Hot Sauce Contest

Announced on Twitter, my personal Facebook page, and here on

Any new Peterborough Farm to Table Culinary Tours Facebook “likes” between now and Friday at 5pm will be put into a draw to win one of 3 Farm to Table hot sauces: Habanero Death, Chipotle Hurt, or Cayenne Maim. 3 prizes in all.

These aren’t fancypants bottles of sauce, but rather home canned and made from peppers and other ingredients grown in the Farm to Table gardens.

Trust me when I say that they are much sought after culinary fireballs. Hand-crafted, they range from pretty darned hot to “wow, where did my eyebrows go.”

Sorry existing “likes,” but look for a contest for you early in the new year (including a chance to win tickets for the weekly summer culinary tours).

Want a tease? Here is the Chipotle Hurt, featured on Punk Domestics.

Seasoned Spoon Event Offers Practical (and Sustainably Sourced) Food Prep Tips to First Year Students


I’m a huge fan of the Seasoned Spoon. And if you are a lover of local foods in the Peterborough area, you should be to.

If you haven’t heard of the Spoon, they’re an independent café at Trent University offering delicious lunches and snacks for students, staff and faculty. They’re also pioneers in helping make local, seasonal, and ethically sourced food an integral part of university life.

Awhile back, I wrote a piece about them for Metroland Media newspapers and blogs across Ontario. Click here to read the piece.

Their upcoming event, “So I’m in University…. What do I Eat?!?” is a great example of how they aim to feed both the body and the mind.

From their Facebook page:

“Wednesday, Sept. 26th 4pm-5pm- So I’m in University- What do I Eat?!? Join us at the Seasoned Spoon for a workshop and conversation on surviving first year on a budget or in residence, as we discuss how to eat healthily and cheaply even if you’re tied to a meal plan. We’ll take you on a mental walk-about on where to buy and eat good food in Peterborough and together will create a must-have list of res room staples and “cooking” tips. This workshop is geared toward first year students but everyone is welcome to come and share. Cost is by donation and the Seasoned Spoon is located in Champlain College just past the Great Hall.”

For more info on the Seasoned Spoon, drop by their website.

You can also follow them on Twitter at @SeasonedSpoon or on Facebook (Seasoned Spoon).

Welcome to the New Web Home of Farm to Table Peterborough

Hello, and welcome to the new online home of Farm to Table Peterborough and the Farm to Table Downtown Culinary Tours.

As Farm to Table has grown and morphed over the past few years, the purpose of the website has also changed. Farm to Table isn’t serving as much food as they once did — though Donald will still entertain the odd request for small-scale catering. Instead, we’re spending the bulk of our time promoting local, seasonal food, the people who grow it, and the local businesses and restaurants that either sell or serve it.

We’re writing more than ever, consulting people on local food purchasing ideas, and, of course, offering the very successful Downtown Culinary Tours.

In the near future, we will be providing a listing of Peterborough area restaurants and stores that specialize in local and seasonal produce, naturally-raised meats, wholesome dairy, plus other great products.

We also hope to be expanding our culinary tours into new communities and into new formats — including some weekend and evening tours.

Check back frequently for updates.

Of course, the best way to ensure that you don’t miss a thing is to subscribe to the Farm to Table Peterborough blog. Just fill out the subscription form on the left of the screen, and you’ll get all the news that we have to offer.

Also, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@farm_to_table) and on Facebook (PeterboroughCulinaryTours).

Thanks for stopping by the new site. We hope you visit regularly.

Bon appetit and cheers!


Peterborough Downtown Farmers’ Market

My new column in Peterborough This Week has been launched. As has my My Kawartha (the online version of the newspaper) blog.

Check out my coverage of the Peterborough Downtown Farmers’ Market here.

The weekly market starts this week and runs each Wednesday from 8:30am until 2:00pm.  You can check out their website here.

Added bonus: my blog contains a wonderful Market Greens and Goat Cheese Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette.  It’s a bare bones salad that can be added to as other veggies (or fruits) come into season.

I’ll be interviewing Jillian Bishop, Market Coordinator and adding more coverage later in the week.