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Today, Friday August 5th, was yet another “heat alert” in our area. But when it’s harvesting day we have to work, no matter the weather. We take more breaks, drink more water, and take cold hose showers, but we still suffer the side effects of dehydration. On most days even a simple walk down a row of Tomatoes leaves us covered in sweat. This unending heat wave would be more bearable if we weren’t also in extreme drought conditions. But, we must harvest to meet our commitments to our dear members. And we hope that you, dear members, understand that we might not harvest as much, and that our crops are also suffering from the weather conditions.

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How we feel: as slow as a snail and desperately looking for water.

We also feel like Squidget ….

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Reposted from Andrea N’s Instagram: “Oh the life of a farm cat. This expert hunter is relaxing in the shade after a job well done. She was very proud of herself this morning by showing off her bounty before snuggling in for her afternoon siesta.”

This snake was also looking for shade and water and knew that the lettuce is the best place to find both …

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I hope the newest members of the farm survive the heat ….

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We are pleased to be offering a very special and unique calendar again this year. Photographs and descriptions by Naturalist and Blogger P. Allen Woodliffe, the 2017 calendars highlight the wonders and beauty of Rondeau Provincial Park. Calendars are always available at our on-farm market and will soon find their way to our ShopEco market tables as well. There are limited numbers of these calendars printed so get yours before we sell out! If you pick up at ShopEco you can ask us to bring one in for you! To find out more about Allen and about the calendars check out his website ~ http://pawsnaturenuggets.blogspot.ca/2016/05/rondeaunaturally-photos.html

A few of the photographic highlights ….

 

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Now on to the veggies available this week! Including the VEGGIE OF THE WEEK – FENNEL!

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There are many ways to enjoy Fennel including: using the fronds in salads or in pesto; grilling the bulbs on the barbeque; Apple Fennel Slaw; Soups, Pasta, Salads; 15 Fab Fennel Recipes from Canadian Living; and Martha Stewart’s take on this delectable herb. This delightful herb is a favourite of the farm children as a “passing-by snack”. Fennel is also very good for the digestive system, soothing sore tummies and colicky babies, as well as a great natural way to boost milk production in breastfeeding mothers (in honour of World Breastfeeding Week going on now!). If you’re not sure you’ll like the anise/licorice flavour just sample a small bit of the frond and see if the sweet flavour appeals to your palate. We’ll be selling this as whole bulbs with fronds as well as bunches of fronds.

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Eat The Rainbow!

Other veggies this week include: Heirloom Cherry ‘Candy’ Tomatoes + Beefsteak / Slicers (these are still slow coming on as we had several delays that were out of our control); Sweet Peppers (we’ve had weather + insect pressure that have made many of our early peppers unappealing and instead of throwing them all out we’ve discounted them from $8/lb to $1/lb); Hot Peppers (must be pre-ordered and they are VERY HOT); Kale + Chard; Salad Mix is back!; Scallions; Garlic (cured + fresh); hand-picked, heirloom, multi-coloured Snap Beans (for raw snacks but also for light cooking); Eggplant; Summer Squash (Again this year, what should be a reliable producer, has taken a hit. Striped Cucumber Beetles aka Fornicating F******, after a mild Winter, have attacked our Summer Squash seedlings, blossoms, and fruit.); Broccoli; Savoy Cabbage; fresh herbs such as Mint, Basil, and Sorrel; Kohlrabi; and fresh flowers (including Sunflowers).

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A few quick notes before we bid you all a most wonderful and delicious week …

We are planning an Heirloom Tomato Taste-Testing Day during a farm market in late August so please keep an eye on our Facebook page for event details. There will be a large variety of Heirloom Tomatoes available to taste and to rate and we’ll announce the winners at the end of the market (and online). This event may coincide with a Tomato Canning event for those of you interested in learning how to preserve the bounty and in making your own sauce to make Summer’s goodness last all Winter long. We’ll be taking orders for bulk tomatoes (hampers) in the next few weeks once the harvest is plentiful. Bulk garlic is also available by special request. If you are a member using the credit system you can order any veggie we have in large quantities and apply it to your credit, please let us know if you’re interested!

