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Freezing Asparagus for the Winter!

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Sue's Fiddlehead or Asparagus Pasta

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Asparagus Chevre Toast...an easy party pleaser

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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.

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Summer Foodbox October 2/3

Plant Based Proteins

Most of us could benefit from adding more plant based proteins in our diet, it can be difficult branching out but there are many options that make great meals with our food box veggies. Some high sources of protein include: peanuts, black beans, chickpeas, pumpkin seeds, tofu, lentils and quinoa! The other ideal thing besides from a nutrition stand point is that these items are all shelf stable so they can store for a long time and they're fairly inexpensive! Whether you eat mostly plant based meals or needing more ideas for your Meatless Mondays, theres lots of options when it comes to vegetarian meals including some of my favourites for lunch or dinners: Sweet Potato, Carrot and Red Lentil Soup Spinach and Feta Quinoa Cakes Southwestern Black Bean Salad  

Full Produce to Receive a Minimum of 8 of the Following 10 Items

Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes - Colourful little tomatoes are from Joanne. They store best on the counter for about 1 week. They display so nicely sliced onto a flatbread or diced up in a tomato salad. This heirloom cherry tomato tart is so beautiful and makes for a great weekend appetizer. They can also be mixed into the chopped up beefsteak tomato for a homemade salsa or dip. Eggplant - Eggplant is from Wenkai Oriental Vegetables in Morden. They store best on the counter for 1-2 weeks. The skin starts to get brown after time, however it's still edible. Eggplant is popular for vegetarian dishes such as eggplant parmesan, grilled and topped eggplant steaks or a roasted eggplant dip. This Sheet Pan Eggplant Parmesan look really good and easy to make! Parsley - Parsley is from Wenkai in Morden. Store with the ends in a jar of cool water or in a container in the fridge. Parsley can also be dried out by heating in the oven on the lowest setting for a couple hours. Then crumble and store in a jar. The parsley would be great sprinkled on an eggplant dish, in a salad or used with the cilantro in a chimichurri sauce to top steak or chicken. Cilantro - Cilantro grown by Wenkai Oriental Vegetables. Store with the parsley either in the jar of water or in a container in the fridge for 1 week. This summery herb is great in a fresh salsa with the tomatoes, or in a grain salad such as quinoa or couscous. It can be diced up to flavour rice with some fresh lime juice, or in tacos. This Avocado Cilantro White Bean Dip is like a healthy version of a guacamole. Delicious with pita or taco chips! Green Onion - Green onion bunches are from Wenkai. Store with the stems down in a tall glass of water for up to 2 weeks or more. The stems can also be replanted in a little pot with soil. The green onions can be sliced up and used with the parsley and cilantro in a dip, sauce or marinade/dressing. They're also great in a homemade cabbage slaw or salad. It adds a freshness as a topping in many dishes! This Asian Slaw Quinoa Salad uses fresh green onion and cilantro for flavour. Mixed Greens - Salad greens are from Wenkai. Store in a sealed bag in the fridge for about 1 week. Don't let these get out of sight, mixed greens are iconic for not being used. However, they don't just have to go in a salad, they can be stuffed into a sandwich, wrap, or be sprinkled on top of a cooked pizza or flatbread! Radish Bunch - Radishes are from Wenkai. The radish greens are edible, and have a light peppery taste similar to arugula. Remove from the radishes and store in a separate bag with the carrot tops for a couple days. This recipe for Roasted Radishes with Radish Greens utilizes both, or they can be used separately in salads. The radishes can also be sliced thinly and added to a bagel sandwich or a fancy toast. Bunched Carrots - Orange carrots are from Wenkai. Keep the carrots in a separate bag in the fridge for a couple weeks. The tops are similar to parsley so they work in quinoa or grainy salads or used as a topping and garnish. The carrots are very versatile - eaten raw, roasted, boiled or shredded for baking. Beefsteak Tomato - Tomatoes are from Greenland Gardens. The greenhouse tomatoes are big and round, makes the perfect sized slice for a burger or toasted tomato sandwich. Store these tomatoes also on the counter, they last 1-2 weeks. It can also be diced for a quick salsa or salad. Pie Pumpkin - Pumpkin is from Green Acres Farm. Store on the counter or use for decoration until cooking (that's what I do). The pie pumpkin is a small sugar pumpkin that is what pumpkin pies are made of. Save it for thanksgiving and then make your own pie! It can be roasted and then pureed for a pumpkin apple crisp which we make at Crampton's. This link is for the Food Network homemade pumpkin pie recipe.  

