Calbert-- a.k.a. CocoT-- was weeding ginger this morning in the tunnel with Bobby, Martel, and Jake. I asked if he liked weeding and he said "yes, but I'd rather weed when the vegetable plants are bigger, because it's easier to see the crop-- it's a hard time when the plants are small".
Calbert says he likes everything about farming, especially being outside. His favourite vegetables to eat are lettuce, carrots, and bok choy, and he says his favourite vegetable to grow is carrots, because they taste so good! Calbert has been coming to TapRoot Farms for 6 years. He is very mild-mannered and a bit shy, but was willing to put up with my brief interview and photos this morning!
Martel -- a.k.a. "Ladda' "-- is new to the farm team this year.
Though this is his first year in Canada, he is not new to farming. He has farmed in Jamaica for others as well as for himself. He says he likes Canada so far, and his favourite parts of farming at TapRoot are weeding and harvesting. His favourite vegetables to eat are carrots and cucumbers. He also thinks that "doing farming is a nice thing to do: we help each other and take care of each other".
Martel says he will come back next year if he gets the chance! We are happy to welcome him to the TapRoot Team this season.
I know you're always looking for fresh food ideas... here's what I made last night.
uses up.... beet greens, zucchini, mushrooms, pesto
boil 1/2 box pasta (gemelli, but you can use whatever you like) according to package directions
saute in olive oil the following:
- 2 pucks of pesto
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- mushrooms, I used 5-6 cut into quarters but you could use more/fewer as desired
- zucchini, I diced the small one that came in the share, but you could use more/less as desired
- beet greens, 1 bunch - cut into 1/2" wide strips after washing/spinning dry (Add these after rest of veggies are more or less tender
- once the beet greens are wilted then add...
- 1/3 cup heavy cream (I eyeballed it til I got the consistency I was looking for..
- stir in seasoning (salt, pepper, hot chili flakes) to taste
- finally stirred in the cooked drained pasta
SO YUMMY! I can't eat onions but I bet those would be delicious in this recipe too if added at the start with the pesto & garlic. Could probably also do this with turnip greens, spinach...
let me know if you try it :)
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.
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