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The Rad(ish) Season of All

In this newsletter:

  • What is happening at the farm?

  • Other news and events

  • Looking forward: Fall / Winter CSA and more

  • Farm store and what is available this week

  • Weekly farm fun fact

Garlic Planting

What is happening at the farm?


Hello beautiful community and beyond! We're back from a little hiatus with an exciting newsletter and to announce the arrival of some fun veggies including Daikon radish and cauliflower!


Cauliflower, Daikon radish and Romanesco cauliflower



Over the last couple weeks, we planted and mulched our garlic field and started our bulk harvest of storage crops. These include carrots, leeks, beets, parsnips, rutabaga, daikon and watermelon radish, cabbages and more. These babies will feed us all winter long through our fall and winter CSA and via the farmstore, which will stay open throughout the cold season aside from a break from late December to end of January. We also "flipped" the greenhouse beds as in we started to replaced the hot weather crops (tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, etc.) with cold hardy crops ( fresh greens, lettuce, herbs, kale, chard, etc.).


Garlic Planting

Mulching of the Garlic Beds

Greenhouse flip and bulk carrot harvest



Cool early morning harvests are my favourite despite the cold wet hands that go with it!

Kale beds and farm fields in the early mornings



We held our little squash fest on Saturdays over the last month with cinnamon buns, soups, and other goodies and a "Guess the Weight of the Squash" raffle! The person who guessed the right weight 15.8 lbs and the winner of our Farmstore gift card is Joel Hernberger! Congrats Joel! It was a close one with several people guessing 15 and 16 lbs (roughly 7kg).



This week is our last summer CSA and we can hardly believe it! Since boxes are customizable, our last summer CSA included choices among:

  • Carrots

  • Garlic

  • Peppers

  • Cauliflower

  • Eggplant

  • Beets

  • Butternut Squash

  • Mixed cooking greens

  • Shallots

  • Radish

  • Apples

  • Ginger

  • Hot peppers

  • Cilantro

  • Dill

  • Parsley

  • Sage

  • Rosemary

  • Thym

  • Onions (red and yellow)

  • cooking greens

  • Chickory lettuce



Other news and events


We participated in Masham Mange! a community festival around local food in Masham and we had a blast! I love our community. Thank you all for joining us on that wonderful day!


Masham Mange festival


Jess has been working her magic with dried flower wreaths, garlic braids and dried flower bouquets. You can find these in the farmstore along with fresh eucalyptus bouquets!



I am also trying to get her to make more paintings so we can offer her art in the farmstore as cards and prints... If you like this idea comment below !


The CSA Facebook group has been incredibly active and inspiring as always! Here are some highlights from the past weeks:




Looking forward: Fall / Winter CSA and more


Our Fall CSA begins the first week of November and we still have a few spots open for you. Perks of cold season CSAs are eating with the seasons including fresh greens and staying connected with your farm community.

Cold Season Crops from the Greenhouse



Farm store and what is available this week

*I'm trying this new format to keep you informed on what is available. Let me know what you think!


Roots:

  • Beets

  • Carrots

  • Daikon radish

  • Garlic

  • Hakurei Turnip

  • Kohlrabi

  • Onions (red, yellow and shallots)

  • Parsnip

  • Potatoes

  • Radish

  • Rutabaga

  • Watermelon radish

Greens:

  • Arugula

  • Spinach

  • Salad mix

  • Kale

  • Chard

  • *bulk greens are available if you bring your own containers.

  • Chickory lettuce

  • Napa cabbage

  • Caraflex cabbage (a tender sweet variety great for slaw and amazing roasted !)

Herbs:

  • Basil

  • Rosemary

  • Thym

  • Sage

  • Cilantro

  • Dill

  • Parsley Curly and Flat

Other Veggies:

  • Celery

  • Leeks

  • Broccoli

  • Cauliflower

  • Fennel

  • Chickory lettuce (endive)

Squash

  • Classic butternut

  • Autumn Frost butternut (butternut flavour with a more pumpkin like texture)

  • Kabocha: sunshine and winter sweet (sweet nutty flavours reminiscent of roasted chestnut)

  • Testukabuto (low moisture content; rich notes of hazelnut and browned butter.)

  • Delicata (Edible skin makes for easy prep!)

  • Pie Pita Pumkin (great for pies/deserts and the seeds are especially tasty!)

Fruits:

  • Eggplant (Asian varieties)

  • Peppers (sweet - red, yellow, orange and green)

  • Hot Peppers (banana, jalapeno, habanero, chilli)

  • Tomatoes (red, yellow and green)

  • Zucchini

  • Apples from Peter in Wakefield! (Russet, Kidd Orange, Liberty, Super Nova)

Flowers:

  • Some of the last fresh fresh bouquets

  • Dried Flowers

  • Eucalyptus

  • Wreaths

  • Garlic braids

Farm-made preserves:

  • Salsa

  • Passata (Italian tomato sauce)

  • Kimchi

  • Chilero

  • Pickles (facto-fermented)

  • Lacto-fermented kohlrabi (great for charcuterie board and sandwiches)

  • Our version of a Sriracha hot sauce

  • Frozen soup: tomato

Other:

  • Decorative pumpkins and squash for my favourite month



Weekly farm fun fact

Our cauliflower has a purple tinge. It is not dyed! An antioxidant called anthocyanin is responsible for the purple colour (same as for red wine and cabbage). Cauliflower remains white from lack of exposure to sunlight, which does not allow chlorophyll to develop.



Keeping in touch


Our farm-store hours are

  • Wednesday-Friday 11h-5h

  • Saturday 10h-3h


*Check us out on Facebook and instagram to get a daily glimpse of the Roots and Shoots Farm life.


Happy October to all!


-The Roots and Shoots Farm Team





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