Archive for March, 2010

Why organic, fair trade, all natural, and ethically produced?

In pursuit of respecting our environment, and our bodies, we believe natural and organic ingredients are essential to a healthy lifestyle. Why are products healthier and more ethical if they are organic, fair trade, or all natural? Organic free-range eggs, most notably, provide a better life for the chicken who produced the eggs, but also ensure the soil and environment are protected while producing eggs; fair-trade organic cane sugar ensures the farmer receives a fair price for his sugar cane while he practices sustainable – and often more costly – farming practices; unsalted butter is all natural and without added salt; and, organic milk ensures farmers respect the environment, as well as their cows, by practicing sustainable farming to protect soil and water quality for many years to come.

Right now fair trade, organic, and all natural products are still much pricier than other products. There are many reasons why more sustainable production tends to cost more, but one of the most significant reasons for the higher price of organic and fair trade foods is consumer demand. We firmly believe that if more people began to demand food without artificial ingredients, genetically modified organisms, or harmful byproducts, then organic and mindfully produced food will be the only food of the future.

If you are interested in learning more about fair trade, organic and ethically produced food, we encourage you to visit the following web sites:

http://fairtradevancouver.ca/ – Fair Trade Vancouver

http://www.cog.ca/ – Canadian Organic Growers

And check out two of our favourite enlightening reads:

Harvest for Hope, Jane Goodall

The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan


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Today we made this Classic White Cake. Inspired by our recent trip to the Portobello Road Market in Notting Hill, we are proud to say this Classic White Cake is an all time favorite!  Perfect for any upcoming celebrations!

This cake will be available at the Baker’s Market. www.bakersmarket.com

The Ivy Oven’s first market day will be Saturday, April 3rd.

Classic White Cake

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Baking of the Day!

Today we made the Rustic Apple Tart. This French-inspired tart, first tested in The Ivy Oven after a trip to Paris in 2007, has a base made with organic flour and cold unsalted butter. Topped with crisp slices of granny smith apples, and lightly brushed with Calvados rum, this irresistibly classic dessert is the perfect treat any time.

We will be selling the Rustic Apple Tart at the Baker’s Market on Saturday, April 3rd.  Stop by for samples! (www.bakersmarket.com)

Rustic Apple Tart

Granny Smith Apples used in the Rustic Apple Tart

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Today we made the Classic Orange Cake. This cake is the perfect choice for an Easter Sunday brunch, and any springtime celebration. The whole family will enjoy this cake’s simple, and tangy, flavour. Enjoy with a scoop of organic vanilla bean ice cream.

Classic Orange Cake

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Today we made Maple Oat Scones. A proud member of the scone family, this particular scone is a Canadian classic. All-natural ingredients such as organic oats, free-range eggs and pure maple syrup make the Maple Oat Scone an exceptional treat. Enjoy with a hot cup of tea.

Maple Oat Scones

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Baking of the Day!

Today we made Cranberry-Orange Scones. With a sweet orange glaze, these scones are guaranteed to brighten your morning.  Made with all-natural, organic ingredients, we are certain this classic scone will be an instant favourite for the whole family. Enjoy with a café au lait while reading the morning newspaper.

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