At Cansanity, we are passionate about food! We grow raspberries, gooseberries, blackberries, red and black currants, sour cherries , apples and all kinds of vegetables – all on a 55×110 lot in southern Ontario. We have embraced the “100 mile movement” and so try to buy and use local whenever we can. We hope that this website helps others learn how to grow their own food, and also how to preserve this fruit in the summer time for winter use. For 20 years, we have been experimenting with food preparation, including canning our own produce, and we are making it our mission this year – to share our experiences and recipes with you.
I have always been a huge “foodie”! I will relate this story to you of when I was just a young girl…. not even 4 years of age… my mother lost me in the Eaton’s department store. Frantic, she searched everywhere, and finally she decided to look in the Eaton’s restaurant. There I was, proudly eating the french fries and gravy that I had ordered!
When I was a young girl, living in my parents’ house, I wasn’t much of a cook, but I loved to make dessert. I remember fondly returning from high school, dropping my books at the door and quickly getting out the ingredients to make apple crisp or some other simple sugary snack.
It wasn’t until I married and had my first daughter that I really began to experiment in the kitchen. You see my daughter developed food allergies which made going to restaurants or ordering take out food, certainly something that my husband and I enjoyed doing prior to having a baby, a thing of the past.
Suddenly, I not only had to make dessert but I had to put balanced meals on the table at least three times a day! Here is where it starts… the countless hours reading and trying out new recipes. The yard that no longer looks like just a place to sit and have a glass of wine on sunny day, but a yard that can produce food!
This website was created so that I can share my experiences in the garden and in the kitchen with you. I hope you enjoy the recipes that I share and the journey that I took while using or developing them!
I created this website this year so that I can share my passion for growing, cooking and canning food with people who share this same passion. I have been an avid gardener for 20 years, starting when I was a stay-at-home mom with young children. At first, I only planted typical plants such as flowers like impatiens and geraniums around my yard. But, as the winters can be long in Canada, I would start to daydream in January about the hot summer months, and this led to a habit of doing a bit of research about gardening each winter as spring approached.
Twenty years later, I now grow cherries, apples, gooseberries, raspberries, blackberries, black currants, red currants and concord grapes. My yard is bordered with cold frames, boxes and a raised garden and on my deck I have several planters with built in reservoirs, and countless clay pots. I am able to grow garlic, lettuce, kale, carrots, beets, turnips, tomatoes, onions, potatoes, arugula, spinach, peppers and more – all on a property the size of about 55’X110′, proving that you don’t have to live on acreage to grow your own food.
Today on March 25th 2020, Canada, and the world, is a different place; the COVID-19 pandemic has forced us all into self isolation in an effort to “flatten the curve” and slow the rate of infection of the novel coronavirus. It is my hope that the videos and content that I share with you in the next couple of months will brighten your day and help you focus on something positive that you can do around your home and garden.
It is quite rewarding to start a plant from seed and see it germinate and watch it grow into a little seedling in your home. And, after just a couple of weeks be able to plant it in your garden or a container and watch it blossom and fruit. Never mind the joy you and your family will feel when it is HARVEST DAY – to quote Rabbit from Winnie the Pooh!
I looking forward to spending time with you over the next couple of months through my website Cansanity. When you find yourself getting tired of the tasks and chores you are doing around your home, escape into the world of gardening, cooking and canning. Trust me… it won’t take long to get you hooked!
When I first moved to Southern Ontario, I was amazed at all the fresh fruit that was locally grown: apples, pears, peaches, plums, concord grapes, and my favourite, cherries! The very first cherry pie I ever made was a sour cherry pie, the perfect blend of sweet and sour, and it was love at first …
When you live where fresh maple syrup is produced (like I do), you look forward to the month of March. Roadside stands advertise fresh maple syrup, and the pancake houses are open! Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of visiting my friend Jim Lumsden and his son Mike at their farm, Lumsden Brothers Maple …
Rosemary is such an amazing herb! It’s part of the mint family, great in sweet and savoury baking, awesome as a part of a rub for beef or chicken, and beautiful in a cocktail or steeped for tea. And it’s healthy for you too! Rosemary contains carnosic acid, a potent antioxidant that is believed to …