Week 34 TapRoot Farms CSA Newsletter


This week something is happening that all of us look forward to every year... The ACORN Conference!  This is an event for organic growers and farm supporters in the Maritimes, and this year it is being held in Moncton.  The TapRoot team has banded together and are sharing the work that still needs to be done so that a large number of us get to go.  It's so nice to be a part of a farm where teamwork is so much a part of everything we do, and everyone is truly willing to help each other in any way possible!

To the right is a photo of what remains of the tomatoes.  They had a great go this year and I know lots of you commented on how sweet they were!  Lots to look forward to for next year. 

What's shining right now are the brassicas (cabbage family).  Crops like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts, kale, and bok choy are very hearty in the cool November weather.  As the weather gets colder they convert the water in their cells to sugar, which acts like antifreeze and prevents them from freezing solid... And it also makes them taste sweeter, too!  Enjoy these wonderfully adaptable veggies (three of your share items are in this family: turnips, romanesco, and bok choy)!

Check out the latest update from Amy in the Flax front: What the Fibre?!

Growing Farmers, Growing Food: New TapRoot Video

Every year, member Tracy produces a new video about the farm.  This year's has just been posted, here it is: Growing Farmers, Growing Food

Hammonds Plains Market Update

The market has been going very well, and we have been thoroughly enjoying it.  This photo is from last week when Greta stopped by to help out (which was awesome, thanks Greta!).  This week Amy is doing the market while many of us are away at ACORN.  BIG Thanks to Amy and Carolyn! 

Thursdays between 3:00 - 7:00 pm at the Hammonds Plains Community Centre.

What the heck is Romanesco Broccoflower, you ask?

I imagine a few of you are wondering what exactly to expect when you open your share this week!  Romanesco, (a.k.a. Romanesco -Broccoli, -Cauliflower, or -Broccoflower, or Roman Cabbage, and a number of other names!) is in the broccoli family and is similar to cauliflower in texture, with a mild sweet cabbage flavour.  It's very versatile and if you're not sure what to do with it, use it in place of cauliflower in familiar dishes.  Personally, this is one of my favourite vegetables, both to look at AND to eat! 

Here's what it looks like ---->

Here's an article all about it (from a couple years ago in the CH:)  Romanesco may grow on you

Here's my favourite way to prepare it: Garlic and Lemon Roasted Romanesco

Share your recipes!

Here's one more recipe for this week, that has caused a fair amount of buzz here at TapRoot (as in, we all want to make it!):

Shredded Brussels Sprouts with pistachios, cranberries, and parmesan

Shares Deliveries: Monday, November 18, 2013 - Sunday, November 24, 2013

50 Week Veggie Share 2013

Awesome Eggs 2013

Staple Share 2013

Meat Share 2013

Fruit Share 2013

Have a great week!

--The TapRoot Team