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A Wilderness Getaway to Close the Summer

Hello, friends. I am freshly back from a little long weekend camping trip with my family. You may wonder, do farmers take vacations? Well, the answer is normally not very often or very long, but just like you, we’d like to have our kids look back and remember we did things other than work in the summer, here and there ;). We headed up to Samuel de Champlain National Park, because, let’s be honest, it was the closest one that wasn’t booked for every weekend (all the way in North Bay area!) and wow, was it lovely! The weather definitely did some cooling down and we had one solid day of rain, but we managed to get in some great hikes and beach time before packing up to resume another busy week on the farm.

The blog is here just to let you know all the great items in your shares this week, and to remind you that summer is fleeting, so please do soak up the sun and have a little fun. And probably eat a watermelon while having fun in the sun…because they are a perfect pairing. This should be our last week of watermelon, at least for everyone, to savour it!

No pretty box photos because this slacka was on the road home from her trip 🙂

Half Shares:

  • spinach
  • green onions
  • red peppers
  • grape tomatoes
  • zucchini
  • chinese cabbage
  • red or green leaf lettuce
  • watermelon
  • carrots
  • red beets

Whole Shares: same as above with added:

  • russet potatoes
  • field tomatoes (near end of season)
  • banana peppers (not spicy)
  • ground cherries (sweet little tropical tasting fruit with adorable little wrappers)
  • mint
  • green beans

Simply 6 Shares

  • strawberries or ground cherries
  • carrots
  • spinach
  • red pepper
  • grape tomatoes
  • zucchini

Fruit Shares

  • 6 organic Sunrise Apples (BC)
  • 1 Zephyr Organics Watermelon
  • 4-5 organic peaches (BC)
  • 3 organic mangoes
  • 3 organic avocadoes

More Canadian fruit options are coming in from British Columbia this month and next. A lot of our organic fruits come from the Okanogan Valley in BC because the high elevation means less pest pressure from insects and yields a higher quality fruit. The abrupt temperature changes from fall to winter and winter to summer (did we even have spring this year?) means our own fruit trees did not yield barely anything at all. This after so many hours pruning them, painting them with dormant oil and even scratching my cornea trying to help the apples thrive. There is always next year! BC plums are on their way next week and taste scrum-diddily-uptious! Hope you enjoy the fruits of a good Canadian summer :).

Crispy Baked Zucchini Fries

Are you looking for a new way to enjoy zucchini? Fries always seem to be a sure bet…and parmesan is one flavour we can’t seem to get enough of! Try the recipe here. Vegans and folks looking to cut back on dairy? Did you know you could make your own Parmesan cheese? Only 4 ingredients too. I think I should be able to figure this recipe out.

Enjoy, friends!