To kick off our 2018 season, we are offering a winter Pea Shoot Share to a few lucky Veggie Lovers!
If you are anxiously awaiting registration opening for our 2018 Veggie Lovers Club, that will happen in February for last year’s members, and any additional spaces we have available will be opened to the public on Thursday March 1, 2018. Make sure you’re on our mailing list!
Sign up for a weekly or bi-weekly pickup of a 10″ x 10″ tray of nutritious and delicious pea shoots, running from February until May (16 or 8 weeks). The cost is $10 per week, paid upon signing up. Pickup on Tuesdays from 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm at Chez Angela’s (temporary) location at 1228 Rosser Avenue (in the YFC Building, across from the Global Market).
In addition to your weekly or bi-weekly tray of shoots, you can order additional items as you want to from our list of storage veggies (carrots, potatoes, beets, squash) pickles and preserves, dried, and frozen items (& pay when you pickup).
And, because we like to make things convenient for you local lovers (and us!), Chez Angela is a great new bakery in Brandon that we love, and they also have items for sale in the same spot on Tuesdays, or you can even place a pre-order through their website: https://chezangela.ca/
Disclaimer: Both businesses operate separately, we are sharing space but if you want anything from the bakery you will have to contact them yourself or do it in person. 🙂
Here are the three different options that you can sign up for. Spaces are limited!
Option A: $150.00
Weekly Pickup, sign up for all 16 weeks of Tuesday pickups from Feb 6 – May 22. (Save $10 for being a great customer!
Option B: $80.00
Bi-weekly Pickup on Tuesdays Feb 6, 20, March 6, 20, April 3, 17, May 1, 15
Option C: $80.00
Bi-weekly Pickup on Tuesdays Feb 13, 27, March 13, 27, April 10, 24, May 8, 22.
Upon signing up, please send your full payment to us in one of these ways:
1) Email money transfer to email@example.com (and email us the answer to your secret question in a separate email) OR
2) Mail a cheque to Brown Sugar Produce, Site 520 Box 40 RR5 Brandon MB R7A 5Y5.
As always, if you need any accommodation with the payment schedule please email us and we can come up with something that works for both of us.
What about other veggies?
We do have a limited amount of storage veggies (carrots, beets, squash, potatoes) as well as pickles and preserves, dried, and frozen items available. Those who sign up for the Pea Shoot Share have the option of ordering additional items to come with their weekly or bi-weekly tray of pea shoots.
How much is a tray?
We anticipate this is what many of you might be thinking. We are asking you to think differently about Pea Shoots in this program and plan to use LOTS and OFTEN! When you know you have a steady, affordable supply of these greens, it’s amazing how quickly you can use them up. In the photos above, Jon and I easily went through 1/4 of a tray in one meal by putting them onto our tacos. We eat salads where that’s the main ingredient instead of lettuce, we put as much in a sandwich as it can hold, and always top our soups, stir fries, etc with them. They can even be juiced, added to smoothies, or lightly steamed (and a lot of shoots is reduced to a very small amount that way).
A tray will yield anywhere from 1/2 lb – 1-1/2 lbs of pea shoots, depending on the size of the shoots when they are cut (equivalent to 5 – 10 bags the size we sell at market). Don’t have anywhere to grow it? That’s ok! You can take it home and cut all the pea shoots and keep them in your fridge for up to 2 weeks!
We can only make this work for us by selling intact trays, so plan to budget the time to do your own harvesting. We will be providing resources for you about how to care for the trays, tips for harvesting, and recipe and preparation ideas, of course!
If you still think a tray per week is too much for you, sign up for the bi-weekly option. If you think you might use more than a tray per week, we’re happy to provide instructions on how to re-grow the shoots in your own home! You can easily get a second and sometimes even a third crop this way.
*Please note that the plastic trays the shoots are grown in must be returned to the farm when you are finished with each tray. Due to specific washing requirements, you are welcome to return them to us unwashed, and if you don’t have compost facilities we can compost the leftover soil and roots for you, too!
You’re helping us to grow!
By participating in our Pea Shoot Program in 2018, you are helping us grow our winter capacity and explore options for future seasons. We value doing a good job and not over-stretching our capacity so we are limiting the amount of shares available to what we know we can manage. In the future, if there is interest we do expect that we could increase the size of the Winter Program and also the number of crops that we are able to grow in the winter. Your participation in our program this year keeps two farmers employed in the winter and reduces the burden on our business of keeping a production space heated. It’s pretty simple: we have to heat the shed, so if you buy pea shoots that we can grow in there, we offset some of our costs! Spreading out as much of the work as we can over the full year just makes sense, so winter growing is something we do plan to increase over the coming years.
What if I need to miss a week?
We STRONGLY encourage you to make arrangements for someone else to pick up your tray if you know you are going to miss a pickup. We have a designated production schedule, and so we don’t have much space for shifting things around (it takes around 2 weeks to grow the trays, and changing the numbers of what we need all the time quickly turns into a nightmare). In our Summer program we are quite flexible, in this case we can’t be, and so any trays not picked up on the day they are ready are forfeit!
If you have holidays booked and still want to sign up, we can accommodate missed weeks as long as we know at the time of signup so we can adjust our production schedule. Please feel free to email us if you want to participate, but have plans to be away for some of the program.
In the event of a crop failure:
Farmer Jon always says, “Pea Shoots are easy until they’re not”, and that’s a most accurate description of growing this crop! There are a huge number of things that can go wrong, and usually just when you get in a good groove with things, that’s when disaster strikes. We are confident that we can supply the amount of pea shoot trays each week that are required, but in the case that something doesn’t work out we may extend the length of the program, offer an alternate pickup day, or offer a credit.
The idea for the Pea Shoot Share came out of a few places:
#1: When I was pregnant in the winter of 2017, I was dismayed at the poor (abysmal!) quality of fresh greens available in grocery stores. Pea Shoots grow well even in the low light and cool temperatures of Manitoba winters (they are grown indoors in a minimally heated building), and so are a great local alternative for eating greens in the winter. Don’t buy crappy out of season greens, buy local!
#2: Our farm has a new piece of infrastructure to serve as a growing site. The pilot launch of this Program (2018) will help us assess if this is a viable winter growing option for our farm, using our new harvest shed. Before we try any other crops (requiring higher growing temperatures), we have to see if pea shoots grown in this volume works. Your support buying and eating them is a critical part of that!
#3: We have some crops in storage and in the past have offered them for sale in the winter. As always, it is easier for us to have a set group of people we are marketing towards, and so those who make the commitment to weekly or bi-weekly pea shoots will also have access to these items.
Sorry, but we don’t have capacity for a la carte ordering at this time!
Ready to sign up?
Click here to fill out the registration form!