning is all about.
So March is here already with its promises of springtime; lighter evenings and…….. taxes!!! But as I write this we have just had a weekend of almost a foot of snow in some places here in Chilliwack, which is pretty rare in the wintertime but in March! Anyway it was fun and as always beautiful to see. This month our recipes rely heavily on our featured flours Spelt and Kamut . Both are amazing flours to use and two of our four ‘Ancient Grain Flours’ here at Anita’s. The Spelt and Kamut grains were discovered thousands of years ago and as such have remained unaltered since then. Many people who find they have issues with our more modern day wheat varieties seem to be having lots of success with those of a more ancient strain. These flours are on special this month so it’s a perfect time to try them out.
This month we are featuring one of our most popular flours – Whole Wheat. Here at Anita’s we pride ourselves on the quality of our products and this flour is no exception. Milled from Canadian Hard Red Spring Wheat our Whole Wheat Flour’s are 100% Whole Grain and perfect for most applications. Different milling methods create the two different grinds we have available. Our Whole Wheat Stoneground Flour is milled through our stone mill and has a hearty texture with tiny flecks of umber coloured bran and germ visible in the finished product. This flour is great to use in any application where a more robust texture is required but especially good in bread baking. Our Whole Wheat Fine Grind Flour is processed through our hammer mill to create a finer texture to the finished product.