Farm Share Week 18: Sept 28-30, 2016

IMG 5104

Farm Share Week 18: Sept 28-30, 2016

Can you believe we have just 4 more weeks of farm share left? For those of us who get our shares biweekly that means just 2 more boxes! The summer has flown by and now we are tasting fall, our turkey is on order from Don Howard Farms in Newmarket-which means thanksgiving is just around the corner.  Home made pumpkin pies, apples from the orchard and of course, amazing stuff from Zephyr Organics will be on our table to enjoy this Thanksgiving.  Here is a note from Jen:


Happy fall everyone! I think I’m finally ready to embrace cozy sweaters, yummy soups and lots and lots of tea! I’m excited to share more honey crisp apples with you. If you notice a whitish film on the apples- no worries. We use clay (naturally found in soil) as a physical barrier to protect the apples from the abundant pests and diseases that attack them. This will wash off with water. I hope you fal in love with apples all over again enjoying them fresh like that. Here are some photos of beautiful things I spot around the farm: an apple tree makes a perfect place for a bird’s nest and the eggplant greenhouse is looking fantastic after being almost destroyed by potato bugs. These gorgeous purple flowers show us the plant is happy and ready to produce more eggplant! Enjoy your tomatoes as all the vines are dying out. We had a mild frost unexpectedly and saw some damage to plants but I think they’ll pull through (well except for the tomatoes). Stay tuned for a Thanksgiving themed basket next week!
Half Shares
-watermelon or green beans
-snow peas (or sugar snap)
-green onions
-apples (honey crisp)
-red leaf
-saladette tomatoes
-rainbow swiss chard (or green)
Whole Shares 
-field tomatoes
-green beans
-green leaf lettuce
I’m not sure about any of you, but I’m still struggling with my egg plant recipes.  I’ve been reading up on some tips and tricks and plan on trying this eggplant meatball recipe.  I am hoping we have better luck since we didn’t care much for the recipes I’ve shared before.

About the Author

StephanieMy name is Stephanie Hofman and this is my 5th year with the farm share program. I am an earth loving hippie-follower of Christ-lover of all people and love to try new things. I am not a blogger outside of zephyr organics-so please keep this in mind as I continue to learn the in's and out's of what it means to create a good blog and to be a good blogger! My family and I do our best to make everything at home from scratch, but we are not fully organic, non-GMO, nor are we dairy free or gluten free. I do my best with what I have and am slowly but surely making changes towards a more healthy lifestyle. I try and keep the recipes that I share to encompass all diets-some will be desserts, some will be juicing recipes (last year I failed epically at my juicing fast-FYI don't add 'more kale' just to use it up in a recipe) some gluten and dairy free-some vegan and many in between. Most of the items in the box I am familiar with now-but a few years ago I didn't know what bokchoy was nor had I ever heard of swiss chard-now they are my 2 favourite items to get in my box! I'm a free going spirit who has taught herself most things and love to help others out since I've only become who I am and gotten to where I am in life because of the love and generosity of those who've I've encountered. I've never been very good at spelling nor have I been very computer savvy. Any feedback and suggestions are always welcome. Thank you so much for joining us on this journey towards supporting local farmers and supporting the growing organic food movement. May your box bless you and your family all season long and I look forward to sharing my recipe successes and failures with you.View all posts by Stephanie →