Faces of the Farm: Meet Calvin!

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Calvin arrives each year to TapRoot Farms from the south coast of Newfoundland, near the Burin Peninsula.  This is his ELEVENTH season at the farm, which makes him nearly tied with Josh and Patricia!  He said he's seen a lot of changes at the farm in that eleven years: "Everything has changed.  It has been a real learning experience, watching as the farm becomes more efficient". 

Calvin favourite crop to grow and eat at the farm is grape tomatoes.  He said he loves the smell when they are in the greenhouse.  On the farm, Calvin does various tasks, from transplanting and harvesting to maintenance of tunnels and other infrastructure.

Back in Newfoundland, Calvin and his wife Danette enjoy their new camper trailer.  Calvin also builds sheds and other woodworking projects to keep busy.  He says: "I've got to keep busy: Can't just do nothin'".  He will be here for at least 5 months again this season, and we're happy to have him as part of the TapRoot Team!


Faces of the Farm: Meet Brodie!

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Brodie-- or as I fondly call him, B-Rock-- is working for his third season at the farm.  He is 18 years old and originally from Hantsport, Nova Scotia.  He is Josh's cousin and is also living at the farm during the week in a small trailer-- or, as he calls it, his mansion.  He says it's not bad, when there's power-- which, unfortunately post-Hurricane-Arthur, right now there is not! 

Brodie's favourite thing about the farm is the people he works with... but not the bugs!  He loves pruning tomatoes in the tunnel (if it's cool).  His favourite veggie to eat is potatoes. 

In his spare time, Brodie likes to watch movies and play guitar. 

Post-Arthur Update from Josh

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On Friday with the storm on the way, we decided to leave tunnels up, and on Saturday morning it was obvious that they were not going to make it.  So, we took 'em down in high winds-- Scary!  The tunnels at Church Street seem to be okay except the cuke tunnel.  The plastic ripped off and then we cut the strings holding the cucumbers up so they would not get as damaged (which they didn't!).  But, the tunnel itself was damaged.

The rest of the tunnels at Church Street did not come down until 6:30 pm on Saturday.  This was CRAZY!!!  The wind was 100 km/hr gusts.  We were successful, but were 30 minutes too late as all of them have some damaged parts.

Field crops here were windblown bad.  The early corn is flat, squash plants rolled up in a ball, pepper leaves stripped, apple and cherry trees lost some limbs.

At Canard we have no power, which means:

  • watering greenhouses by hand
  • the 18-wheeler trailer is in the yard to keep harvested veggies cool
  • generator is running to keep the meat in freezers frozen
  • all of our awesome seasonal farmers are without power in their homes. 

All of the plants look beat up, but they hopefully will be fine.  Time will tell if other problems will arise from their injured leaves and stems.

TapRoot Meat Share Week 7

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Welcome to the seventh week of the 2014-2015 TapRoot meat share!

This week your share contains:

1 Whole Peking Duck from TapRoot Farms

1 2/pack Pork Chops from TapRoot Farms

Cost breakdown of your share:

1 Whole Peking Duck @ $6.00/lb, average weight 5lbs                   $30.00

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

                                                                                        Total          $36.25

This week you are receiving a whole Peking duck in your share. Our Peking ducks were hatched by our friends at Salmontail River Farm and raised here at TapRoot farms. Peking duck is traditionally roasted, but given our current heat wave, we thought we'd share a lighter recipe that deliciously incorporates roasted duck: the summertime spring roll! We found a recipe for roasted Peking duck in rice paper rolls with some fresh herbs and veggies that sounds great. See the full recipe and instructions here.

You'll also be receiving a 2 pack of pork chops - an easy meat to season and grill on the classic summertime bbq. Here's a grilled pork chop recipe with some great seasoning ideas to get you started.

Animal update:

The long-awaited piglets have finally arrived and boy are they cute! Adding to the cute factor are some chicks who also arrived on the farm last week. It's fun seeing all these young animals explore their new home!

Faces of the Farm: Meet Steve!

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Steve was loading up some Organic fertilizer when we crossed paths this morning.  He was filling up the spreader and was about to go out to the field. 

Steve has been working at TapRoot Farms for 7 years.  His favourite farming task is planting crops like corn, peas, and sunflowers with the tractor.  His favourite vegetables to eat are lettuce, cucumbers, and cabbage.  He says: "I respect my boss (Josh) a lot.  Anything he tells me to do I go the extra mile to make sure it gets done."  He also wants you to know that he's a cool guy, who likes to laugh and socialize with the other workers on the farm.