Oh, Shoot: Postponed!!

Dear Veggie Lovers, Farm Fans, Shoots Program Members, and Local Champions,

We have made the decision to close the farm to sales for the foreseeable future, effective immediately.

We are choosing to heed public health advice, not arguing over whether or not we are an “essential service” because we produce food.  It’s about being responsible citizens and being realistic that we CAN stop without it crippling our business right now, and that is the safest choice.  Farming is unpredictable at best, and part of our farm’s sustainability is planning for unforeseen circumstances.  We will weather this.

We are finding it stressful to make the decision each week about continuing pickups in our current program.  We have decided it’s not worth the risk to us or our customers of going out in the world with our produce any more.  

Please respect our boundaries and do not contact us with orders at this time.

We are currently hopeful that the rest of our 2020 season can proceed as planned. Seeds are planted and our 20th growing season is underway.

We look forward to sharing fresh farm food with you again in the not-too-distant future, and we will keep you posted.

Respectfully wishing you all the best at this difficult time,

-Teri, Jon & Stephanie

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(Members please continue reading below if you want more details and info about how the postponing may work.)


Spring Shoots Program Members: More info

We’re so deeply sorry to have to postpone your Shoots Program!

Tuesday’s optional Shoots Program pickup was well attended and you all did a fantastic job of social distancing and self-serving. Many of you professed deep gratitude for us continuing to deliver the fruits of our labour, and you told us you support us no matter what.

Those words mean everything to us when we face a world crisis and uncertainties like this!

The current program began on March 3. COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the WHO on March 11. By March 17 we were heeding social distancing recommendations at our pickup. By March 24 we were outside and the pickup was self-serve.

I don’t know where we’ll be by next week, but I don’t see it improving by then and I want to relieve us of the weekly burden of deciding whether or not to deliver.  Honestly, it’s making me have stomachaches and causing us to lose sleep, fretting about keeping our community safe balanced with fulfilling our commitments.  Stress is bad for the immune system, and our family’s health is of great importance to us.

Ok, some real talk.  Tuesday I slept poorly and woke at 4 am, read all the updates, and struggled to determine what we should do, for the second week in a row, really.  For me, this is a matter of us doing what is BEST, not what is easiest.  It’s best if we all stay home right now, and me excepting myself, deeming myself more important than someone else and going out in the world is exactly the thinking that will get all of us in a really bad place.  So many of us Canadians are thinking of the greater good right now and I want the actions of our farm to reflect that too.

In the winter of 2013-14, Jon and I were living in Nova Scotia through a really tumultuous winter with lots of precipitation.  I was managing a large CSA with 500+ members and deliveries to the city 6 days a week.  Every week that entire winter we had at least one day of rescheduled pickups due to weather.  It was a horrifying amount of admin work, and really hard to always be making the call of whether or not to send out the delivery van each day.  I ended that winter sickly skinny from constant stomachaches.  At the time I didn’t recognize the most obvious sign of STRESS!

At Tuesday’s pickup you all FRIGGING KILLED IT at social distancing.  I felt like the pickup was a completely acceptable thing to be doing, I felt like you all respected each other, and so many of you reached out to tell us how important the Shoots are to you, and how much you want us to keep going with the Program.  Many of you also expressed that you support us no matter what.   That really makes all the difference to me, and helps to ease my stress about this decision.  Thank you.

At the same time, I fretted the whole time I was there because my monthly Superstore trip was before the pickup.  I was appalled at how busy the store was, and did not feel comfortable (Superstore was doing a good job, just not the customers, there were just too many!).  They have told us how to keep safe, but we also know that it takes a while for symptoms to appear, and so there’s a chance that one of us or one of you encountered someone in your day that wasn’t being a responsible citizen.  I think if we had a world of Veggie Lovers it would be a better place, and I trust all of you are doing your best to stay well and avoid others.  It’s just best to Stay Home right now.

When I drove back to the farm Tuesday I tuned into how I was feeling.  I had a stomachache all day, and recognized it as the kind I get when I’m holding my core and jaw tense all day from anxiety and stress (The actual thought I had was, Oh!  This is “the one I make myself”!).  That, combined with the fact that my Mom and Dad have decided to self-isolate separately from us due to his higher vulnerability, sealed the decision for me.

