Summer: Where New Ideas Bloom

Summer time is where budding ideas bloom and the flavours of the season flourish. At Farm Boy, there are fresh ideas and products around every corner! Our local produce, unique selection of Private Label products, quality frozen items, and tender meats will have your mouth watering during your shop. We hope to inspire you to use our products in your own unique ways and try something new this season. Below are a handful of ideas, fresh finds, and locally grown delights to get you started! 

Basket of fresh produce

Trying something new.

Often times, we use items that we buy from the grocery store only for their intended or obvious purpose. Salad dressing for salad, maple syrup for pancakes or waffles, and fruit for dessert or a snack, but there are so many more cool things we can do with these things! Below are some innovative ideas to get the creative gears in your mind to spin in the opposite direction and look at ingredients from a different perspective. There are no mistakes in food, only lessons in taste and preference. So, try dipping your bacon in chocolate, top ice cream with popcorn, and thrown some coffee into that braised pork roast! The whole point is to have fun with new flavours and to learn to adapt with the ingredients you buy!

Thai Pork Basil Stir-fry (Pad Krapow)

Thai Pork Basil Stir Fry served alongside Jasmine rice in a bowl.

Looking for a nice punch of flavour for your next meal? Try out this recipe for a sweet, savoury, and spicy stir-fry inspired by the unique tastes of Thailand. If you can’t find fish sauce or soy sauce or if they are not your preference, try using our fantastic selection of dressings and seasonings to get the right taste for you. Simply substitute and season to taste! 

Suggested substitutions: Farm Boy™ Thai Seasoning & Sesame Ginger Dressing

Full Recipe: Thai Pork Basil Stir Fry

Fresh and new!

Yogurt dip with veggies

This Dip is EVERYTHING

Got the munchies? Try out this crave-worthy dip that’s great for any occasion. Greek yogurt is an underrated ingredient usually saved only for parfaits and breakfast. There is so much more you can do with it! Use it in sauces, soups, and dips to get a light and zingy profile to any dish.

Mushrooms on toast

Mushrooms On Toast

This comforting classic is a great addition to any food-lovers recipe book. It’s a simple, yet, elegant dish that can be an easy lunch option or an elevated appetizer. Think about adding truffle oil and shaved parmesan to impress your guest with a fancy app or vegetarian dish!

  • Mushrooms (variety sliced)
  • Chives (chopped)
  • Your fave toast
  • Flat leaf parsley (chopped)
  • Olive oil
  • Butter (small knob)
  • Garlic (1 clove chopped)
  • Herbes De Provence Seasoning OR Tuscan Bouquet Seasoning
  • Sauté mushrooms with butter, garlic, seasoning, and parsley
  • Garnish with chive & olive oil
Fennel Salad

Fennel Salad

Summer time is full of fresh and local ingredients to make vibrant and colourful salads. Fennel has a beautifully refreshing taste with a hint of licorice and mint in its flavour profile. This sweet and savoury salad is perfect with seafood off the grill or meats with a little char.

  • Fennel (sliced)
  • Red onion (sliced)
  • Red radishes (sliced)
  • Dill (chopped)
  • Walnuts (chopped)
  • Croutons
  • Lemon juice (1 teaspoon)
  • Organic Lemon Fig Dressing OR Apple Cider Coleslaw Dressing
  • Mix ingredients together and garnish with extra dill and croutons

A star has RISEN!

Farmer with Fresh Asparagus

Asparagus

Did you know that Ontario is the asparagus capital of Canada? May through to July are peak growing and harvesting months for the absolute freshest and seasonally available asparagus that our wonderful province provides. Our local farmers work hard and quickly to hand-pick asparagus at their peak quality to ensure the best flavour and crisp texture. When you shop Ontario, you support our local economy, environmental sustainability, and our provinces food security! 

A few ideas to get you started:

Flatbread with asparagus and feta
Asparagus Flatbread

Grill up some local asparagus and add it as one of your toppings on our delicious flatbread. Consider our frozen line of flatbreads that feature globally inspired recipes to take this to the next level! Can you say #supereasy?

blanched asparagus with hollandaise and soft-boiledd egg.
Asparagus and Hollandaise

Looking for something a little more fancy for your next meal? Make an awesome starter with blanched asparagus, hollandaise sauce, soft boiled egg, and a sprinkle of pan-fried Italian Style Breadcrumbs!

Egg Omelet loaded with asparagus and seasonal vegetables
Omelet with Asparagus and Veggies

Have a wholesome breakfast with an omelet loaded with fresh and local veg! Drizzle with some Greek yogurt and a dusting of our Everything Bagel Seasoning.

Did you know?

Fun Facts About Asparagus: 

  • Asparagus are grown underground until the tips peak through the soil.
  • As soon as they are picked, they are cooled & washed, packed, and sent off to your neighborhood Farm Boy™ for you to enjoy! 
  • Most farmers grow a variety known as Guelph Millennium, created by the University of Guelph. 
  • The Guelph Millennium are adaptable to our colder climates and produce higher yields compared to other known varieties!
  • They contain high levels of vitamins A & C, Potassium, Calcium, and Iron.
  • They are a known diuretic, which helps your body release sodium through urine (which can explain the off-putting smell).

Our chef’s recipes

Asparagus soup
Creamy Asparagus Soup

View these tasty recipes below:


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