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December dates to consider

Posted on by Patricia Bishop

Happy December 1st, 2015

A few important dates to share.

1) Off the Hook Fish Community Shared Fisheries Round 3 starts on Monday Dec 7th. Registration is open now. (3lb haddock or pollock)

2) Holiday Farm Break - December 21 - January 2. We restart the CSA deliveries January 4th 2016.

3)We have Gift Certificates available for anyone to purchase before Dec 14th. 

4) We have launched the bulk purchase Maple Syrup - 2 L - see add on section under bulk purchases - purchases must be made by December 12th.

5) December 20th Winter Solstice CSA community gathering will be from 3 PM - 5 PM and we will be serving chili and mulled cider. If we have snow, bring your snow shoes, skis or sleds. Come visit the farm in December. The birds, the trees and the sounds of the farm in December are lovely. We will host at 1736 Church Street. 

Have a great December 1, 2015!!!!



Gift Certificates - TapRoot Giving.

Posted on by Patricia Bishop

This year we have decided to try something new - TapRoot Gifts (gift certificates)

We are offering gift certificates that anyone can purchase to give to a family member. The gift certificates can go toward a CSA (community shared agriculture) membership with TapRoot or towards the purchase of add-on's for members of the CSA. 

We are excited to try this. The purchase of the gift certificate is considered a share purchase and if you are new to TapRoot you will be asked to make an account. The account you create will allow us to get all of the information we need to mail you the certificates.  

Happy Giving!  Learn More: http://taprootfarms.ca/shares/register

With peace and love and delicious food in mind,


Below are my baby nieces: Elsie and Katie. They were helping me in the office this morning - pears and a rocking chair. 

Additional Products Available Each Week

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Along with your weekly CSA share box you can order add-on items. These items need to be ordered the day before your CSA delivery to arrive with your delivery that week. The items change throughout the season. 

To order Add-on items you go to the TapRoot website and log-in with your member username and password. 

You can then select items you'd like to order. You have a choice to pay online or to pay cheque or cash. 

Some of the items we currently have listed include: Cabbage, Kale, Popcorn, Honey, Leeks, Apples 

Special Feature is our TapRoot Organic Apple Juice

Case of TapRoot Apple Juice 12 bottles

Have a great day!





October happenings at TapRoot

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It has been a hive of activity around the farm this past month as we work to get the harvest in. Despite the late start to the season this year, we have an abundance of delicious veggies going into storage for the winter months and into share boxes for our members. 
(L) Garfield preparing Brussels sprouts for shares (C) Martel and Richard sorting grape tomatoes (R) Patrick sorting tomatoes
We have been saying goodbye to many of our seasonal workers on the farm team. Our summer students have returned to school and the Newfoundland crew has gone home until next year. And sadly, we had to say goodbye to one of our first pigs here at TapRoot, Shirley. She was one of our first pigs, and it was a tough day for everyone, especially Josh. 
In partnership with Nourish Nova Scotia, we piloted a school fundraiser--Nourish Your Roots. Students at four elementary schools in HRM and the Annapolis Valley sold boxes of healthy Thanksgiving veggies. It was a great success! You can read more about it HERE and watch a short ATV feature HERE. It was really gratifying to see the excited faces of the children coming out to meet the van and listen to them chattering to one another when they peeked inside the boxes. :)
If you're not a CSA member but would like to check out what TapRoot Farms has on offer, we are at the Prospect Road Community Centre until 1pm on Saturdays. Drop by to visit Justine and Gilbert and fill your basket with all kinds of deliciousness--veggies, fruit, eggs, meat, herbs. :)


Recipes from Denise's Test Kitchen

We made these crispy sesame fish burgers with lime mayo over the weekend and gave them two thumbs up. :)

Another winner for fish share members. This lemon dill pollock is nice and light with lots of flavour.

Peaches are abundant right now. We've been eating them by the bucket in our house. I am really committed to eating local foods so come January, when I'm craving peaches, I don't run to the grocery store to buy peaches from Washington; I go to the freezer to thaw out peaches I've frozen. When freezing peaches, you want those fuzzy skins to be gone and here's how you do it with ease and in minutes.


I love peach salsa. I love it with corn ships and on tofu, and Andy loves it on chicken, pork, and fish (oh, and with corn chips, too.) It's lighter and (obviously) fruitier than straight-up tomato salsa and with peaches at their peak right now, it's a great time for all kinds of peachy recipes. Click HERE for the recipe.

We made this roasted cauliflower with red chile, cilantro, and lime last night at our house. Three words: Make. It. Tonight. Holy moly, it is amazing! Don't fear the red chile--there's just a hint of heat. Seriously, this is one of the tastiest cauliflower dishes I've made. Go and get your cauliflower on! 

I tried this butternut squash and smoky black bean kale salad last fall, and it's really yummy. Great colder weather salad. 

Black kale recipe #2: Tuscan white bean soup (with kale and sausage). I'm vegetarian so I make this soup with my own spicy "sausage" but Andy tells me it rivals carnivorous versions he's had, so I feel confident posting this and telling you it's earthy and authentic and delicious.


What to do with your habanero peppers once you've carefully handled and cleaned them? Try this fantastic spicy and sweet habanero-jalapeno jelly. So seriously yummy!

Try this spicy habanero avocado sauce on all kinds of your favourite dishes. It's great on sandwiches, eggs, crab and fish cakes, burritos and enchiladas, grilled meats... the list is endless.

We were hankering for Indian food at our house last night so among the dishes we cooked up was this creamy coconut eggplant curry. It was the first time I'd tried it and it was a definite "make again." It was really lovely with the other curry dishes we had and was super easy to pull together.

Four words: mint chocolate chip cookies. :) There are several other recipes for fresh mint when you click on the link. So good!


Unless it's really well cooked, eggplant can taste a little spongy. I'm not a big fan of spongy, but I am a fan of eggplant, so I like to ensure it's really well cooked. The easy way to do this is to fry it, but I'm a bit of a health nut so I roast it in the oven, instead. Much less oil, and I like the slightly caramelized flavour. Here's the HOW TO. Give it a try!

Chimichurri sauce is great served over grilled meat or fish, or in my case, tofu. :) It's an Argentinian condiment that is super easy to whip up and a delicious way to put your fresh parsley to use!

And finally, a creepy treat for Hallowe'en. Apple cider + apples + imagination = spicy shrunken heads cider. :)