Update on our Refill Department

Effective immediately, our bulk department is no longer self-service and we will no longer accept re-usable containers for bulk purchases. However, we would have happy to serve you with your bulk purchases. Please ask a staff member for assistance.

Lemon Rosemary Pickled Beans

Green and yellow beans are now available in our produce section from Lytle’s Organic Vegetables in Arnprior. Try them tossed in your favourite stir-fry, steamed with butter and almonds or dipped in a delicious dressing. Or try this simple recipe where beans are pickled with lemon and rosemary for a tangy, slightly sweet crunch!

These are a delicious substitute for celery in your Caesar!

Yield: Makes 6 half-pints

  • 3 3/4 cups water
  • 3 3/4 cups white wine vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons kosher or pickling salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 1/2 pounds green beans
  • 6 medium cloves garlic
  • 6 sprigs rosemary
  • Twelve 3-inch strips lemon zest (from 2 to 3 lemons)

Sterilize jars and lids and remove with tongs to dry.

Combine water, vinegar, salt and sugar in a medium pot and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring to dissolve the sugar and salt.

Place a garlic clove in each jar. Divide beans, rosemary and strips of lemon zest evenly among the jars.

Fill the jars with the brine, leaving about 1/4 inch of space at the top. Wipe the rims clean. Screw on the lids until they are just snug and return the jars to the water, making sure they are covered by 1 to 2 inches of water. Bring the water to a boil over high heat; process for 10 minutes.

Use tongs to transfer the jars to a heatproof surface to cool. Store in a cool, dry place for up to 1 year. Refrigerate after opening.

Adapted from the Washington Post recipes.

New Products – Vegan Soaps, Lip and Body Balms

SAABOON is an all-natural, vegan soap boutique based in Ottawa. Using the traditional cold-process soap-making method, their handcrafted soaps are made from scratch in small batches to ensure consistent quality. They use only the best natural oils and all of their soaps are scented using only 100% essential oils. They do not use synthetic chemicals or foaming agents, artificial fragrance oils, artificial colourings, or any preservatives. PLUS we are 100% against animal testing! 

Loaded carrot salad

This middle period can be tough. We are about as far away from the next growing season as we are from the previous one and fresh, local produce is but a distant memory. However, you can still find locally-grown vegetables like potatoes, onions, beets, carrots, cabbage, squash as well as apples in the Dandelion Foods produce section.

A few of our staff recently attended an event at the Two Rivers Food Hub to meet with food growers and producers to discuss our needs as buyers and their upcoming growing/production season. It was a potluck and we were asked to create a dish that celebrated local by using ingredients purchased from local farmers/producers, through the Food Hub. Farhat made a carrot salad, featuring delicious, sweet carrots from Patchwork Gardens near Kingston. This salad is sure to bring colour to your table and celebrates the local vegetables that are still available. Enjoy!

Get the recipe here!

Three wonderful years – in pictures

As we celebrate our third year of business, we’d like to express our deep thanks for the support of our customers, our community and our industry. We look forward to many more years of business and at the exciting new projects that will arise. While there are many changes to come, we also want to recognize the changes that we have already made. Please enjoy this slideshow, illustrating our beginnings and some of our successes.

Co-owners, Dandelion Foods
Co-owners, Dandelion Foods

Give your gut some love!

The holiday season is the time of year when our days and nights seem to revolve around friends, family, parties—and of course, food!

Days and nights that revolve around rich, savory foods can wreak havoc on our gut. Give your gut a little love by including some fermented foods in your post-celebration wind-down.

Fermented foods are foods that have been through a process of lacto-fermentation in which natural bacteria feed on the sugar and starch in the food creating lactic acid. This process preserves the food, and creates beneficial enzymes, b-vitamins, Omega-3 fatty acids, and various strains of probiotics.
Dandelion Foods has a variety of fermented foods in store, like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, pickles. Stop in and we’ll find the one that is right for you!