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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 Sept 3

September! Here we are in September and the squash have not ripened, the tomatoes are just starting to turn, and the nights are getting might close to zero degrees!  A frost right now would be a pretty big disaster.  All pumpkins, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, beans, basically everything left out in the gardens would be ruined.    Keep you fingers crossed for warmer nights and some heat to ripen everything left in the fields! 2 Weeks ago you had some corn in your share.  A lot of the cobs were too small so we asked our producer to compensate you and this week you have some free corn in your bags!!  Organic corn also often means worms.  The organic sprays that kill corn borers just don't work as well as the non organic poisonous ones.  So when you are talking corn, you have 3 choices. 1. GMO corn that has an insecticide bred into it to keep the worms out 2. Non GMO corn that is sprayed with a dangerous pesticide to keep the worms out. 3. Organic corn that is not GMO, has no dangerous pesticides sprayed on it, but has some worms. Lucky for us, corn borers do not have fangs, claws or stingers.  They emit no toxins, strange smells or change the flavour of the corn.  They're just gross. When you find a worm in your corn, just pick it out.  You can trim the area around it if you would like.  Growing up with a large garden, we were very used to husking corn and picking out the worms before dinner.  I understand that for people who have not grown up with a garden, this can seem like a daunting task.   This is where the less squeamish partner in a household, or children who have a fascination with bugs come in very handy. Full shares this week to contain a minimum of 10 of the following items.  Remember, eat the list top down to prevent spoilage. Cherry tomatoes, organic heirloom.  These cherry tomatoes are BEAUTIFUL!! Pears,  spray free Be certain to eat your early gold pears as soon as they turn yellow! Patty pan squash,  Organic. use as you would zucchini. Parsley, organic Kale, spray free Leek, Organic (great grilled, roasted, stir fried or made into soup) Corn, Organic, FREE!  This corn is to replace the small cobs in your last share Apples, spray free Celery, Organic Jalapenos, Organic Potatoes, Organic Half share to contain a minimum of 6 of the following items Salad cucumbers, spray free Kale, spray free Leek, Organic (great grilled, roasted, stir fried or made into soup) Celery, organic Jalapenos, Organic Corn, Organic, FREE to replace small cobs 2 weeks ago Potatoes, Organic You'll notice that you have all of the fixings in your CSA share to make a mean potato leek soup.  And if you have a protein share, you also get a nice hearty free range chicken that you can roast, then make stock out of.  Mmmmmm, If you're not a fan of celery, please be sure to use it up in soups.  If you aren't making a soup this week, simply wash, chop and freeze your celery to throw into soups later on.  The local celery has so much more flavour than the imported stuff.  It tastes more like parsley than celery to me, and it a MUST in a good soup. Amanda has pinned lots of recipes for the items that you have in your shares this week.   If you think that you don't like celery or leek, Challenge yourself!  Roasted, grilled or braised, these veggies take on a whole new life.  Use the pinterest page that Amanda has put together.  There are so many ways that you can eat the veggies in your CSA.  Don't let them go to waste.  Try something new! http://www.pinterest.com/cramptonsmarket/