Week 32 (Nov 9 - 15) TapRoot 2015
Happy Friday Everyone!
News from the farm:
Kingsley, Patrick, Steve and Courtney are heading home to Jamaica 3 AM tomorrow morning. We very happy for them!
This week we started a new yearly performance check-in with each person working on the farm in November.
The newest TapRoot Baby is due the first of December. We are so excited for Falicia!
We continue to harvest leeks and carrots. The cooler is very full.
The pea shoots have started. We will start production of them for the CSA shares in December.
Izaak (13 years old) took in many of the films at Devour. Josh and I attended some. It was really special to meet Niels and Rita from Good Things Await - they are biodynamic farmers in Denmark. They came to the farm for a walk about and we joined them for dinner following the film. The Devour Food and Film Festival has a really great energy and this year in particular I was really moved by the films and the people who came to our region to participate. Josh and I toured Bill Pullman around the farm. That was fun.
The meat shares are going to be heavy on chicken until we get more pork in inventory. In the winter and spring it will be low on chicken until the chickens new production season starts in June/July.
We are finalizing details with Off the Hook to offer another round of CSF - community shared fishery. We are also hoping to have a shrimp offering soon.
We do not have turkey for everyone this year. If you want turkey you will need to connect with another farmer - so sorry! Wayne and Nicole and family - Oultons Meat in Windsor have great turkey (9027984734). Also check out www.selectnovascotia.ca for sources of meat - if you like.
ACORN (atlantic canadian organic regional network) conference is the 23-25 in PEI. Josh and I and the kiddos are heading over to it. We have a meeting with Belfast Mini Mills on Saturday the 21st to talk about processing the tow or short line linen that we are producing. SO EXCITED!
Have a great weekend!
I love this gift vibrant of colour while out for a walk with Lily.
Josh talking transition to organic agriculture with Bill Pullman and Suzanne and Randy Balcolm.
Kim (new member of TapRoot team) and Bill at 451 Canard Street - TapRoot
Recipes from Denise's Test Kitchen
I'm a fan of spinach salad, but when the weather turns cooler, I want my food to be warmer. Spinach + garlic = delicious sautéed goodness.
Okay, no surprise that I'm posting a recipe for roasted cabbage, because roasted cabbage is so dang awesome. But this dish? Roasted savoy cabbage with apples, pine nuts, and cranberries? Oh my goodness. Just try it. You'll be glad you did.
Okay, y'all know I'm vegetarian but holy smokes, this chicken dopiaza (chicken & onion curry) looks good! I'll definitely be trying this with some Acadiana Soy tofu and I'd love to hear how this turns out with the chicken. Yum!
I know I just said I like warmer food in cooler weather but this Tuscan kale salad from Il Buco restaurant in NYC is too yummy not to make with the black/Tuscan/dinosaur kale coming in our share boxes this week. So. Good.
I've been vegetarian for 20 years. This weekend, Andy announced that he's decided he's going fully vegetarian, too. Wow! We had family dinner planned at our house this past weekend so that meant my carnivorous folks would be here. Typically, Andy would cook up a meat dish for such an occasion. Not on Sunday. I whipped up this delicious squash and spinach lasagna and it was a hit. Such a hit that I didn't have leftovers to take for lunch this week, but no matter--everyone left happy and satisfied with full bellies.
Have a wonderful week, everyone! I'm taking a three-week hiatus. While I'm trekking around Nepal, Justine will be posting delicious recipes for you to try and enjoy. Thanks, Justine! :)