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CSA 2019 – Week 6

Vegetables feed the body, while flowers feed the soul.

While I like to quote that saying, it isn’t totally accurate here on our farm anymore.

Now we also grow flowers to feed the body.

Yes, edible flowers! Calendula (pot marigolds) & Centaurea (bachelor’s buttons) mostly.

They are beautiful!

Uses for the flowers include sprinkling the petals on a salad, or decorating cakes & cupcakes with the blooms. And as usual our customers at market teach us how to use our produce. One young lad scatters the flowers atop his mac & cheese dinner – how’s that for elevating a simple dish into something elegant! And last weekend our edible flowers adorned a wedding cake!

They look amazing – in the field, in the basket, and on the table at market. While we don’t sell a lot of them, they do attract a lot of attention & draw people to our table. And equally important, the bees & bugs in the fields love them. The flowers are always teeming with insects!

Earlier on, we also offered elderflowers. These large white blooms are cooked with water, sugar and a bit of lemon, to make a simple syrup. This is added to drinks or used in baking. A market customer told us that back in the old country when she was a child, they would dip the entire bloom into pancake batter, then into hot oil to cook it, then into maple syrup, and then right into their stomachs! Delicious!

The extreme heat last week finished off the elderflowers in a hurry, so they’re done for another year. But there will be lots of elderberries for eating next month.

We will be offering edible flowers in our CSA share this week – something a little different for most of us! How will you use your flowers?

What’s in the box?

Beets, broccoli, lettuce, salad turnips, green onions, garlic scapes, herb bunches, & edible flowers.

  • Along with an assortment of vegetables, enjoy some herbs this week. Choose from cilantro, dill, parsley & mint.

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What else is going on around the farm this week …

The blackberries are almost finished blooming and little berries are already forming. In about a month they will be ripe!

Tomatoes & peppers are coming along nicely too.

The zucchini plants that the insects ate are making a comeback (to the left in the picture) – some of them anyway, but of course the harvest is delayed. We also transplanted a new batch of zucchini plants into the field today.

And the rabbit damage on the beans is hardly noticeable now. We’ve had some success keeping them away from our crops 😉

Sunflowers, and a second planting of beans.

Cover crop on a fallow field growing well.

Other vegetables and weeds growing well too!

A little nest with 4 tiny eggs hidden in the grass, right on the ground. Lucky we didn’t drive over it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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CSA 2019 – Week 5

 

What’s in the box?

Broccoli, snow peas, garlic scapes, lettuce mix, salad turnips, green onions.

  • Broccoli made a surprise appearance in your CSA share last week. We were not expecting it to be ready – but it was! And everyone seemed pretty excited to see it. Enjoy it again this week!
  • These hot temperatures we’ve experienced recently do nothing for the snow peas – except hasten their demise! Snow peas much prefer those cooler temperatures we had a few weeks ago. Our first planting has already been mowed down. The second planting is producing well and we hope it will continue another week – but no guarantees. However there will be snow peas in your box this week!
  • There are always 3 chances to enjoy garlic. Green garlic – the immature garlic plant – has been included in the box several times already. Later this month we’ll harvest the mature garlic plant, let the bulb air dry for several weeks and then it will be ready to enjoy by late August. In between these 2 stages we have garlic scapes, a favourite of many! The curly scape grows out of the top of the garlic plant, will open into flowers and then produce seeds. But they are usually cut off rather, so the plant’s energy goes into producing a better, tastier garlic bulb.

  • Garlic scapes are delicious and have a mild garlic flavour. Use them as you would a green onion or scallion. They are great made into pesto, or coat them in olive oil and cook them on the grill. Here’s a link to an interesting article, “10 things to do with garlic scapes, the best veg you’re not cooking yet”.  https://www.bonappetit.com/test-kitchen/ingredients/article/garlic-scapes
  • Lettuce mix, salad turnips & green onions complete your CSA share this week.

Perhaps you are noticing that the box is a bit smaller this week? While summer has arrived – both according to the calendar, and the hot temperatures we’ve enjoyed lately – the cool, wet spring continues to affect our crops. Because we were delayed in our seeding & planting at times, and lost other plantings due to weather, our harvest is now delayed as well. Beets, kohlrabi, Chinese cabbage, more spinach … are all almost ready – but not quite! 

Happy Canada Day!

Sage didn’t care if today was a holiday or not – she was ready to “work” first thing!

Others preferred to celebrate by sleeping in …

… or going for a drive.