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Summer Food Box September 10/11

Full Produce Shares will Receive a Minimum of 7 of the Following 9 Items:

Goodland Apples - Local apples are from Riverbend Orchard. This crisp acidic apple is medium in size and can be stored for many weeks in a cool dry place. It's great for fresh eating but also has the flavour to pair well with an apple crisp, tarts or an Apple Bread with a couple of apples. Pack for lunches or cut up for snacking!

 

Japanese Eggplant - Eggplant is from Nico at Twin River Gardens. This variety is long, thin and bright purple in color. Store at room temperature or in a cool place such as a pantry or counter for about 1 week. Slice up the eggplant and stir fry with teriyaki over rice or grill in half lengthwise on the BBQ. Eggplant and pork go very well together - try this recipe for a Chili Garlic Stir Fry. Combine with strips of zucchini for a vegetarian lasagna or slice in strips for eggplant parmesan. 

 

Walla Walla Onion - Onions are from Nico at Twin River Gardens. This variety is a large sweet yellow onion that can be stored in a cool pantry or basement if not cut up for several weeks. This onion is delicious for homemade Onion Rings or an onion, potato and thyme casserole. Slice these onions for burgers or caramelize rings in a pan with some chicken. Add thin rings to a caramelized onion, tomato and goat cheese tart! 

 

Grape Tomatoes - Tomatoes are also from Twin River Gardens in La Broquerie. Store on the counter or a cool dry place for about 1 week. These tomatoes are a great size for blistering in the oven with fish or sautéing in a pan with pasta or chicken for an easy sauce. They can also be part of a stir fry mix or slice to top a pizza, quiche or in an omelette. I like cooking them down with sliced sausage and penne pasta. Try a Grilled Eggplant, Tomato & Feta Salad! 

 

Thyme - Fresh herbs are from Twin River Gardens. Store in the fridge or dry the thyme in the oven to keep it long term. It's a great fall herb you can use with roasted potatoes or veggies. Sprinkle some into a marinade for grilled fish or chicken. Try this fresh Lemon Thyme Dressing for a salad, shrimp or pour over a bowl of quinoa. 

 

Kale - Green kale is from Twin River Gardens. Strip the kale leaves from the stems and stuff them all in a ziplock bag in the fridge for 2 weeks or more. For long term storage you can freeze the kale leaves, or blend with a bit of water, freeze in ice cube trays then pop the pucks out and put them in the freezer. The kale is also delicious baked with a tiny bit of olive oil in the oven then sprinkle salt and pepper, or mix into a creamy pasta sauce or vegetable soup. It's one of the most nutrient dense greens. It's also very popular in Olive Garden's Sausage, Kale, & Potato Soup. 

 

Delicata Squash - Winter squash is from Wild Earth Farm in Dugald. This squash is a cream coloured oval squash with dark green lines. It has a thin delicate rind that can be eaten once cooked. You slice in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds and then cut it into half moons and roast. It's popular roasted with maple flavour or spices. Try these Squash & Black Bean Tacos or an Autumn Harvest Salad

 

Kennebecs Potato - Potatoes are from Wild Earth Farm. Kennebec is a medium to late maturing white potato. Store in a cool dry place for a couple weeks. This variety is good for all the fried potato preparations such as hash browns, french fries, homemade chips and hassleback potatoes. It's similar to a russet potato. Try these Crispy Roasted Potatoes as a side dish. 

 

Beefsteak Tomato - Tomatoes are from Greenland Gardens - a greenhouse in St. Anne, MB. Store on the counter or in the fridge for 1-2 weeks. They're nice large tomatoes, free from the blemishes that wind and rain induce. Perfect to slice for toasted tomato sandwiches, burgers, or veggie pizza. Dice up to add to a chili or stew, or make tomato basil bruschetta. 

 

Half Produce Shares will Receive a Minimum of 6 of the Following 7 Items:

Goodland Apples - Local apples are from Riverbend Orchard. This crisp acidic apple is medium in size and can be stored for many weeks in a cool dry place. It's great for fresh eating but also has the flavour to pair well with an apple crisp, tarts or an Apple Bread with a couple of apples. Pack for lunches or cut up for snacking! 

