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Corn Smut and Other Fun Stuff

In this newsletter:

  • What is happening at the farm?

  • Fall CSA

  • Other News

  • Farm store and what is available this week

  • Weekly farm fun fact!


What is happening at the farm?

Okay folks, I swear this is the last newsletter that I open up with talk of onions but I am just so excited that we finished our onion harvest! I remember planting those 20 or so 300 foot beds back in April... Time flies! They will now cure for a couple of weeks so that we can offer them far into our fall and winter CSA.


That heat wave kept us on our toes (or rather dragging our feet a bit...) but we got done what we could. It has been an intense season with all the unpredictable weather to say the least!

Above: pictures of our morning harvests in the field and greenhouses


In other exciting news, we started harvesting squash, broccoli and ginger! Yay for September ! I am starting to get excited about Fall and all that it brings: cool morning harvests, leeks, squash soup, etc. Autumn always renews my love for and my commitment to farming especially after weeks of braving the hot sun out in the fields.


Above: Squash and fresh ginger


Colleen has been cooking away in the farm kitchen making her long anticipated roasted salsa and lactofermented pickles.


Above: Colleen making roasted salsa


And finally, we are thinking more and more about our Fall CSA and all the preparations that are involved. Lots of planning goes into extending the farming season until December.


Fresh harvest of herbs after a brief snow in December during our fall CSA

Fall CSA

We still have bit of room in our Fall CSA program which begins in November. Weekly or bi-weekly veggie boxes until the new year! Perks of our program include:

  • Fresh greens and herbs from our electric greenhouse

  • Customizable orders with add-on options from our virtual farm store

  • 9 drop-off locations

  • Home delivery option

  • Flexible payment plans

  • Pause your subscription an unlimited amount of times

Contents of the box include: spinach, arugula, salad mix, lettuce, bok choy, squash (butternut, delicata, pie pumpkins and more!), onions, garlic, leeks, carrots, beets, parsnip, rutabaga, turnip, cabbages, kale, chard, watermelon radish, radish, potatoes, fresh herbs (thyme, rosemary, sage, parsley, cilantro, dill) and more!


A Fall CSA share

Other news

Wreath making workshops

Coming soon and hosted by Jess ! Join us at the farm for a celebration of creativity and wreath season. We have a variety of colourful dried flowers and evergreens. More information and sign-up coming soon! Stay tuned.





Masham Mange!

Also! We will be at the Masham Harvest party Sunday September 24th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come and join the fun!


Location: in Masham (between the town hall and the library, at 1, rue Principale Ouest),


Info: there will be a community celebration around local food! Join us to discover local products, interesting initiatives related to food and gardening, and to chat with your neighbours! Food on site and fun in sight! Welcome everyone! Come with your family and invite your friends! Also bring your garden surpluses and perennials that you wish to exchange: there will be a table dedicated to exchanges! See the poster below:




Farm store and what is available this week


Newly featured:

  • Small quantities of shishito peppers

  • Corn

  • Watermelon

  • Delicata Squash

  • Cantaloupe

  • Ground cherries

  • Rosemary

  • Sage

  • Thyme

  • Farm-made lacto-fermented kohlrabi and pickles!

  • Colleen's farm salsa

Also available:

Celery, fennel, garlic, beets, carrots, kohlrabi, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, field cucumber, mint, dill, flat parsley, curly parsley, cilantro, basil, Thai Basil, thyme, napa cabbage, caraflex cabbage, field beans, kale, chard, head lettuce, peppers, hot peppers including Jalapeño, habanero and banana peppers, arugula, salad mix, spinach, arugula, and onions.


Coming soon: More peppers! More squash! More shishito peppers!


Flower season is winding down. Time to savour the sight of bouquets!

Above: A glimpse of our farmstore offerings this past week including bright pink lactoferented kohlrabi


Weekly farm fun fact!

Corn smut is a fungus that grows on some corn. It can be cooked up and eaten! It is considered a delicacy. If you find some once you shuck your corn it is like finding a golden ticket! Let us know what you think if you try some!



Above: Corn with smut and corn without smut


Keeping in touch

Our new 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 Summer to all!



-The Roots and Shoots Farm Team

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