You likely are wondering what this is referring to.  It is an old …very old…catch phase, cartoon and song I heard during my childhood.  It dates back to 1920 but has been made popular over the years by various artists.

I am excited and happy to share this next recipe.  It uses frozen local fruit and frozen bananas.  HA HA HA

It also is easy with simple ingredients.  Just perfect for me and my busy schedule.  The best things about this recipe are how good it tastes, how healthy and how versatile it is.  Each batch is different as you can use any fruit or combination of fruits plus bananas.


2 bananas – freeze overnight (cut into 1” slices and separated on a flat surface)

½ cups frozen fruit (cut into bite sized pieces or loose)

½ tsp vanilla

¼ cup almond milk

  1. Blend frozen fruits in food processor until evenly broken up.
  2. Add almond milk and vanilla and blend until it looks like soft ice cream and well mixed.
  3. Serve now or freeze in individual serving dishes.

I like to keep it simple, so I serve it in small dishes alone without extras like coconut, chocolate, jam, nuts, whipped cream or fresh fruit toppings.

You … however, can expand your options with this recipe as you see fit.  HA HA HA

Some local fruit options that sound fabulous are peaches, apricots, sweet cherries, red and black raspberries, black or red currants, mulberries, blackberries, blue berries, goose berries, elderberries,  etc

If you are looking for frozen local fruit….MATHIAS FARMS still has red raspberries and blackberries available for purchase.  Add these to your Niagara Local Food Co-op order NOW.

Until next Blog, I remain dedicated to local yummy simple eating.   ENJOY!!!

Beth Secord

Mathias Farms Ltd.

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We’ve Come a Long Way Baby

People are always asking me how the Niagara Local Food Co-op got started.

When there could be a boring answer I am happy to say it wasn’t just a group who wanted to be different in a time when buying food online was unheard of.

We were different than anyone else at the time, but we weren’t trying to be. It just happened that way, sort of…

This is the boring part, but I will try to make it exciting…In 2007 a woman by the name of Yvette had applied for a grant to get a farmer’s co-op started, but grants take so long to get she hadn’t actually talked to any farmers yet. Simply put, she applied for a grant in hopes that she would get the funding. Kind of like the lottery; and she won!

Yvette quickly invited a group of farmers to meet to see if anyone was interested in this idea…or I should say, interested in the beginnings of an idea. We all agreed that there was a good idea somewhere and we took it upon ourselves to find that idea. Our common vision was simple…we wanted to find a convenient way to get locally grown and produced foods into the hands of local people.

This is where it gets interesting. The grant covered a co-op consultant who met with us and helped us to determine what kind of co-op we envisioned. There were 15 people at the table and we had 15 different ideas of what a farmer’s co-op should be. We all had completely different ideas ranging from having a  farmer’s market with a cooperative business model to having a co-op grocery store…and a dozen ideas in between, but nothing really felt right.

One day the consultant emailed us to suggest we look up the Oklahoma Food Coop model.

We all LOVED it! It had all the features we felt would work for us.

  • online shopping which was becoming popular
  • producers made retail prices instead of wholesale
  • consumers got to select amazing produce picked fresh for them
  • consumers could buy what they wanted, when they wanted, 24 hours a day…so much more convenient that running around from farm to farm to get their foods farm fresh
  • farmers could actually FARM instead of sitting at a market trying to sell what they had already picked

I could go on, because I am really passionate about our co-op….

The grant also covered our travel costs to Oklahoma to see what it was like first hand. We went when it was really cold and Oklahoma was nice and warm. :) The travel team consisted of Yvette, Jan Campbell-Luxton, Chris Frere, Mario Pingue, Clayton Rosario, Beth Secord, and me, Linda Grimo. The seven of us had a wonderful learning experince and our Oklahoma hosts provided a plethora of valuable information.

We came home convinced it was the model for Niagara.

To make a long story short we opened our first shopping cycle in November 2008…and so it began.

Your first board members were:

  • Chris Frere, President
  • Yvonne Richard, Secretary
  • Beth Secord and Linda Grimo, Co-Treasurers
  • Jan Campbell-Luxton
  • Mario Pingue

We were full of great ideas and put in a lot of hard work to set the foundation for things to come.

Ok, I know this isn’t a really exciting story, but it was a really exciting journey with a group of people who were truly passionate about local food and having the best our local farmers could provide.

I am so proud of how our co-op has grown and stayed true to our vision of getting local food into Niagara homes. Soon we will be growing again, but that’s another story for another time.

Co-operatively Yours,

Linda Grimo2014 logo


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