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Win Tickets to the Green Living Show with Communal Table!

11 Apr

Green Living Show

The Green Living Show – Canada’s largest green consumer show dedicated to educating people about easy and workable solutions for leading a sustainable lifestyle – is taking place next weekend in Toronto, April 15 to 17, and we have two pairs of tickets to give away free to a couple lucky readers. Keep reading to find out how to win!

The show is in its 5th year, and it’s grown each year. That makes sense, of course, since the focus on sustainable living has continued as more people realize that with a few small actions and a few easy changes to our buying habits, we can all make a positive impact on our interaction with the environment. But green trends aside, the show itself continues to draw crowds because it really has something for everyone. Here are some of the highlights of this year’s event:

  • For  job seekers, the Green Jobs Forum on Friday will feature a panel of speakers discussing the new green economy, how to develop in-demand green skills and transform traditional skills to meet the needs of the green workforce, and tips on how to find a green-focused job.
  • Those focused on fashion will pick up some useful info on which cosmetics are safe, as well as get a look at some great green clothing.
  • Looking for a new car that’s easier on the environment? The show’s Green Living Test Drive section will offer opportunities to test drive leading green cars from Toyota, Mitsubishi, Lexus and Nissan!

Of course, we’re always most interested in the food and drink, and the Green Living Show offers plenty in this regard. The Farm Fresh Fare area will pair up some of Toronto’s best chefs with farmers from across the province to create dishes that will be sampled throughout the festival. More cooking will take place on the Cooking Stage, where some of the chefs participating in Farm Fresh Fare will tell you how to create great dishes using local and sustainable ingredients. There will also be sessions on pairing beer and cheese and the Slow Food movement. Local craft beers and biodynamic wines will be available to taste. And if that’s not enough, the show will have its very own farmers’ market, the Good Eats Market, where you can buy some amazing local produce, cheeses and other products to enjoy at home.

We’ll definitely be walking around the Green Living Show, eating, drinking and discovering new green products and information, and you can too. Admission to the show is $12 or free with the donation of electronic waste, which is a great deal if you have any products that need recycling. If you don’t have any e-waste, all you have to do to win one of two pairs of passes to the show is:

Option 1: Tweet this phrase: Win tickets to #GreenLivingShow from #CommunalTable http://wp.me/pJ0ov-nA

Option 2: Leave us a comment right here on the blog letting us know you’d like to win!

That’s it! Tweet or comment to enter by this Wednesday, April, 13. Winners will be announced here and on Communal Table’s Facebook page on Thursday. Good luck!

Food Find: Ground Cherries

22 Sep

I love beautiful things. And finding a food that’s both delicious and naturally beautiful gets me ridiculously excited. Especially when it’s a food that I know nothing about.

Last weekend as we were hunting for sweet, ripe tomatoes at St. Lawrence Market’s Saturday farmer’s market (Sadly, I think we missed the boat this year) we came across something even better. Ground cherries.

I stopped to ask what they were and the vendor from Sovereign Farms seemed genuinely excited to tell me about them. And then as soon as he peeled back the delicate papery husk that encases the gorgeous golden fruit, I knew that I was going to fall in love.

And the taste sealed the deal. Biting into the small tomato-like fruit you get a burst of sweetness in your mouth that’s reminiscent of mild grape with a hint of pineapple and of course, tomato. But mostly they’re just fresh-tasting and sweet with a really nice texture that just makes you want to keep peeling back those thin, crunchy, lantern-esque casings and popping more and more into your mouth.

They’re related to tomatillos though completely different when it comes to the flavor. When ripened, ground cherries turn a bright golden yellow and resemble yellow cherry tomatoes. The texture is much softer than the meat of a tomato though and you can definitely taste the relation to tomatoes, but ever so subtly.

I don’t know what Neil and I were thinking only taking home one little pint! It didn’t last long. But when I was thinking about what to do with them and entertaining thoughts of a salad or salsa, I decided in the end that the best way to enjoy our lot was to simply eat them as is. I thought about drizzling them with olive oil and some sea salt, but I didn’t want to overwhelm the natural sweetness.

So I simply sliced them in half, threw them into a bowl and served them up ‘au naturel’. I can see how well they would work in pies or jams and I’m sure we can dream up some savory dishes to incorporate them into in the future, but I don’t know if they would last long enough to find out. I’ve been thinking about eating them raw again ever since.

Getting the chance to discover something new, and learning from the people who actually grow them was so exciting and satisfying. And with ground cherries being so pretty, they inspire taking a moment to appreciate all that nature has to offer. Especially right here in Ontario where so many delightful things are grown by so many lovely people. It may seem crazy or trite to go on an on about something as simple as a fruit, but I kid you not when I say that this tiny little discovery stole my heart.

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