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Lovin' the summer shares

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Especially the strawberries, by the look of it!

Photos of babies covered in our food: Second only to photos of kids peering into share boxes like it's Christmas morning.

Thanks to Julie for sharing this!

Helping Hands at the Hydrostone

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Love this story! Thanks for sharing, Krista!

Hi Taproot Folks, I just wanted to send a quick note about my share pickup today from Highland Drive (Staple, Meat, and Eggs). Just as I left the store, the bottom of my share box broke out and all the contents were dumped onto Kaye st. Thankfully, two other Taproot members (two women, both of whom I saw pick up their shares immediately after me) stopped to help rescue the produce from the oncoming traffic. Fortunately, there were only a few apple and potato casualties! There's no way I could have scrambled across the street and sidewalk quickly enough on my own and I'm grateful that these two were able to help save my groceries. I don't know them but I'm hoping that maybe you could pass along the message somehow; possibly as a mention in the newsletter? Taproot members are helpful folks and I'm much appreciative of them. Thanks, Krista

Faces of the Farm: Meet Sylvan!

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Sylvan has worked at TapRoot Farms for 7 years.  He works in the packing shed, washing and packaging veggies for wholesale and CSA shares.  He originally came to Canada as part of the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program from Jamaica, but now he lives in Canada full-time with his family.

Sylvan is very shy, but humoured me and posed for a photo and answered my questions!  He says he likes everything about what he does, he really likes the work.  He says he doesn't find fault with what he's doing, and just enjoys it as nice work to do.  He likes that it changes all the time-- This morning and all day yesterday, Sylvan, Garfield, and Michael are packing peas.  They often go out weeding at this time of year when there are less veggies in storage to wash and pack.  And, this winter and spring they completed some annual maintenance on the walk in coolers, including painting.

Sylvan has three children, ages 9 months, 3 years, and 5 years.  When he is not at work, he enjoys himself and spends time with his family.  Thanks to Sylvan for putting up with my questions this morning: a TapRoot trooper!


Looking for a Tuesday Helper!

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We are looking for a great CSA Member to lend support

on our Tuesday delivery route!

Always wanted to be more involved with your CSA farm?  Here's an opportunity: We are currently looking for a member or member(s) who are available Tuesdays from 2 pm – 6:30 pm to travel with the TapRoot Van and assist Meagan with deliveries around metro Halifax. This role requires a lot of carrying share boxes or using a dolly and a fair amount of walking. We are hoping to work out an arrangement where a member could put the hours towards their weekly share delivery cost.

Please email teri@taprootfarms.ca if you would like more details about the position!

Thanks! :)

What I did on my summer vacation

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It's obviously remnants of grade school that are making me feel like I owe everyone a "what I did on my summer vacation" note... I'm also influenced by my niece Genevieve who missed two weeks of the third grade to travel to our wedding, and had to write a couple of reports to make it up! 

It was an AMAZING two weeks off, and I know Jon and I are grateful that we could take so much time off in the busy season to look after some important life moments.  Every day was amazing and spent with people we love, and right in the middle we got married.  I'm going to share my favourite moments in photos:

Friday at the end of the work day we enjoyed some ice cream and Jamaican rum with the TapRoot Team.

Then we headed to Halifax the next day to meet our first guests- Jon's sister Alyson with her husband Dion and their 2 - 1/2 year old Maevey.

When we returned to the Valley, more guests arrived and Jon's sisters stayed at Swallow's Nest at the farm.  Maevey LOVED collecting eggs and she loved Six Bux, too!  A good hands-on place for Genevieve to write her report about the farm for school, too!

Friday night pre-wedding clam bake and BBQ for family and guests from away - what a bunch!  Jon's family, my family, and our very closest friends.

Jon and I with our neice Genevieve and nephew Joshua from Seattle, and Maevey from Calgary

Wedding feast prepared by Matt Krizan and staff, Mateus Bistro

Day after wedding clean-up crew - Lobster supper at Hall's Harbour, followed by a sunset trip to Scot's Bay!

Visiting the Jenkins' family in PEI on the Charlottetown Harbour Hippo!

Clam diggin' in PEI - Jon's favourite!


A huge thanks to the TapRoot Team for filling in while we were away-- We are well rested and happy to be back!