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Some more meal ideas...

I love taking pictures of food we made using ingredients from the farm.

 This is a mango, banana, soy milk, and orange juice smoothie with some kale added in to give it that green colour and a vitamin boost. You could do that with any combination of fruits or yogurt you like. Even add in a sweetener like honey or maple syrup.
  Parboiled new red potatoes cut in halves then fried with spices and oil is a great side dish. Beet greens, with a big or small beet attached are delicious boiled whole with some salt and butter or margarine on top. Greens like bok choy, kale, swiss chard mixed with onions, snow peas, green onion fried with oils and spices are great as well. Can you tell we like to fry things?

Island Taylored Meats preservative-free sausages on a whole grain bun with a salad of mixed lettuces, cucumber, and tomato. Also on the side is a mix of garlic scapes, onion, kale, joi choi, sweet red Italian braising pepper, and spices.







Barbecued chicken in a whole wheat tortilla wrap with …

This week we have potatoes!

This week's basket you can expect much of the same but with a few new things (marked *):
beet greensSwiss chard kale spinach* Pak (Joi) Choipotatoes*mixed lettuce bunching onions maybe Snow Peas* We'll have a table again from 9AM to 11AM at the Saturday market.

A couple people have been bringing us egg cartons and a few other items already, but we also wanted to let you know that if you have re-usable items which are clean and in good shape like plastic bags, egg cartons, rubber bands, twist ties, we would gladly use them.

A few meal ideas..

These meals were so delicious and I was happy to be eating my farm vegetables so I had to document them. Thought I would share with you a few of the things I've done with my vegetables.
Boiled whole beet and margarine with salt and pepper sandwich.


 Meatloaf containing onion and organic red pepper. Salad with organic mixed greens, radish, cucumber, tomato, and red pepper. Fried greens with spices; kale, joi choi, garlic scapes, onion, and swiss chard.


 Fried choi qing mei and chives. Organic mixed greens with tomatoes, chives and radish. Barbecued chicken in a wrap with mixed greens and ranch dressing.


Garlic scapes and more

Hi everyone, Tomorrow's basket will include: Joi choi Kale Radish Lettuce mix Bunching onion
Swiss Chard English cucumber Garlic scapes- stalk of garlic plant that's going to blossom. A nice mild garlicy flavour. Use it in stir fry, make into pesto, freeze it chopped up, or put it in soups.



We will also have some romaine lettuce for sale. We'll be at a table outside from 9-11 at least. James also wanted to share what he likes to do with radishes. They are delicious if you slice them thin and put them with some salt and pepper in a bowl of vinegar.

He also likes to make radish sandwiches where you spread generous layers of mayo on two slices of bread and thin slices of radish with salt and pepper. You can put them after they've pickled for a while in a bowl of vinegar or just have them plain. Homemade bread and mayo makes it even better. See you tomorrow!

You'll be green with envy

This week as our first harvest we have a wonderful variety of greens for you. Don't worry, more and more varieties of vegetables will come in season as the summer rolls on.

James will be at the Farmer's Market Parking lot near the pond, from about 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Look for a blue Dodge Caravan the hatchback will be open. The earlier you pick up the fresher your vegetables will be.

If you are not able to pick up your basket at this time, please contact us to make other arrangements.

In this week's basket you can expect:

joi choi - a leafy green Chinese vegetableblack magic kale - a dark leafy green vegetableradishgreen onionschivesmixed lettucesbeet greensstrawberries If they are ready we may also have Chinese cabbage and some choi mei.

I have put up some details on what to do with some of these as well as nutritional information on the new recipes and ideas page.


Please note we are still accepting sharers for the CSA, passed weeks will be pro-rated.


Here's what thi…

Robyn Miller of CBC visited today July 9th, 2013

Robyn Miller of CBC came to the farm today, she was interested in learning more about our 100 Acre Farm and our CSA.

Robyn toured the farm with me and then I was interviewed.  It will be aired at 11:00 pm tonight (July 9th) on CBC Late Night and again on CBC Compass 5-6 pm July 10th.

She also interviewed Fan Zhang one of our customers. She was fascinated that little PEI has so many newcomers and that farmers like me are growing different crops for these new Islanders.

She seemed to enjoy seeing the hens and roosters walking around the farm and enjoying the beauty of the view.  Visitors often remark on the beauty of the view.

Robyn was charmed by the sight of our seven two day old piglets. These are Berkshire hogs, a heritage breed. They are known for the quality of their meat and flavour and their good mothering instincts. Here are some photos of the new additions to the farm.

The new arrivals...


Update: Here is the video, story starts around the 6:20 mark


Link to video

Als…

Seed saving

This is a parsnip that we let go to seed. It was planted as a seed last year, spent the winter in the ground and is now producing seed heads. We plan to plant the seeds next spring. As you can see it is taller than me!

What we are doing is producing a locally adapted parsnip. If we continue saving seeds from selected plants and grow the saved seeds we could avoid buying seed. The basic begining of agriculture through time.

There is only one problem, the current government is planning on signing a trade agreement with the European Union "CETA" that would make saving seeds against the law.

Saturday July 13 is the first CSA Basket day

Saturday the 13th of July we will deliver your first basket of vegetables for the season. James will be at the Farmer's Market Parking lot near the pond, from about 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Look for a blue Dodge Caravan the hatchback will be open, if it is not raining.  If it is raining look for the STOP PLAN B bumper sticker. The earlier you pick up the fresher your vegetables will be.

If you are not able to pick up your basket at that time, please contact us to make other arrangements.

Egg production is down because some of our hens have meet an untimely end in the jaws of Mr and Mrs Fox.  It was Murder of Most Fowl! Sadly, the pun is intended.

We will set some eggs aside for our sharers if you let us know at csa@rjrfarm.ca, how many dozen you want. 

A list of this weeks basket of vegetables will be sent to you Thursday evening. Recipes and serving suggestions will be included in the email. The first basket will include a fair amount of green produce.

Here is a link to some g…