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CSA 2015 – Week 12


Wasn’t it just a few weeks ago that our CSA boxes were green – just green – and shareholders were wondering when something besides green would appear?

Things have been much more colourful lately & this week is no exception. There is colour bursting from every fruit & vegetable that we are harvesting now – colour & flavour!

peaches …


pears …


heirloom tomatoes …


sweet peppers …


mini sweet peppers – something new we are trying. (We just grew a few so they will be available at our farmers’ markets only.)


eggplant …


some of the different eggplant we are growing …


What’s in the box?

Peppers, tomatoes, beans, onions, eggplant, peaches, pears.

  • Our sweet peppers are beginning to be ready for harvesting, so there will just be a single pepper in your box this week. Hopefully the numbers will increase.
  • Tomatoes have certainly increased. The weekend warmth meant a very large pick today – field tomatoes, heirlooms of every size & colour, and lots of cherries too. This is the week to feast on tomatoes!
  • The beans are slowing down but you will find some beans included in your share again – onions too!
  • The pictures above show the vast array of eggplant that we are growing this season. Eggplant will be available for those who want it.
  • Peaches are plentiful, colourful & flavourful! Enjoy them because the season is short. Another few weeks & they will be gone!
  • The first pears of the season are part of your share this week. Harvest Queen is their regal name, a rather grand name for such a small pear. They are already sweet & delicious even though green. Eat them now while they are still a bit crunchy.


There is sadness on our farm today. We said good bye to our Meesha this afternoon. She took ill on the weekend & it became apparent that she would not recover & return to health. Amy got her as a puppy and we all have enjoyed her for almost 13 years.

Meesha was always smiling & happy to be with us!


She always found joy in the cold & snow!


I especially enjoyed our daily walk around the farm.


We will miss you Meesha!

6 thoughts on “CSA 2015 – Week 12

  1. We are so sorry to hear about Meesha!! What a great dog she was. Marshall will especially miss our weekly encounters with her.

    Keeping you in our thoughts!


    Kate Biggs 905.246.7042

  2. Sorry to hear about Meesha. She was a beautiful dog

  3. I’m very sorry to hear about the loss of your pet.



  4. I’m so sorry to hear about Meesha! Thinking of you!

  5. so sorry for your loss of your beloved dog, I know he will be missed by all, including Oliver

  6. Thanks for the free pea shoots this week! Here’s the recipe I mentioned. It doesn’t even need the Creme Fraiche.

    Pea Shoot and Smoked Bacon Soup
    1 Onion
    3 Slices Smoked Bacon
    1 Medium Potato
    1 tbsp Olive Oil
    50g Pea Shoots (1 Pack)
    1 pint Chicken Stock
    1 tbsp Crème Fraiche
    Finely chop the onion and fry in 1tbsp olive oil in a saucepan for 5 minutes. Chop the bacon into small pieces and add to the saucepan. Fry for 5 minutes until starting to brown. Peel the potato and chop into a 1cm square dice. Add the potato and the chicken stock to the saucepan. Boil for 10 minutes until the potato is soft. Place the contents of the sauce pan into a blender, and blitz until smooth. Then add the pea shoots and blend until a smooth, bright green, thick soup consistency is reached. Return to the pan and reheat. Serve in bowls with a swirl of crème fraiche. Delicious with warm soda bread smothered in butter.

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