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We are praising the Sun and it’s heat, and the Rain and it’s moisture, for providing us with an abundant harvest on Week 10 of the season!

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Lettuce in Flower, the face of the Sun

VEGGIE OF THE WEEK IS GARLIC!!!

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We are finally able to offer our sought-after GARLIC in large quantities and to the public!!!

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Garlic hanging to dry and cure

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From last week’s market table

Garlic is a must for every meal in our house, it isn’t a meal without Garlic! The variety we grow is called Music and it thrives in our rich soil.

New this week is our much loved mix of fresh snap Beans, folks who’ve tried our mixes ask for them year after year. They include Dragon, Tongue of Fire, Rattlesnake, Blu Jay, Amethyst, as well as a variety of red, yellow, and green beans.

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Also new this week (in limited quantities, for now) – Candy Tomatoes!

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On our market tables this week we’ll also have: Red Cabbage and Cabbage Leaves, Chinese (Napa) Cabbage, Spaghetti Squash + Sweet Dumpling Squash, Mini-Cumcumbers, Mushrooms, Sweet Peppers, Eggplant, Summer Squash, Scallions, Grape Leaves, Rainbow Leafies, Kohlrabi (limited), Fennel, Basil and other fresh herbs, Broccoli, and small amounts of Beets.

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Week 10 is looking fabulous!

From around the farm this week …

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Polyphemus Moth

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Red Spotted Purple Butterfly

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Baby Ants, newly hatching from their nest under a Tree.

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The farm children were quite surprised with the Cucumbers they’ve been growing in their own personal garden! These were shared and enjoyed with all our neighbourhood children.

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Once again we find ourselves betwixt and between, a season that comes every year, when it’s too hot for salad, kale, and roots, and when the goodies of summer like tomatoes, peppers, and beans, aren’t quite ready. But take heart, the tomatoes and beans have indeed begun, we’ve had our first taste of them this week *smiles* This heat, while making harvesting quite a challenge for us, does wonders for Summertime veggie favourites.

This is also a week when we’re unsure of what we’ll find to fill out the weekly veggie shares so keep in mind there will be a lot of SURPRISES in the next couple of weeks. We found some spaghetti squash as well as delicata and sweet dumpling squashes that might find their way to our market tables next week.

A note about the purple peppers – these are actually green peppers that have been bred to have a purple skin so think of them as purple green peppers, if that makes sense, haha.

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Much thanks this week to our “extension” farmer, Siobhan P, who brought us big, juicy purslane and baby beet greens and who will later have beets and other treats for our members. This is a work share partnership where we exchange veggies for veggies and harvesting help for veggies. We’re very grateful for these farm friends.

The veggie of the week this week is: BASIL!

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A fragrant treat while we wait for the flush of Tomatoes, Basil is a versatile kitchen herb. Traditionally used to season tomato-based pasta sauces it stores better when it’s turned into Pesto (drying and freezing drastically reduce it’s volatile oils, those to which is owes is fragrance). There are as many ways to make Pesto as there are ways to use pesto.

A basic pesto recipe looks like this:

GARLIC SCAPE PESTO

1 pound Garlic Scapes or 1 whole head of garlic

1 bunch of Basil, Arugula, Kale, Fennel or any other leafy green

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast

1/2 to 1 cup of Olive Oil

2 Tablespoons lemon juice (optional)

1/2 cup Walnuts, Almonds, Pecans, Pine Nuts, Sunflower seeds or Pumpkin seeds (optional)

Chop the Scapes into 3 inch lengths (for easier processing). Put it in the food processor and process until pureed. Add the Basil or other leafy green and process until smooth. Add the parmesan or nutritional yeast and nuts or seeds and process until smooth again. Add lemon juice then slowly add the olive oil as the food processor is running and continue until all the oil is combined. You might need to slowly add the oil and lemon with the leafy greens to get your processor to blend everything properly. Store in an air-tight jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or freeze.

