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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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:

Ingredients

  • 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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Hops!

Our hops are coming around. We hope to have a limited amount of fresh hops for sale later in the season. Send a note if you’re interested. We are growing the following varieties:

  • Fuggle
  • Nugget
  • Centennial
  • Mt Hood (might not have many available this season)
East Van hops

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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)
Chard!
Sweet, sweet carrots
Carrot Top Pesto

Ingredients
1 cup basil leaves
1
cup (20 grams) lightly packed carrot leaves (stems removed)
6
Tbsp. (90 milliliters) extra-virgin olive oil
1
large garlic clove
¼
tsp. salt
3
Tbsp. walnuts, toasted 
¼
cup (30 grams) freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Steps
  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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Here Comes the Sun

Sungold tomatoes! We can’t wait to start getting these beauties into the hands of our shareholders. They’re just starting to ripen on our plants and if the weather holds, we expect to be filling boots for a while…

See y’all on Sunday.

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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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Inner City Farms on Instagram

Just in case y’all didn’t know, Cam snaps some pretty amazing photos during his time in the gardens and posts them on our instagram page:

Here’s one of his recent beauties

What used to be lawn…a garden we refer to as Pandora 1

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July 28th CSA Harvest & Pick-Up

It’s the time of season when things tend to pile up and we fall behind a little. Here are some belated photos from our harvest a couple of Sundays past.

We resume pick up this Sunday from 2:30 – 5pm at Le Marche St George as per…we hope the long weekend was well spent and look forward to reconnecting in a few days!

All-star Farm Hands!

Week’s Items
Kale on Ice (you can have whatever you like)
First garlic of the season
Spud love
Nice combo: Rosemary and Rudbeckia
Coastal Star Romaine

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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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