December 2 CSA pick up
Last week one of our producers showed up with their regular load, only to tell us that the basil had not grown that week due to the gloomy weather. No basil as planned. So we had to substitute another small squash into the shares. Farming in the winter is often just as weather dependent as farming in the summer. In the summer if it rains too much or too little, produce suffers. In the winter if the sun disappears for a week, the produce suffers. This week's shares to contain Basil or Arugula, spray free hydroponically grown. And if you have not eaten your elk steak from last week, the Arugula recipe is one for a steak salad that looks easy and delicious!!! Leaf Lettuce, spray free hydroponically grown Apples, spray free Kale, organic Garlic, spray free Carrots, organic Potatoes, organic Onions, organic Squash, spray free Frozen, pitted sour cherries, spray free. Use these with your apples to make an apple cherry crisp!!! These cherries are larger and sweeter than traditional cherries able to survive on the prairies. But joint efforts between the Morden research station and the University of Saskatchewan have come to fruition (sorry) with the romance series of prairie cherries. This new series of cherries (named Cupid, Romeo, Juliette and Crimson Passion) produce a larger, sweeter cherry on a tree that can actually survive our harsh winters. When government research programs are cut, it is programs like this that suffer. The research funds that were allocated to the new sour cherry program, a whole new agricultural industry is possible. I am excited to see what wonderful new products and industries come out of this new opportunity. Mixed shares to receive Grass feed ground beef Grass fed beef bacon. I know what you are thinking. Bacon comes from PIGS silly, not cows!! Well for those people who are looking for a more lean bacon alternative, or for people who are looking for a pork free bacon alternative, this is the solution. We have our butcher take the beef brisket (belly), brine, smoke and slice it and voila! Bacon! Because it is so much more lean than pork, I like to fry mine in butter. I know, I know, that completely reverses its lean properties. But I only eat it every now and then, and it just tastes so GOOD!!!!! Also great chopped and chucked into soups for that added smokey flavour. Produce plus shares to receive Nature's farms pasta. Hermann, the owner of Nature's Farm came to Canada from Germany years ago. He wanted to get into the pasta making business. His pasta was never to the standard that he wanted and realized that the quality of available Canadian eggs was inferior to German eggs. So he put up a barn and started raising laying hens for eggs. Hermann is now the ONLY certified organic egg producer in Manitoba. He sells his organic eggs at places like Crampton's Market, and EVERY chef in Winnipeg wants Hermann's eggs on their menus. It's important to note that the terms 'free range' and ' free run' are not government legislated terms. That means that if a farmer of caged chickens labelled their eggs as 'free range', that act would not be illegal. It would be unethical, but not illegal. Hermann raises Organic eggs, which are verified by a third party who makes sure that his birds are freely run and ranged. Just like he claims. More Garlic Produce only shares to receive More Kale, More squash More Garlic A tomato!