A recipe for a nut free lacto-fermented pesto can be found here.

CSA member Wendy Rose shared this recipe last season (Basil can be swapped out for Fennel) ~

Fennel Fronds Pesto
Ingredients:
2 cups fennel fronds, stemmed removed and packed
1/2 cup almond flour or slivered almonds
2 tbsp hemp hearts
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 – 1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
Directions:
  1. Add all ingredients into a high powered blender and blend until smooth.

Basil can also be blended with a small amount of water or with an oil and put into ice cube trays and into the freezer. Pop them out when frozen and put into a freezer bag. Each cube makes for an easy way to add flavour to a plain tomato sauce. Or use the pesto for a tomato sauce free alternative for your favourite pasta noodles. We love pesto on fresh tomatoes, as a veggie dip, on sandwiches.

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Veggies you might find this week include: Cabbage leaves, Grape leaves, Scallions, Red Cabbage, Napa/Chinese Cabbage, Kohlrabi, Portabella Mushrooms, mini Cucumbers, fresh Garlic, Peppers, Eggplant, Summer Squash, Winter Squash, Broccoli, and of course, Basil and other fresh and dried Herbs.

P.S. The Veggies tab has been updated with links to Summer Squash and Eggplant recipes!

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We took time this week to pick organic Blueberries from Blueberry Hill in Rodney.

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Veggie of the Week: Brassicas!

The Brassica family is a large one and includes Red + Green Cabbage, Savoy Cabbage, Kale, Collards, Kohlrabi, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts, Chinese (Napa) Cabbage, Turnips, and more!

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Photos by Susan Platsko

Savoy Cabbage

Savoy Cabbage

Chinese (Napa) Cabbage

Chinese (Napa) Cabbage

Kohlrabi

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Q: How does a farmer fix their pants?

A: With a Cabbage patch

This is another odd choice because in previous weeks the Veggie Of The Week was plentiful and there was more than enough for every one. We decided to feature the Brassicas, even though we don’t have enough of any one item for every member, because it’s such a large family and eventually every member will get to enjoy several items from this prolific, and nutritious, family. As what usually happens with Cabbages (especially), they don’t all ripen at the same time and so they get harvested over several weeks.

Please make use of the search function on this website to find all the recipes we’ve posted over the years for all the members of this family! Here are some highlights: Using Chinese Cabbage to make Kimchi, Kohlrabi Bistro Salad, Everything you ever wanted to know about Savoy Cabbage. Red Cabbage adds a wonderful crunch and colour pop to any salad or stir fry and can be used to make raw lacto-fermented or cooked sauerkraut. The leaves can be used to make Cabbage rolls or sliced and added to soups and stir fries. Savoy Cabbage can be substituted for Red Cabbage in any recipe. Napa Cabbage is also a lovely addition to stir fries. Kohlrabi can be eaten like an apple, it’s a crunchy “mini-cabbage”, don’t be scared by it’s alien-like appearance, it’s leaves are also edible. Our Broccoli is finally producing more and we love the long stems and leaves. There are so many ways to enjoy Brassicas!

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Can you spot all the items in this pic? Red Cabbage head + bunches of leaves, fresh Garlic, Rainbow Leafies, Summer Squash, Radnips, Eggplant, Purple Peppers, Kohlrabi, fresh Mint, Broccoli

The Chinese Eggplant + Purple Peppers + Summer Squash (this includes Zuchini + Patty Pans) are just starting to come on! We’ll have more (limited quantities) of fresh Garlic available! Salad mix + Scallions are available but not pictured as well as a variety of fresh herbs including Basil, Dill, Thyme, Lemon Balm, and Mint. Mint and Lemon Balm make wonderful fresh teas, they can also be hung to dry and make into nutritious and healing wintertime teas.

New this week – we’ll have fresh flower bouquets available at ShopEco on Wednesdays!

This gal works hard to make beautiful bouquets ….