It was not made lightly.  When I saw you all Tuesday it made me want to continue SO MUCH!!  Just know that the light and love you brought to the pickup yesterday will carry me for some time, when we can hopefully high five over fresh tomatoes!

After making this decision yesterday, I had a much better night’s sleep and I already feel better.  When we are operating, I feel “it’s my job” to keep up to date with the information on this situation.  Already today it felt ok to let that go because we’re closed.  It greatly decreased my stress, I feel so much better already today!  Sometimes we need to give ourselves permission to do what is best for ourselves, closing is achieving that for me.

You are our security net in these unprecedented times.  We appreciate each and every one of you so much and we hope that you and your families weather this safely.

Postponing: How it will probably* work
I’m choosing “postponing” instead of “cancelling” because you have all paid in full and we DO intend to make sure you receive your full value.  Our income from CSA Programs is always contingent on us fulfilling the promise of delivery (i.e., for any of you accountants or numbers geeks out there, it is considered a Current Liability on our financial statements, and so we don’t move it into actual income until we fulfill the program).  In other words, we would never keep your money without fulfilling our end of the agreement.

So, you paid $120 and the program only went to Week 4, so each of you still has $60 coming your way.

We prefer to get you this value in something vegetable from our farm in the future.  We want to be pretty flexible about what that is and where you get it, but we prefer if it can be Veggies and not your Veggie Lovers’ Club membership, items bought in from other farms or businesses, or pickles/preserves.  Also, if you can keep it simple and to 4 transactions or less to limit my admin time on this! (*I will also look into loadable cards to help us execute this more smoothly).

Options:
Your $60 Veggie Credit could be used at:
-our market stand at Lady of the Lake
-at the mini-market at the summer Veggie Lovers’ Pickup
-for pre-orders at the Veggie Lovers’ Pickup
-If we are able to resume the program (or sales) later this spring
-for fall storage veggie stock up

OR
We realize this may be a difficult time financially for many of you.  If having the $60 returned to you in cash is the most helpful thing, we are happy to do that.  Please send us an email back and let us know if you want this option.

*DISCLAIMER: We have no way to know what the future will bring so at this point we are just on pause and we will confirm details with you at some point in the future.  We’re closed so you can’t use your $60 Veggie Credit right now anyway!

The Positives:

-I am grateful that we are at a naturally low sales point in our season, and that we don’t have anyone outside our family counting on income at this time.  Also, we’re all on salary which we budget annually for.  We are hopeful that we will make it to June and be able to resume markets and CSA as planned.

-We were planning to be home the next 3 months growing veggies and getting our season started anyway.  It will be a little harder with no daycare, but a little easier with no social obligations!

-Canada is a relatively good place to be right now.  Especially Manitoba.  This is helping me come up with more reasons why this is the best place to live!

-If you’re reading this, and all this way down the page, you probably know us well and care about us, and we feel the same about you.  That’s real food security!  You can count on us to grow you some veggies this year!

Thank you so so much for your understanding and grace at this difficult time.

Please feel welcome to reach out to us!

Take care and stay well,

–Teri, Jon & Stephanie

Week 4 Spring Shoots Program Newsletter

Hi folks!

PICKUP on TUESDAY will be at STANLEY PARK, 14th Street & Lorne Avenue, Brandon, 4 pm – 6 pm.  Today’s pickup is OPTIONAL, so if you do not plan to come please let us know by filling out this tiny form.

At the pickup, look for our Blue decaled delivery van near the intersection of 14th Street & Lorne Avenue (a one-way street going North towards Princess Ave).

Normally I don’t have the capacity for customers texting me, but if you need to right now that’s ok.  My cell is (204) 901-2800.

We are doing everything we can to stay well and to continue being able to produce food for you.  We want everyone in our community to stay safe, so we ask that you:

Please…
-do not attend the pickup if you are unwell.
-stand 2 meters apart from other customers.
-only send 1 representative from your household to pickup.
-wait in your vehicle if there is a lineup of more than 5 people.

We can provide home delivery or contact-free pickup for your bag at the pickup location, email or text me if you want this!

As of the news this morning, I would say it’s looking unlikely we will be able to continue to execute the Shoots Program after this week.  If/when we make that call for certain we will let you know.

Please see below in the newsletter for our complete COVID-19 update & plan.


