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Week 19 – Summer 2010

Hello everyone,

So, as the barometre drops, things are beginning to slow down on the farm. There are fewer and fewer late nights and many of our migrant workers are going home this week. It is a little saddening but at the same time the change in seasons is a truly wonderful thing about our great nation.

The farm does not shut down entirely in the winter. Those later months are spent preparing countless bags of beets and carrots and finding a home for the remaining cabbage and squash (they are stored in giant bins stacked up in our building).

But, there are still things being harvested out in the fields. I know a lot of you mentioned our broccoli was sometimes affected by worms (and that was after painstakingly picking through to find the best ones) but I think you will find the broccoli this week to be the best yet. Prehaps the frost is doing us a little favour in killing off the pests, because the broccoli really does look lovely this week.

Thanks to those who have already returned your survey – I really appreciate it. Remember, you can also return it on the last week after which I will be announcing the winner of the draw.  Only one week left – enjoy!

Best,

Jennifer

 

Half Share

  • brussels sprouts
  • eggplant or peppers
  • baby bok choy
  • beets (chowhound’s message thread on ways to cook beets, broccoli and cauliflower has some great tips and recipe suggestions)
  • broccoli
  • carrots
  • green leaf lettuce
  • green onions
  • spinach or celery (celery soup)
  • squash

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Week 18 – Summer 2010

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I would have to say that mine was absolutely amazing!

This week I am sending you out some surveys so you can give us your feedback on many aspects of your experience with the Farm Share Program.  Your input is greatly appreciated and heavily relied upon for our planning for next year.

This year to make it fun, everyone who submits a survey by completing it online or returning the paper copy in their box next week or the week after (which, can you believe, is the last week) will automatically be entered into a draw to win a beautiful gift basket stocked with home preserves, seasonal baking and other goodies. Remember, we appreciate all surveys but only the ones with names identified can be entered into the draw.

A new mark of the season is upon us – the appearance of frost overnight. Obviously this means that many crops are phasing out but of course we will still find your 10 or 15 items until the end of the season. You may notice your romaine this week has a few brown spots from the frost but it is still fine to eat though it might require a little trimming. The red leaf lettuce found in the whole shares is very vibrant this week – it responds to the frost by deepening in colour. Also, this probably the last week for leeks, so make sure you enjoy them while they are here.

Your local farm connection,
Jennifer Eng

Half Share

  • leeks
  • carrots
  • beets
  • green onions
  • romaine lettuce
  • black kale
  • butternut squash
  • green cabbage
  • radishes
  • broccoli

Whole Share

  • leeks
  • carrots
  • beets
  • green onions
  • romaine lettuce
  • black kale
  • butternut squash
  • green cabbage
  • radishes
  • broccoli
  • green peppers
  • field tomatoes
  • red leaf lettuce
  • swiss chard
  • baby bokchoy

Here are a few tips from Reader’s Digest on freezing your veggies for those weeks when you just don’t quite get a chance to use everything right up.  Or, maybe you just want to save some of your delightful produce for later on when delivery has ended.

I am a fan of freezing the kale and then crunching the frozen pieces into all sorts of meals — soups, stir fry, lasagna, you name it!  I hope these are helpful to you too.  Have a great week friends!

~ heather

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Week 17 – Summer 2010

Hello everyone!

We are getting down to the last couple of weeks here and it is getting to be more of a challenge to inject some variety into your Farmshare boxes. However, just as many varieties of veggies are fading away, the brussels sprouts are just coming ready. I included a whole stalk in your box because they look so interesting on the plant. Before coming to the farm I had only ever seen brussels sprouts frozen in a bag. So, if you have kids, make sure they check out the plant for a little agriculture education.

Also, this week I added some pie pumpkins. Contrary to the name, there are lots of other things you can do with pumpkin that don’t involve pastry-making. I made pumpkin pancakes (recipe) the other day, my sister-in law made some delicious pumpkin muffins with bursts of cranberry (recipe) and you can also make squares or even first course items like soup. They are in the squash family after all.

I think I must be in the thanksgiving mood because I put an extra item in your boxes this week without realizing it. No wonder I has such difficulty closing them!

Anyways, I would love to offer you a wonderful Thanksgiving where I hope you enjoy your family and friends and of course good food alongside.  Remember, the farm store is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10-6 for your last-minute shopping (lots of squash, carrots, beets, pumpkins and even jams if you do Thanksgiving brunch).

Happy Thanksgiving!

Jennifer

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