Posted in September 2013

High-rise dates

High-rise dates

I’m home from the harvest, after a two-day date with the king of dates in Yuma, Arizona. Day 2 of our Medjool Bloggers Summit began with a Date 101 session over breakfast. Then it was off to the Bard Valley, a strip of desert in the extreme southwest corner of California, 20 minutes from where we sat. … Continue reading

Take the 1:45 to Yuma

Take the 1:45 to Yuma

I left green T.O. at 9 this morning and landed at 6 p.m. (3 p.m. Arizona time) in the desert. It feels like another planet … spiky brown hills rising in the distance out of what looks from the air like an ancient seabed, dry and cracked. We stepped off the plane into a wall … Continue reading

Meet our Mighty Mato!

Meet our Mighty Mato!

When I heard a lot of people have been disappointed with their grafted tomatoes from President’s Choice, new this year, I figured I’d better weigh in with this bruiser of a brandywine from our back-lane garden. No, it’s not the least bit round, but it was delicious!

Awash in squash!

Awash in squash!

Bill Boot is awash in squash, and he couldn’t be happier. Five days a week for more than 30 years, Boot has arrived at the Ontario Food Terminal at midnight from his farm in Scotland, an hour and a half west of Toronto. By dawn his outdoor stall is a work of art, with 17 … Continue reading

September shell game

September shell game

Leave the canned beans for winter and reach for handfuls of fresh romano beans, available by the bushel right now from Ontario farms. You can’t miss these beauties, their long pods streaked with a vivid pink. The plump, shiny beans inside are a swirl of cream and pink. Unfortunately their colour’s only skin-deep, and they … Continue reading