How are the crops doing this summer after record breaking heat wavesÂ , and some overdue rain storms? Read more to learn where the grains are in their life cycles as of Mid July and how soon we’ll be seeing combines rolling in the fields!
“Charred remains of aÂ flatbread baked about 14,500 years ago in a stone fireplace at aÂ site in northeastern Jordan have given researchers a delectableÂ surprise: people began making bread, a vital staple food, thousands of yearsÂ before they developed agriculture”.
With wheat harvest on the minds of many of #YourFarmers these days,Â we were curious, what gets made from OntarioÂ wheat? We’ve already spoken about theÂ different types of wheat that can be grown, but what varieties of wheat are grown in Ontario? Where are they grown and what is made from these wheat varieties?
â€˘ Can of black beans (or Â˝ cup dried black beans, soaked overnight and boiled until soft)
â€˘ ÂĽ cup dried pearl barley, soaked overnight and cooked on the stove
â€˘ ÂĽ green onion, chopped fine
â€˘ 1/3 cup carrots, diced fine
â€˘ Â˝ cup leafy greens (tougher greens like kale work best)
â€˘ 2 tbsp bread crumbs
â€˘ 1tbsp olive oil
1. Soak the barley (and black beans, if youâ€™re using the dried variety) overnight and cook them on the stove.
2. SautĂ© leafy greens, green onion, and carrots in the olive oil in a pan. Once everything is cooked, turn off the heat and set it aside.
3. Process the black beans in a food processor first â€“ then, add the barley until everything is mixed through.
4. Add the cooked vegetables and bread crumbs to the food processor and pulse until it is completely incorporated. Season the mix with salt and pepper to taste.
5. Form patties with the mix. If you want to cook them fresh, pan fry them until both sides are brown and finish heating through in an oven for about 15 minutes. If you want to cook them on the barbecue, it works best if you freeze the patties first.
This past weekend, our Growing Connections exhibit visited the Honda Indy Toronto races in Toronto, Ontario! We were on hand for three days of racing to share stories about Ontario grain farms and to discuss #YourFarmers contributions to the bio-fuels industry.
The simplest answer is no. There is a great discussion to be had around food and fuel and what producing grains for both in the right amount means for the economy and the environment. Continue reading “Food and Fuel”
This past week Ontario has seen some record breaking high temperatures. Over the Canada Day long weekend, many parts of Ontario were in heat warning areas with extreme heat and humidity levels. How did this heat wave affect the grain growing in the fields?
#ICYMI check out some highlights of the Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa this past weekend! Continue reading “Canada Day 2018 at Major Hill’s Park”