A special visitor will be at the Clover Valley Farmers’ Market here this Saturday (July 31).
Northern Maple the Cow is making her debut in Northwestern Ontario at the market, which runs from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at its McIrvine Road location.
She offers a fun and innovative way of learning about dairy cows while promoting milk.
Northern Maple, based in the Sudbury area, is a full-sized fibreglass cow built to provide children and adults a fun and educational opportunity to “milk” a cow in an interactive setting.
She has been featured on television and in many newspapers, and has visited many of the agricultural fairs in eastern Ontario over her short life.
Farmers often are heard grumbling about how little people know about food production with the expansion of urban society.
In the 1950s, fully half of Canadians were farm families. In the year 2000, less than three percent of Canadians were farmers.
If you are 50 or over, you probably visited or remember a grandparent farming—and had experiences to learn about where foods come from.
If you are 25 or 30 years of age, chances are you’ve never been on a farm and your closest contact with food is the supermarket.
Consequently, fewer and fewer individuals have the chance to learn how their food is produced.
Local vegetables also are in abundance at the market these days. Green, wax, and purple beans are now in their prime–perfect timing for the freezer or pickling.
They are quick and easy to freeze, and will be a tender, tasty, and nutritious side dish all winter long.
To freeze, choose young crisp beans. Rinse and then snap off the tips.
Beans may be frozen whole or in pieces, but do not hesitate in the process. It is best rushing from the garden to the scalding process to preserve the freshness.
Scald the beans for three-four minutes from the time they are put in boiling water, then drain and plunge in ice water.
Drain again. Then package them in plastic bags of convenient size, label, and freeze.