It's no surprise to those who know us or follow our antics here on the blog, but let us just reiterate that when we take a vacation we love to forage for local food then take it home to prepare and consume it. It's just one of our ways of getting a real feel for where we are.
This year, since we're staying pretty close to home, we've mostly been getting our "local" fix by patronizing the nearby farm market stores. You know the ones, those little places at the side of the highway with a wagon full of pumpkins out front and a half dozen cars in the side lot, and a big table of pickles, jams and baked goods inside. We've found a good one, Burnham Family Farm Market between Port Hope and Cobourg, and it's provided us with great fresh vegetables and an awesome pumpkin pie!
"Local", though, has taken on a whole new meaning this year; we have an orchard in our backyard. Well, not our back yard, exactly, more a side yard down by the road, but it's here on the property and it's all ours!
We started our stay by undertaking a modest harvest of apples and pears, just to get us through a few days' worth of breakfasts. But today, sensing that the season was rapidly coming to an end, we went a little crazy! Not only are we stocked for breakfasts for the rest of the week, but we'll be doing a little baking tomorrow!
Anyone care to drop by for some apple pie?