Week 42 TapRoot Farms CSA Newsletter

Hi everyone!

The photo to the right is of the sunrise this morning!

Thanks to everyone who has registered for the next season of CSA.  Meat and egg shares have sold out already!  (If you had a meat share this year and missed registering for the new season, please email me- teri@taprootfarms.ca)  We are excited for how many of you are continuing to be members next year, and the year is off to a great start so far!

Grand Pre Beef By Justine

This week we have partnered with Susan teBogt from Grand Pre and purchased some ground beef from her. If you have traveled through Grand Pre this summer you would have noticed these beautiful cattle in a pasture close to the road.

Susan's beef is raised strictly on grass which means pasture from May to November and then in the barn on a pack which is made of deep bedded hay in the winter where they eat hay or grass silage. She also don't use any hormones or antibiotics because the animals are healthier since they aren't raise in confinement.

Compared with feedlot beef, grass fed beef has less total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and calories. It also has more vitamin E, beta-carotene, vitamin C,  omega-3 fatty acids and conjugated linoleic acid or CLA's.

Tapping into fresh produce - CSA on CTV Morning Live!

Monday morning I (Teri) headed into Halifax to talk about CSA and show some of the gorgeous fruits and veggies that are in season right now (i.e. last week's shares!).  Thanks to the wonderful folks at CTV, and all you members who do your part each and every day by choosing local.  Your contribution to our farm is HUGE!!  :P

Click here to watch the interview (4:09)


As I mentioned last week, one of my New Year's resolutions around food was to delve into the realm of fermentation, so after this weekend I have all sorts of science experiments in the kitchen.  The 1st attempt at kimchi is bottled and now we wait (at least 5 days), to see how it tastes!  It was a great use for my napa cabbages!

Melanie shared a whole bunch of her favourite recipes with me last week, here they are!!

Winter Squash Biscuits: http://plantoeat.com/recipes/800578

Cranberry Stuffed Appleshttp://plantoeat.com/recipes/1577120 (but I make this just by coring/cubing the apples and throwing the whole mess into the slow cooker... great on its own or served over ice cream or breakfast oatmeal!
Glazed Roast Duckhttp://plantoeat.com/recipes/1510171 (adjust cooking times for duck weight!!)
Brown Butter & Maple Glazed Turnips: (also great with carrots) http://plantoeat.com/recipes/1178263
Simple recipe for Beets, Carrots, Parsnip...: http://plantoeat.com/recipes/1150204
Baked Potato Souphttp://plantoeat.com/recipes/1711394
Beet, Apple, & Potato Souphttp://plantoeat.com/recipes/978506
Miso Soup with Napa Cabbage and Udonhttp://plantoeat.com/recipes/1440306 (I simplify this a lot by just using regular white mushrooms and skip the soaking steps...)
Sausage and Kale souphttp://plantoeat.com/recipes/742401
These all look DELICIOUS and I can't wait to try them! 

Notes on Shares

Jon came up to the office this morning to make sure I told you: It's not an oversight that you are getting Napa two weeks in a row... This crop is near the end of it's storage life, so we are getting it out to you while it's still in great shape!  Feast on this and enjoy it, you won't be getting any more until next summer/fall.This cabbage is sweet and tender, and great for making kraut or kimchi, stir-fries, salads, etc etc etc!  All cabbage tastes great sauteed in sweet apple cider if you have some of that around.  It will also keep for a while in your fridge so long as it is stored in a plastic bag, or wrapped in a damp towel.

PEA SHOOTS AND ALFALFA SPROUTS!  (I am typing in capitals because it accurately reflects our excitement about these crops!)

Winter is officially here and now that we're all back from a break, pea shoots and alfalfa sprout production is underway!

So, if you're new to the farm this year, this is our winter treat... Fresh sprouts and shoots.  The alfalfa sprouts should be used first, within 4 days of when you receive them.  The pea shoots last a bit longer (about 10 days).  Both need to be stored in the fridge.  In the past, we have alternated the weeks that you receive them, meaning that this week Mon, Tues members get pea shoots and next week Wed, Thurs, Sat members will get them.  Please check the shares posting carefully to see what you are intended to receive on any given week!

Pea Shoots at TapRoot - Blog post from last year about how we grow them.  This year, they have their own growing room, and have come out more compact and darker green.  More info to follow in next week's newsletter!

Shares Deliveries: Monday, January 13, 2014 - Sunday, January 19, 2014

50 Week Veggie Share 2013

  • White Potatoes - 2 lbs (Appetizer); 4 lbs (Entree)
    TapRoot Farms - Transition to Organic
  • Turnip - 1 small (Appetizer); 1 large (Entree)
    TapRoot Farms - Certified Organic
  • Napa Cabbage - 1 (Appetizer); 1-2 (Entree)
    TapRoot Farms - Certified Organic
  • Dill Pickles OR Dilly Beans - 1 (Appetizer); 1 (Entree)
    Grown at TapRoot, preserved by The Flowercart - Non Organic
  • Brussels Sprouts - 1 lb (Appetizer); 2 lbs (Entree)
    TapRoot Farms - Non Organic
  • Squash - Sweet Mama - 1 (Appetizer); 1 (Entree)
    TapRoot Farms - Non Organic
  • Pea Shoots (Mon, Tues shares only) - 1 small bag (Appetizer); 1 large bag (Entree)
    TapRoot Farms - Certified Organic
  • Alfalfa Sprouts (Wed, Thurs, Sat shares only) - 1 small bag (Appetizer); 1 large bag (Entree)
    TapRoot Farms - Certified Organic

Awesome Eggs 2013

  • Farm Fresh Eggs - 1/2 dozen (1/2 Dozen Eggs); 1 dozen (1 dozen eggs)
    TapRoot Farms - Certified Organic

Staple Share 2013

  • Carrots - 3 lbs (Staple Share)
    TapRoot Farms - Non Organic
  • Apples - 3 lbs (Staple Share)
    Noggins Corner Farm - Non Organic
  • Potatoes - 3 lbs (Staple Share)
    TapRoot Farms - Transition to Organic
  • Onions - 1 lb (Staple Share)
    TapRoot Farms - Certified Organic

Meat Share 2013

  • Whole chicken - 1 (Appetizer); 1 (Entree)
    TapRoot Farms - Pastured
  • Lean ground beef - 1 (Appetizer); 1 (Entree)
    Susan teBogt - Pastured
  • Pork Chops - 1 (Appetizer); 2 (Entree)
    TapRoot Farms - Pastured
  • Ground Pork - none (Appetizer); 1 (Entree)
    TapRoot Farms - Pastured

Fruit Share 2013

  • Cranberries - 12 oz. (Appetizer); 12 oz. (Entree)
    Terra Beata - Non Organic
  • Gala Apples - 1/2 Peck (Appetizer); 1/2 Peck (Entree)
    Noggins Corner Farm - Non Organic
  • Bosc Pears - 3 (Appetizer); 4 (Entree)
    Noggins Corner Farm - Non Organic
  • Beth's Jam - 1 (Entree)
    Noggins Corner Farm - Non Organic





Photo to the left was taken by Patricia this past weekend at the farm...  All our snow melted and the sun came out to make a rainbow!

Have an awesome week!

--The TapRoot Team