Railway Moonshiner

Plans for Saturday evening? If you like cask beer, appreciate hand crafted woodwork and dig fine cuisine using Vancouver-grown veggies (ours), join us at the Railway Moonshiner!

This is a special collaboration put together by the fine folks of Butter on the Endive accompanied by the head brewer from R & B Brewing Company and located at Union Wood and Supply CO’s digs. For a glimpse of the woodworking artistry, check out this article from Scout magazine – pretty amazing. You can get a preview of Chef Owen Lightly’s menu for the evening here, but you have to be present on Saturday night to experience Todd Graham’s cask.

Hope to see y’all there!

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MONTECRISTO Magazine Article on Urban Ag

This Week’s Oppenheimer Harvest

Because a portion of the cost of each CSA share is earmarked for Oppenheimer Community Kitchen harvests, we like to keep y’all updated on what their share looks like.

Here’s this week’s harvest, featuring beautiful Copia tomatoes, Red Ace beets, Chesnok Red garlic, Redbor kale and sweet Sierra Blanca onions. These veggies will help make a beautiful, nutritious soup!

Thanks to all of our shareholders for helping make this harvest possible

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Harverst #11 – September 16th, 2012

Lots of good pictures and anecdotes from today’s harvest. Beginning with golden mummies and plant idolatry and ending with this week’s veggie profile shots.

First, a love story. A tale of shared pasts and future dependence. For ICF, a relationship that we wish to facilitate as best we can, and like all great matchmakers, we focus on setting the context for companionship and then getting out of the way.

So, what you see below are aphids on the back of a beet leaf.  Some are grey, some are yellow, and some are yellow with little holes in them. The grey ones are alive, likely harbouring a wasp larvae that is in the process of eating its way out of its host. If this is the case, the aphid will turn yellow as it dies and the larvae will spin-up a cocoon and emerge as an adult wasp (see exit holes in some yellow aphids), which will then deposit eggs in other aphids, continuing the cycle. Rumour has it, if 10% of your aphids are yellow, affectionately called Golden Mummies, your aphid problem isn’t a problem, it’s an opportunity to enjoy the company of tiny little parasitic wasps.

Next up, nominee for ICF plant of the year! This volunteer sunflower (it’s just one plant, amazing!) is in Ron’s front yard in Mount Pleasant. It’s incredible. It’s like a tree. It’s like a sunflower patch on its own. Plants continue to blow our minds.

Waist high bush beans? 14ft sunflower? What’s in Ron’s soil?

Beautiful bouquets

Here’s this week’s set up at Le Marche:

Ready to go
A good mix of labour today

And the chalk board sign, courtesy of Rosy!

 And the close-ups:

Chesnok Red

Yellow Wax

Lemon Cukes

Mixed bag of Copia, Sungold and Cherry

Sierra Blanca

Red Ace

Redbor

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Harverst #10 – September 9th, 2012

Hey hey,

It’s always nice to see everyone after the long weekend gap. The gardens are doing well – veggies and farmers alike were relieved with last night’s rain.

This week’s share:

  • Yellow Wax Beans
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Garlic, Yugoslavian
  • Assorted Summer Squash/Zucchini
  • Collard Greens
  • Swiss Chard
  • Carrots, Scarlett Nantes & Purple Haze
  • Lemon Cukes
  • Mix Bag of Onions: Candy, Redwing & Sierra Blanca 

Here are some images from Le Marche. Lots of family and friends out for a Sunday afternoon coffee. Plus, garlic sales! We will have more garlic for sale by the pound and half-pound denomination, $10 and $5 respectively, next Sunday at Le Marche. Varieties that you can’t find else where (and definitely not for the price).

Some of the goods this week

Will, Drill, Chris & the next generation of producers

The previous generation of farmers and on-going inspiration

Weekly check-in with the ladies – look for Mellifera Honey in shops around the city

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