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January 11, 2017

Back for another Year!

 

Back for another year - and another Blog! About time, as one would say. Nothing new since last April? Not really. The summer was very frenzied and an exceptional challenge, as you may suspect. Have a look at our last Newsletter for a recap of the growiing year. But now, heading towards the more peaceful, less agitated time of the year, there is more time for reflection and inner contemplation.

 

Before that "inner part" becomes too dominating, I must point to our amazing selection of Vegetables and fruits in our upcoming Food Baskets, the second week of Baskets in the New Year. Yes, this is the so-called meagre time of the year. However, looking at the rich and varied selection offered by our Food Baskets, some may beg to differ.

 

Looking back at the past growing season (you may have read the recap in the meantime), it becomes clear that there is a lot of work and effort behind everything we eat. This may escape one's view when beholding the nutritional abundance still at our disposal. But just recently, we were told that vegetable prices for things from California (most of our fruits and veggies come from there in the winter) may rise again due to heavy rains. Rain in California sounds good, after the prolonged drought (now in its fifth year) they have been having - just not so much in such a short time.

 

Well, as you probably know now, we too had a drought last summer, and we did sorely feel it. Things didn't grow or even germinate. Then they grew too fast. What ended up growing often turned out small or flawed. We can still see the results now when we package small heads of cabbage, scabby potatoes and timy onions. These are things we must live with - and do live with. Despite all of these stumbling blocks, we are still very happy to be able to offer you such a beautiful selection of Food Baskets. As always, thank you for your ongoing support - and looking forward to offering you another year of the best in organic home delivery, far and wide!


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Wolfgang Wurzbacher at 1:00 PM
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September 21, 2015

Farewell Local Fruit

 

On this beautiful begiining of autumn, we also have to mention that the prosperous time of local (Palatine Niagara) fruit is drawing to an end. This week's Baskets are still  featuring Pears, Peaches, Plums and some even Nectarines - all from Palatine Fruits in Niagara. We are sad to see the last fruit run this week. You will enjoy their fruit in our Baskets yet coming week, but then we will need to go back to fruit from more remote regions, such as B.C., California, Mexico and South America. it was very nice while it lasted, and we will be looking forward to next year's offerings.

 

In the meantime, it appears that this is Organic Week. This kind of passed us by, since we have about 52 organic weeks every year. One more or less does not make all that much difference to us.

 

For all of us who are thankful for any celebration, we wish you a Happy Organic Week!


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Wolfgang Wurzbacher at 4:53 PM
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September 7, 2015

Back to School

 

Happy Labour Day!

Yes, we ARE delivering this week, despite today's holiday - just to appease some of the rumours out there and reassure anyone still double-guessing. We hope you are enjoying this splendid barbecue-style holiday!

 

It's that time again - back to school, during some of the hottest days yet of this summer.  If all children are like our own, they will be looking forward to going back, more or less and in spite of themselves. The summer was long and hot, but a lot of our young ones spent it working. For many of them, school is the promise of more civil, perhaps less strenuous activities and a return to acquiring more theoretical knowledge which they will be able to test for its practical value when the next school vacation rolls around.

 

NIAGARA FRUIT and WHOLE FRESH CHICKENS NEARING END

Summer is almost over and Palatine Fruit deliveries from Niagara will soon be too. Our next-to-last Whole Fresh Chicken run is coming to an end by this Friday. So if you missed getting on the Chicken List, you may still be in luck if you would like to give it a try, either by calling us at the Store - 519-725-4282 - or clicking here to order. If you did miss it, despair not. There will be one more Chicken Run coming in November - stay tuned.

 

WELCOME BACK!

We are also welcoming back all of you who were away for the summer and are back with us, either by receiving a Food Box or by visiting us at the Store. It is our great pleasure to continue bringing you all the organic goodness you aspire to, from near and far, just as we have been doing faithfully since 1998. My oh my, how time goes by...

