Friday, August 19, 2016

CSA Newsletter Week 10

Good morning members,

I urge you to check out our web store; we have 3 kinds of honey from bees here on our farm, maple butter, maple vinegar & maple syrup from nearby Chesterville, coffee roasted in Vars and cool Luxy Farm t-shirts!  Check it out here.

Here is what you can expect at your pickup next week:
Click on the vegetable above for recipes!

Arugula is a wonderful addition to the share.  It can be eaten raw in salad and on sandwiches, sauteed in omlettes and pasta dishes and buzzed into the best pesto (in my opinion!)  It has a wonderfully nutty flavour with a bite.  When the weather is hot, arugula tends to be spicier.  Here are your recipe ideas for the coming week:
Happy cooking!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

CSA Newsletter Week 9 - halfway!

Hello members!

I apologize for not getting you this list earlier. Here is what you can expect at your next pickup: Click on the vegetable above for recipes!

New potatoes are freshly dug and have thin edible skins.  No need to peel them - just wash, cook and eat! You will receive approximately 2 lbs this week, if all goes well! The tomatoes are finally ripening and last week we surprise some of you with a pint full. This week, the rest of you will get some field tomatoes. There are still lots on the vines that are green but hopefully they will change soon. Enjoy the fresh beans and carrots and your usual share of zucchinis, cucumbers, lettuce and garlic. Here are some tasty looking recipes to try this week:

Happy cooking!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

CSA Newsletter Week 8

Hello members,

We are approaching the halfway point in our CSA.  Make sure you collect missed boxes before it's all over!  Contact Daizy with the dates you'd like to collect your missed shares.
Here is what you can expect at the pickup next week:
Click on the vegetable above for recipes!
The garden is flourishing this year, despite the troubles other farmers are facing right now in this season of drought. Luckily, we have a wonderful irrigation system and a really deep well so we are able not only to keep up but thrive. The tomato plants are bursting with green fruit and we're hoping that they'll be ready for harvest in another week or two.
Here are your recipes of the week (check out Pinterest for thousands of great ideas):
Ayla and I are going to make these today:
Happy Cooking!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

CSA Newsletter Week 7

Good morning!

Here is what you can expect next week at the pickup:

Click on the vegetable above for recipes.

You've had some surprises over the last couple of weeks - it's like Christmas in July!
The carrots are finally big enough to start pulling up!  Snack on the bunch during your drive home from the pickup (as many member inform me they do!) or grate them into salads, enjoy with dip or roast with a maple glaze.  Here are the recipes for this week:
Grilled Eggplant and Spinach Salad
This next one looks delicious and was recommended by our intern, Stephanie.
Watch the video for quick and easy instructions!
Zucchini Pizza Boats
Happy cooking and have a great long weekend!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

CSA Newsletter Week 6

Hello members,

We hope you are enjoying your veggies so far! Please leave feedback below in the comment box or email us at so we can help make improvements to your experience and our service.

This is what you can expect at next week's pickup (weekly and bi-weekly B members):
Click on the vegetable above for recipes!
Not many of you can make it out to our member potluck party so far but we plan to have a delicious time, regardless! If you haven't yet, RSVP before the event on Wednesday, August 3rd.

Peppers!  We haven't had pepper in years due to the fact that they are difficult to grow well - they love heat and they tend to get eaten by bugs.  This year, the summer heat has been sufficient and the pest pressure hasn't overwhelmed the crop.

The garlic has been harvested and is now curing in the shed.  The garlic you have been receiving is fresh and will last a while on your counter and longer in the fridge or freezer.  The garlic you receive starting in two weeks will last in a cool dark place until next spring!

I can't express just how grateful I am to have such a wonderful crew this year! Thank you Stephanie, Julie-Anne, Mark, Sarah, Vanessa and Rebecca!

And now, your feature recipes:
Happy cooking!

Friday, July 15, 2016

CSA Newsletter Week 5

Hello members,

Here is what you can expect at the pickup next week (weekly and bi-weekly A members):
Click on the vegetable above for recipes.

A CSA member has kindly offered to host the potluck this year.  Since we had it at the farm last year, we will have it in Ottawa on Wednesday, August 3rd near the Sandy Hill pickup on Mann Avenue.  You are a welcome and encouraged to bring your partners, friends and children!  An e-vite will be sent to you with all of the details later today.  This is a great chance to showcase your favourite culinary creations and pick up some new ideas for transforming your Luxy veg.  Please RSVP so we know how many people to expect!

I made a nice discovery two weeks ago that I hope may help some of you!  I found a limp cabbage in the crisper.  Usually I put anything leafy into a plastic bag tied tightly before placing it in the crisper because this will keep it from going limp. This time, someone (ahem, Jonny!) forgot the plastic, so I took the limp cabbage and placed it in Tupperwear to use for cabbage rolls later.  To my surprise, upon retrieving it from the plastic container, the cabbage was completely stiff again, as if it were freshly picked!  I'm going to try this with other limp greens too.  Usually, I would take limp greens and soak them in cold water but this could be a better and simpler solution.

Garlic harvest has begun!  Here are our fantastic interns, who deserve a round of applause for their hard work and dedication.  From left to right, we have Julie-Anne, Stephanie and our newest recruit, Vanessa!  I'd like to thank our wonderful weeders, Mark and Sarah, for their hard work on these hot hot days and Rebecca for her help and infectious smile at the farmers' market on Sundays.  We are incredibly lucky to have such a great team this year!
 We are drying our garlic differently this year - in a garlic tower!
Finally, here are the recipes for this week:
This recipe is gluten-free & vegan.
It requires maple syrup, which we have for sale in our webstore!
Happy cooking!

Friday, July 8, 2016

CSA Newsletter Week 4

Hello members,

Here is what you can expect at your next pickup:
Click on the vegetable above for recipes and pics.

We discovered that there weren't enough cucumbers for the week 3 pickups but by next week there will be!  It's zucchini season so start collecting recipes!  If you become overwhelmed by zucchini, take advantage of the trade box and double up on something else, like extra basil for pesto or beets for pickling.  This is your final week of cabbage until the fall.  Cabbage rolls, coleslaw, kimchi and stir fry are all nice ways to use your cabbage.

Here are the feature recipes for week 4:
Check out the Tasty video (I love these!)
I will be trying all of these recipes this weekend!
Enjoy this break from the heat and happy cooking!