Friday, August 10, 2012

Fresh!

 This is that wonderful time of year when fresh produce is plentiful, and our local farmers' markets are brimming with great fruits and vegetables. Some friends of mine in Ontario have been sharing the process of creating their unique gourmet preserves from field to table. Marilyn and Cathy, from Rootham's Gourmet Preserves   are at their busiest this time of year when truckloads of fresh goods arrive at their business. Here we see the cantaloupes arriving to the site...
 The beginnings of the process....preparing the fruit....
 The fruit diced up ready for the next step....
and one of the final products using the cantaloupe! You can find these products, and many more, in local farmers markets if you are in Ontario, at specialty stores throughout Canada, and at shows in Ontario throughout the season, including the "One of a Kind Show and Sale" in Toronto in November. Please visit their site to find other information and fantastic recipes using their products.
    I have visited their facility many times, and during one of the visits, they tested my expertise on the labeling machine. Think of Lucy Ricardo and the chocolate factory scene....very similar! But I promise, no product was hurt during my attempt to put the labels on the jar! Very proud of these ladies, their success and their products!