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Farm Share 2019 Week 1 (June 5-8)

Welcome to a new season of farm share everyone! In this unusually chilly start to June, we sure are thankful for our greenhouses and some lovely root crops to round out our veggie shares. This week I thought I’d give you a visual for what is in your box so you can identify each item easily. I also thought I’d share a recipe I just made up that got resounding “yums” from my family and uses tons of spring veggies! Finally, meal planning is an important part of enjoying your farm share baskets without seeing any of it go to waste. Do you have a plan day? It sounds like Tuesdays may be just the right time for us now, as I will be posting the blog each week on Tuesday nights.

In future blog posts we will be learning from other amazing farm members who have a lot to share, from naturopaths, to nutritionists, to minimalists and busy moms, all tied together in their passion for great food.

Check out your farm share box contents below in picture form, with labels!

Simply Six Share with asparagus, baby bok choy, radish, red potatoes, spinach and green onion.
Our first ever Simply 6 Share
Half Share with asparagus, radish, rhubarb, rutabaga, red potatoes, green onions, baby bokchoy, spinach, parsnips & turnip greens
The first half share
Whole share with 2 x asparagus, rhubarb, radish, turnip greens, spinach, garlic chives, baby bokchoy,  bokchoy, green onions, parsnips, cilantro, green kale. & red potatoes.
Your First Whole Share of the season 🙂
Our first fruit share of the season: 3lbs gala apples (Canadian), 3 large mangos, 1/2 pint raspberries, 1/2 pint blueberries, 1 cantaloupe (Mexico)
Allergy-Free, Veggie-packed Chicken Pot Pie

Allergy-Free & Veggie-Packed Chicken Pot Pie

Serves 6

As soon as I knew we’d be having parsnips this week, I knew I ought to give you a recipe for them. After all, you’re not going to want to gnaw on them raw like you would a carrot. You see, they are a tougher veg, but their delicious flavour means we need to find a way to coax some tenderness out of them! Enter the instant pot- if you don’t have one, this would also be great in a slow cooker. Now, for the recipe:


-600g chicken breast, chopped into chunks

-2 tbsp olive oil

-400g parsnips (about 3/4 of your bag)

-400g rutabaga

-3 large carrots

-600g red potatoes (with or without skin)

-3/4 bunch red radish

-1 can full-fat coconut milk (60% fat)

-3/4 cup chicken broth

-1 tsp. poultry seasoning

-1 tsp. dried thyme or 1 tbsp fresh

-salt and pepper to taste

-2 tbsp fresh chives


  1. Put chopped chicken and olive oil in instant pot and set to sautee. Ligthly sautee as you wash, peel and chop parsnips, carrots, rutabaga, potatoes and radish (can be left whole or halved)
  2. Add vegetables to instant pot when meat is partially cooked. Add in coconut milk, chicken broth, poultry seasoning, thyme, salt and pepper.
  3. Set the instant pot to pressure cook for 10 minutes. Remember to put the little dial in the “sealing” position. Meanwhile, prepare biscuits or socca/farinita (chickpea flatbread) to serve with (pictured).
  4. Alternatively, saute chicken in pan on stove and add all ingredients to slow cooker…and be patient…very patient 🙂
Lovely Spinach & goat cheese stuffed chicken breast and penne with tomato veggie sauce my mom made for us!

Now for a sample meal plan my family for the week (farm share veggies used in parentheses)

Monday- Chicken Pot Pie (parsnip, rutabaga, red potato, radish, chives)

Tuesday- Spinach & Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken with Penne Pasta & Tomato veggie sauce (spinach, baby bokchoy in sauce)

Wednesday- Roasted Salmon, asparagus & Red potatoes (asparagus, red potatoes)

Thursday- Beef & bokchoy stir fry with rice (baby bok choy, bok choy)

Friday- Chicken & asparagus pizza with turnip green salad (turnip greens, asparagus)

Saturday- Homemade chicken nuggets, rutabaga fries & salad (rutabaga, turnip greens)

Sunday- Chicken fettucine with kale & asparagus (kale, asparagus)

The rhubarb I will stew with a little sugar and water (you can also add lemon juice) to enjoy with yogurt for a breakfast parfait.

I hope these ideas provide some inspiration. Happy creating!

