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From Farm to Table: Bring the farm closer to the plate with community-supported agriculture - Article

Posted on by Teri Jenkins

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Source: Fix.comHere's a link to an absolutely great article about CSAs.  I've been keeping my eyes open for something like this for a long time.  Jack from fix.com shared this with me, and says: "It’s our aim with this piece to get the message out there in a very visual, instructional way, about the growth and economic, social, and environmental advantages to shopping as direct-to-farmer as possible."

Here's a link to the full article: http://www.fix.com/blog/farm-to-table/

"I grew up in the city, and like most urbanites the closest I got to a farm was the produce section of the supermarket. Barring an elementary school field trip or two, we don’t often have the pleasure of shaking hands with our food producers, and doing just that would require a costly tropical trip if we’re buying bananas and papayas. Given widespread food recalls from contamination and questionable factory farming practices, it’s in our best interest to know exactly where our food comes from and how it’s produced. The easiest and most delicious way to do this is to go local. Luckily for us city folk, we have the bounty of farmers’ markets and now CSAs (community supported/shared agriculture) to bring the farm directly to our kitchen table... (READ MORE)



Corn Maze is open at Noggins Corner Farm!

Posted on by Teri Jenkins

The corn is taller than ever this year, and the coming of autumn to the Valley is harkened by the opening of Noggins Corner Farm Corn Maze.

More info including hours and rates available here: http://www.nogginsfarm.ca/

The seasons are officially changing as August 25th, 2014 marks the first day that our annual corn maze is open to the public!  As many of you know, we plant an 8 1/2 acre corn field at our Greenwich location specifically for people to come with their families and friends to get lost in!  Everyone always has fun and fortunately, we've yet to lose anyone forever!  The paths of the corn maze make up an entire image that is different every year.  We won't spoil this year's surprise, you'll have to come see for yourself.  Bring a picnic, bring your dog and come have a healthy and active day on the farm to help celebrate the 2014 harvest season! 



Berry Grunt Recipe

Posted on by Teri Jenkins

Hiya!  We enjoyed a successful corn boil and blueberry grunt event on Saturday, and a few members asked for the recipes, so here they are:

From Simply in Season Cookbook:

From Out of Old Nova Scotia Kitchens Cookbook (Meagan and Tim used this recipe):

Salad Dressing: Equal parts (1 cup) high-quality extra virgin olive oil and (1 cup) balsamic vinegar, (1/2 pint) raspberries, crushed, and salt and pepper to taste-- You can adjust the quantities as needed to make as little or as much as you want.  Simple and delicious!




Real. Authentic. Tabbouleh Recipe

Posted on by Teri Jenkins

As you may know, Jill is our "herbie" at the farm.  We consult once in a while about what herbs are available for the CSA.  When Jill mentioned parsley this week, I asked her if she could make sure to share a recipe for tabbouleh with me for the newsletter.  She did me much better than simply linking to the first Google result-- Here's a tabbouleh recipe from Jill's friend Alia's Palestinian Grandmother Alya Awdi.  Recipes like this are solid gold-- I love when people share traditional recipes that they've been making for years and likely don't even have written down!

As she forwarded the email, I am sharing a little more than just the recipe, because I think it's cute, and adds to the special-ness of this recipe!

J: Do you think that Sitto would share her tabbouleh recipe for next weeks TapRoot newsletter?

A: Sure! she was so stoked when I called and told her you wanted her recipe!
Here goes my best translation:
 
2-3 bunches parsley washed really well, chopped fine fine, soaked in water 5 mins set aside
4 tomatoes washed really well, chopped small 
1 small onion chopped small small
mix together
add  some salt,citric acid (can be bought at mid east centre) -lemon if you don't have it and a sprinkle of cumin- all to your taste.
 
Then add 1/2 cup bourgul (bulgur) fine, washed well but not cooked, add to mix 
finish with a big splash of olive oil 
eat and enjoy!!