Gourmet Produce to Receive a Minimum of 10 of the Following 12 Items

Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes - Colourful little tomatoes are from Joanne. They store best on the counter for about 1 week. They display so nicely sliced onto a flatbread or diced up in a tomato salad. This heirloom cherry tomato tart is so beautiful and makes for a great weekend appetizer. They can also be mixed into the chopped up beefsteak tomato for a homemade salsa or dip. Parsley - Parsley is from Wenkai in Morden. Store with the ends in a jar of cool water or in a container in the fridge. Parsley can also be dried out by heating in the oven on the lowest setting for a couple hours. Then crumble and store in a jar. The parsley would be great sprinkled on an eggplant dish, in a salad or used with the cilantro in a chimichurri sauce to top steak or chicken. Cilantro - Cilantro grown by Wenkai Oriental Vegetables. Store with the parsley either in the jar of water or in a container in the fridge for 1 week. This summery herb is great in a fresh salsa with the tomatoes, or in a grain salad such as quinoa or couscous. It can be diced up to flavour rice with some fresh lime juice, or in tacos. This Avocado Cilantro White Bean Dip is like a healthy version of a guacamole. Delicious with pita or taco chips! Green Onion - Green onion bunches are from Wenkai. Store with the stems down in a tall glass of water for up to 2 weeks or more. The stems can also be replanted in a little pot with soil. The green onions can be sliced up and used with the parsley and cilantro in a dip, sauce or marinade/dressing. They're also great in a homemade cabbage slaw or salad. It adds a freshness as a topping in many dishes! This Asian Slaw Quinoa Salad uses fresh green onion and cilantro for flavour. Mixed Greens - Salad greens are from Wenkai. Store in a sealed bag in the fridge for about 1 week. Don't let these get out of sight, mixed greens are iconic for not being used. However, they don't just have to go in a salad, they can be stuffed into a sandwich, wrap, or be sprinkled on top of a cooked pizza or flatbread! Radish Bunch - Radishes are from Wenkai. The radish greens are edible, and have a light peppery taste similar to arugula. Remove from the radishes and store in a separate bag with the carrot tops for a couple days. This recipe for Roasted Radishes with Radish Greens utilizes both, or they can be used separately in salads. The radishes can also be sliced thinly and added to a bagel sandwich or a fancy toast. Bunched Carrots - Orange carrots are from Wenkai. Keep the carrots in a separate bag in the fridge for a couple weeks. The tops are similar to parsley so they work in quinoa or grainy salads or used as a topping and garnish. The carrots are very versatile - eaten raw, roasted, boiled or shredded for baking. Beefsteak Tomato - Tomatoes are from Greenland Gardens. The greenhouse tomatoes are big and round, makes the perfect sized slice for a burger or toasted tomato sandwich. Store these tomatoes also on the counter, they last 1-2 weeks. It can also be diced for a quick salsa or salad. This tomato salad uses a blend of beefsteak and heirloom cherry tomatoes and is the perfect thing for a tomato lover. Spaghetti Squash - Squash is from Green Acres Farm. Store in a pantry, basement or on the counter for 2 months or more. Cut in half lengthwise, scoop out the seeds, drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper, and roast in the oven at 375 for about 25-30 minutes. The strands should come out easily when gently scraped with a fork. Tomato or meat sauce can be mixed into the spaghetti squash or just eat more plainly with butter and garlic! Red Peppers - Red bell peppers or long peppers are from Green Acres. Store in the crisper of the fridge. Red peppers are my favourite because they're the sweetest and great for raw snacking. I always add them to my salads, or make stuffed pepper casserole. This Roasted Red Pepper dip with walnuts and green onions looks different but really good! Mint - Mint is from Nico at Twin River Gardens. Store in the fridge or in a jar of water with the other herbs. Now is the season where I drink lots of tea, so a homemade mint tea would be awesome! It also makes a great addition to the quinoa salad that I sent in the email or any other grain salad like couscous, bulgar or even chickpea salad. The mint could also work to flavour a dessert, such as in a mint icing for a chocolate cake or in a fruit salad! Green Kale - Kale is from Nico at Twin River Gardens. Strip the kale leaves from the stems and keep in a large ziplock bag in the fridge for up to 3 weeks. Use the leaves in a green smoothie, a salad or sauté with scrambled eggs. This Crispy Potato Crust Kale Quiche makes for a filling delicious weekend brunch!  