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Farm Share Week 19* the last week for biweekly odd weeks

Greetings all! This week is the last week for those who receive their order every second week since June 15th (odd weeks). So, if it is your last week, thanks for supporting our farm through our csa box.

Hopefully you discovered a new vegetable favourite and some recipes that make your mouth water when a new vegetable comes in season. While many of the winter vegetables I was anitipating have been taking their time to be ready (celery root) or not looking so good (brussels sprouts), everyone will get either Jerusalem artichokes or parsnips this week. There are two different recipes in this post for parsnips, and the Jerusalem artichokes make a great substitute for potaotes in mashed potaotes or in shepherd’s pie. They also make a delicious creamy soup. Here is your list:

Half Share
-rainbow carrots
-Jerusalem artichokes or parsnips
-green onions
-green kale
-delicatta squash
-sweet peppers
-green cabbage
-green leaf lettuce

Whole Share
-rainbow carrots
-Jerusalem artichokes
-green onions
-green kale
-delicatta squash
-sweet peppers
-green cabbage
-green leaf lettuce
-red leaf lettuce
-golden beets
-baby bokchoy
-grape tomatoes

Savory Tempeh and Vegetables (vegetarian main dish) from “Simply in Season”
I have not been able to make this yet because I need to shop for some tempeh. I was excited to find a recipe using carrots, parsnips, squash, green onions, sage and garlic (you may have some left over). While I am not one to tout soy products, tempeh is more nutritious and less processed than tofu, and if you can find organic, then it will not be made from GMO soy.

2 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. olive oil
four 3-4 inch strips kombu seaweed (broken into 1 inch pieces)
3 cloves garlic
1 tbsp. ginger root (peeled and minced)
2 sprigs fresh rosemary or sage

1 lb. tempeh (cut into 1 inch squares

1 cup water
2 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tbsp. maple syrup

2 medium onions
1 1/2 lbs. winter squash (such as delicatta) (seeded and cut into 1 in. chunks)
2 medium parsnips (peeled and cut into 1/2 in. slices)
2 large carrots (peeled and cut into 1/2 in. slices)

1 1/2 cups cold water
2 tbsp. soy sauce
2 tbsp. arrowroot powder or cornstarch

1. Melt butter and olive oil in oven-safe pot or dutch oven over medium heat. Add seaweed, garlic, ginger root and herbs and sautee 2 minutes.
2. Arrange tempeh on a layer on top.
3. Whisk water, soy sauce and maple syrup in a small bowl and pour over tempeh.
4. Layer onions, squash, parsnips and carrots in that order on tempeh.. Sprinkle with coarse salt. Cover, and bring to a boil. Transfer to preheated oven and bake at 400 degrees until vegetables are tender, about 25 minutes.
5. With a slotted spoon, transfer vegetables and tempeh into a serving bowl. Drain back any juices into the dutch oven and place over medium heat.
6. Combine cold water, soy sauce and arrowroot powder or cornstarch and mix until dissolved. Whisk into the juices. Simmer, stirring constantly until sauce thickens. Pour sauce over the tempeh and vegetables. If desired, gently fold in 2 thinly sliced green onions. Serve immediately over rice or bulgur.

Winter Vegetable Crumble (another vegetarian choice- yay!)

2/3 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup cashews (finely chopped)
2 tbsp. whole wheat flour
2 tbsp. oil
1 tsp. dried rosemary, crushed, or 1 tbsp. fresh

2 lbs. root vegetables (carrots, parsnips, rutabaga, turnips, potatoes (scrubbed and peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces))

1 medium onion (finely chopped)
2 tbsp. cashews
2/3 milk
1 1/4 cups vegetable broth
2 tbsp. flour
1 tsp. dried rosemary
salt and pepper

1. Combine oats, cashews and flour in a medium bowl. Mix in oil and rosemary with fingers to form a crumble topping. Set aside.
2. Steam root vegetables for 10-12 minutes until just tender. Reserve the steaming water for stock. Transfer vegetables to lightly oiled 2 L baking dish.
3. In a large saucepan, saute onion in 2 tsp. oil until soft, 4-5 minutes. Stir in milk and vegetable broth. In a cup mix flour with a little milk to make a smoothe paste. Stir into saucepan. Add rosemary. Bring to a boil and simmer until thickened, stirring constantly. Season with salt and pepper. Cool sauce slightly, then puree until smooth. Pour over steamed vegetables, then sprinkle with oat topping. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.