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Louise’s Pandemic Tips

Louise's Pandemic Tips

 
Sometimes during this ongoing pandemic (like honestly it feels more than a couple of years)  knowing where to get the best products is a must, and most of these companies I have regularly used for the past 8 years with a couple I discovered at the beginning of the pandemic. I thought it would be a good idea to share them with.  Please feel free to reach out to me if you want to know any more about the products and services and let me know about any you have used. 

Order Fresh  

Local produce delivered to your door every other Monday evening, find them at the Sudbury farmers market on Saturday, or pick up at the farm includes but not limited to: Truly Northern Farms, Birch Lake Abattoir, Adoro Olive Oils, Fromagerie Kapuskoise, Braydough and Co, and Stu-Ann Bakery. An item you shouldn’t miss, is for sure the sticky buns which you won’t want to share and are great with custard for the winter months and Braydough's Scone Mix - a favourite in our family - perfect scones each and every time.  Remember everything is seasonal so products will vary year round.  Find them both on Instagram and Facebook.

Click Fork

Local produce delivered to your door every 3rd Wednesday in the winter between 3pm and 7pm (or local pick up downtown), includes: Dalew Farms, Three Forks Farms, Kipling Ridge Farms, Field Good Farms,  Bison Du Nord, B. LePage Fishery, Herbert Fisheries, Thornloe Cheese, Sucrerie Seguin Sugarbush/Creek Bend Farm, Poschaven Farms, The Ugly Barn Farm, Ferme Familiale, Ferme La Binette, Avalon Orchards, Real McCoy Wild Rice, TruNorth Naturals, Beans Deep Coffee, Think Goats, Boreal Berry Farm, Pottery by Liane Longfellow, Northern Wildflowers and new/newer is Chocosol, Muskoka Lakes Farm & Winery, Rowan Tree Farms, Shut Up and Try it Ferments and Toffanello's Fresh Pasta Company.  

This farm group has grown and expanded in the last two years, now having their own commercial kitchen and are constantly drumming up new ideas on what to make with the produce they carry.  Their soups are wonderful, potatoe leek and borscht being my favourite. They also have pre made meals like turkey pot pie, lazy cabbage roll casserole, meat pie and shepherds pie.  We are a big fan of the desserts too especially the blueberry pie. They also have pre made pie crusts and pie dough which is very helpful.   If you prefer to make your own meals from scratch, there is no shortage of products, from flours, to honey and maple syrup, most meat & poulty options, cheeses, coffee, tea, oh boy i could go on and one.  Some of my favourites and i'm sure i'm forgetting something are the beef boxes from dalew, bison cuts, lamb from Rowantree, the occasional rabbits from Walsh Forest Farms, the lake trout from Herbert Fisheries, the Salsa Chantal makes, the linquine with the buttercup pasta sauce that Chantal also makes (omg, so good, recipe coming soon on my what's cooking page) any chocolate from Chocosol, washed down with Beans Deep Coffee - try a sample of each to get you started. Lastly I can't forget the Kombucha/Jun from Just Shut and Try Fermets, every flavour is wonderful and the best Kombucha i've tried and i've tried many, they have three flavours and i'm patiently waiting to see if they come up with more.

Find Click Fork on Instagram, Facebook and their wesbite (click on the blue title) and sign up to their email list.   Any questions Chantal or Josee will be happy to help you. 

Dalew Farms

Chantal and Dave Lewington have been my  beef and egg supplier for the past 6 years.  They were the first local farmers I was introduced to and are based in Lavigne. A lot of their items are on the click fork group and as Chantal runs the group, if you buy from Click Fork, you will get to know her. If it wasn’t for Chantal, I would not have been introduced to Kipling Ridge or Bison Du Nord.  They have been in business for about 15 years and I couldn’t ask for more from my Dalew family.  You can find them on both Instagram and Facebook.

