Elizabeth Harris of Alberta, Canada
Our Canada Food Day was particularly joyous as our son Patrick and his partner Cayleigh had just returned from leading a camp tour to Hawaii. they and their over privileged charges coached with The Girls and Boys Club of Hawaii, removed invasive species from the Rainforest and helped out habitat for humanity. Patrick also visited of friends of my husband John at Hilo on the big island. He brought back locally brewed Micro Brewery beer from Hilo which along with beer brewed at Fermentations on the Danforth and wine made by them from organic grapes grown in Niagara by Laura Sabourin of Feast of Fields was the perfect pairing for our feast. Cayleigh and Patrick had had 31 days of hotel eating and were dying for a home cooked meal. John had had lots of experience grilling at the Evergreen Brick Works Farmers’ Market in the morning. We started with salade de tomate made with heritage tomatoes from Ben and Jessie Sosnicki dressed with Angelos Kapelaris’ olive oil and Koslick’s vinegar. We had beets and grilled beet greens from Greenfields Organics, fresh French beans from Ted Thorpe and gorgeous potatoes from Klondike Farms on the shores of Lake Huron. Perfectly grilled sirloin from Scotch Mountain Meat set of the vegetables. We had the fist and best corn ever from Ed Dirse of Passion Popcorn https://www.passionpopcorn.ca/ in Norfolk County grilled with the steak and slathered with whey butter from Sterling Creamery in Hastings County. This year John has been busy farming our roof, planting all manner of vegetables and we finished the meal with a salad of greens from Grenville Farms in Severn Bridge, Muskoka mixed with our home grown greens and garnished with edible flowers from out garden. A loaf of St John’s bead and a well matured Ramembert from Best Baa Sheep Milk Cheese completed the meal. We ate in the garden, a rare thing this summer as the weather has been so terrible for us and for the farmers. We have a lot to be thankful for! Let us hope that the sun will shine on us for August so farmers can complete the harvest.