March 24: Donate your Share to Samaritan House Option

I have been thinking CONSTANTLY on the issue of us continuing operations versus shutting down.  Checking public health updates and other data, and trying to balance keeping our farm team & customers safe with the reality that we have produced a nutrient dense crop of supergreens and I would like to get them to their intended market (and your immune systems!).  That’s getting to be harder to do as we go, and the last thing I would want is for someone to leave the house when they’re not comfortable.

So, today you have the option to donate your share to Samaritan House.  You must let me know by 3:30 pm if you want this option because their baskets are distributed at 4 pm so your shoots need to be in their hands before then.

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO LET US KNOW YOU WANT TO DONATE TODAY’S SHOOTS

This can be a straight donation if you like (as in, no credit will be provided, meaning we still get paid for the shoots) OR just an opt-out of pickup this week if you don’t feel you can spare the value of your share (let me know you won’t be there, and I will put a credit on your account to be used in the future).  It’s totally up to you.  Thank you!


Your March 24th Spring Shoots’ Program CSA contains:

Spring Salad Micro Mix
Buckwheat Shoots
Sunflower Shoots

You can click the links on the items above to view more info about each microgreen including recipe & preparation suggestions, season, storage tips, and lots more!

Don’t forget to bookmark our online Veggie Guide so all the veggie info is at your fingertips!


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Mom and Myrah planting seeds

Brown Sugar Produce’s COVID-19 Plan:

Our farm team met Thursday to discuss short- and long-term strategies and where we’re at with COVID-19.

Because health is one of the values that guides our farm, we are being prudent to heed current public health advice on the COVID-19 situation and keep our farm team and customers safe.  We recognize that there is increased importance on local supply chains and the food we produce right now and want to do all that we can to connect people with the food from our farm in a safe manner.

Currently, we have a microgreens CSA program (weekly subscription) in process, this Tuesday will be the half-way point of the 8 week program.  Two of the three restaurants we supply closed down last week.  Chez Angela Bakery & Cafe remains open with modified operations.

We decided that we will continue to execute our in-process microgreens CSA and to continue to produce Shoots for Chez Angela’s weekly orders.  We discussed that we may need to relocate to an outdoor pickup location if the bakery needs to close at some point.  We determined that we will close all sales if anyone on our farm team/immediate family (Jon, Teri, Myrah, Stephanie, or Paul) becomes ill.  We think it is important to be proactive and to have a plan in place before issues arise, especially in family business.

In the long-term plan, we are working now to secure and ship all of the growing supplies we expect that we will need for our 2020 season, in case freight lines become uncertain in the coming days.  We are trying to have everything on hand that we will need to operate for the next 3-6 months at least.

It is impossible to know where things will be at by mid-June when markets begin, so we look to the future hopefully, and we know that our community will continue to support us.  Our CSA begins the first week of July and it is full, with 80 families this year.

This is a naturally low volume time for our farm and so the lost sales we have and potentially may experience are bearable.  We are working hard to keep our 2020 growing season on track and to stay on the ball while we are all healthy and relatively unaffected.  The safety of our farm team and our community is our top priority.

Options for right now: If you are a currently registered Spring Shoots Program member and you would like to choose discontinue pickups at this time, there will be no penalty.  We prefer to provide full credit to be used in the future, but we can also provide refunds if you need it.  Currently if you were to opt out of all future deliveries (Not March 24th) you would receive $60 credit.

We are also happy to work with you on this, so if you are quarantined, self-isolated, or unwell (or just more comfortable staying home) and can’t make it to the pickup or send someone in your place, we can make a delivery to your front door.  Send us an email to sales@brownsugarproduce.com if you need to use this option!

Currently everyone on the farm/family team is well. If any of us becomes ill the Shoots Program will be suspended.  If that happens we will provide credit or refunds to our customers.  As we are all in close contact on a regular basis we deem it unsafe to continue distributing food if one of us is not well.  Many of our customers come to us because they have health concerns in the first place and so we serve people who are disproportionately vulnerable.


Farm Update: 

Now let’s talk about something else.  I’m so tired of COVID updates!!

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Seeding is underway on the farm!  This week Mom is seeding tomatoes and peppers.  We got all the onions done a few weeks back and they are looking great.  Currently only Mom’s greenhouse is operating, but we will start ours up soon when she runs out of space.  Greenhouse season is a time when there is a lot of back and forth traffic between our two farms which is why we aren’t isolating from each other’s households.  Plus, Myrah.

