Canada’s Agriculture Day is February 13, 2018

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Canada’s Agriculture Day is a time to showcase all of the amazing things happening in our industry and create a closer connection with consumers about where their food comes from and the people who produce it.

Marie-Pierre Dubeau and Sébastien Grandmont made the choice of agriculture when they decide to become the family succession of Le Petit Mas, an agribusiness specializing in growing organic garlic. Since then, their proud of being organic garlic producers grow each day. This is what they would like to share with you today :

” We are proud to be part of a major economic industry, because more than 2 million Canadians work in agriculture. Le Petit Mas employs more than 50 people in high season.

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We are proud to be part of the 97% of Canadian family-owned farm.

We are proud to protect the environment, we grow organic garlic in Quebec for 25 years.

We are proud to be innovative, as we are both farmers with university background. Also, our fermented garlic scape is a unique Canadian product.

Canada's agriculture day

We are proud to offer quality Canadian garlic.Canada ranks number one in global food safety. Since 2017, it is now possible to track down our garlic from our field to our points of sales because we implement a traceability system to get the Canada Gap certification.

We are proud to work in an agriculture business. Agriculture is not only work, it’s a lifestyle. A lifestyle where kids play in mud, where days end at sunset (or after…) and where we have the satisfaction to be part of a better world a bite at a time.

We are proud to contribute to the development of the agriculture business while eating Canadian food. Try these recipes that showcase produce of the Eastern Townships and be proud to be part of the agriculture success! ”

Marie-Pierre and Sébastien, owners and farmers at Le Petit Mas, an organic garlic farm

Grilled cheese with Alfred le fermier cheese from la Stationfromagerielastation.com

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Alegria organic pasta with fermented garlic scapes – produitsalegria.comPâtes simples aux fleurs d'ail

Smoked fish, lettuce and tomato sandwich with garlic scape mayonnaise – lesbobines.com

Sandwich poisson fumé et mayonnaise aux fleurs d'ail

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Meanwhile, discover our fermented garlic scapes, a unique product offered in more than 500 points of sales through Quebec, Ontario and Calgary!

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Our fermented garlic scapes in Calgary

Fermented garlic scapes in Calgary

We are proud to announce that our fermented garlic scapes are now available in Calgary in different stores (see the list of the sales points at the end of this article).

What are fermented garlic scapes?

Our fermented garlic scapes are a unique seasoning that enhances any dish!

Easy to digest and leaving no garlic breath, fermented garlic scapes are the ideal seasoning for your everyday meals, lunches at work or special party dishes.

Practical, they are ready to use.

Versatile, you can use fermented garlic scapes in any recipe when you feel like adding a delicious extra touch!

Delicate, fermented garlic scapes enhance your recipes without overpowering other more delicate flavours.

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How to use fermented garlic scapes?

Use 1 tsp. of Le Petit Mas fermented garlic scapes to give a special touch to all your recipes for pasta, seafood, salads, steamed vegetables and dressings recipes. See our recipes for inspiration.

As they leave no garlic breath and are really easy to digest, you can use fermented garlic scapes instead of garlic: calculate about 1 tsp. of fermented garlic scapes per clove.

Our fermented garlic scapes pack in a lot of taste with no added sugar or salt, allergens, cholesterol, gluten or lactose! They’re perfect for every diet!

Click here to see the ingredients listnutritional information and allergy certification.

Marinade aux fleurs d'ail pour le poisson et la volaille

Garlic scapes or garlic flowers?

When we began farming garlic in Quebec (Canada) in 1989, garlic scapes were very rarely used and commercialized. So we began using the term “garlic flowers” instead of garlic scapes and have since grown fond of it!

The benefits of lactic fermentation

The lactic fermentation of our garlic scapes has many benefits:

1) It keeps the products alive and good for your health.

2) It preserves the vegetables for several years through an entirely natural process. Once opened, you can keep your fermented garlic scapes jar in the fridge for up to 2 years! We bet that you’ll finish your jar well before it expires!

3) It creates new flavours, which is why our fermented garlic scapes are so good!

Read our blog article to know more about fermentation : The fermentation trend: delicious garlic scapes
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Regular Garlic Flowers in Oil:

Organic Garlic Flowers in Oil:

 

The fermentation trend: delicious garlic scapes

fermentation trend - fermented garlic flowers

Le Petit Mas, a Quebec agribusiness specializing in growing organic garlic, has been using fermentation to preserve its garlic scapes since 1989.

Fermented products, such as sauerkraut, tempeh, kombucha, kimchi, kefir, and sourdough bread, have made a remarkable comeback in our food habits in recent years, and not without reason.

A few facts about this new (old) trend!

First of all, there are several types of fermentation. The most well known in the agri-food industry are alcoholic fermentation and lactic fermentation.

How does lactic fermentation work?

For centuries, people have been using lactic fermentation to preserve all kinds of vegetables: cabbage, carrots, parsnips, beats, cucumbers, gherkins, onions, etc. Lactic fermentation is most commonly used to make cabbage into sauerkraut, but it is also used to make yogurt, kefir, and sourdough bread.

The lactic bacteria transform the sugars, essentially fructose, into lactic acid and organic acids. The lactic acid produced during fermentation also inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria. Lactic fermentation thus acts as a preservative.

The lactic and organic acids completely change the flavour of the final product compared to the initial one, giving our garlic scapes their delicious taste.

The benefits of lactic fermentation

The lactic fermentation of vegetables and our garlic scapes has many benefits:

1) It keeps the product alive and good for your health, thanks to the lactic bacteria and enzymes produced, as well as maintaining the concentration of vitamins, nutrients, and bioactive molecules of raw foods.

2) It preserves the vegetables for several years through entirely natural means without chemical additives or pasteurization.

3) It creates new flavours thanks to the lactic and organic acids produced.

A short history about Le Petit Mas fermented garlic flowers

Le Petit Mas has been using lactic fermentation for its garlic scapes for 25 years. The lactic bacteria needed for fermentation are naturally present in garlic scapes. This is why, initially, a jar of garlic scapes in oil that had been forgotten in the fridge began to ferment.

Given the delicious flavour this created, Le Petit Mas immediately wanted to spread the good news. Several years of research later, Le Petit Mas created a unique and standardized transformation process and brought fermented garlic scapes to Quebec’s agri-food market.

Looking to try our fermented garlic flowers, but don’t have any on hand? Find the point of sale nearest you.

garlic flowers storeLooking to try other fermented vegetables or make some yourself? Find out about Caldwell Bio Fermentation Canada, another business in the Eastern Townships.

How does it differ from wine or beer fermentation?

There is also another type of fermentation: the alcoholic fermentation used to make beer and wine. What is the difference? In beer and wine, yeasts transform sugars into ethanol and carbon dioxide (CO2) rather than into lactic acid.

 

 

 

 

Vous aimeriez découvrir d’autres légumes fermentés ou en faire vous même? Découvrez Caldewell Bio Fermentation Canada, une autre entreprise de l’Estrie.

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