Sugar Saturday – I’m missing all the fun!

Apparently the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival is “recognized by the Guinness Book of Records” as “the World’s Largest Single Day Maple Syrup Festival” according to their website.

http://www.elmiramaplesyrup.com/the-festival/

Release the sap!

It is around this time every year that the maple trees in eastern Canada are tapped for their watery liquid which then gets turned into maple syrup in a sugar shack or cabane au sucre. For more on this process, check out the following link:

https://wealfood.wordpress.com/2014/03/31/meatless-monday-the-sugar-bush/

While I didn’t make it to Elmira today, I’ve decided to have my own festival of maple syrup this week. Here are just some of the desserts that benefit from the addition of maple syrup:

scones, cookies, crepe cake, parfait, granola, chocolate truffles, butter tarts, pumpkin pie, hot chocolate, cheesecake, ice cream, fudge, candied walnuts, icing, caramel

Though popularly poured on pancakes (and snow) maple syrup is not just for breakfast anymore.

Because life is a little sweeter with some maple syrup in it. Indulge sensibly. 

And there are health benefits to maple syrup?!

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/03/100321182924.htm

Forget Meatless Mondays

Everyday is meatless this month. October 1st is World Vegetarian Day and marks the start of Vegetarian Awareness Month. See the following link on how you can participate in the meatless celebration and stay tuned to Weal Food for meatless treats for the next four weeks.

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‘O’ Canada

The week of September 17-25, 2016 is National Organic week in Canada.

http://organicweek.ca

It is a celebration of organic food and farming with events happening across the country.

Here are some ways you can recognize this occasion in your daily life:

  • Eat at a restaurant that serves local and organic food.
  • Take an organic farm tour.
  • Become acquainted with the ‘clean fifteen’ and the ‘dirty dozen’.

https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/dirty_dozen_list.php

https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/clean_fifteen_list.php