Not all veggies get started in the greenhouse as transplants, but a lot of them do: Leeks, Onions, Tomatoes, Peppers, Lettuce, Celery, Celeriac, Kale & Cabbage.  Things like radishes, garlic, spinach, carrots, beets, melons, and cucumbers will be seeded directly into the field once that snow melts.  The snow is finally starting to rot a bit with the warm sunny days we’ve been having, so I fully expect that the farm will be an epic mud pit by next week.  Better haul out those rubber boots!

What books are you reading? I just finished the final book of the Earth’s Children series by Jean M. Auel.  It’s one of my favourite series but I didn’t realize that the concluding volume was released in 2011 and fortuitously found it at our local library the last time I visited!  I was a bit disappointed as I didn’t think it concluded anything, despite 757 pages!  I finished it yesterday and started in on “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert, which I have always been meaning to read.  I’ve read over 20 books from our library this winter, nothing beats a good book and a nice sunny greenhouse to curl up in!

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Watering onions in Mom’s greenhouse

Myrah and Jon are over at the shed this morning (Monday) while I do my work.  She used to be in daycare Mondays, so he is looking after her today so I can get all my work done and then tomorrow I will look after her while Jon harvests your shoots.  At almost 3, she is so much more helpful and easy to manage around the farm!  My favourite times are when I have my arms full (always) and I get her to open the door for me, or if I drop something I get her to pick it up for me.  She is pretty good at putting away laundry and she is a helpful, though butter-eating, baking assistant.  (Psst!  We made really, really, really delicious oatmeal raisin cookies yesterday with this recipe!).


It’s hard to say what the next few weeks will bring, so I very much hope to see you at next week’s pickup, but I will definitely be in touch if/when anything changes!

Stay well and be kind, folks!

Take care,

Teri 🙂

 

Broccoli Shoots

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Broccoli Shoots on soup!

Broccoli Shoots are high in sulforaphane which is a powerful anti cancer compound.  They are cute and little and taste like broccoli!  The seed cost is highest on these, making this our most expensive shoot that we produce.

Season: We can grow broccoli shoots any time of the year, but typically we just produce them from October until June.  You can find them in our Spring Shoots Program, at our early spring markets, and on your food at Chez Angela Bakery and Cafe!

Storage Tips:  They should be rinsed just before use. We don’t wash any shoots at the farm as they degrade quickly when wet. If you get them home and there is condensation (wetness) in the bag, make sure to insert a piece of towel or switch them to a dry bag so they will keep well. They will store well covered (in a bag or container) in your fridge for a long time, but are best enjoyed within a week of when you buy them.

Preparation Tips: Broccoli Shoots taste like broccoli and are quite small, making them a really great garnish.  They’re great on top of soups and curries and stir fries, and I really like adding them into my broccoli salad (alongside mature broccoli– Double broccoli!).  Dr. Rhonda Patrick is a great source for more info about the health benefits and sulforaphane in broccoli shoots and sprouts.

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Sprouts & Shoots Growing Workshop

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UPDATE MARCH 18: WORKSHOP IS CANCELLED.  We will be in touch if/when we rebook it!

 

We’re hosting a Sprouts & Shoots growing workshop in Brandon on Sunday March 29th from 1 – 2:30 pm at Park Community Centre.  $25 gets you all the supplies & know how to get started with your own indoor superfoods garden!

Teri Jenkins is a local food lover and vegetable farmer living just outside of Brandon, Manitoba.  Together with her mother Stephanie Dillon and her husband Jon and 3 year old daughter Myrah she runs Brown Sugar Produce, a vegetable and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Farm.  The farm supplies weekly veggie subscriptions to 80 families, does a Friday market (in front of Lady of the Lake Cafe in Brandon from mid June until the end of September), and a winter Microgreens CSA in March & April.

Teri’s love of seasonal eating was the inspiration behind expanding Brown Sugar Produce’s winter offerings with a wide variety of different microgreens.  The farm now offers an 8-week microgreens subscription which connects local food lovers with sustainable, locally-grown and nutrient dense greens in March and April, some of the saddest months for fresh produce on the prairies.

Teri wants you to know how EASY and affordable it can be to grow your own hyper fresh superfoods at home!  No special equipment required: come to this workshop and learn how!

