Leisure Farms harvests corn, fall strawberries — and Stephanie Piché riffs on spicy, sweet

CBC Sudbury's 'In Season' pairs a the best of the local growing season with a local foodie, cook or chef — and you're invited into the kitchen.

CBC Sudbury's 'In Season' pairs the best of the local growing season with a local foodie — you get the recipes

The Producer

Leisure Farms in Sturgeon Falls — now a third-generation family farm — is managed and operated by Mitch Deschatelets. 

The Crops

Fall strawberries — also known as "day neutrals" — were developed a number of years ago to extend the berry season in climates like that of northeastern Ontario. Deschatelets said the berries are generally as sweet, red and juicy as their early-season cousins, and can typically be harvested until about first frost.

Corn — a summer BBQ staple — is really hitting its stride right now, according to Deschatelets. He said his variety this year is very sweet, and he recommends taking a bite out of a raw cob to test the sweetness and freshness before buying. 

​The Cook 

Stephanie Piché used to run a catering company in Sudbury. Now, she has reinvented her culinary career as a food and travel expert, offering cooking and wine tasting classes — and taking guests on gastronomy tours around the world. 

The Recipes

Sudbury's Stephanie Piché prepares Maque Choux

6 years ago
Duration 3:53
Hungry? CBC reporter Jessica Pope heads into a foodie's kitchen, where northern corn gets the Louisiana treatment

Here's Piché's recipe for Maque Choux

Sudbury's Stephanie Piché plates summery Strawberry Tiramisu

6 years ago
Duration 5:00
CBC Sudbury reporter Jessica Pope chats with food and travel expert Stephanie Piché about fall strawberries, and a new take on an old Italian classic

Here's Piché's recipe for Strawberry Tiramisu