Fresh City Farms Launches in Hamilton
As much as I love cooking from my own recipes, or whipping up something creative in the kitchen, I’ve always been interested in programs that help you make homemade food, but take the work out of it – which you may have noticed from my pieces on Supperworks, and Chef’s Plate. (Plus sending love to Dinnerlicious, which may be next on the list!)
And now I’m happy to tell you about a new program that has just launched in Hamilton, Fresh City Farms! Initially based out of Toronto, Fresh City aims to deliver a taste of the Farmer’s Market directly to your front door.
You have some options when it comes to ordering from Fresh City. You can go with a bag of Fruit and Veggies, Recipe Kits, Salad Jars or Fresh Meals made from scratch. All of their ingredients are 100% organic, which is a big differentiating factor for them. You can view their options at this link
Fresh City Farms reached out to me and provided some meals for free, so that I could tell you about it. I tried three recipe kits, two salad jars and a snack pack.
The Recipe Kits I tried were:
Beet & Feta Grilled Cheese with Spinach & Carrot Soup
This one turned out to actually be a Spinach, Beet and Feta Grilled cheese with a Carrot soup, but I had a little bit of technical difficulty (I only have one tiny blender and no food processor), so I had the Grilled Cheese + Roasted Root Vegetables. Perfectly A-Ok with that! This was a simple recipe with a little bit of a gourmet flair. I loved the addition of beets and honey in the grilled cheese, and would definitely do a beet grilled cheese again.
Thai Cabbage Bowl with Tempeh and Sesame Seeds
I’m not usually a tempeh person, but the black ramen noodles paired with the cilantro and green onions made for a yummy, creative meal. This one also ended up being hearty af, and I couldn’t even finish the whole bowl!
Chopped Chicken Waldorf with Celery, Apple and Walnuts
Chicken Waldorf is one of my favourite meals, I think. This one was delish and I loved the amount of walnuts that were in it! The dressing was spot on, and it legit didn’t feel like we were just eating a salad for dinner. Lots of goodies in this one!
The Farmer’s Picnic snack pack was exactly what I would normally eat for a snack at home. I LOVED this little container. I could eat one for every day of the week. In the tiny container was cheese, crackers, grapes, and olives in a perfect snack-size amount.
The pre-made salad jars I tried were:
Harvest Lentil Salad Jar
If you have been on Pinterest at all, you’ll know about the jar salad trick; layering all your ingredients in a mason jar with the package of salad dressing on top, so it’s ready for you but nothing goes bad right away. That’s exactly what Fresh City Farms does with their Salad Jars. They’re packed with fresh goodness, but last a smidge longer than a regular salad and you can easily take it on the go.
Veggie Samosa Salad Jar
Exactly like a Samosa. I was a big fan of the potatoes and peas in this one. The dressing had a tanginess to it as well that partnered well with the base vegetables.
All in all, I would try their program again. The options were very veggie heavy (which I actually enjoy) and recipes that I normally wouldn’t think to try on my own. I love the variety that programs like this offer, and the fact that you know exactly what’s going into your food – local ingredients!
Find out more about Fresh City Farms (or place your order for a bag) at https://www.freshcityfarms.com – they deliver on Wednesdays in Hamilton.
Food was provided for free by Fresh City Farms, but thoughts and opinions are my own.