We will be planting two trays of microgreens (1 peas, 1 optional) and starting a jar of sprouts: A choice of seeds will be provided.  Additional seeds will be available for purchase, & they can be easily sourced at most garden centres or online.  Included in the price of the workshop is a how-to pamphlet, a bag of fresh shoots, a reuseable Brown Sugar Produce bag, and all the supplies required to go home with 2 planted trays and a seeded jar.

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Sprouts & Shoots Workshop in Souris March 1

Week 3 Spring Shoots Program Newsletter

Hi folks!!

Your newsletter is complete below.  Tonight’s pickup is ON AS SCHEDULED but we are taking things day by day and will keep you posted if/when anything changes.

We are all well and deem the pickup to be a low risk process at this point – James let me know last night that they have removed the seating from the cafe, but we are still welcome for the Shoots pickup.  The cafe is still open for take out and order pickup.

If you are isolating (or sick) and can’t leave the house, please be in touch with us via email and I am happy to deliver your shoots.  (If you’re sick I’m totally leaving them on your porch and sending you a text tho).  If you’re not able/willing to go in a public space right now, be in touch and we can sort this out: Worst case we can defer some of your shoots to another time in the future.  We want everyone to be totally comfortable, safe, and to get their full value of shoots.  Basically, just be in touch with us if you need to!

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Here’s what in today’s clamshell.  They are all packed the same, so yours will have the Peas on the right and Broccoli on the left and Radish in the middle, just like this one

Remember to bring your red bag back every week for a refill!

You are welcome to place a pre-order for additional veggies or pickles next week via the link below.


Pre-Orders

Orders are optional and can be paid via e-transfer, or cash, cheque, or debit at the pickup.  Your order total will be emailed to you Tuesday morning.

Please note that we don’t think the carrots will store much longer.  It was an exceptionally wet fall and we’re surprised they’ve kept this long, we are seeing a lot of rot in the bin now.

Here’s the link to PLACE A PRE-ORDER for the March 24th pickup!  – Order deadline is Sunday for pickup with your Shoots on Tuesday.


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Week 2 contents

Your March 17th Spring Shoots’ Program CSA contains:

Broccoli Shoots
Pea Shoots
Mixed Radish Shoots

You can click the links on the items above to view more info about each microgreen including recipe & preparation suggestions, season, storage tips, and lots more!

Don’t forget to bookmark our online Veggie Guide so all the veggie info is at your fingertips!


Farm Update:

How are you doing?  I don’t think I can avoid talking about COVID-19 in this week’s newsletter!  It’s been interesting to watch the pandemic progress, a little scary to think about the impact it could have, and uplifting to see people come together and try to “flatten the curve” as Canadians.

Truthfully, this whole situation has been a little affirming for us: Going into a more isolated state didn’t require as much adjustment.  We already buy food in bulk quantities and so have over 100 lbs of local flour and oats in the freezer, half a pig, 25 chickens, a whole bunch of frozen tomatoes and spinach and beet leaf buns, plus the veggie storage bins with hundreds of pounds of carrots, beets, and potatoes as well as preserves.  Not to mention a huge crop of shoots and seeds to grow hundreds of more pounds of fresh greens!  So, it is affirming in the sense that we don’t have to rush out and stock up, and we feel prepared to feed ourselves and start our season as planned regardless of what happens in the next few weeks or months.  We’re very fortunate it is a time of natural low business for us and we can weather the next couple of months easily.

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Myrah and I spent most of yesterday playing/reading in the greenhouse and soaking up Vitamin D!

But at the same time, it’s really ominous to be here, living our life as usual, and then see all the news stories and posts on social media.  I’ve been a bit intentionally checked out on it all the past few days, probably because it’s scary!  For me, it’s important to be in control of what I consume, so that has meant staying off Instagram and Facebook for the most part, or being really intentional about it when I do log on – checking in on how people I care about are doing rather than just passively scrolling the newsfeed.  For news, I seek out the stories I am interested in from the sources that I respect.

We’ve been discussing options we may need to take in future weeks, but so far deem today’s pickup a low risk activity.  The cafe has removed it’s seating but is still open for order pickups and take out.  If you are isolating (or sick) and can’t leave the house, please be in touch with us via email and I am happy to deliver your shoots.  (If you’re sick I’m totally leaving them on your porch and sending you a text tho).  If you’re not able/willing to go in a public space right now, be in touch and we can sort this out: Worst case we can defer some of your shoots to another time in the future.  We want everyone to be totally comfortable, safe, and to get their full value of shoots.  Basically, just be in touch with us if you need to!

