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Autumn Frost, Both the Weather and the Squash

In this newsletter:

  • What is happening at the farm?

  • Other news and events

  • Fall CSA

  • Farm store and what is available this week

  • Weekly farm fun fact


What is happening at the farm?

Well folks, we made it to the first solid frosts. Definitely no more flowers and frost intolerant veggies in our fields, aside from a few well row-covered crops including bok choy and cilantro. The chard definitely took a hit, but the kale will be sweeter! Speaking of frost, have you tried our Autumn Frost squash? It's a type of butternut with a slight creamy pumpkin-like texture. A fun alternative to the classic butternut.

Above: Theo & Lys harvesting leeks / Autumn Frost Squash / first real snow fall at the farm


Here is a little overview of what we have been up to:


We tucked in our new strawberry patch, which involves adding straw mulch to insulate those babies during the cold months and to help with weed pressure next season.

Above: Matt and Lys mulching the strawberries


Greenhouse 3 with new plantings of kale, lettuce and salad mix

We're still filling up the greenhouses with little green and purple plants including spinach, arugula, salad mix, lettuce, parsley, cilantro, dill, bok choy, kale, chard and more. You can find lots of chickweed amongst those but fret not! It is a delicious edible weed. Check out the weekly farm fun fact below for more on chickweed.



Above: Ginger harvesting green onions / salad mix and arugula / head lettuce


We had our end of season wrap up potluck with most of our amazing team: Andrea, Tim, Matt, Lys, Theo, Anna, Ginger, Bryan, Christine, Robin, Jess, and myself (Kat). A special shoutout to the others who worked hard to keep the farm going this season: Colleen, Lily and Janet, and our wonderful regular volunteers Andrea, Valérie and Leaf!



And perhaps the biggest news is we completed our first week of our fall CSA! So much fun seeing all the variations in the customizable orders while I packed your boxes this week.


Above: CSA orders in the process of being packed... see below for more pictures!


Other news and events


Two wreath making workshops coming up!

Join us for a morning of creativity in our warm greenhouse. We will provide a variety of greenery and dried flowers, ribbons, a base and wrapping wire. We'll guide you through how to make a one-of-a-kind, gorgeous wreath! (beverage and holiday music included)


Sign up here:


Wreath being made


Holiday chocolate has arrived in the farmstore.

Hummingbird is my favourite handmade artisanal single origin chocolate. We have several flavours including London Fog and Gingerbread Spice for gifts and such. Its getting cold, come on and treat yourself to something sweet !

Farmstore Chocolate

Fall CSA

Friendly reminder that our CSA boxes are customizable so you can order vegetable boxes that are fit for your unique household. Here are some pictures of a few orders from this week (three layers per box):


Above: red onion, potatoes, fresh ginger, red peppers, parsnip, leeks, celery. bok choy, spinach and chicory


Above: red onion, carrots, red pepper, ginger, parsnip, butternut squash, bok choy, leeks, two kinds of kale.


Above: egg share, potatoes, parsnip, red onion, shallots, garlic, fresh ginger, bok choy, leeks, chicory, peppers, tatsoi


Farm store and what is available this week


New arrivals!

* Thai squash soup (Farm-made)

*cowboy candy (Farm-made)


Roots:

  • Beets

  • Carrots

  • Parsnip

  • Garlic

  • Kohlrabi

  • Onions (red, yellow and shallots)

  • Potatoes

  • Hakurei Turnip

  • Red radish

  • Daikon radish

  • Watermelon radish

  • Rutabaga

  • Celeriac

Greens:

  • Spinach

  • Salad mix

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

Herbs:

  • Rosemary

  • Thym

  • Sage

  • Cilantro (if it bounces back from the frost)

  • Parsley Curly and Flat

Other Veggies:

  • Celery

  • Leeks

  • Fennel

  • Chickory lettuce (endive: great roasted and raw!)

  • Kale

  • Chard

  • Napa cabbage

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

Squash

  • Classic butternut

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

  • Kabocha: 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

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

  • Tomatoes (red, yellow and green)

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

Flowers:

  • Dried Flowers

  • Eucalyptus

  • Wreaths

  • Garlic braids

Farm-made preserves:

  • Salsa

  • Passata (Italian tomato sauce)

  • Kimchi

  • Chilero

  • Pickles (facto-fermented)

  • Our version of a Sriracha hot sauce

  • Frozen soup: tomato

Other:

  • Decorative pumpkins and squash


Above: store display, squash soup, fresh thyme and spinach harvest


Above: Dried flowers, roasted salsa, Kat harvesting fresh ginger for the store


Weekly farm fun fact

Chickweed is edible and nutritious and is sometimes grown as a salad crop. Our greenhouses are filled with it during the colder months. We try to leave it out of our harvest but it may appear in small quantities in your mixed greens. It is tasty so go ahead and eat it! Some say large quantities can cause an upset stomach, so I wouldn't necessarily make a salad with only chickweed unless you know your stomach really well. Small quantities are a lovely little addition to any salad. It has a mild, light lettuce like flavour!

Chickweed

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 Autumn Frost to all!


-The Roots and Shoots Farm Team




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