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Farm Share Week 21: Oct 25-28, 2017

I can’t believe it’s week 21 and some folks are getting their last veggie boxes this week! It’s been a wonderful year, and full of surprises as always. We hope you’ve loved your bounty of organic goodies and discovered new tastes along the way.

I went out and managed to bring in most of the field of peppers just hours before a heavy frost last week thanks to baby-wearing. It was very tiring but my work paid off! Anything not sheltered by the rest of the plant had cooked!

Here’s your late fall haul:


Half Shares

-black kale
-yellow potatoes
-green onions
-baby bokchoy
-red peppers
-chicoga beets
-celery root (super ugly root veg but so yummy in soups or even mashed…also called celeriac)


Whole Shares

-2nd carrots
-red Swiss chard
-red hot peppers *be careful with the seeds…nice and hot. Use gloves to cut and wash hands with dish soap after handling
-Collard greens


I’ve been going a little crazy with the homemade snacks since falling in love with my dehydrator. A few successful batches of fruit roll ups gave me the courage to take on a gluten free baking recipe (and trust me, Ive had some epic fails in this category). I knew I wanted to include some veggies in my snack and went with the obvious choice of carrots. I found this recipe that fit the vegan and gluten free bill:, but considered how I would actually like to send these to school with the kids. Let the substitutions begin!

Of course I thought I’d add some more good fats to the mix and lure the kids in with some icing.

Lo and behold, it went over great with my sweet-tooth queen, myself and my oh-so-picky-about sweets son. I think we have a win here folks!









GF, Egg and Dairy Free Carrot Muffins with Creamy Goat Cheese Frosting

Makes 12 Muffins

1 1/2 flax eggs
1/4 cup olive oil
1/3 cup mashed very ripe banana
1/4 cup molasses (or honey, agave nectar or maple syrup)
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce or 1 sweet apple, finely grated
1/2 cup brown sugar (or sub muscavado)
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup plain almond milk, unsweetened
1 heaping cup (packed) grated carrot
2/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup flax meal (ground flax seed- I do mine in a coffee grinder)
1 cup + 2 Tbsp gluten-free flour blend (I used my favourite blend of tapioca starch, brown rice flour, sorghum and millet mixed with 1 heaping tsp guar gum)



Prepare flax eggs in a large mixing bowl and preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 C).Prepare muffin tin with liners or lightly grease them.To flax eggs mashed banana, molasses, agave or maple syrup, olive oil and whisk to combine.Next add applesauce, brown sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and whisk to combine.Add almond milk and stir.Add grated carrot and stir.Add coconut, flax meal, and gluten-free flour blend and stir.Divide evenly among 12 muffin tins, filling them all the way up to the top.Bake for 32-36 minutes, or until deep golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. When you press on the top it shouldn’t feel too spongey, so don’t be afraid of over baking! The GF blend just takes longer to bake.Remove from oven and let set in the pan for 15 minutes. Then flip on their sides still in the pan to let cool completely.If you try to unwrap them too quickly, they have a tendency to stick to the wrappers.Once cooled, store in a covered container or bag at room temp to keep fresh. Freeze after that to keep fresh.


*If baking in a loaf pan or cake pan (8×8), bake for 45 minutes – 1 hour and check every 5 minutes thereafter for doneness.




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Farm Share Week 20: Oct. 18-20, 2017

