Hi Veggie Lovers!
An important update this week which opens up more availability for YOU to access our produce, please see below for more info!
- Tuesday August 25th from 4:00 – 6:00 pm at Stanley Park in Brandon (14th Street between Princess Ave. and Lorne Ave. *Please avoid parking on the East side of 14th Street whenever possible to allow space for residents*)
- Wednesday August 26th from 6:00 – 7:00 pm in Riverdale Community Centre (Rink) West Parking lot, Main Street, Rivers. (Under the shady tree!)
Additional Pre-Order Options this week!
Market Crew 2020
We have decided that Friday August 21 was our last public market of the season. It has been a busier than average market season and we have sold all of the produce we had allocated for markets. With increasing covid restrictions coming this week, we decided to shift and offer a second weekly pickup option for our members only. We can tell from the volume of Tuesday orders this year and the number of you who regularly come to our Friday markets that there is increased demand for our veggies within our CSA membership as well this year. It PAINED ME to close the order form early last week but I know our capacity and it was the only option.
Our members come first. That’s our commitment to you, because you make a commitment to us when you agree to regularly pick up our produce and make us part of your life. Thank you!
Click here to read our public announcement about the end of market season.
So: bear with us, as this is all new for us as well.
We have limited the selection on the Pre-Order Form due to capacity. We have been struggling every week with the volume pre-orders but you are our best customers and we want to supply you with as much veggies as you want. The Pre-Order Form link can be found in the email you received Saturday morning (I will no longer be posting it in the newsletter as it is not for the public and I don’t want anyone to get confused). It contains all of the items we feel we can easily get ready to come with your weekly bag pickup, as well as the full herbs and pickle selection, t-shirts and greeting cards.
Additionally, we emailed a Friday Order Form link to you on Saturday with the FULL SELECTION for pickup on Fridays from 3 – 5 pm in The Green Spot parking lot. (We decided on the venue change so as to not wear out our welcome at the park and not confuse anyone at Lady of the Lake as we are no longer offering public markets. This venue is not a market, it is just a meeting point for you to pick up pre-ordered veggies.)
You can place an order from the Pre-Order Form (pickup with your bag on Tuesday or Wednesday) AND/OR the Friday Pickup Form (pickup Fridays 3 – 5 pm in The Green Spot parking lot). The selection on Friday is much wider than the Pre-Order Form because we have much more time available to devote to harvesting and packing your orders for that day.
Some other things:
-We can handle a small shift of some weekly bags to Friday pickup by request in advance (by Monday at noon please). SO: if you live out of town and only want to come into Brandon once, those are the folks who will get first dibs on the Friday red bag pickup spaces. But if you live in town and it just makes your life easier some weeks, we can make that work too! Whenever possible, we request that you stick to red bag pickup on Tuesdays and extra veggie pickup on Fridays to help even out our weekly workload. Thanks!!
-By no means can you miss Tuesday or Wednesday pickup without prior notice and request your bag pickup on Friday instead: This MUST be organized in advance to prevent us from doing the work of making your bag and delivering it twice.
-Rivers folks: I am open to a drop off or figuring out a way to get you some Friday orders without you having to travel all the way to Brandon too. Depends on interest and volume, so the conversation is open – send me an email if you have ideas or interest!
Please feel welcome to be in touch if you have questions, this was a quick shift for us and by no means have we thought of everything!
Spoiler Alert: If you would like to keep your bag contents a surprise, you’d better STOP READING NOW!!
The contents of the upcoming week’s bag are subject to change at the last minute, possibly without much notice, depending on harvest. It can be tough for us to estimate how much of a crop will be available before we actually harvest it freshly for your bag. So, this posting is meant to give you a good idea of what is in your bag, but just be aware that it may change and we will do our best to let you know if that happens! At the very least, this posting will be updated prior to delivery with the actual contents for the week, so that you can check that you’ve received everything you are supposed to! (and please do check!)
Your Week 8 Veggie Lovers’ Club bag contains:
Last week’s bag!
You can click the links on the items above to view more info about each veggie 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!
About your Veggies & Farm Update!
Wow, what a week! We knew we were close to having to end the markets, and the timing just seems right with the increased restrictions in the area now. We’re very grateful we were so well supported all season that we achieved our sales goal in only 10 weeks – and so being sold out & stopping markets at this point is actually preferable.
FYI, “Sold Out” means we have sold through all the the produce we designated for markets and we’re holding the rest of our production for our CSA members. So, rest assured there is still heaps of produce available and we’re going to have no trouble filling those bags in coming weeks. Please feel welcome to place an order for Tuesdays or Fridays if you would like anything additional, we still have lots relative to a smaller customer base.
