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Sunshine and warmth return

Thuja & ChardI’m sure this little warm spell feels so much nicer due to the cold spell last week! We had our first cold morning harvests – days when we have to watch out for frost on the row covers. If the row covers are still frosty when we try to open them, they (apparently) can be ripped up and ruined very quickly. So we just have to wait for them to warm up a bit! Rubberized garden gloves help protect from freshly melted frost, and a spot of warm tea goes a long way. We’ve been making use of the new aprons (that don’t let water through) at the wash station, and some wonderful rubber gloves that go up to your shoulders. The gloves make all the difference when you are dealing with cold groundwater washing carrots and potatoes. However, by the end of the week I think I had shed four layers, and we had a wonderfully warm weekend – perfect for Thanksgiving!




Chickens chowin' down
The chickens chowing down on some carrot tops. They are being harvested October 19th, and CSA members will be getting them for $4.50 per pound. Drop by the store if you’d like to reserve one in advance.

What’s in my Box?

Week No.18

  • Red Onions:  These slightly sweeter onions will add a bit of extra colour to your dish.
  • Nappa Cabbage: Another spring/fall crop makes its comeback.  This time, the flea beetles have stayed away and even the outer-most leaves are in beautiful shape.  Cooked as you would any cabbage, or made into a nice crunchy salad. 
  • Salad Mix or Spinach: Those of you that got spinach last week will have salad mix this week, and vise versa. This salad mix is lettuce greens and greens from the beet family. 
  • Orange Carrots:  So easy to munch on, but it might be worth keeping some to make a nice spicy cake with.
  • Butternut Squash: This a new variety of dwarf butternut squash called ‘Nutterbutter’ They didn’t do very good in the field, but maybe they’ll prove themselves on the plate. Let me know how it goes! 
  • Cylindra Beets: These heirloom beets are selected for their storage ability, hearty flavour and their cylindrical shape. This helps speed up the cutting process for preserves. 
  • Swiss Chard: A nice fresh full bed of Swiss chard is read to feed you. 
  • Turtle Beans: This was another experiment, which turned out a whole lot better than the nutterbutter. These beans were vigorous and very low maintenance. Use these just as any dry bean, but careful not to over-cook them. Let me know how they taste! Worth doing again?
Rutabagas, growing very nicely so far!


Joining us again next year?

Here’s a link to the registration form so you don’t miss out on the variety of great produce headed your way: Registration Form 2012

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