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For Sale at the Farm or Farmer's Markets

Bountiful, Organic Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs! 

Produce is available as the season progresses and it is best to check with us to see what's growing and ready. Early in the season you might see crisp spinach, wild leeks, asparagus, parsley, and edible flowers from the greenhouse. Mid-season we typically have a table overflowing with tomatoes, cucumbers, arugula, carrots, lettuce, beans, herbs, and berries. As fall approaches we see squash, potatoes, kale, spinach, leeks, onions, and beets join our offerings.
 
Earth Haven Farm will be at two farmers markets in Toronto every Saturday morning year round.  Visit Aric at Evergreen Brickworks, on Bayview Avenue, Toronto.  Visit Kathryn at The Village Market in Richmond Hill.

100% Grass-Fed Beef & Grass-Finished from our Scottish Highland Cattle!

Grass Fed Beef

According to the Mayo-Clinic and many other authorities, grass-fed and grass-finished beef is becoming a highly sought after commodity for the following health reasons.  We have many people coming up our laneway looking for grass-fed, grass-finished beef on the advise of their health care practitioners and dietians. 

  • Less total fat.
  • More heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
  • More conjugated linoleic acid, a type of fat that's thought to reduce heart disease and cancer risks.
  • More antioxidant vitamins, such as vitamin E.
Please note that we maintain a small herd of cattle and the demand is high.  We only butcher once or twice a year.  Meat is sold at farmgate and at our farmers markets.
 
Visit our blog for more information on the health benefits of grass-fed beef.

Beef Tallow

Our tallow is from our wonderful grass fed cows.  It is made from the choice fat around the kidneys and liver, high in omega proteins and essential oils.  It is processed and filtered down to a state suitable for making soap or to be used as a skin moisturizer.

Tallow is great for cooking eggs, stir fry's, meat, or whatever else that’s savory. Excellent substitute for any recipe calling for shortening or lard.  It has sort of a meaty essence, so I’m not sure I’d try to bake something sweet with it. Although I did just bake a batch of muffins and pie crust which were quite edible.  You can keep it in an airtight container (mason jar, glass pyrex) just as you would coconut oil or olive oil.  Best kept refrigerated.  It’s very stable, so it should last quite a long time even out of the fridge or freezer.  Tallow from grass fed beef is healthier than trans-fats and processed oils containing GMO's, antibiotics and hormones.


Tallow Soap

Soap the way it was made by our ancestors. Tallow rendered from the fat of our grass fed beef,  and filtered is combined with lye and made into soap blocks. Essential oils (mint and lavender are the most common) are added to reduce the beef smell.  Tallow is naturally moisturizing and mild for the skin, producing a gentle lather and the hard bar won't turn to goop in your shower.  

Tallow has a very similar composition to palm oil. It makes a hard long-lasting soap with a light creamy lather. Tallow is similar to human fat, and so it makes a great moisturizer, which is compatible with our human DNA. 

Since tallow soap is a great moisturizer, it is a favorite among our male customers as it is great for shaving.


Fresh Organic Eggs from Our Free Range Chickens!

We have a mixed heritage breed flock of chickens which produce a lovely range of eggs in a variety of sizes and colours ranging from pink, blue, blue-green eggs from our Ameracauna's to shades of brown from our chanteclair, wyendotte and red-sex-link birds.
 
Our chickens free range, eating a wide variety of insects, worms, greens and are supplemented with certified organic mixed grains from Bio-Ag.  Since our birds are outdoors most days they get plenty of natural sunlight and vitamins and minerals from their environment.  We do have roosters among our flock, therefore our eggs are fertilized.  Yolks are a dark yellow-orange indicating that there is a high protein content.  Yum!  Yum!

Organic Garlic

Garlic
Our annual garlic harvest renders us an abundance of biodynamically grown, organic garlic.  Our garlic is an heirloom variety and has proven to grow well in our soil.  This garlic variety is ideal for culinary use. 
 
Garlic is a wonderful seasoning to add aroma, taste, and added nutrition to your daily food dishes.   Our cattle love garlic too!
 
The World Health Organization says that garlic is rich in flavonoids and sulfur-containing nutrients, allium vegetables and are recommended in your diet on a regular basis.

Shiitake Mushrooms 

Shitake Mushrooms
We decided to grow Shiitake mushrooms this year in the wooded area next to one of our ponds.  The venture has proven to be quite viable both in the ability to grow the mushrooms and customer demand.
 
A shiitake mushroom is an edible fungus native to Asia and grown in forests. Shiitake mushrooms are the second most commonly cultivated edible mushrooms in the world. 
 
Shiitake mushrooms are promoted to fight the development and progression of cancer and AIDS by boosting the body's immune system. These mushrooms are also said to help prevent heart disease by lowering cholesterol levels and to help treat infections such as hepatitis by producing interferon, a group of natural proteins that stops viruses from multiplying. 
 
Shitake mushrooms can be served fresh, sautéd, baked or fried.  They can be stored fresh, dried or frozen.
 
Our Shitake mushrooms will be available at farmgate and farmers markets from late spring through early autumn as the harvest allows.  Look forward to expanding this venture over the coming seasons.

