Week 14 TapRoot Farms 2014 CSA Newsletter

Happy Canada Day and Welcome to Week 14!


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!

Event: Kite Flying on the Wellington Dyke

This Sunday, July 6th, to kick off the start of our 36-week shares, we welcome you to the farm for kite flying from 1:00 – 3:00 PM. Bring a kite if you have one, Tim C. will also have supplies if you need/want to make one! Park at 451 Canard Street and we will walk or shuttle to the dyke from there (about 1/2 km)... Questions/RSVP to tim@taprootfarms.ca Hope to see you then!

Faces of the Farm

In July, we are focusing on the farm team, and sharing the faces that help grow your food. Check our blog this month for more updates, for now check out some of these links to photos and info about some of the team, whom I caught up with this morning:

Meet Calbert

Meet Steve

Meet Robert

Meet Jake

Meet Martel

Congrats to Falicia and Nathan!

Falicia and Nathan were married Saturday June 21, and it was a lovely day! A few of us from the TapRoot Team were lucky enough to be invited, and got to witness this special day in their lives. Congratulations Falicia and Nathan, and all the best!

Veggie Share Week 14 Cooking and Storage Tips


This is the first root vegetable of the season, offering bright color to your spring and early summer shares. Radishes are in the brassica family (broccoli, cabbage family) having that familiar mustardy bite. Their spicy flavour increases as the temperature outside rises, meaning that they will taste milder in the spring and spicier in the summer.

Storage Tips

Culinary Tips


Tastiest when fresh and relatively small sized.  They dehydrate rapidly.  Summer squash is easily digested, nourishing and cooling, perfect for July and August.  They are also a good source of vitamins and calcium. 

Storage Tips

Culinary Tips


Kale is a very nutritious veggie, high in vitamins A, C, & the mineral calcium.  Kale has the highest protein content of all the cultivated vegetables. 

Storage Tips     

Culinary Tips    


We grow green, red, and romaine lettuce, and it is crisp and tasty!

Storage Tips


These early summer treats are lower in starch than their winter storage counterparts. Potatoes are a good source of complex carbohydrates.

Storage Tips

Culinary Tips

Shares Deliveries: Sunday, June 29, 2014 - Saturday, July 5, 2014

Meat Share 2014

Egg Share 2014

20 Week Flower Share 2014

50 Week Fruit Share 2014

50 Week Veggie Share 2014

Have a great week!

--The TapRoot Team