Kipling Ridge Farm

James Morin is the owner and is based in Verner, he has pork, beef, chicken and in the fall does turkeys - he is one of the farmers on Click Fork. I have been buying my pork directly from Jim for a few years now and he has the best turkey I’ve ever had.  Oh and when he has flattened chickens, don’t miss out! When we get our order we enjoy smoked ham steaks, pork chops, ribs, bacon and of course ground pork, you can also ask for the lard if you wish.   He and his family are kind and helpful, find them both on Instagram and Facebook.

Three Forks Farm

Peggy Baillie and Eric Blondin are my main chicken (their chicken is the best I’ve ever had) farmers, and my vegetable farmers for the past 5 years. They are certified organic and have moved their farm from Warren to Manitoulin. You can order directly from them, through Click Fork or find them at the farmers market. Peggy and Eric are friends of my brothers and I thoroughly enjoy my chats with them! Oh and before I forget, they have their own seeds for purchase.

Tru Local

This is a company I started using for items I may not be able to get in town. T
ruLOCAL is a proud Black-owned and led business. They stand with the Black Lives Matter movement, and fully support the fight to end systemic and institutionalized racism, prejudice, and brutality that is still prevalent in our society. In 2020 they gave out 4 x $5000 equal opportunity grants, read about them here: https://trulocal.ca/equal-opportunity-grant.

My auntie Jill referred me and I’m glad she did, my family is very happy with the quality and they have exceptional customer service. They were featured on Dragons Den in 2016 that sources local farmers in Ontario, Alberta and BC. The meat and fish is frozen and sent packaged with dry ice to you every 2, 3, 4 or 6 weeks. You can keep to the same items every time or change it up (I change it up depending on what I need) and skip forward the date you need.

For my box for the winter break I
 have smoky cheddar sausages, beef bacon, haddock amongst other delicious items and oh did I mention they send out recipe cards with the boxes, also via email and Pinterest.  They now have one off boxes for most occasions and value packs as well as frozen veg and fruit add ons. You can follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. If you would like to try it and save some money use the referral code LOUISE JOHN7857. 

Enchanted Hive (currently taking a break) 

Mia Mathias is a friend of mine and her beeswax wraps are a staple in my house, available in every size and so many wonderful patterns – I was partial to the Harry Potter and Baby Yoda designs!  Whilst her main focus is the wraps, current times have led her to making masks, reusable paper towels and dinner napkins. Her products are sold at a variety of local establishments. She’s always coming up with new ideas and I can never wait to see what she is up to next. Find her both on Instagram and Facebook.

Epicure - Mia Mathis
Mia is also my epicure lady!  Epicure is a Canadian company founded in 1997 by Sylvie Rochette who wanted to make better meal solutions for Canadians. I’ve been using epicure for about 5 years and its’ changed how I view prepping food. They have everything from meal solutions (my personal favourite is general tao), meal kits (a selection of say everything to make Indian or Greek or Italian) herbs and spices (I love the pizza seasoning), sauces (they make a good alfredo), smoothie options, dressings, baking (the latest is carrot cake, I've yet to try it) to much much more.  It’s been essential in our house for the not only the gluten free options they provide but the reduction of salt in their offerings.  They come out with four catalogues a year, so there are seasonal items, they have surprise mystery boxes once in a while and if you follow them monthly you will see their current special offer. For March it is West coast burger seasoning. When o get it, I'll let you know how it is on my What's Cooking page. Also, don’t forget to check out their recipes on the website. I follow Sylvies Instagram account for what she’s cooking and epicure official site.  Even maybe check with your friends and family as many people offer epicure. 

Old Soul Soap Company
Old Soul Soap Company by Robin Vienneau was introducted to me by Mia.  I’ve been using her products for 6 years now as they are gentle on the skin, so even my youngest Claire can use them. Not only can you buy online and find them at the farmers market, you can also visit their beautiful store at the Hill Top Plaza in Hanmer. I have so many favourites I can’t even decide, but here goes a few, the Merlot artisan soap, pink peppermint bath bomb, muscle ease bath salt. In my latest order I got the Sugar Plum, Hot Toddy and Fireside Soaps to try something different and festive.  Whenever my box of goodies arrive, the smell is always divine.  Old Soul Soap Co can also be found on Instagram and Facebook.