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Fresh Herb Care

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Hello Members,

What is that aroma emanating from your box this week? Maybe it is the fresh sage and thyme we picked first thing for maximum potency! Perhaps you are interested in keeping these bunches fresh for just a few days until your next feast. In that case, take off the elastic  and store them on your kitchen counter in a fresh water, as you would a flower bouquet. 

If you would like to store your sage and thyme for longer simply spread them out in a basket, on a rack or a screen in a airy place away from direct sunlight.  Let the plants dry for a week or more before you transfer them into a sealed container. Enjoy the dried herbs well into next year.

Herbs for drying

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Happy Cooking,

Jill

 




TapRoot Meat Share Week 14

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Hello members!

I'm writing this blog in advance of Monday because I'm going to be away on holidays. As you know, we are providing free range Turkeys for your meat share this time around - yay! We hope you'll all enjoy them with friends and family for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Cost breakdown of this share:

1 Free Range Turkey, 9-11lb weight      $35.00

If you need extra Thanksgiving goodies to serve with your turkey, we are selling Thanksgiving boxes through our add-on option. The boxes will contain a beautiful assortment of herbs, veggies, cranberries and flowers. Find out more in our add-on section.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!




TapRoot Meat Share Week 13

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Welcome to week 13 of this year's meat share!

This week your share contains:

1 Whole Chicken from TapRoot Farms

1 pack of Rabbit Pieces from TapRoot Farms

1 2/pack of Pork Chops from TapRoot Farms

1 Beef item (Roast, Steak, Ribs) from Longspell Point Farm

Cost Breakdown of this week's share:

1 Whole Chicken @ $4.50/lb, average 2.8lbs       $12.60

1 pack Rabbit Pieces @ $7.00/lb, average 1 lb    $7.00

1 2/pack Pork Chops @ $6.25/lb, average 1 lb    $6.25

1 Beef Steak/ Ribs @ $10.50/lb, average 1.5 lb  $15.75

OR 1 Beef Roast @ $7.00/lb, average 2.25 lb      $15.75

                                                   Total Cost:    $41.60

*Please note: this week's total share cost is above our $37.00 value share, so the next meat share week will likely be under value to balance things out. 

This week's share contains four different kinds of meat: chicken, rabbit, pork and beef. The beef comes from our friends at Longspell Point Farm, and the rest of the meat comes from our animals here at TapRoot Farms. 

I received an email from one of our meat share members last week inquiring about the high volume of whole chickens that you've been receiving, so I thought I'd address that here in case others are wondering the same thing. This summer, as you may have noticed, our chickens have been on the small side, so we decided that keeping the small chickens whole made more sense than cutting them up. That's why most of the chicken meat you have received for the past few months has been in this form. However, we have bigger chickens going to the butcher this week and our intention is to get them cut up, so you'll soon be receiving chicken in the form of breasts, wings, and quarters again. More variety - yay!

Animal Update:

Pig news: It looks like it's time for us to retire our boar and find another one as none of our female pigs got pregnant after their last interaction with our boar. We'll keep you posted on our new arrival when he gets to the farm.

Animal feed news: Our own farm-grown non-GMO grain is soon to be harvested which is very exciting. Our animals will soon be enjoying it. It's very satisfying to supply our animals with healthy food that we grow for them ourselves!

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As usual, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions about your meat share, please feel free to email me at justine@taprootfarms.ca. I hope you all have a wonderful week!