Japanese Eggplant - Eggplant is from Nico at Twin River Gardens. This variety is long, thin and light purple in color. Store at room temperature or in a cool place such as a pantry or counter for about 1 week. Slice up the eggplant and stir fry with teriyaki over rice or grill in half lengthwise on the BBQ. Eggplant and pork go very well together - try this recipe for a Chili Garlic Stir Fry. Combine with strips of zucchini for a vegetarian lasagna or slice in strips for eggplant parmesan. 

Walla Walla Onion - Onions are from Nico at Twin River Gardens. This variety is a large sweet yellow onion that can be stored in a cool pantry or basement if not cut up for several weeks. This onion is delicious for homemade Onion Rings or an onion, potato and thyme casserole. Slice these onions for burgers or caramelize rings in a pan with some chicken. Add thin rings to a caramelized onion, tomato and goat cheese tart! 

Grape Tomatoes - Tomatoes are also from Twin River Gardens in La Broquerie. Store on the counter or a cool dry place for about 1 week. These tomatoes are a great size for blistering in the oven with fish or sautéing in a pan with pasta or chicken for an easy sauce. They can also be part of a stir fry mix or slice to top a pizza, quiche or in an omelette. I like cooking them down with sliced sausage and penne pasta. Try a Grilled Eggplant, Tomato & Feta Salad! 

Thyme - Fresh herbs are from Twin River Gardens. Store in the fridge or dry the thyme in the oven to keep it long term. It's a great fall herb you can use with roasted potatoes or veggies. Sprinkle some into a marinade for grilled fish or chicken. Try this fresh Lemon Thyme Dressing for a salad, shrimp or pour over a bowl of quinoa. 

Kale - Green kale is from Twin River Gardens. Strip the kale leaves from the stems and stuff them all in a ziplock bag in the fridge for 2 weeks or more. For long term storage you can freeze the kale leaves, or blend with a bit of water, freeze in ice cube trays then pop the pucks out and put them in the freezer. The kale is also delicious baked with a tiny bit of olive oil in the oven then sprinkle salt and pepper, or mix into a creamy pasta sauce or vegetable soup. It's one of the most nutrient dense greens. It's also very popular in Olive Garden's Sausage, Kale, & Potato Soup. 

Delicata Squash - Winter squash is from Wild Earth Farm in Dugald. This squash is a cream coloured oval squash with dark green lines. It has a thin delicate rind that can be eaten once cooked. You slice in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds and then cut it into half moons and roast. It's popular roasted with maple flavour or spices. Try these Squash & Black Bean Tacos or an Autumn Harvest Salad

 

Full Gourmet Shares will Receive a Minimum of 9 of the Following 11 Items:

Goodland Apples - Local apples are from Riverbend Orchard. This crisp acidic apple is medium in size and can be stored for many weeks in a cool dry place. It's great for fresh eating but also has the flavour to pair well with an apple crisp, tarts or an Apple Bread with a couple of apples. Pack for lunches or cut up for snacking! 

Japanese Eggplant - Eggplant is from Nico at Twin River Gardens. This variety is long, thin and light purple in color. Store at room temperature or in a cool place such as a pantry or counter for about 1 week. Slice up the eggplant and stir fry with teriyaki over rice or grill in half lengthwise on the BBQ. Eggplant and pork go very well together - try this recipe for a Chili Garlic Stir Fry. Combine with strips of zucchini for a vegetarian lasagna or slice in strips for eggplant parmesan. 

Fennel - Fennel is from Nico at Twin River Gardens. Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. This vegetable is common in Italian cooking, either shaved in a salad with apples and nuts or roasted with other vegetables. The majority of it is a white bulb and the top has whipsy green fronds. The whole thing has a light liquorice taste. Try this caramelized Leek, Fennel & Onion Gratin with Thyme. 

Walla Walla Onion - Onions are from Nico at Twin River Gardens. This variety is a large sweet yellow onion that can be stored in a cool pantry or basement if not cut up for several weeks. This onion is delicious for homemade Onion Rings or an onion, potato and thyme casserole. Slice these onions for burgers or caramelize rings in a pan with some chicken. Add thin rings to a caramelized onion, tomato and goat cheese tart! 

Grape Tomatoes - Tomatoes are also from Twin River Gardens in La Broquerie. Store on the counter or a cool dry place for about 1 week. These tomatoes are a great size for blistering in the oven with fish or sautéing in a pan with pasta or chicken for an easy sauce. They can also be part of a stir fry mix or slice to top a pizza, quiche or in an omelette. I like cooking them down with sliced sausage and penne pasta. Try a Grilled Eggplant, Tomato & Feta Salad! 

