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Freezing Asparagus for the Winter!

May 09, 2019
You can pickle or can asparagus for the winter, but I am much much too lazy for such things.  I'll freeze asparagus as it takes next to no effort. It's...

Sue's Fiddlehead or Asparagus Pasta

May 09, 2019
You have to love our customers.  They love food and cooking as much as I do, and they SHARE their recipes!! Here is Sue's fiddlehead pasta Sue’s Fiddlehead Pasta 2...

Asparagus Chevre Toast...an easy party pleaser

May 09, 2019
Grill your local asparagus as per my "Asparagus on the BBQ" recipe. Take one sliced ciabatta loaf from our bakery. Brush one side of the ciabatta with grape seed oil. ...

Asparagus on the BBQ

May 09, 2019
The only way I will eat asparagus is on the BBQ.  We make this dish at least 3 times a week during asparagus season. Heat your grill to high, then...

Erin's pasta sauce with frozen tomatoes.

May 09, 2019
This is how I make up my pasta in the winter.  Its fresh taste brings a blast of summer memories back. An hour or two before supper get 6 tomatoes...

August 1 CSA pick up

DANCE!  It is the time to dance, beg, plead or, if you do such things,  pray for rain.  The ground is DRY.  The trees around my house are starting to droop.  The crops in the fields are holding on for dear life.  We need rain.  We need it badly.  We need  one inch a week for the rest of the summer.  Cross your fingers and think of the poor growers out in the field in 35 degree weather harvesting all of the bounty that hasn't been burned to a crisp yet.  Some of our growers have irrigation systems.  Those lucky few are watching their retention ponds get lower and lower as we head into August.  If only we could relocate the rain that was causing land slides in BC and bring it over here.  But alas, I am not in charge of such things. Many of our customers who weren't quick enough to sign up for the CSA this year were wondering how things were going, if we would consider this venture a "success".  Well, Natasha and Rosana and their families tried Garlic scapes for the first time because of the CSA and found that they loved them.  After 3 weeks of making yuck faces at the kale and even refusing it on one pick up, Gina made our kale chips recipe on week 4 and enjoyed them so much she came back to BUY kale.  Liz tells me that she is consuming heaps more greens as she puts them in her smoothies.  Everyone says that their veggie intake is higher.  Charis (one of our kid customers) lamented "Sometimes all we have for supper is vegetables". Hearing of our customer's response to the  the CSA, I have had 3 different farmers ask if they could set aside some land for spray free growing next year to supply our CSA.  One of our growers has started the transition process to become certified organic. Everyone is eating more spray free and organic Manitoba veggies, kids are having full meals of vegetables, Gina got turned on to kale!  Darned right I'm considering this venture a success.  We're already planning on how to make next year's CSA bigger and better. Now for the goods Full Share, August 1, 2012 Each bag will have a selection of 10 or more the following items Carrot bunches, certified organic Yellow onion bunch, certified organic Zucchini, spray free Beet bunch, Local Food Plus certified and spray free Garlic, spray free Salad Cukes, Local Food Plus certified and spray free Green Peppers, certified organic Kale, spray free Swiss Chard, Spray free Patty Pan squash, spray free Cherry tomatoes, spray free Mixed herb bunch, Local Food Plus certified and spray free Romaine lettuce, certified organic Potatoes, Spray free Kholrabi, spray free   Half Share, August 1, 2012 Each half share will have a selection of 8 or more of the following items Carrot bunch, certified organic Beet bunch, Local food plus certified and spray free zucchini, local food plus certified and spray free salad cucumbers, local food plus certified and spray free patty pan squash, spray free green peppers, certified organic romaine lettuce, certified organic chard, spray free mixed herb bunch, Local food plus certified and spray free Cherry tomatoes, spray free Kholrabi, spray free Fun veggie info. Some of the bags will have golden beets in them.  These beets have a slightly less "earthy" taste than the regular purple beets.  Like all beets, you can boil or roast them with the skins on, peeling them when they have cooked (careful not to burn your hands).  Or, if you are me, you'll peel them while still raw, then grate them in salads.  Yum! Like all beets, the leaves of golden beets are fully edible.  Wash then sautee as you would swiss chard, chop up into your salads, or use in any of the "greens" recipes on our blog. Kholrabi -Yes, it looks like a weird green ball.  Peel before eating.  Raw it tastes like a peeled broccoli stock but with more crisp juiciness.  You can peel, boil and mash as you would potatoes.  Better yet, see our recipe blog for roasted kholrabi.  As the kholrabi roasts, its natural sweetness comes out. Check out our recipe blog for more great cooking info! Cheers Erin Crampton's Market