Hi everyone!
It looks like fall is really here now. I managed to get most of the red peppers in just before the frost (thanks to baby-wearing and one happy little guy). This is the time of year we start gambling with the weather, watching for any chance of frost. Any time it dips below 2 or so, especially on a clear and still night is enough to completely destroy some plants, like sweet peppers, and scarcely affect others, like parsley or kale. It’s a busy time bringing in the fall harvest, but a rewarding time also.
Have you heard? The goodness can continue all winter long for you in our winter share.
No, it won’t have the incredible variety of summer, but we still will have lots of yummy root crops, winter greens and some Quebec organic cucumbers and tomato especially just to keep it feeling fresh. We are also offering a fruit share for the first time ever. Register soon as we have spaces for only the first 40 registrants this year.
For the rest of you, next week or the following week will be your last delivery for summer Farm Share  (sigh). You will receive you last share in a cardboard box. Please don’t forget to return your plastic bins. We hope you enjoy your fall veggies this week.
Here is a recipe for collard green wraps (and another link on how to prep them for wrap use)
How to prep collard greens for wraps
hummus collard wrap recipe
Week 20
-chicoga beets (candy striped inside!)
-sweet peppers
-sweet cabbage
-yellow potatoes
-Parsley flat
-Collard greens (nature’s perfect wrap)
-baby bokchoy
-black kale
-celery root
-Snow peas
-red lettuce
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Farm Share Week 19 (Oct 11-14, 2017)

Hello everyone! Well I think fall is officially here…and it feels a little shocking after Monday’s heat, but it is October after all. Stephanie is fighting off a bug so this is Jennifer with your weekly produce list and your meal ideas.

With the holiday closure on my shop day this week and a busy work week ahead, we’ve been going vegetarian for the week on most meals. In this vegetarian shepherds pie I used more rutabaga than potatoes in the potato part and the kids didn’t even notice! Plus, I used up leftover carrots and mashed rutabaga from thanksgiving dinner!

Here’s the recipe:

Half Shares

  • beets
  • carrots
  • spaghetti, butternut or pepper squash
  • Yukon gold potatoes
  • red bell peppers
  • eggplant
  • red kale
  • green Swiss chard
  • grape tomatoes
  • rapini (dark leafy relative of broccoli: try steaming and tossing with soya sauce or in stir fries)

Whole Shares

  • bokchoy
  • rutabaga
  • green bell peppers
  • savoy cabbage
  • red leaf lettuce


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Farm Share Week 18: Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!
I am sure looking forward to gathering before a feast with both my husband’s and my family (not at the same time, but that would be interesting). Just having a family that enjoys each other’s presence fills my heart with thanks. If you see someone around you who you’re not sure has a family to gather with, why not grab a chair and count your family a little larger this year?
Do you always make the same dishes for Thanksgiving? I think it’s about time I find a good gluten free stuffing recipe my son can enjoy, one that doesn’t involve using $15 worth of gluten free bread! I’ll post on Facebook if I find something goodles, and feel free to post on Facebook or reply here if you have a great Thanksgiving recipe to share with the Farm Share community.
This recipe is for Jenny and anyone else who doesn’t want to have to buy gluten free bread to make stuffing-here is a gluten free corn bread stuffing recipe!
For those who aren’t set on ‘traditional’ stuffing here are 5 gluten free stuffing alternatives.
If your not up for baking your own crust you can check out Charlottes foods in Richmond Hill.  They don’t have a website and their hours are a bit wacky because its run by an 80+ year old woman but she has dairy free, gluten free and amazing food options include GLUTEN FREE PIE CRUSTS.  They are talkers but really sweet and amazing so feel free to stop in (call first!) to pick up a gluten free pie crust for your pie making needs. Charolttes foods: (905) 709-9079  Address is 55 West Beaver Creek Rd, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 1K5

Your baskets this week are themed around a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Potatoes, carrots, squash and even rutabaga! Our pumpkin patch turned out teeny tiny this year so we may not have enough for everyone. Here’s hoping a delicious pepper squash can get you in the Thanksgiving mood instead! Don’t forget to add the fresh herbs into your stuffing, or use the Parsley for an easy garnish wHich makes you look like you know your way around a Kitchen!
Blessed Thanksgiving, everyone!

Week 18 (Thanksgiving)
-butternut squash
-curly parsley
-sweet peppers
-red leaf lettuce
-pumpkin or pepper squash
-green cabbage
-yellow potatoes
-2nd carrots
-celery root
-grape tomatoes
-sage or oregano (for turkey stuffing)
-ground cherries