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Getting Fresh!

If you’re a regular on the Kingston Road Village Facebook page, you’ll know that residents in the area have been crying out for a fruit and veggie store on the strip for a very long time! Well, their wish has now been fulfilled with the welcome addition of Alfa Farm Fresh, owned by the wonderful husband and wife team, Taso and Anastasia. Since setting up store in what was the old Rogers space, at 944 Kingston Road, and opening in the spring, Alfa Farm Fresh has already proved that the residents were right as it was busy almost from day one.

I’ve become a regular there as they have such a great selection of fresh, Ontario produce such as strawberries, apricots and raspberries. In addition to buying fruits and veggies for my household, I also decided to take advantage of the fact that Taso runs a wholesale business. With his guidance regarding what’s in season and what sells well, I now carry some produce at my own store, to complement the other locally-made products already in stock. Already the feedback has been positive – not only does the Ontario and organic produce taste amazing, it is great for those of us who can’t always get to a Farmers’ market to be able to grab something fresh and healthy for the family, while supporting our local growers. And, I have to say, although the Ontario Strawberries may be small in size, they sure do pack a powerfully juicy punch!

So, with this in mind, I’m sharing a recipe for a super easy Ontario Strawberry Frozen Yogurt, courtesy of Foodland Ontario….perfect for those long summer days. Enjoy!

Serves: 8

3 cups sliced Ontario Strawberries

2/3 cup sugar

1 tbsp cornstarch

1 cup milk

¼ cup corn syrup

1 cup 2% plain unsweetened yogurt

In a blender, puree strawberries until smooth and set aside.

In a medium pan, combine sugar, cornstarch and milk and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly for about 5 mins or until thickened. Stir in pureed strawberries and corn syrup and refrigerate until completely cool.

Combine strawberry mixture with yogurt and pour into a shallow metal pan. Freeze until partially frozen, about 1 or 2 hours, then scrape into a food processor or blender and process until creamy. Return to shallow container and freeze until firm. Allow to soften in fridge about 30 mins before serving.

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