Week 30 TapRoot Farms CSA Newsletter

Hi TapRooters!

We are looking forward to a potluck in the city coming up on November 9th and hope you can make it.  Details below!

Justine got married on the weekend, and in true farmer style hardly even took a day off!  Congrats to the happy couple! --->

 


Greta's Farewell

Chris and Greta have been apprentices at TapRoot for the past 6 months, and will be finishing their apprenticeship at the end of next week.  I've asked each of them to write a blog post for the next 2 newsletters, here's Greta's!

193 days  (April 22nd to November 1st, 2013)

Above all, the people are what stand out of my apprenticeship at TapRoot Farms. The vegetables were delicious, the piglets were adorable, the Annapolis Valley is still stunningly and rolling hill-ingly beautiful, but... it's individuals I've met who have made the biggest impact on me throughout these 193 days of my Grow a Farmer apprenticeship.

The most amazing thing I've found, in any of my apprenticeships or agricultural research jobs over the years, is the way that organic farmers encourage, support, and educate each other. The experiences I've had working for people like Josh and Trish are only made possible by the effort farmers make to welcome and to teach youngsters like me about what they do, and why they do it. The way that the TapRoot team has brought Chris and me into this community and eagerly shown us what they know and love, and what they question and struggle with, has been an amazing half a year in the interconnected world of Nova Scotia agriculture, with the people who keep it going.

That also extends to you, the members! It's been lovely meeting some of you between here and Halifax, learning about why you're interested in your food and the people who bring it to you. Even those of you I haven't met, whose names I only recognize from getting your add-ons, or sorting your meat shares, or just because you have interesting or unpronounceable names (no offense, of course), I feel like I've gotten to know you too. I've gotten a glimpse into what you like and don't like and the things you think are important, and imagined what kinds of things you're cooking with your friends and families.

Working and eating in a local, organic agricultural system is a surprisingly intimate way to engage with our food and each other. Many thanks to all of you out there, inspiring me by paying attention, by affecting socio-economic and environmental changes through what you eat. Thanks to all of the large and lovely team at TapRoot, being patient and kind, knowledgeable and fun. And thanks, of course, to Chris, my new friend and fellow explorer in these agricultural escapades.

 

On to the next agrarian adventures!

So long for now,

 

Greta


2013 CSA Survey from ACORN

It's that time of year again, folks!  Every year, Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network (ACORN) puts out a survey for CSA members in the Maritime region.  By filling out this survey, you will be providing ACORN with invaluable info about CSA farms in the region, and we will get to see the results also for our farm.  Last year's report is available here.

Here's the link to the survey, if you are interested in participating, please fill it out before November 1:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CSAsurvey2013-14


Upcoming Event: TapRoot City Potluck

Join us for a potluck in the city (United Memorial Church, 5375 Kaye Street) Saturday, November 9th! In addition to breaking bread together, we'll share some updates and photos from the farm, and you'll get to meet some of the TapRoot Team. Hope to see you there! 

If you are planning to attend, please join the event on facebook or email teri@taprootfarms.ca (no worries if you don't RSVP, please still come, we just want to have an idea of how many may attend.)

Click here to visit the facebook event


Recipes

Remember, 9 days left to post your recipes on facebook for our contest!  Here's some of the many that have already been submitted:

Carrot Cake Oatmeal

Lemon Chicken Stew

Halloween TapRoot Carrot Muffins

Potato Carrot Leek Soup

Cranberry Chutney

Brussels Sprouts with Parsnips


Shares Deliveries: Sunday, October 20, 2013 - Saturday, October 26, 2013

50 Week Veggie Share 2013

Awesome Eggs 2013

Staple Share 2013

Meat Share 2013

Fruit Share 2013


Have a wonderful week!

--The TapRoot Team