"You guys are rocking my world. Seriously! Made pesto with the garlic scapes (I keep wanting to call them garlic SNAPES, but I digress). Have a strawberry pie cooling as I write. Still a little scared of the kohlrabi but I'm working up to it...thanks for being awesome!
Thanks for putting Friday off to a good start, Linda!
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
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!
Tim C scooted into the yard this morning in his mini truck, and I ran after him with camera and notebook in hand!
I asked Tim if he has a nickname, and he laughed and said "I hope not! Josh calls me 'Sally Sign Up' because of my enthusiasm for volunteerism". At the farm, Tim focuses on four areas:
Driveway Market at Church Street
Agri-tourism and related activities
Promotion and facilitation of Farm Stays
(It makes sense to put this as a bulleted list, as it will appeal to Tim's knack for-- and appreciation of-- organization!)
Tim says he enjoys being responsible for things and likes that he often feels very independent in his work at the farm. He describes himself as a "retired schoolteacher" who came to the farm "on a whim" two years ago, when his friend Josh asked him if he thought it would be something he would like to do.
Tim lives in Hantsport and is originally from Upper Falmouth. His favourite vegetable that we grow at the farm is bok choy, and he is famous for telling everyone to "try it with eggs! It's a surprisingly good flavour combination." Tim is best known on the farm for his skills with maintaining order with large groups of children, his passion for education, and his love of flowers, all of which make him a great part of the TapRoot Team!