Thyme - Fresh herbs are from Twin River Gardens. Store in the fridge or dry the thyme in the oven to keep it long term. It's a great fall herb you can use with roasted potatoes or veggies. Sprinkle some into a marinade for grilled fish or chicken. Try this fresh Lemon Thyme Dressing for a salad, shrimp or pour over a bowl of quinoa. 

Parsley - Fresh herbs are from Twin River Gardens. Store with the stems down in a jar of water or in the fridge for 1-2 weeks. Local parsley has lots of flavour and can be sprinkled on just about anything to give a fresh green look and taste. A mix of parsley and thyme can be sprinkled on veggies or squash before roasting! Blend the parsley and kale with some garlic and oil for a flavourful sauce or add to a quinoa salad! 

Kale - Green kale is from Twin River Gardens. Strip the kale leaves from the stems and stuff them all in a ziplock bag in the fridge for 2 weeks or more. For long term storage you can freeze the kale leaves, or blend with a bit of water, freeze in ice cube trays then pop the pucks out and put them in the freezer. The kale is also delicious baked with a tiny bit of olive oil in the oven then sprinkle salt and pepper, or mix into a creamy pasta sauce or vegetable soup. It's one of the most nutrient dense greens. It's also very popular in Olive Garden's Sausage, Kale, & Potato Soup. 

Purple Carrot Bunch - Carrots are from Blue Lagoon Organics in St. Francois Xavier. Store in the fridge for 2 weeks or more. Eat the carrot tops like parsley! These fun coloured carrots will appeal to kids and are great raw, boiled or roasted in the oven. Shred them for an asian salad or coleslaw, carrot muffins or a purple carrot cake. Slice up carrots and put in a container of water in the fridge for fresh snacking. 

Delicata Squash - Winter squash is from Wild Earth Farm in Dugald. This squash is a cream coloured oval squash with dark green lines. It has a thin delicate rind that can be eaten once cooked. You slice in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds and then cut it into half moons and roast. It's popular roasted with maple flavour or spices. Try these Squash & Black Bean Tacos or an Autumn Harvest Salad

Watermelon - Melon is from Owl Tree Farm in Altona. Store on the counter/fruit bowl for up to 1 week before cutting. The melons have been picked ripe so they can be cut anytime. Look for a yellow spot on the melon which means the sun has ripened it. Cut up and put in a container in the fridge for breakfasts and snacking for 1 week. 

 

Half Gourmet Shares will Receive a Minimum of 7 of the Following 9 Items:

Goodland Apples - Local apples are from Riverbend Orchard. This crisp acidic apple is medium in size and can be stored for many weeks in a cool dry place. It's great for fresh eating but also has the flavour to pair well with an apple crisp, tarts or an Apple Bread with a couple of apples. Pack for lunches or cut up for snacking! 

Japanese Eggplant - Eggplant is from Nico at Twin River Gardens. This variety is long, thin and light purple in color. Store at room temperature or in a cool place such as a pantry or counter for about 1 week. Slice up the eggplant and stir fry with teriyaki over rice or grill in half lengthwise on the BBQ. Eggplant and pork go very well together - try this recipe for a Chili Garlic Stir Fry. Combine with strips of zucchini for a vegetarian lasagna or slice in strips for eggplant parmesan. 

Walla Walla Onion - Onions are from Nico at Twin River Gardens. This variety is a large sweet yellow onion that can be stored in a cool pantry or basement if not cut up for several weeks. This onion is delicious for homemade Onion Rings or an onion, potato and thyme casserole. Slice these onions for burgers or caramelize rings in a pan with some chicken. Add thin rings to a caramelized onion, tomato and goat cheese tart! 

Grape Tomatoes - Tomatoes are also from Twin River Gardens in La Broquerie. Store on the counter or a cool dry place for about 1 week. These tomatoes are a great size for blistering in the oven with fish or sautéing in a pan with pasta or chicken for an easy sauce. They can also be part of a stir fry mix or slice to top a pizza, quiche or in an omelette. I like cooking them down with sliced sausage and penne pasta. Try a Grilled Eggplant, Tomato & Feta Salad! 

