September 29th CSA Harvest & Pick-Up

Over heard in the gardens today:

“How do you pick-up your vegetables from the CSA?”
“You just have to turnip.”

Rain makes everything funnier (that’s a Vancouverism, as of now).

Tokyo Whites: delicious and pun-tastic.

Today’s items:
– Rosemary
– Turnips, Tokyo Whites and Purple Tops
– Beans, Carson Yellas
– Kale, Winterbor
– Radishes, mixed varieties
– Asian Pears, aka Apple-pears

It’s cold and flu season. If you are not planning on cooking with your fresh rosemary and you feel a sore throat coming on, boil a kettle of water, throw a sprig or two of rosemary in a teapot, let steep for 10 minutes and enjoy. Rosemary (like most herbs in the Apiaceae (mint) family – thyme, sage, basil, mint) is antiviral, antimicrobial and a vasodilator. So it helps keep the cold and flu bugs at bay and increases the flow of oxygen to the brain….win-win (#plantsmakelifebetter).

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Mills in the beans
Pete’s radishes
Nicole and Ann’s Winterbor bouquets
Asian Pears from Pete’s parents tree (magical harvesting wand courtesy of Peter)

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September 22nd CSA Harvest & Pick-Up

 A few indicators that Fall officially arrived yesterday afternoon:
1. Rain. A good Vancouver soaking with small breaks that make you think that the rain might be letting up, then it rains more and sideways. The summer sunshine has made us soft.

2. Veggie Shift: beets, turnips, radishes and kohlrabi this week. The cool weather crops are ready to make their late season appearance and fill your soups and stews with flavour and nutrients. Welcome back friends.

With that in mind, we still have lots of tomatoes and beans in the garden – a lingering taste of summer to ease the transition.

Slideshow: In the gardens

2 with rain gear, one without. Is denim water-proof?

A nice haul from a few rows of beans
True test of a farm hand: showing up and smiling on a rainy Sunday morning
Touchstone Gold Beets!

This Week’s CSA Items:
– Radishes, French Breakfast
– Collard Greens, Champion
– Turnips, Tokyo Whites
– Beets, Touchstone Gold
– Bush Beans, Carson Yellow & Dragon Tongue
– Head Lettuce, Tom Thumb
– Kohlrabi, Kongo

Nice, mild radishes this week
Brassica oleracea, Gongylodes
Get those greens in a soup or stir-fry right away!
Nothing common about these Beta vulgaris specimens
Lovely collards
Fistfuls of beans!

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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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