We’ve got one planting of lettuce remaining after this and then we’re done with lettuce for the season. We’ve chosen to send it to you as heads this week because they keep for a very long time that way, so if you’re overwhelmed with veggies right now this head lettuce has some staying power! If you’re a fan of our lettuce mix, make sure to order some for this Friday or next as it will be done for the season after that!
Mom’s got some huge beets at her place and we’ve been pillaging ours each week for markets so we got you one huge “phat” beet this week instead of a bunch or a bag. Totally suitable for anything you make with beets, you’ll just have to cut it up! You can use part of a beet and save the rest in the fridge for later, I often grate raw beet onto salads and just keep the rest of the beet in a bag in the fridge for next time.
Member Erin shared this recipe last week and says: This simple roasted beet in sour cream and fresh dill sauce was so easy to make and turned out delicious!! https://copykat.com/roasted-beets-with-sour-cream/
(Oh, and for sour cream, I highly recommend the Organic Olympic brand in the white and green container. Every time I serve that people go nuts! It’s so good!!)
Erin also shared this recipe for Mexican Street Corn Slaw and so if you still have corn and cabbage kicking around, try this: I made this corn slaw yesterday and it was amazing! I followed recipe and cut corn off cob and sauteed it with the peppers first. I would think that bbqing corn on the cob and then adding it to slaw would also work and be delicious! I used mayo/sour cream combo in dressing but one of the comments mentioned substituting plain greek yogurt instead of mayo. And while the blog noted that using napa cabbage would make slaw not as crunchy, I found that my cabbage still had crunch lol. Oh and I also added some celery and cucumbers for added crunch!
The garlic turned out great this year and has cured nicely. We have lots available for our members this fall!
Twice a week or more now we are picking cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchini. From now on at every pickup there will be a self-serve zucchini adoption centre for those who would like to have more than what comes in the bags. This week we are putting some in your bag but if you want more there will be some extra on the side. Potentially the same for cucumbers, I know you’ve gotten a lot of them in the past couple of weeks and so if you are growing tired of them, rehome them to the trade bin and if you’re still enjoying them, feel welcome to take some extra!
We had a big flush of ripe tomatoes right at the beginning of tomato season (we suspect due to the storms and heaps of rain) and now they have levelled off and are ripening at a normal rate. So if you’re looking for some for canning, we will have lots later in the season but this week they’re all going in the bags.
Just a reminder that orders for Friday are due by Wednesday at midnight. I will include another link to the order form in the reminder email for today’s pickup for you!
Veggie Lover Pick of the Week
Name: Donna Falkevitch
Who else is in your household of veggie lovin’ eaters? My husband Dave and I. Our two grown daughters live in New Brunswick and Alaska so don’t get to visit very often (especially this year) but they both grow and enjoy gardens. We also have a very lovable almost 16 year-old golden retriever named Maggie in our family but she doesn’t eat many veggies.
Veggie Lover Since: Veggie Lover all my life but just joined your club in June 2020, when you offered delivery to Rivers community.
Do you go for “surprise me” with the VLC bag or do you look ahead when Teri announces the weekly contents? I want to see what will be in my bag because I also have a small garden at home and don’t want to harvest too much of the same thing at once. Next year may be different.
Veggie that excites you the most: Beets!! Carrots, peas, corn, onions!!
Favourite Recipe: I mostly enjoy fresh veggies the old-fashioned way …boiled, with butter, salt and pepper. It really brings out the flavour of fresh veggies.
What is the last food pic you took on your phone? Sorry, don’t have a smart phone, but I did take a photo of a jar of pickled eggs that I had just whipped up today and sent it to my girls (the photo, not the eggs, lol).
Describe your perfect pizza: Thin, crispy crust, tomato sauce, chicken, bacon, mushrooms, red peppers, and lottsa cheese.
Current fave song to cook to: Classic rock all day baby!
Happiness is to me: Outside enjoying nature, kayaking, reading, photography, sunsets and especially visits with my girls. If I was ever to get a tattoo it would say “Live the life you love, Love the life you live”. I really do love my life! I have been blessed.
Teri’s Note: Ok, I officially LOVE this new addition to the newsletter and I look forward to continuing every week!! Thanks to Buffy and Donna so far for participating. If you want to be featured send me your answers and a photo before next Tuesday!
Thank you, Veggie Lovers! We are so grateful to have a group of members that we can continue to supply this fall. This method of distribution is well suited to the times!
Take care and see you later!