End of CSA Season

I’m so glad we had this time together…

For those of you old enough to remember Carol Burnett, that song was always bittersweet.  It meant the end of something good and the wait for next time.

As we pack our final box for you all, we pause to catch our breath, reflect on the year & look forward to the opportunity to grow more food for our amazing community.

We would like to invite you to join us for a cup of hot apple cider at your last pick up of the season and share some good cheer.  If you pick up at Amara,  you can also meet our newest grower to join our team.  Farmer Jay, will be there to tell you their stories of growing in Victoria and moving up to our valley to grow with Merville Organics.  I’m  sure you will appreciate the tale of the pigs wrecking best laid plans.

As the winter progresses we will still be at the Market on Saturday, if you miss us and want to have a visit.  We would love to see you.

Also, we will keep in touch, on occasion, and let you know about some upcoming events.  Amara Farm is being featured in a film at the One World Film Festival and we know you wouldn’t want to miss that!

Farmer Mariette

IMG_2312(1)meet Jay, our newest MO Member!

Winter To Do List

Nov:   Pack away CSA supplies
Coop Meetings & Planning
Nap and Watch Netflix
Winter Crops & Animals

Dec:   Crop planning
Coop Meetings & Planning
ORDER SEEDS (Yay)
Winter Crops & Animals

Jan:     Organize Supplies
Coop Meetings & Planning
Order More Seeds
Winter Crops & Animals

Feb:     Start seeds and begin again!

2012-10-20-08Futsu Pumpkin, little powerhouse of taste, available this week. These personal sized delights are described as being a cross between a chestnut and a pumpkin

What’s in your Box?

In an effort to help you with your planning we will let you know a few days in advance what you are getting, your grocery list.  Be aware that the best laid plans don’t always turn out.  Veg can come out of the ground not looking as we had hoped or other produce might just be bursting and need to be harvested.  We do our best to get you what we promised.

The Grocery List:
Garlic
Squash
Carrots
3 Choices:
  1) Brussels Sprouts, Greens or Spinach
  2) Frisse or Kale
  3) Salad Turnip or Parsnip 

Frisse is about the most beautiful salad green on the planet in my book and Scott at Amara farm has nursed these through snow and frost to bring them to your table.   So I would like to suggest:  Salad Lyonnaise

This beautiful salad can only be made with Frisse, in my book, as the leaf holds the lightly acid flavours of the dressing with the creamy richness of the egg so perfectly… and then, of course, there is the bacon.  This is the perfect brunch meal but we love it for our dinner meal.

Alongside regular garlic, you will also have access to some “inglorious garlic”.  This is garlic that is not pretty but tastes just as delicious.  Be sure to use it first as it won’t store as long as the garlic with papers.  I would suggest using it to make yourself some yummy garlic bread.   Farmer Kira just made some for us with bread from the new organic bakery in town, True Grain.  (Yum!)

Kira is a whiz in the kitchen and she simply chopped up fresh garlic very fine, melted salted butter and spread both on slices of bread, popped it in the oven on a cookie tray and broiled for just a couple of minutes, keeping an eye on it the whole time.

A quick word to the Brussels Sprouts haters. I feel you. I, too, was forced to eat just one over cooked sulfurous sprout every holiday. I would never eat them as an adult.

Then one day, I was eating in a tasty eatery in Canmore AB, lets just say I had enjoyed a few aperitif’s when my meal arrived.  I ate with gusto tasting this new and delicious little leaf vegetable. I was dumbfounded. I had not encountered it before. I could not identify it at all. My husband, with great glee informed me that they were Brussels Sprouts, simply peeled and sauteed.  A life changing moment.  I am such a convert that I now grow them.  My fav is raw in salad but here are some other suggestions. I still over cook a few for my mother but I will never force that on anyone!

Happy eating folks!
If you have any recipes to share with the rest of the CSA let us know on Facebook, we would love to hear from you!

2014 CSA Box #1

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CSA season has begun and our farms are overflowing with goodness. We’re at LUSH Valley today meeting our new CSA members and greeting familiar faces from last year. On Friday we will be at Amara Farm doling out veggies to the rest of our members :)

It’s been a good season so far. The warm weather in May and June challenged us to get the irrigation out early, but we’ve also had some great rain. Every time it rains, we sigh with relief!

What’s in the first share?

  • 1/2lb Salad mix
  • Napa cabbage
  • Walla Walla sweet onion
  • Summer squash
  • Basil
  • Baby turnips
  • Kale
  • Garlic scapes

Recipes

Every week, we try to share recipes here on our blog for the lesser known veggies in your share. Another great place to find recipes some of the more obscure veggies is “WTF is this Vegetable,” which was started by a CSA member in Victoria to help other CSA members with “mystery veggies” in their weekly boxes!

Garlic Scapes

Garlic scapes are really versatile. You can chop them up like garlic and sautée in place of garlic cloves. You can also steam or sautée them in larger pieces and enjoy the way you would green beans or asparagus. Scapes also make great pesto!

Check out this garlic scape & basil pesto recipe!

Baby Turnips

Last year, we posted about turnip basics. Check it out!

Napa Cabbage

At the farm, sometimes we get veggies that don’t look so pretty, or grow in funny ways. We call these “Farmer Share” veggies. And with napa cabbage, we get a lot of heads that are too small or weird looking to sell. When that happens, we make Kimchi, a delicious Korean spicy pickle – a lot like sauerkraut. This naturally-fermented pickle offers a host of probiotics that are great for the gut, and spices up your meal!

Find out how to make Kimchi here!