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We both work hard, and look darn cute, when we do markets 😉

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Pictures by cyborg and trixter Naty

We have grown many, many more Garlic than in any previous year and we are working at setting up a larger curing area. For those folks waiting for their Garlic fix, not to worry, it will be ready in large quantities soon enough! In the meantime, we enjoy the fresh, juicy, raw Garlic from injured heads …. (many thanks to our wonderful farm friend, Mr. Humble, who worked tirelessly today with the Garlic harvest) ….

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Yes, that’s raw garlic 😉

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“Music” Garlic is music for the heart, the body, the soul

And a random fun picture to end the week ….

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Veggie of the Week: Grape Leaves

Strange choice, we know, but the farm children were adamant that they wanted to pick these for everyone, even after we told them that would mean harvesting over 500 leaves! It might be because they miss the fantastic Lebanese restaurants in Windsor that serve variations on Stuffed Grape Leaves.

Q: Why did the grape stop in the middle of the road?

A: It ran out of juice!

Nutritional Benefits include being a great source of Vitamin A, Vitamin K, and Maganese. For the full  “nutrition facts” check out this full profile from Self.

You can add them to Green Smoothies, use them as wraps, or add them to a salad.

You can make any of these variations on Stuffed Grape/Vine Leaves: Vegetarian Stuffed, with instructions on preparing fresh and raw leaves (Lebanese style), Authentic Greek Dolmades, Dolmadakia by Lerios, the kitchn’s take, On a Budget (numbers laid out), allrecipes has a great selection on variations, Vegetarian Dolma, Vegan Stuffed Grape Leaves.

We’ve also added “Snake Tongue”, taken from the grape vine plant, to the salad mixes. It’s a sorrel-lemon flavoured treat.

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Items on offer this week include: Salad Mix, Rainbow Leafies, Scallions, Radnips, a variety of Fresh Herbs including Fennel and Calendula (can be dried or infused in oil or water and used to make a variety of healing salves and more), Dried Herbs. New this week: fresh Garlic, Red Cabbage, whole Cabbage leaves (some of you have already seen some of these!).

Recipe Ideas for Cabbage leaves include: shredding them to make sauerkraut (lacto-fermented and raw, or cooked) and stuffed recipes for classic Cabbage Rolls.

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Week 7: Fennel, Salad Mix, Radnips, Beets, fresh Garlic, Scallions, Grape Leaves, Kale, Cabbage Leaves, dried Sage, Red Cabbage, Calendula.

This is fuuuuhresssssh Garlic, just out of the ground, not cleaned, not cured, and super potent and juicy! If it’s too fresh for you simply hang it in a warm dry place to let it cure.

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A Garlic that got injured in harvesting. Look at the number of cloves in this beauty!

So far the Garlic this year looks to be at least 3 times bigger than the biggest Garlic we usually get. Something is working right here on this farm!

 

 

After drought and extremely dry conditions we were happy to wake up to over an inch of Rain on Friday morning!

Lastly, we came upon the first Wild Turkey feather ever found on this farm. We’re still confirming but we believe we’ve found some other rare birds on the farm this week as well. So much LIFE here!

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Fun With A Feather

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You will soon find out why we call them Candy Tomatoes!

You will soon find out why we call them Candy Tomatoes!

We put a lot of time and effort in to perfecting our Candy Tomato mixes by choosing just the right varieties to please the palate and the eye. This year we are growing Black Cherry, 42 Days, Fargo Yellow Pear, Bing, Sweetie, Peacevine, Isis Candy, Blush, Pink Tiger, Green Tiger, as well as Sunrise, Pink and Purple Bumblebee.

Our slicing, beefsteak, and sauce Tomatoes are coming on as well – thank you heat! – heirlooms like Japanese Trifele, Moonglow, Druzba, Black Krim, Eva Purple Ball, Bison, Djena Lee’s Golden Girl, Zapotec Pleated, Forme De Coeur, Rose De Berne, Cherokee Purple, Copia, Striped Roman, Purple Russian, Bellstar, Gilbertie, Black Plum and more.

