Hi Veggie Lovers!!
Pickups are on for:
Brandon: Tuesday from 4:00 – 6:00 pm at Stanley Park, 14th Street between Lorne and Princess Ave.
Rivers: Wednesday from 5:00 – 7:00 pm in the WESTOBA Credit Union parking lot, directly North of the Rink parking lot.
If you would like to place an optional pre-order for additional veggies to come with your red bag, please use THIS LINK. (CSA members only!)
For more info about orders and using our order form click here.
Coming in your Red Bag:
If you are in our CSA and would like to place an optional pre-order for additional veggies to come with your red bag next week, please use THIS LINK.
We are hosting a market
Friday September 17th
in front of Lady of the Lake
from 4 – 7 pm.
About your Veggies:
Shoots are back! We didn’t have good luck with late seeded crops this year, so we decided to start the shoots room back a month or so early. The grasshoppers are ridiculous out there. Fortunately, they cannot get into the shed! So we’ve got some pea shoots for you this week, and some other varieties growing for coming weeks. They’re also available in Chez Angela during their open hours (currently 7-7 weekdays and 8-7 Saturdays).
Our onion yield was low this year, they are small. But they are firm and flavourful! Jon and I finished the harvest Saturday, we’ve got 3 tables curing (normally would have 6 or more). Grasshoppers seem to really like the tops, which is possibly a contributing factor to their small size.
Celery! Again, think “soup flavour” rather than “celery sticks”. I cut some of this up and added it to my fish en papillote (pickerel in a parchment bag) Sunday, it really complimented the fish nicely (also used carrots, zucchini, red pepper, dill, garlic, lemon, dragon tongue beans).
Celebration Acorn Squash is now the only Acorn Squash we grow. Those green ones just don’t pass the flavour test! These are much better in my opinion. Acorn Squash don’t require curing before eating so they are ready to go. I recommend eating this one up before Christmas as they are a short keeper. (For some reason, people love to show & tell me their really really old squash. I am honestly more impressed if you eat it within the window when it still tastes good! Hoarding is better directed to dry goods. :P)
Rounding out your bag this week is baby dill and carrots. Our late carrots are getting grasshoppered before they can size up, so we did bunches this week and will need to dig the whole works soon. I’ll have a better idea of available quantity then if you’re looking for some for winter (until then I thought I listed them at a high enough price to be cost prohibitive, but they keep going out the door).
The dill is BEAUTIFUL! Jen and I did it in bunches which was faster for us, and you’ll need to put it in a plastic bag, container, or stand it up in a glass of water in your fridge.
I’ve been getting creative with salads and including lot of herbs, chopped veggies like celery, fennel, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, and some kind of beans (usually chickpeas) with a lemony, garlicky dressing. It wasn’t a good year for lettuce, but I actually prefer a chunky salad and they keep better over the week, too. Silver linings, always!
Here’s a link to that awesome salad Buffy posted recently!
Pre-school was a hit last week, and Myrah returns today. She LOVES it and didn’t want to leave the second day. I had left some space for it this month (one of many reasons we’re not doing markets most of Sept), but hadn’t really thought about what it would look like in our lives. It sure adds a lot of driving! (An hour each day she goes, for a 2-1/2 hour afternoon – we are 10 mins from town. Mostly I feel for parents with multiple kids going in different directions!) But it is great for Myrah and so it’s very worth it. Over the winter especially, as it’s harder to connect with people then and she needs the peer social interaction.
What a beautiful late summer we’ve had! It *almost* makes up for that sun trying to murder me all summer. This was a hard season for us. The summer conditions frequently made it difficult or impossible to work as we’d like to or need to. So, to have a beautiful late summer without an early frost is such a gift! We’re making good progress on harvest, and have been able to arrange it more efficiently because of the conditions this year. AND we haven’t needed to haul water for at least a couple weeks.
I dug this photo up from the blog archives – it is our nephew Caeden’s 7th birthday today! This photo is from Sept 2, 2019, the last time he visited the farm. I always see so much Jenkins’ family resemblance between Jon, Myrah, and this fella!
See you at the pickup spot, folks!
Take care & stay kind,