Half Produce to Receive a Minimum of 6 of the Following 7 Items

Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes - Colourful little tomatoes are from Joanne. They store best on the counter for about 1 week. They display so nicely sliced onto a flatbread or diced up in a tomato salad. This heirloom cherry tomato tart is so beautiful and makes for a great weekend appetizer. They can also be mixed into the chopped up beefsteak tomato for a homemade salsa or dip. Eggplant - Eggplant is from Wenkai Oriental Vegetables in Morden. They store best on the counter for 1-2 weeks. The skin starts to get brown after time, however it's still edible. Eggplant is popular for vegetarian dishes such as eggplant parmesan, grilled and topped eggplant steaks or a roasted eggplant dip. This Sheet Pan Eggplant Parmesan look really good and easy to make! Parsley - Parsley is from Wenkai in Morden. Store with the ends in a jar of cool water or in a container in the fridge. Parsley can also be dried out by heating in the oven on the lowest setting for a couple hours. Then crumble and store in a jar. The parsley would be great sprinkled on an eggplant dish, in a salad or used with the cilantro in a chimichurri sauce to top steak or chicken. Green Onion - Green onion bunches are from Wenkai. Store with the stems down in a tall glass of water for up to 2 weeks or more. The stems can also be replanted in a little pot with soil. The green onions can be sliced up and used with the parsley and cilantro in a dip, sauce or marinade/dressing. They're also great in a homemade cabbage slaw or salad. It adds a freshness as a topping in many dishes! This Asian Slaw Quinoa Salad uses fresh green onion and cilantro for flavour. Mixed Greens - Salad greens are from Wenkai. Store in a sealed bag in the fridge for about 1 week. Don't let these get out of sight, mixed greens are iconic for not being used. However, they don't just have to go in a salad, they can be stuffed into a sandwich, wrap, or be sprinkled on top of a cooked pizza or flatbread! Radish Bunch - Radishes are from Wenkai. The radish greens are edible, and have a light peppery taste similar to arugula. Remove from the radishes and store in a separate bag with the carrot tops for a couple days. This recipe for Roasted Radishes with Radish Greens utilizes both, or they can be used separately in salads. The radishes can also be sliced thinly and added to a bagel sandwich or a fancy toast. Bunched Carrots - Orange carrots are from Wenkai. Keep the carrots in a separate bag in the fridge for a couple weeks. The tops are similar to parsley so they work in quinoa or grainy salads or used as a topping and garnish. The carrots are very versatile - eaten raw, roasted, boiled or shredded for baking.  

