September 8th & 15th Harvests

2-in-1. September hits like a 2×4! The confluence of school and farms, neither one respects the other’s schedule.

Here’s a mix bag of pics from the past 2 harvests. For those who crave more frequent updates, Cam is still posting on Instagram quite regularly…and he has an eye for veggies.

September 8th

Casual Peter

Cam and Gran, his veggie mentor
So photogenic
Morning harvest crew on East 38th
Meet Carl.

September 15th Product Shots

Today’s items, with neighbourhood-style accuracy
Mixed Heirlooms. Quick tip: place green toms in a paper bag with an apple and leave on the counter. They’ll ripen quickly!
Flat Leaf, the chef’s choice of parsley
A handful of each, Dragon Tongue and Carson
Staple. Stunning.
Tom punches above its weight class
This variety of garlic supports LGBT rights and is ashamed of Rossiya-Matushka

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August 25th CSA Harvest & Pick-Up

There have been a few different varieties of garlic in the CSA boxes (Chesnock Red, Leningrad, Persian Star, Russian Red). Each variety has unique characteristics that influence their culinary use. For example, Leningrad is quite spicy, great in stir fries and stews but a bit overwhelming when simply roasted and eaten right away. Here is a link to our garlic profiles with more of the specifics.

REMINDER: no pick-up next week due to long weekend, see you on September 8th.

And the list:

Strength in diversity
Garlic party
Art show
Pete’s heirlooms, just starting to ripen
Right display
Left display, plus Rosco and Brennan

Karen, Jess & Chris, plus Mellifera Bees workshop way in the back
ICF gear, previous offer still stands

A recipe for the basil, sungold and heirloom tomatoes:


  • 1 pound sungold and heirloom tomatoes
  • 1/2 pound cherry bocconcini, cut into halves
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves

Dressing ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to season

Preparation Instructions

  • In a bowl, mix together the tomatoes, bocconcini and basil leaves.
  • In a screw top jar, mix dressing ingredients together, toss through salad, enjoy.

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August 18th CSA Harvest & Pick-Up

Some nice shots by Cam in the gardens and at the pick-up site today. One thing you might have noticed in our postings is the many one-of-a-kind articles of ICF swag. We make them all by hand. If you want one, bring a t-shirt/work-shirt/dress shirt to the Marche St George on a Sunday and we’ll hook you up.

4 years old, still crisp!

In the CSA:
– Carrots, Little Fingers
– Swiss Chard, Bright Lights
– Collards, Champion
– Garlic, Russian Red
– Summer Squash, Patty Pan or Butterstick or Ambassador
– Bay leaves, fresh
– Potatoes, Yukon Gold

Product Shots

Bay Leaves 
(Note: fresh bay leaves are more potent than dried, and a little more floral too)
Sweet, sweet carrots
Carrot Top Pesto

1 cup basil leaves
cup (20 grams) lightly packed carrot leaves (stems removed)
Tbsp. (90 milliliters) extra-virgin olive oil
large garlic clove
tsp. salt
Tbsp. walnuts, toasted 
cup (30 grams) freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  1. In a food processor, combine the basil, carrot leaves, oil, garlic, and salt, and process until finely minced. Add the nuts and pulse until finely chopped. Add the Parmesan and pulse just until combined. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Use immediately, or cover and refrigerate up to 2 days.
Yukon Gold
Hardneck All-stars: Russian Red
A switch of bay
Best bee pic yet!

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August 11th CSA Harvest & Pick-Up

You may have already noticed something different about your veggies this week as it was a very auspicious harvest day – King Josh, farmhand extraordinaire, got hitched this Sunday to the lovely Brad.

Good looking grooms (centre and right)

Here’s the record of the harvest, a recipe and some people pics…

La lista

Mixed bag of summer squash
Vibrant scallions, Apache variety
Dragon Tongue Bush Beans
Fun Fact: The siege of Leningrad was over this hardneck variety

And a quick recipe from CSA shareholder Josh (David) Bowie:

Morning Greens

1. De-vein and steam a bunch of kale
2. Mix in some tahini while kale is still warm
3. Add a spoonful or two of hemp seeds
4. Ride this wave all day long

Drill, winterbor and wa wa sei
ICF directors and associates!

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Garlic Harvesting 2013

The wave of garlic is crashing on us…it’s being harvested from many sites around the city this week, will cure for a few weeks and then prepped, ready for a new home (your home, inshallah).

Here are a few images to get a sense of the process and stay tuned for more details about the varieties available for purchase!

