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“Bring joy and nourishment to the table,” Halliday says. That’s what makes your message to consumers memorable.

How to talk food in the city

When city consumers want to know how to communicate about food, they go to Voula Halliday

Reading Time: 5 minutes “At the core, you try to create something memorable and special. The possibilities are endless,” says Voula Halliday as we discuss food and events — and how using them together has so much impact when you’re trying to promote causes and make change. It’s a Tuesday morning, and Halliday apologizes as she tells me it […] Read more

The table and who’s around it

Even though you’re too busy to spend hours in the kitchen, you can still have a great Sunday meal

Reading Time: 4 minutes The concept of the Sunday Supper is an old one. The traditional day of church and of rest (although not always so much for women and farmers with livestock), Sundays were a day when cooks would take a little extra time to prepare a meal. And while today most days are go-go-go, especially on the […] Read more


Six tips for safe barbecuing

Looks good, doesn’t it? But every year there are reports from incidents resulting from gas barbecues. Here are six common barbecue safety mistakes — and how you can avoid them.

What do your customers care about?

Check out the mainstream books, films and other media that are shaping what consumers think about what you do

Reading Time: 4 minutes Gluten-free, organic, GMO, free-run — these just hint at the kind of vocabulary being tossed about by consumers today. Packed with good intentions and a little knowledge, such notions are warping the demand for food products, and they may be laying a path for legislation. Never before has there been so much being written, said[...]
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Eat together: Have a healthier family

20 years of research proves that sitting down to eat together is good for body, brain and mental health

Reading Time: 6 minutes Here is one thing you can do that will help your kids succeed in school and life, and it’s as simple as making it a habit to eat together as a family. It sounds too good to be true, but true is exactly what it is. That’s according to Dr. Anne Fishel, a family therapist[...]
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Time to get cooking

These farm groups are building lifelong customers by teaching kids how to help themselves in the kitchen

Reading Time: 4 minutes For more and more of today’s kids, basic cooking skills are a lost art. With two parents working non-stop and with a full slate of after-school activities for the kids, families are eating more prepared meals or picking up food on the go. Mary Carver, food literacy specialist at the Ontario Home Economists Association (OHEA)[...]
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VIDEO: Cooking up good things with pulses

Canned chickpea water substitutes for egg whites in making macarons

Reading Time: 1 minute While Canada grows copious amounts of pulses, most are exported. Chefs Geoffroy Dextraze and Chef Chris Kopp of Winnipeg’s Prairie Ink Restaurant and Bakery share their experiences developing new pulse recipes for the provincial launch of the International Year of Pulses. The event was put on by the Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers and attended by[...]
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Time-saving meals for busy families

We asked chef Tony Mancini how he’d cook for today’s hectic farm lifestyles

Reading Time: 6 minutes Despite all our time-saving technology, we all seem to be busier than ever, cramming ever more things into our days. Farm work, off-farm jobs, kids’ sports, volunteer commitments plus, hopefully, at least a little time for some fun social activities and exercise for ourselves mean it can be a challenge to eat healthily. Don’t despair.[...]
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