Friday, August 27, 2010

Roots and Shoots Farm - 9th week of CSA Food

The summer is ripping by and we are just starting into the second half of our CSA food baskets as we enter into week 9 of 16. We only invested in a half share. With food coming every other week instead of every week, we are still hopping with trying to consume it all considering our away time, invitations out and our strong interest in enjoying Ottawa's great restaurant.

It is intimating to think that 33% of our household is moving out soon and it happens to be the character with the biggest appetite. We will need to make a more concerted effort to eat at home, have people in and create dishes that can be tucked away for later. This great food cannot go to waste. How interesting that this becomes so, so important to us when we so well know the people who created it and the blood, sweat and tears that went into bringing it to us from Roots and Shoots Farm near Manotick. I am just loving the zucchinis! Grilled. Grilled and slathered with goat cheese. Used in salads.

Do you have a favourite local produce that you have been enjoying this summer? Is it from your garden? One of our many local markets?

And now for the photo montage...

BIN #1: Endive and Basil

BIN #2: Lettuce (in fact 2 heads)

BIN #3: 2 Yellow Zucchini, 1 Green Zucchini and a Delicata Squash

BIN #4: Cherry Tomatoes and Potatoes

BIN #5: Carrots

BIN #6: Tatsoi

BIN #7: Salsa kit! (Cilantro was missing)

BIN #8: Swiss Chard

BIN #9: Scarlett Queen Turnips

If you want to learn more about the farm, the contact information for Roots and Shoots Farm is:


  1. The colours this week are fantastic!

    p.s. what is swiss chard? what do you do with it?

  2. Swiss chard is from the spinach family. I have used it recently in risotto. It is nice just sauteed with olive oil, garlic and pepper. Lots of good recipes out there.


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