Thyme - Fresh herbs are from Twin River Gardens. Store in the fridge or dry the thyme in the oven to keep it long term. It's a great fall herb you can use with roasted potatoes or veggies. Sprinkle some into a marinade for grilled fish or chicken. Try this fresh Lemon Thyme Dressing for a salad, shrimp or pour over a bowl of quinoa. 

Kale - Green kale is from Twin River Gardens. Strip the kale leaves from the stems and stuff them all in a ziplock bag in the fridge for 2 weeks or more. For long term storage you can freeze the kale leaves, or blend with a bit of water, freeze in ice cube trays then pop the pucks out and put them in the freezer. The kale is also delicious baked with a tiny bit of olive oil in the oven then sprinkle salt and pepper, or mix into a creamy pasta sauce or vegetable soup. It's one of the most nutrient dense greens. It's also very popular in Olive Garden's Sausage, Kale, & Potato Soup. 

Purple Carrot Bunch - Carrots are from Blue Lagoon Organics in St. Francois Xavier. Store in the fridge for 2 weeks or more. Eat the carrot tops like parsley! These fun coloured carrots will appeal to kids and are great raw, boiled or roasted in the oven. Shred them for an asian salad or coleslaw, carrot muffins or a purple carrot cake. Slice up carrots and put in a container of water in the fridge for fresh snacking. 

Delicata Squash - Winter squash is from Wild Earth Farm in Dugald. This squash is a cream coloured oval squash with dark green lines. It has a thin delicate rind that can be eaten once cooked. You slice in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds and then cut it into half moons and roast. It's popular roasted with maple flavour or spices. Try these Squash & Black Bean Tacos or an Autumn Harvest Salad

Beefsteak Tomato - Tomatoes are from Greenland Gardens - a greenhouse in St. Anne, MB. Store on the counter or in the fridge for 1-2 weeks. They're nice large tomatoes, free from the blemishes that wind and rain induce. Perfect to slice for toasted tomato sandwiches, burgers, or veggie pizza. Dice up to add to a chili or stew, or make tomato basil bruschetta. 

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Protein Shares will Receive:

Ground Bison - Bison is from Spring Creek Farm in Cypress River. The bison is raised on rotating pastures to support regenerative farming. This is an all grass fed meat so it is very lean. Make your own bison burgers, use on nachos or Healthy Bison Tacos.  If making meatballs, combine with ground pork or something with more fat. It could also be used for a low fat chili! 

Pork Ribs - Pork is from Ian Smith at Natural Pork Farm in Argyle, MB. The pork is fed no medication in their feed and they live in roomy barns with natural light with windows, fans and good ventilation. The pigs have free access to the outdoors with grass to roam and a mud hole. The ribs are best seasoned or marinaded with a sauce prior to cooking and can be done on the BBQ or in the oven. Try these no-fail Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs that falls off the bone once done! 

Chicken Wings - Chicken comes from Anderson Farm in Cypress River. This farm has been working on more sustainable and environmental practices since diversifying their farm in 2011. The chicken is raised in roomy barns and outdoors in summer. They can be cooked numerous ways, I like making a honey garlic sauce and baking them in the oven! They could also be BBQ'd or fried with salt and pepper. Try these Sticky Asian Wings with rice and veggies on the side! 

Gourmet Protein Shares will Receive:

Ground Bison - Bison is from Spring Creek Farm in Cypress River. The bison is raised on rotating pastures to support regenerative farming. This is an all grass fed meat so it is very lean. Make your own bison burgers, use on nachos or Healthy Bison Tacos.  If making meatballs, combine with ground pork or something with more fat. It could also be used for a low fat chili! 

Pork Ribs - Pork is from Ian Smith at Natural Pork Farm in Argyle, MB. The pork is fed no medication in their feed and they live in roomy barns with natural light with windows, fans and good ventilation. The pigs have free access to the outdoors with grass to roam and a mud hole. The ribs are best seasoned or marinaded with a sauce prior to cooking and can be done on the BBQ or in the oven. Try these no-fail Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs that falls off the bone once done! 

Chicken Breast - Chicken is from Anderson Farm in Cypress River. This farm has been working on more sustainable and environmental practices since diversifying their farm in 2011. The chicken is raised in roomy barns and outdoors in summer. The chicken breast is boneless and skinless and can be cooked many different ways. Try a simple stir fry with local vegetables or bake in the oven with salt pepper and garlic!