CSA Box 8 – August 17

We have found some new recipes to help you with your summer bounty of zucchinis, tomatoes and chard. Try the Grilled Swiss Chard and Tomato Wraps or this lovely Thai Zucchini Soup. Any of the zucchini recipes in 101 Cookbook’s archive are fantastic, there’s tarts, pickles and more soups all featuring the versatile zucchini.

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Some winter squash need to be cured and then stored before use. Ask any of us at market or at your CSA pickups for more info on how to store winter squash. It’s easy to do, and you can store most varieties over the winter for use in stew, soups and deserts.

What’s in your box this week?

  • Leeks 1/2 lb $1.75
  • Cucumber 1 each $1
  • Kale 1 bunch $3
  • Lettuce 1 head $3
  • Carrots 1 bunch $5
  • Herb Bunch $2
  • Tomatoes 1 box $4
  • Winter Squash 3 lbs $6
  • Summer Squash 1 lb $3

Total value: $28.75

CSA Box 7 – August 11th

Green Arrow Field Tomatoes

Kloverdalen Farm beets

We’re all glad to have had some rain in the past week! Rainy weekends make for happy farmers.

Lots of delicious winter squash coming to you from our Merville Organics squash patch on Kloverdalen Farm, which were picked by Moss, Robin and Kira this week. We have Red Kuri, Butternut and Hubbard varieties.

Wondering what to do with your parsley? Kira from Kloverdalen Farm has a recipe for chimichurri, a tasty herb sauce from Argentina for topping grilled steaks, grilled veggies and potatoes.

What’s in your box this week?

  1. Beets 1 lb $3.00
  2. Cucumbers 1 lb $1.00
  3. Chard 1 bunch $3.00
  4. Lettuce 1 head $3.00
  5. Fennel 1 bulb $2.00
  6. Parsley 1 bunch $2.00
  7. Tomatoes 1 basket $4.00
  8. Winter squash 3 lb $6.00
  9. Summer squash 1 lb $3.00

Total: $27.00

Merville Organics Squash Patch

CSA Box 6 – August 4th

August Days

Welcome to August!

Garlic Fest is right around the corner, plus we have an update from Moss Dance on how the hot summer in BC has affected our growing season.

Carrots Week 6 CSA

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What’s in your box this week?

  • Beans 3/4 lb  $2.25
  • Cucumber 1   $2.00
  • Kale 1 bunch   $3.00
  • Garlic 2 bulbs   $5.00
  • Summer squash 1 lb   $3.00
  • Herbs 1 bunch   $2.00
  • Carrots 1 lb   $5.00
  • Basil 1/2 lb   $5.00

Total value: $27.25

Try cooking up your zucchini with this Curry Zucchini Soup recipe, or dress up your green beans with either parsley & lemon, mint, or basil & tomato.

Garlic Fest

3rd Annual Garlic Festival

Look out garlic lovers, the third annual Garlic Festival is back at Amara Farm on August 9th from 12-4pm. More than half a dozen different farms will showcase over 15 varieties of garlic ranging from mild and pungent to hot and spicy. Get your winter supply of garlic or seed garlic for your garden, find fall and winter plant starts and try garlic-inspired culinary treats.  For more info, visit the Garlic Fest event page, or download our press release.

The Hot Summer and Your CSA

All the produce you get through your Merville Organics CSA share comes from 5 super-cooperative farms in the Comox Valley. That means there are a lot of hands, heads & hearts collaborating to grow and combine the food that comes to you each week. Hopefully, you’ve met most of us by now – we’re happy to see you at the pick-up locations and our drop-off hubs each week.

It’s HOT out there! Wow! We haven’t seen a scorcher like this yet in the Comox Valley and we are all hydrating ourselves and our crops as much as possible to deal with the heat. There are pros and cons to a hot season, of course.
Winter Squash

Pros are that you have been getting some very nice early crops, like beans, cucumbers, raspberries, and summer squash. Tomatoes are on their way this week. We anticipate an excellent tomato & cucumber season this year. Robin, Kira and I are working together to grow winter squash for the CSA. Many of the squash varieties will be ready almost a month early this year.

