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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...

CSA pick up February 3rd

Hello everyone! Marc and I are currently attending the North American Direct Farm Marketing Conference in Nashville Tennessee.  We're here with 400 other people just like us.  Seasonal agriculturally based businesses.  Farmers, orchardists, wine makers, and people who have little seasonal grocery stores just like us.  Except this is the US, where everything is bigger, so their little seasonal grocery stores are 10 times the size of ours! It's great to hear about farm issues across the continent, and to be able to brain storm with the best of them to try to solve them.  I really do believe that cooperation is better than competition, and so does everyone that I'm here with!  This conference is getting Marc and I excited to make improvements at the store next year, and to tackle that big 'to do' list that we have been putting on the back burner for a few years. In this week's CSA Lettuce or basil, depending on what the greenhouse yields, spray free Carrots, organic Frozen Raspberries, spray free.  These babies are versatile!  Chuck them into a smoothie, stir into yogurt, heat up and eat with a spoon, put on top of ice cream.Make breakfast bars.    Make cheesecake make breakfast Mixed Shares to receive the above base as well as Chicken legs, freely run and raised without the use of antibiotics, chemicals, or animal by-products in the feed.  The term freely run means that the birds are running around inside of a barn.  They are not in cages.  All meat chickens in Canada are raised this way.  In large production facilities though, the birds are so densely packed into the barns, that they barely have any room to move around.  These densely populated barns can still call the chicken that they produce 'freely run'.  We choose to purchase chicken pieces from a farmer in Manitoba who has lower density barns.  The birds have room to move around and stretch their legs. Beef Smokies, grass fed Roasting Chicken, freely ranged.  The term freely ranged means that the birds have access to the outdoors.  This can be anything from birds in a barn with an open door to an outdoor yard, to birds roaming around outside all of the time.  Our chicken producer has a large field for the birds and a large barn.  She opens the door to the barn at dusk when her birds want to go roost for the night. (ie go to sleep in a high up place).  Then she shuts the door to keep out predators.  Then at sunrise, she opens the door, the birds run out, and she closes the door behind them.  The terms freely run and freely ranged are not legally protected.  This means that if a producer chose to, they could mis-represent chicken that was produced by barn chicken as freely run or freely ranged.  We visit each farm from which we purchase meat to check that their production practices are what the farmer says they are. Roast your chicken a la Jamie Oliver, but be sure to SAVE THE BONES!!! Take the roast out of the pot, carve it up for your family, put the bones back in the pot, cover with cold water by 3 inches, add 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar, then start simmering.  Alternatively, put everything in the slow cooker and follow Deb's advise to making chicken stock.  In any case, if you have a roast chicken, you have to make soup.  It's pretty much the law in Manitoba in February. Here's a yummy leftover chicken meal. Produce plus shares to receive the base as well as More lettuce or basil Adagio acres, naked rolled oats, organic.  Hands down the best rolled oats on the market.  And the lovely Amy grows and rolls them right here in Manitoba!!! Gorp bars, made in Niverville MB with natural ingredients Beets, Organic Spaghetti Squash, spray free Produce only shares to receive the base as well as... More lettuce or basil, spray free More carrots, organic Beets, organic Parsnips, organic Onions, organic Spaghetti Squash, spray free