Welcome to February

Good Morning CSA Members:

It is a blustery -10 degrees out there today and my goodness that wind blows right through. I am so thankful I am working in doors for most of today. 

 

Izaak and I got up early and did the chores before school. There is a lot of bucket hauling and he has been so helpful with Josh away to come help me. Five days a week Tim does the chores and then the kids and I do them for two days that Tim has off. It works out well. I am reminded of how much work it is to care for the animals each day. It is humbling really. 

I wanted to send out a hello to you all. It has been quite something the adventures I have been having while Josh has been on his own amazing adventure. Mine has been more mundane to say the least. I am happy to report that we are starting out this week on positive and optimistic footings. 

IMPORTANT NOTES: 

  1. Katelyn is away on holiday. I have decided I am not going to try and do her job while she is gone so that means any email transfers or money emails will wait until she gets back next week. Thanks for sending and thanks for your patience until she returns. 
  2. This week the monthly full monty and monthly meat are delivered.
  3. Makaila has some trays of hearty greens planted that we are testing in the greenhouse - they move out there today from the shoot room. 
  4. We have received our seeds and we will begin seeding on February 28th. 
  5. The last of the carrots went into the CSA boxes last week. We have farmer friends in PEI who have certified organic carrots. I have ordered some in for us to have in the shares in the coming weeks. I will also put them on as an add on for you to purchase each week if you like. 

BEETS:

Do you have a back log of beets in your fridge? If yes, let's take on the beets. Beets are much easier to deal with I find if you have cooked beets. Take the beets, place them in a pot. Cover with water and boil for about 45 minutes or until you can easily poke a fork in them. Turn off the heat, drain the water and let them cool down. If you are like me, this first step is about all that you can do in one day. So put them in the fridge and come back to them tomorrow. 

Now, take one beet out at a time and peel it. The peels come off really easily now that they are cooked. Trim the two ends. Now you are ready to make all sorts of things. In my opinion where you see roasted beet in a recipe, you can use a boiled one. I have read that oranges and beets work well together (i've tasted it too and like it). So I made a very simple beet salad with beets, feta cheese and napa cabbage with an orange vinaigrette similar to this one here: https://www.simplyhappyfoodie.com/beet-salad-goat-cheese-orange-vinaigrette/  The trick is, that wherever you see mixed greens this time of year, replace with cabbage. Finely chop it up and add. 

The next recipe I made is chocolate beet muffins. They are really easy and so yummy and fast if you have the beets cooked in advance.  Here is the recipe: https://www.readersdigest.ca/food/recipes/decadent-chocolate-beet-muffins/

The kids helped me and even thinking about those muffins home on the counter makes me hungry. They are so good!  

Beets are really great for you. There is a lot of info on the benefits of beets. 

I realize that for some of you having the winter vegetables is new and maybe different. Eat cabbage like you would lettuce. Eat celeriac like you could celery stalks. These are your in-season veggies and they are great! In our home, if you cut up the turnip into sticks, place on the cutting board with some dip near by.....they will be eaten up. It can be like this for you too. 

See you on Thursday! 

Patricia 

ps. We will open the shares for purchase for the summer/fall this week.