Thursday, September 8, 2011

Roots and Shoots Farm - 11th Week of CSA Food 2011

The contents of this week's CSA basket from Roots and Shoots Farm is quite mainstream by most people's veggie shopping standards.

The focus this time is to get the more delicate and well-ripened produce used up in the early days - the cut lettuce, cherry tomatoes. Plus the melon.

The Napa cabbage is heading to a coleslaw for our contribution to this weekend's street party. I hope coleslaw sells on this street because that head will make a very big batch.

Roots and Shoots Farm provided a wonderful recipe called Easy Garden Curry. If I go for it, then there is the home for the jalapeño, cherry tomatoes, some potatoes, some onions, some garlic, a pepper, some beet greens and some carrots.

The mister is a radish fiend but will they all go snack bound? It is a VERY big batch. We have not ventured past the raw nibble on these. It is time to get more creative.

Thankfully onions, garlic, beets, carrots and potatoes store well.

I am getting the feeling that the recipes this time around need to take a slant towards going to the freezer. We love, love, love soups and these are great ingredients to end up in the pot.

How are things going with your local foods? Are you enjoying the harvest? I would love to hear about your cooking adventures and also your challenges.

Now check out this week's basket. Local, seasonal, organic, full of flavour. Did I mention beautiful?

Cut lettuce

Napa Cabbage

Cherry Tomatoes and ground cherries









Green Pepper

Red Pepper



Someone asked me once if I get paid to write posts for the farm. I don't. I am a happy CSA member in our second year with this program. I write about Roots and Shoots Farm out of love. The love of sharing the good news of using a CSA basket as a food source. The love of sharing the visuals of great certified organic food. The love of sharing new and different recipes using our new and different food.

We have developed a great respect for Robin Turner and his team. We have grown to trust them to keep our dining room table healthy and full.

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

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