Tuscarora White Corn

Also known as Iroquois White Corn, is an ancient heirloom corn traditionally grown by the Iroquois First Nations. Tuscarora is an heirloom variety of eight-row corn that has historically been a staple food of aboriginal peoples. The corn has big white kernels, large ears, and is the perfect consistency to grind into corn meal for breads and soups. Its genetic variability fashions a range of flavors from earthy to sugary. Tuscarora is praised within the Iroquois Nation as a link to good physical health, as well as its intrinsic connection to the vibrancy of traditional native cultures.

Earth Haven Farm is proud to offer this product to our customers.  Through our relationships with First Nations and Indian Agriculture of Ontario we have been able to obtain this valuable heritage seed along with the traditional teachings on how to cultivate, harvest and process.

Whole-grain white corn meal is nutritionally superior to refined, unenriched corn meal, due its higher levels of B-vitamins, iron, zinc and fiber. White corn meal can be found in cornbread, corn muffins, tortillas, polenta, grits and tamales. All the nutrition information for this product is for one-half cup of whole-grain white corn meal, but the actual amounts of corn meal used will vary by the recipe. For example, a serving of corn grits or polenta has about a quarter-cup of cornmeal, while an entire 8-in. square pan of cornbread requires about 1 cup of cornmeal.

Basic Nutrition Information:  One-half cup of white corn meal has 221 calories, 5 grams of protein, 2 grams of fat, 46.9 grams of carbohydrates and 4.5 grams of fiber, according to the USDA's Food and Nutrient Database. White corn meal, as it is a starch, has a high carbohydrate content with limited protein and fat. The fiber content is significant at 4.5 grams, as the daily requirement for fiber is 38 grams for men and 25 grams for women up to age 50.  White corn meal is naturally gluten free.


Dried Red Kidney Beans

A product of our three sisters planting (corn, beans, squash).  The beans are allowed to dry on the vines out in the field.  They are harvested once the pods are dry, husked and cleaned.  These beans are a great stable product and will keep for months, even years, stored in your cupboard.

Great for stews, chili, soups and a great many other recipes. 


Loon Song Grains

Loon Song Gardens has been gardening and farming on Manitoulin Island since 2003, growing nourishing foods and cultivating vibrant community connections within their region.

In 2009 they began milling fresh stone-ground flours on-site from cereal grains grown on their farm.  Currently they offer some great fresh rolled oats, along with true whole-grain flours from red fife wheat, dark rye, spelt and rolled oats.  

Paul and Heather are long time supporters and practitioners of biodynamic agriculture.  Earth Haven Farm is pleased to be able to offer these wonderful grains to our customers at farmgate and at our farmers market locations.

For more information, visit Loon Song Gardens at www.loonsong.net


Black Duck Wild Rice

James Whetung, the owner of Black Duck Wild Rice has over 25 years experience in collecting and processing wild rice. He was trained by his elders and holds an immense amount of traditional knowledge in regard to this natural food.  His experience and knowledge is the foundation of Black Duck Wild Rice’s education and consultancy work with Indian Agriculture of Ontario.

Wild Rice is a natural and traditional food, native to the Kawartha Lakes Region making it staple food for local aboriginal communities.  A great product for chefs, restaurants and resorts as a compliment to any menu.  Wild rice can be cooked on its own or mixed with other traditional rice.

Black Duck Wild Rice has worked hard to develop a unique processing method which transforms this edible grass seed into a naturally fresh and nutty flavored grain that keeps it flavor and freshness due to Black Duck's unique curing and maple wood roasting techniques. 

Black Duck Wild Rice is available in three sizes - 1/2 lb., 1 lb. and 5 lb. packages.

The integrity that goes with Black Duck Wild Rice products is the key reason why Earth Haven Farm has chosen to support and sell this product at farmgate and at our Toronto farmers markets.  They are also members of Indian Agriculture Program of Ontario (IAPO) and appreciate your support.

For additional information on Black Duck Wild Rice visit www.blackduckwildrice.org


Dooganing Maple Syrup

Earth Haven Farm is a supporter of the Indian Agricultural Program of Ontario and we are proud to offer Dooganing Maple Syrup produced annually by Armando and Rose Shawanda from the Wikwemikong First Nation Reserve on Manitoulin Island.  Dooganing is harvested and processed out in the maple sugar bush as a family tradition every spring.  It is a medium amber colour with a medium maple taste and sugar content. Great on pancakes, hot cereals, as a natural sweetener and in a multitude of recipes.


Fresh or Dried Wild Catnip

Catnip
Our own cats will attest to the exuberant flavour and scent of the catnip grown on our farm.  Wild catnip tends to pop up everywhere.  Aric dubiously transplants the wild plants into favourable spots within the garden plots.  Catnip is harvested fresh in throughout the growing season so there is a plentiful supply.  Plants are hung and dried in the barn and then cleaned and prepared in packets for sale at farmgate and farmers markets.
 
Catnip is not just for cats!  A member of the mint family, it also makes an excellent base for herbal teas and may serve as an addition to salads and flavoring for foods. Catnip works as a sedative, lowers fevers, soothes stomach troubles and clears sinuses. Such a long list of health benefits makes catnip a useful herb to have available.