 

An enjoyable rest of summer to all of you!

 

 


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Wolfgang Wurzbacher at 6:22 PM
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July 29, 2015

Happy "Dog Days"

 

... as they say at this very hot time of the year. Gradually, rain would be appreciated again, although the situation is not critical yet.

 

In this week's BLENDER BASKETS, as a last-minute decision we had to leave out the planned Palatine Cherries due to some quality issues. We replaced them with a Pear, a Gala Apple and two Oranges.

 

PALATINE FRUIT

If you are still new with the near-sustainably grown Palatine Fruit, just go the The Good Peach to learn more and order local fruit from the Niagara Region. One of the locations it is delivered to is our Store in St. Agatha where you can pick it up. You can also have it delivered to your house just like a Food Box order.

 

Orders can generally be placed by Wednesday noon for pick-up at the Store on Friday or by Sunday noon for pick-up at the Store by Wednesday. If you prefer delivery and live in the outlying areas (any location other than Kitchener-Waterloo) which are delivered on Tuesdays, such as Cambridge Brantford, Guelph and Stratford, you may want to place your order for Friday. We can keep it in the cooler for you and then deliver it to you on Tuesday. Wednesday deliveries can order for Tuesday and we can deliver to you on Wednesday, if requested. Just let US KNOW that you ordered fruit at THE GOOD PEACH and would like it delivered. Call 519-725-4282 or email us.

 

DELIVERY BREAK August 4/5

As you may know, there will be NO DELIVERIES coming Civic Holiday week, August 4/5. We will be back for regular deliveries again the week after, August 11/12.

 

Many of you are still on holidays, but we will be looking forward to welcoming you back in August and the coming weeks. You will be returning to an incredible variety of local organic production from Pfenning's Farm and some fifty more organic growers in the immediate region.

 

Here's hoping you all enjoy the remainder of this beautiful summer!


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June 8, 2015

BANANA BREAK (for Small Blender)

 

After an extended spring silence, things are picking up - and give opportunity for a quick update.

 

Banana Break for Small Blender

All Small Blender Basket recipients, please, take note that this week - June 9/10 - there will be NO BANANAS. Instead, you wiill find a deliciously juicy and tasty Anjou Pear. A recent Banana delivery lag has imposed this measuer on us. Thank you for playing along!

 

Pfenning's Farm NEW SITE

In other news, you may want to have a look at the Pfenning's Farm's new site, especially their Blog, where you may see interesting updates and pictures from the Farm. After all that rain and the near-tropical growing conditions, things are really taking off.

 

Chicken List

Finally, if you have not yet gotten your name on the Chicken List for our soon to come Farm-Fresh Pasture-Raised Whole Roasters, you may want to do so by visiting our Fresh Chicken order Page. Just another 3-4 weeks and they will be ready for pick-up at the Store... or delivery if you get in touch with us to set it up.

 

A terrific month of June to all!


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Wolfgang Wurzbacher at 3:32 PM
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March 3, 2015

Welcome to You All

Hello to You All!

This is Almut, Wolfgang's better half and business partner. I am reporting to 'blog-duty!"

To bring more variety into this site I thought it would be good to share some of my knowledge with you ALL.

Today's topic is about the ALPHA Premium coconut oil.

We sell ALPHA coconut oil in the store. It comes in the DME brand (Fair Trade and hand-pressed) and the Premium brand.

Alpha is discontinuing the Premium brand for the following reasons:

  • Factory-made coconut oils keep farmers and labourers in poverty
  • At Alpha, we have a commitment to provide you with ethically sourced, high quality products
  • We're committing 100% to DME™, because everyone in the DME™ process is paid fairly

Here is the link if you want to know more!

 

We have many jars (500ml & 1.75L)and pails (4L & 10L) left if you want to stock up.

Please give us feedback on the Coconut Oil you want to see in our store!

 

Organically yours,

Almut
 


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Almut Wurzbacher at 2:01 PM
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February 17, 2015

Is it cold enough yet?