We are full swing in to harvesting season so we’ll let pictures tell the story of life around the farm this past week as well as what fresh vegetables to expect in the coming week.

Can you see the face in the picture on the right?

Red Cabbage. Can you see the face in the picture on the left?

The tasty mini-cabbage that I eat like an apple. Mmmmcrunch! Don't be afraid to try Kohlrabi!

The tasty mini-cabbage that I eat like an apple. Mmmmcrunch! Don’t be afraid to try Kohlrabi, even if it sometimes looks like a monster face… because only the farmers eat the monsters <wink>

Purple Peppers, Chinese Eggplant, Summer Squash, Okra, and Field Cucumbers (yes, they are supposed to be yellow, that's Poona Kheera!)

Purple Peppers, Chinese Eggplant, Summer Squash, Okra, and Field Cucumbers (picklers, green slicers, silver slicers, poona kheera – yellow – and Armenian) as well as a super Cucumber picker + taste-tester farm child.

Add flavour to your dishes with our fresh Onions - red, white, spanish - and our Purple + Green Basil.

Add flavour to your dishes with our fresh Onions – red, white, spanish – and our Purple + Green Basil.

The Garlic harvest over, we recently sold 24 heads of Garlic to be enjoyed at a wedding that features all local food. Our veggies will be gracing dishes such as - Creamy garlic dressing, Green goddess, Shallot vinaigrette, Avocado corn soup, Rub for the prime rib, Anti pasta grilled veggies.

The Garlic harvest over, we recently sold 24 heads of Garlic to be enjoyed at a wedding that features all local food. Our veggies will be gracing dishes such as – Creamy garlic dressing, Green goddess, Shallot vinaigrette, Avocado corn soup, Rub for the prime rib, and Anti pasta grilled veggies.

Dried mint with pestle and mortar; Quiche

Dried mint with pestle and mortar; Quiche with Kale

Helpers around the farm....Everyone has a job and we all have fun!

Helpers around the farm….Everyone has a job and we all have fun!

Baby Mourning Doves; Caterpillar Larvae of the Cecropia Moth

Baby Mourning Doves; Caterpillar Larvae of the Cecropia Moth

We are looking for harvesting help this coming holiday Monday and would love to show you around the farm. We’ll be working from 9 am until 4 pm, come if you can and see where your food is grown.

Happy Long Summer Weekend everyone!

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A few notes to start … We will be starting to sell to the public on Tuesdays when we are at ShopEco, I didn’t realize how much attention our stand would garner so we decided we would share our veggies with the wider ShopEco community.

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Market stand our our farm….where we like to be silly and sassy as well as have laughs and share our produce.

More news from ShopEco…..stay tuned for more details…

11112481_799600493493973_7599578116448054026_oThere have been a lot of no-shows lately and while a couple are not a problem we’ve wasted a lot of good food this week and that is a hard thing for us to do. If you know that you will be away on vacation or that you can’t make it please send us an email to let us know, preferably the day before your pickup so that we don’t bring or harvest more produce than necessary. This will save time, energy, and food waste.

Farm update of the week: You know there’s been too much rain when…..even the thistles are dying from being waterlogged.

IMG_7643On to the projected pick list for the week (subject to change and surprises) – Salad mix, Rainbow Leafies, more fresh Garlic, a variety of Herbs,  Pea Shoots, Portabello Mushrooms, button Mushrooms, Mini-Cucumbers, greenhouse Tomatoes, Eggplant, and maybe a surprise like Beans (wouldn’t that be so nice!).

Pea shoots are a favourite of the farm children. A periodic treat!

Pea shoots are a favourite of the farm children. A periodic treat!

No matter how many years I’ve been doing this I never tire of these colours!

IMG_7613IMG_7615We’ve had amazing help this week from members, work-share helpers, and volunteers – community shows up and steps when it’s needed! This sweet family was a welcome surprise at the farm.

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garlicLastly our next FORAGING WALK is Saturday July 18th from 2 – 4 pm, we’d love to see some member faces there as it’s a great opportunity to see our farm! Have a great week everyone!

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