Organic Week was well-celebrated in New Brunswick, and ACORN took a field trip to visit some of the participating locations. Below is a photo-blog of the Organic Week Highlights!
First of all, I (Theresa, NB ACORN Coordinator) was lucky to be in Fredericton earlier in the week, and Fredericton had definitely started celebrating: here are some photos from Real Food Connections, Aura Whole Foods, Picaroons and the Blue Door!
And I just happened to meet farmer Kathy Nason from Springbrook Cranberries who was dropping off a delivery of organic cranberries in the store!
Aura Whole Foods created some amazing organic displays–showcasing Canadian Organic products! Aura also posted awesome photos of the staff holding their favourite Canadian organic products–here’s Jenn (Organic Week Champion) showing off her superstar vegetables! (see their facebook site here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=216521595080139&set=pu.172131199519179&type=1&theater
Meanwhile, at Picaroons, the taps were flowing all week with Picaroons’ organic Dark and Stormy! For every growler sold customers were entered in a draw to win an amazing basket from Real Food Connections–great double promo! Picaroons also had FREE ORGANIC APPLES for everyone who stopped in! The apples were from HutLo Acres in Knowlesville, NB–what a treat! Here’s Leah Anstis (CCNB) posing with the apples in the brewtique!
On Monday, I also had a family meal at the Blue Door in Fredericton, who was celebrating Organic Week by featuring daily specials made with local organic meat! On Monday, the dinner special was Slipp Farm’s chicken breast with awesome carrots and rice pilaf–I’m afraid the picture I took doesn’t do it justice at ALL–but hopefully it will give you a taste. It was truly a great meal!
On Friday, Beth McMahon (ACORN Ex. Dir) and I decided to take an afternoon to see what Moncton had cooked up for Organic Week–and we had a blast!
First stop was the beautiful Sequoia Whole Foods and Natural Products where Organic Week included beautiful shelf-displays, organic baked goods (made from Speerville Flour Mill‘s flour!) and product samples all week long! On Friday, they were sampling organic cheese–yumm! Here’s a photo of Becky and staff holding up the Organic Week banner.
Sequoia also hosted David Méthot, from Amarosia Organic Gardens, earlier in the week to give a talk and meet with customers. In addition, Sequoia’s store location hosts the Green Heaven Café, which specializes in raw and organic food–it’s a beautiful spot with AMAZING treats–be sure to stop in next time you’re hungry!
Next we visited Dolma Foods, where Susan Linkletter’s Earth Friendly Farm organic salads were waiting for us!
And here’s a great local organic veggie display featured all week long at Dolma Food:
Last but certainly not least, we visited the Corn Crib–where farmer Larry Slipp was hosting a free organic barbeque! Unfortunately, my pictures from this are a bit washed-out, but I think you’ll get the picture. People were pretty excited about this and the staff at the Corn Crib were too! The Corn Crib was also giving away delicious samples of organic popcorn all week, and on Thursday, they had chef Carson Edwards (from the Dune View Inn) doing cooking demonstrations! Organic Week was a big hit at the Corn Crib!
Thanks to everyone who participated in Organic Week this year–farmers, retailers, restaurants and consumers alike! Together we’re starting to increase awareness and understanding about what organic means in Canada, and how we can eat to save the world!