Ready to be pulled

Nice size bulbs, Leningrad variety
Full load from East Van

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July 21st CSA Harvest & Pick-Up

Things are rolling along quite nicely with all this heat and sunshine. The proof of Cam’s skills with the veggies are best reflected in the pudding…and this week’s pudding champ is the Charmane Cabbage. Quite photogenic as you will see below – Anne Geddes style, sort of, just imagine some babies in between the plants.


So many good shots this harvest, it was hard to limit the entry to the selection below. Hope you like ’em!

Southlands fertility
A proud moment for Jen, but for everyone really, especially Jen.

First of three Graydon shots!
Charmants ready to go

King Josh
2 of 3
The List

Well deserved

3 of 3, he has his father’s taste in ice cream
Smiling shareholder!
A thing of beauty
Post harvest feast for the crew

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Harvest #1 – June 23, 2013

It feels nice to get the veggies out into the community! It was a good looking harvest and a good looking crew helping out. Here’s some images of the scene on Sunday:

Lots of hands for harvesting in Little Mountain
Peeking in on the new pick-up location, tucked in the backyard of Le Marche St George
The list
Panorama of the set-up
Garlic scapes, radishes and heirloom tomato starts
Russian red kale & baby bok choi
Beautiful colours!
Ted & Elaine, 4th year CSA shareholders!

Reminder: no pick up on the long weekend, see y’all on Sunday, July 7th.

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Early or Late Harvest

Depending on how you want to qualify the harvest, these are some late winter or early spring veggies. A welcome pay-off for some work on the vernal equinox.

Chilly weeding
Drill’s keen eye and steady hand at work in the spinach
Tokyo Cross Turnips, already vying for top spot in this season’s Root Crop category

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Harvest #14 – October 7, 2012

This week is the last harvest for our CSA and it was a good size share to round out the season. Thanks to all of our shareholders for your support. The process of growing, harvesting and sharing produce is made that much better by knowing that the goods are going to feed amazing people. We feel blessed to be a part of your community.

Pics from the morning’s harvest:

Bunching carrots
Counting collards
A weird carrot (for Russia)

This week’s items:

  • Chesnok or Russian Red Garlic
  • Lemon Cukes
  • Green Beans
  • Chieftain Potatoes
  • Mixed Tomatoes
  • Collard Greens
  • Red Ace & Chioggia Beets
  • Scarlett Nantes Carrots
  • Redwing Onions
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
Red Ace Beets
Collard Greens
Green Beans
Redwing Onions, soil and all
Carrot close-ups
Cukes in October
Last of the spuds

And an enormous shouting THANKS to our incredible interns, who have now become official ICF associates and good friends. We are beyond fortunate and eternally grateful for your presence in the gardens this season.

Setting the bar pretty high!

There’s still lots of work left and we will continue to post our progress over the next couple of months. Please contact us ( if you are interested in purchasing any garlic (see previous post for available varieties, excluding the creoles) or getting on the 2013 CSA list (5 shares sold already!).

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Harvest #13 – September 30, 2012

First off, a quick reminder to our shareholders that there will be a harvest next Sunday! Come early so that the ICF veggies can be incorporated into your Thanksgiving meal. We are usually set up and ready to go right at 2:30pm, just in time for turkey.

Thanks again to Owen, Naomi and everyone else involved in last night’s Railway Moonshiner. The food was excellent, the drinks were incredible (both the R & B cask and the ‘Hoppy Hemingway’ cocktail) and the space was inspirational. Met a number of interesting folks too and had great conversations about food and farming. My iPhone photography doesn’t do it justice but here’s a glimpse of the transformed working space at Union Wood Co.

The space cleans up nicely.

 We had lots of bodies out for today’s harvest which was perfect for combing through the bush beans. This freed up sometime for pollinator stalking. Our volunteer sunflowers were attracting some native and honey bees, the former looking a little shaky but still out and about in the late season.

Beautiful little Bombus
Still punching the clock as we head into Fall

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Here’s the crew in the beans, beneath the Helianthus tree.

Reflecting on mixed bunches of kale

As the season wanes, the weekly shares tend to get a little smaller. Here’s today’s harvest line-up:

  • Carrots, scarlett nantes 
  • Mixed bag of tomatoes (copia, green zebra, sungolds, cherries, orange russian, and Siebenbürgen)
  • Green wax beans
  • Persian star garlic
  • Mixed kale, winterbor & redbor
  • Lemon cucumbers
Some phenomenal carrots this week
Killer kale
Siebenbürgen tomato
Orange Russians
Green beans still holding on
The Drill on patrol

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