The cons are that we are scrambling to plant more crops. With everything coming in so early, we’re about 2-3 weeks ahead of schedule for our CSA harvest plan. We’re working hard to make sure we have a continuous supply of delicious goodies for you.

From our conversations with people at the market, CSA members and friends, we know that everyone’s appreciation of and respect for water is deepening during this dry time. For us, water is a precious resource that we are always mindful of every minute of every day. During a hot, dry season like this, water is what keeps the veggies alive and thriving. We have all had to adjust our crop plans, invest in better water infrastructure and change our watering schedules to deal with the scarcity of water. It’s not been easy.

But with a CSA, we have that solid support system of eaters that makes all of this possible. So thanks for growing with us, investing with us, eating all of our veggies and for your friendly smiles. We are so happy to share the fruits of our labour with you each week.

– Moss Dance

 

CSA Box 5 – July 28

Leeks and Chard

Mizuna

Welcome to week 5 of your CSA! Every week, we select and plan the contents of your boxes so that they are equal to (or greater than) a $25 purchase at our market stall. From this week onwards, we’ll be listing the quantity and price of each item for you to give you a better idea of your box’s value. What’s in your box this week?

  • 1/2 lb Beans – $1.50
  • 1 Cucumber – $2.00
  • 1 bunch Chard – $3.00
  • 2 bulbs Garlic – $5.00
  • 1/2 lb Leeks – $1.75
  • 1 pint Raspberries – $4.00
  • 1 lb Summer Squash – $3.00
  • 1 bunch of Herbs – $2.00
  • 1 bag of Salad Mix (assorted leafy salad greens and edible flowers with pictured mizuna!) – $5.00

Total for Week 5 Box: $27.25

 

CSA Box 4 – July 22

Week 4 CSA Box contents

This week’s CSA box is packed full of goodness. What’s in your share?

  1. Summer squash
  2. Carrots
  3. Cucumbers
  4. Kale
  5. Head lettuce
  6. Raspberries
  7. Herb bunch
  8. Transparent apples
  9. Walla walla onions
  10. Broccoli or cabbage

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Vegetable fritters are a versatile choice for your summer dinners. They come together quickly and can be used with different veggies as their main ingredient. Try this recipe found by Moss at Ripple Farm for summer squash fritters.

We did not post a blog entry for last week’s box, apologies for that.

Enjoy this week’s box and thank you for all of your feedback and comments at our different farmers’ markets and CSA pickup locations. We love hearing from you!

 

 

 

 

CSA Box 2 – July 7

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This week’s box has lots of summer treats for you to enjoy. You will find:

  • Summer squash (zucchinis, patty pans or ronde de nice)
  • Herb bunch (one of oregano, mint, parsley, rosemary, basil, dill or tarragon)
  • Kale
  • Purple Kohlrabi
  • Pint of raspberries
  • Jar of garlic scape jam
  • Beets

The garlic scape jam is tasty on a cheese plate, as a condiment for roasted chicken or pork, or as a spread on grilled cheese sandwiches. It’s made with balsamic vinegar and spices.

A delicious summer berry crisp recipe from 101 Cookbooks will make short work of those raspberries. Wondering what to make with kohlrabi? Try it steamed, roasted or made into little fritters.

Enjoy this week’s box!

 

 

First Summer CSA of 2015: Box 1

Cabbages and Carrots

Welcome to our first CSA week for 2015!

What’s in the box this week?

  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • 1 lb of garlic scapes
  • Two bulbs of green garlic
  • Herb bunches
  • Swiss chard
  • Radishes

As farmers we love food and everything surrounding the act of growing and preparing of delicious vegetables and greens. When we get together for a meal, we spend half the time eating and half the time talking about cooking future meals, swapping recipes as we fill our plates. We’ve selected our favourite recipes to be published weekly to give you fresh ideas for cooking with your CSA boxes. This week’s recipes are for Swiss chard and garlic scapes, the curly stalk and unopened garlic flower from every garlic plant that we harvest in early summer.

Serious Eats has a list of seven recipes for garlic scapes. Sautee, grill, or make pesto out of this versatile seasonal beauty. Want to know why we love Swiss chard? The Vegetable Butcher on the Kitchn sums it up, with lots of tips for prep and food pairings.

Happy reading and happy eating from all of us at Merville Organics!