Half Gourmet Produce to Receive a Minimum of 8 of the Following 10 Items

Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes - Colourful little tomatoes are from Joanne. They store best on the counter for about 1 week. They display so nicely sliced onto a flatbread or diced up in a tomato salad. This heirloom cherry tomato tart is so beautiful and makes for a great weekend appetizer. They can also be mixed into the chopped up beefsteak tomato for a homemade salsa or dip. Parsley - Parsley is from Wenkai in Morden. Store with the ends in a jar of cool water or in a container in the fridge. Parsley can also be dried out by heating in the oven on the lowest setting for a couple hours. Then crumble and store in a jar. The parsley would be great sprinkled on an eggplant dish, in a salad or used with the cilantro in a chimichurri sauce to top steak or chicken. Cilantro - Cilantro grown by Wenkai Oriental Vegetables. Store with the parsley either in the jar of water or in a container in the fridge for 1 week. This summery herb is great in a fresh salsa with the tomatoes, or in a grain salad such as quinoa or couscous. It can be diced up to flavour rice with some fresh lime juice, or in tacos. This Avocado Cilantro White Bean Dip is like a healthy version of a guacamole. Delicious with pita or taco chips! Green Onion - Green onion bunches are from Wenkai. Store with the stems down in a tall glass of water for up to 2 weeks or more. The stems can also be replanted in a little pot with soil. The green onions can be sliced up and used with the parsley and cilantro in a dip, sauce or marinade/dressing. They're also great in a homemade cabbage slaw or salad. It adds a freshness as a topping in many dishes! This Asian Slaw Quinoa Salad uses fresh green onion and cilantro for flavour. Mixed Greens - Salad greens are from Wenkai. Store in a sealed bag in the fridge for about 1 week. Don't let these get out of sight, mixed greens are iconic for not being used. However, they don't just have to go in a salad, they can be stuffed into a sandwich, wrap, or be sprinkled on top of a cooked pizza or flatbread! Radish Bunch - Radishes are from Wenkai. The radish greens are edible, and have a light peppery taste similar to arugula. Remove from the radishes and store in a separate bag with the carrot tops for a couple days. This recipe for Roasted Radishes with Radish Greens utilizes both, or they can be used separately in salads. The radishes can also be sliced thinly and added to a bagel sandwich or a fancy toast. Bunched Carrots - Orange carrots are from Wenkai. Keep the carrots in a separate bag in the fridge for a couple weeks. The tops are similar to parsley so they work in quinoa or grainy salads or used as a topping and garnish. The carrots are very versatile - eaten raw, roasted, boiled or shredded for baking. Beefsteak Tomato - Tomatoes are from Greenland Gardens. The greenhouse tomatoes are big and round, makes the perfect sized slice for a burger or toasted tomato sandwich. Store these tomatoes also on the counter, they last 1-2 weeks. It can also be diced for a quick salsa or salad. This tomato salad uses a blend of beefsteak and heirloom cherry tomatoes and is the perfect thing for a tomato lover. Spaghetti Squash - Squash is from Green Acres Farm. Store in a pantry, basement or on the counter for 2 months or more. Cut in half lengthwise, scoop out the seeds, drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper, and roast in the oven at 375 for about 25-30 minutes. The strands should come out easily when gently scraped with a fork. Tomato or meat sauce can be mixed into the spaghetti squash or just eat more plainly with butter and garlic! Red Peppers - Red bell peppers or long peppers are from Green Acres. Store in the crisper of the fridge. Red peppers are my favourite because they're the sweetest and great for raw snacking. I always add them to my salads, or make stuffed pepper casserole. This Roasted Red Pepper dip with walnuts and green onions looks different but really good!

Protein

Chicken Italian Sausage - Chicken sausage is from Oak Island in Landmark, MB. The chickens are raised ethically in a low density barn and freely run outside. The chicken sausage has a great flavour chopped up and added to a pasta and tomato dish, or roasted whole on a pan with a bunch of veggies. The sausages can be grilled on the BBQ for about 10-15 minutes or until the skin starts to split. Natural Pork Ribs - Ribs are from Ian at Natural Pork. The pigs are raised in clean roomy barns with fresh straw and clover that gets changed twice a day. They also have free access to the outdoors and are fed a non-medicated non-GMO feed. The ribs can be coated in sauce and slow cooked in a crock pot or cooked in the oven. Follow this recipe by Genius Kitchen for Barbecue Oven Ribs.  Heritage Ground Pork - Pork is from Ian at Natural Pork in Argyle, MB. The pigs are raised ethically in clean roomy barns and outdoors. The ground pork is great for meatballs, cabbage rolls or a stir fry. 

Gourmet Protein

Chicken Italian Sausage - Chicken sausage is from Oak Island in Landmark, MB. The chickens are raised ethically in a low density barn and freely run outside. The chicken sausage has a great flavour chopped up and added to a pasta and tomato dish, or roasted whole on a pan with a bunch of veggies. The sausages can be grilled on the BBQ for about 10-15 minutes or until the skin starts to split. Heritage Pork Ham Roast - Ham roast is from Spring Creek Farms in Cypress River. The pigs are raised in low density barns and free to roam outdoors where they have dugouts and plenty of land. The perfect piece of meat for thanksgiving coming up, roast the ham in the oven with a maple glaze.