 

After the ever-whimsical weather made me eat my own words (alluding to my comment in our last Newsletter on how little snow we had had so far), it added injury to insult by making the temperature drop to a record low of -34.1 degrees on Monday. Nonetheless, we hope you all received your fruits and vegetables in good condition.

 

Surplus Spinach

All of you who are receiving a LOCAL BASKET this week (February 17/18) will find a Spinach bunch which is obviously not local, but from more temperate growing areas (California in this case). We had some Spinach surplus and allowed ourselves to share this with our Local Basket customers (at no cost). In a sense it is still local, coming from the same continent. Enjoy!

 

Mid-Winter Delivery Break

Please, also remember that there will be NO DELIVERIES coming week, February 23/24. We will be back after our break on March 3/4.

 

Keep warm and healthy!


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Wolfgang Wurzbacher at 6:33 PM
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January 19, 2015

Pureed Ginger - What to do?

 

This week - January 20/21 - the Blender and Wild Baskets will be including little jars of Pureed Ginger, a specialty that seemed to offer itself at this time of the year, Ginger being known as one of the hotter kitchen spices.

 

Before you find yourself hopelessly lost, pondering over what to do with this unusual item, we would like to offer - not a recipe - but a short, helpful tip on what to do with your little Basket treasure. According to a short but interesting suggestion found in the depths of the Internet, Pureed Ginger is good in oatmeal raisin cookies, soups, jams, salads, stews...  in just about anything. Generally, you can use it wherever a recipe calls for Ginger. That's it in a nutshell.

 

Remember, Ginger is a hot spice, so use in moderation... and enjoy!


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Wolfgang Wurzbacher at 7:48 PM
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January 12, 2015

Cold Down South Too!

 

You may have heard in the news that down in California, where a big part of our winter greens come from at this time of the year, they have recently been dealing with the challenge of an unseosonable cold spell (unseasonable for them, that is). For the early part of the Californian winter growing season the weather was unseasonably warm. In December and early this year, however, the region has experienced a significant cold spell that is now having an impact on supplies and quality. The lows have been at or below freezing, with the highs not rising much above 14 degrees. Normal temperatures at this time range in the 20s. This weather has interrupted the growth cycle and caused some burn damage. As a result, we are looking at a significant reduction in the availability of tender leaf items with the inevitable higher prices for the next few weeks.

 

After this deplorable news, we will have to deal with our own cold spell for the beginning of this week, but can look forward to a warming tendency as the month goes on. For now, we thank all our customers for putting up with less green volume in your Baskets and helping us get through this wintry challenge. This is truly the high time for root veggies and local greenhouse greens. Hot soup anyone?

 

 


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Wolfgang Wurzbacher at 4:03 PM
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January 5, 2015

Healthy, Happy & Wholesome New Year!

 

Welcome back to all our faithful customers and those who may be on the way to becoming so.

 

FOOD BOX CHANGES for the WEEK OF JANUARY 6/7

 

Due to a delayed Banana shipment, we needed to replace Bananas in the BLENDER and SMOOTHIE BASKETS with more Kiwis, and in the FRUIT BASKET with a Melon.

Also, we unexpectedly ran out of our last LEEK and replaced it with Red Beets in the LOCAL BASKETS.

Thank you for graciously accepting these last-minute changes!

 

Thank you!

 

We would also like to convey our THANKS to all of you who expressed your appreciation of our services with a festive token of recognition during the Christmas delivery week. We love what we do and are truly only happy when our customers are. Thank you to all of you for showing us your appreciation.

 

Employment Opportunity

 

Finally, we would like to point out a job opportunity at Pfenning's Organic & More. As of April, Meaghan will be going on maternity leave and we need to replace her for some time, much as this seems impossible to do.

 

If you would like to apply for the position, please, click here!

 

All the best in 2015!


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Wolfgang Wurzbacher at 4:13 PM
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