We will keep you posted as things come up.  I’m a bit lonely and looking forward to seeing you (from a distance) tonight though!!


450fe2b1-f743-4138-81cc-2b57e2245300From our hands to yours: Know your Farmer!

In trying times, it’s reassuring to know that what you are eating is grown close to home and that you know the hands that are touching your food.  (Believe me, we don’t let Myrah touch the shoots!!) Most weeks Jon is the only person who has touched your food: He is well and hasn’t left the farm in weeks.  The shoots are grown in a building separate from our house with it’s own ventilation system, and our farm is safely located just outside Brandon in the middle of nowhere!

The microgreens you have chosen to purchase from us are up to forty (40) times more nutritious than full-sized greens and veggies (by volume) with high levels of vitamin C, complete veggie protein, B complex, Folate, Vitamins A, E, K, essential fatty acids, iron… Now is the time to eat these veggies, and we are doing what we can to continue to feed people the most supportive foods for immunity system function!  So, you can feel really good about what you’re eating. 

Thank you for supporting what we do and making it a priority in your life.


Thanks folks, we really look forward to seeing you tonight and we will keep you posted if anything changes.

Take care & lean into the good things!

See you tonight.

Teri 🙂

Beet, Carrot, and Microgreens Salad

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When we were away this winter I often offered to help with making dinner, and by far the task I was given was “make a salad”.  I have a number of favourite salads up my sleeve, but this one was the hardest to replicate away from home because it is CRITICAL that you use really awesome fresh & local ingredients for it to pop.

This is a very seasonally appropriate salad that pairs well with the availability from our farm in winter.  We currently have lots of beautiful still-sweet carrots and beets in the storage bins as well as weekly crops of gorgeous microgreens.

Make sure you sub to your preference!
Sometimes people get stuck in thinking, such as “Oh, I don’t have any sunflower seeds, I can’t make this”.  Sometimes it’s less about being perfect and more about just starting where you are and adding in good things wherever you can.  For example: my husband Jon is allergic to raw carrots & apples.  So, for me to make this salad I need to slightly cook & ice bath the carrots and skip the apples – I am still hoarding some personal stash celeriac and would definitely add that.  I would also add some nuts like pecans, and I don’t have any oranges on hand right now so I would use more lemon juice and add some honey or maple syrup.  The finished product in my house would stray far from the recipe, but the basic idea is there.  Grate some root veggies, add some microgreens and a citrus-y dressing.  Bam!  My philosophy is to spend more time sourcing good ingredients and less time fretting about following the recipe perfectly: if you start with good ingredients you’re already way ahead!

Some additions that would be great in this salad include: thinly sliced raw onion or marinated onions, pumpkin seeds, pistachios, cilantro, lime juice, celeriac or celery, alfalfa sprouts, cucumber, avocado, sliced oranges, thinly sliced fennel, goat cheese, toasted sesame seeds, almonds, dried berries or raisins, jicama, sliced grapes, etc etc etc!

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Fava Bean Shoots

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Fava Bean Shoots were a new one for us in 2019.  We grow them from MB-grown seeds we got from Sid & Laryssa Stevenson (Laryssa works part-time for us in the summer).

They are succulent and juicy with a slightly bitter bean flavour.  They have square stems and can turn black when heated, so be mindful where you use them.

Season: We will probably keep this as a special production for our Spring Shoots CSA Program and future winter growing projects, but we may produce some for the early spring markets as well.

Storage Tips:  They should be rinsed just before use. We don’t wash any shoots at the farm as they degrade quickly when wet. If you get them home and there is condensation (wetness) in the bag, make sure to insert a piece of towel or switch them to a dry bag so they will keep well. They will store well covered (in a bag or container) in your fridge for a long time, but are best enjoyed within a week of when you buy them.

Preparation Tips: Fava Bean Shoots are very succulent, sturdy, and hearty, with beautiful big leaves.  Just like any other shoots, Fava Bean Shoots lend themselves well to being a topping on everything, like soups, salads, stir-fry, pizza, & whatever you’re makin’ for dinner tonight!

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My face for scale