Sunday, October 2, 2016

CSA Newsletter Week 16 - Final week for bi-weekly B members!

Dear members and friends, 

Week 16 is just around the corner and we have some details to share with you about the fall boxes and our annual member feedback survey. But first, the delicious line-up of vegetables you can expect at this week’s pickup:

Salad Turnips (Hakurei)
And pie pumpkins just in time for Thanksgiver!
See recipe tab above for more recipe ideas.

We hope you’re enjoying the celeriac as much as we are! Roasted, added to stews and soups, mashed or however you make it, this lovely veggie adds a nice warm flavour to your favourite fall dishes and will last for several weeks in your crisper. Here are some more recipe ideas. Happy eats!

Hakurei Turnip Gratin:
1 Tablespoon Butter
1 Bunch Turnips, tailed and topped (save tops for next recipe)
1 teaspoon dry thyme
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper
1/8- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup chicken or vegetable stock
1/2 cup parmesan cheese

1) Slice turnips into 1/4 inch thick slices (do not peel).
2) Melt butter in non-stick skillet and layer slices in the pan
3) Sprinkle the turnips with the herbs and cook 3 minutes over medium heat
4) Add cream and stock, cover and cook 20 minutes over medium heat until turnips are cooked.
5) Remove the cover and cook additional 5-10 minutes to reduce liquid
6) Sprinkle parmesan on top and serve.

Fall Boxes
We will be offering two bi-weekly deliveries at a 15% discount for CSA members. The price is $50 each and the first box will be available on Oct. 25th for farm pick-ups and Oct.26th for home deliveries. Home deliveries are $5 extra. The first share will include the following:

Yellow Onions x 2lbs.
‘Music’ Garlic x 1lb.
Carrots x 2lbs.
Beets x 2lbs.
Acorn Squash x 1
Butternut Squash x 1
Delicata Squash x 2
Chieftain Potatoes x 5lbs.
Turnips x 2lbs
The second box will be available on Nov 8th  for farm pickups and Nov. 9th for home deliveries, and will include the following:

Red Onions x 2lbs.
Korean Purple’ Garlic x 1lb.
Carrots x 2lbs.
Beets x 2lbs.
Acorn Squash x 1
Butternut Squash x 1
Delicata squash x 2
Russet Potatoes x 5lbs.
Celeriac x 2lbs.

We have 25 shares available for each week and they are on a ‘first come’ basis, so if you are interested, please reply by email and pay by cash, cheque or Interac e-transfer ASAP!

I will send out the survey shortly. Please respond honestly, as this survey is anonymous and will help us to improve our service next year. We appreciate your participation!
Have a great week!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

CSA Newsletter Week 13

Hello members and friends, 

I can’t believe it’s already week 13 of the 2016 CSA. Just five more weeks left and they will fly by. Before we know it, it will be winter - eeek! Please go to the webstore to purchase your missed vacation boxes, 2 days before the intended pickup or email us to schedule it for you. On the menu for this week, we have the following veggies:                                  

Click on the vegetable above for recipes!
And after a failed planting this spring, we finally managed to get a nice crop of those delicious Japanese salad turnips also known as
The bulbous root tastes somewhat like a sweet version of a radish and the greens are tasty eaten raw or cooked (and full of healthy stuff!) We are starting to ponder when to harvest our winter squash; maybe we’ll test one out this week and see how they are coming along. We usually like to leave them in the field as long as possible to ensure complete maturation. With no threat of frost in the near future, it could bode well for some tasty squash this year. Hope you all had a good week and we’ll see you at the pickups.
Here are your recipes of the week:
Happy cooking!
Team Luxy

Sunday, September 4, 2016

CSA Newsletter Week 12

Hello members and friends,

Welcome to week 12 of the 2016 CSA. Six weeks left! Makeup boxes for any shares you missed must be collected by week 17. The lineup of veggies for this week will include such classics as:
Also making a special appearance for the first time this season will be
Click on the vegetable for recipes!

It certainly seems like fall is approaching in St. Albert as we’ve already seen a few single digit nights and some of our favourite veggies are slowly saying goodbye for another year. Cucumbers and zucchinis are finished producing quality fruit and this will probably be the last week for beans. Although things start to grow a little more slowly this time of year, the season is not done yet and we still have many more goodies up our sleeves. This week, we brought in over 1000 pounds of onions and laid them out in the greenhouse to cure. Our tomatoes are finally coming into peak production and we are seeing more and more peppers turning colour. Our excellent crew has been hard at work getting these vegetables weeded, harvested, cleaned and packed for you and the markets every week. We have a pretty amazing bunch of people on our team this year.

Stephanie, Julie and Vanessa harvesting for market.
Sarah washing and packing the veg.
 So. Many. Onions.
 Julie at the Eastern Ontario Garlic Festival in Cornwall last weekend.
Now, here are some recipes for your culinary pleasure!
This newsletter was a collaborative effort brought to you by both Daizy and Jonny. I (Daizy) am passing the newsletter writing torch to Jonny, as well as most of the email correspondence, as I will be starting school on Tuesday for practical nursing. I'm on to the next big adventure! Please rest assured that Jonny will continue growing your vegetables for years to come. Have a great long weekend folks and happy cooking!  
Team Luxy

Saturday, August 27, 2016

CSA Newsletter Week 11

Hello members,

Here is what you can expect at next week's pickup:
Click on the links above for recipes. Visit our recipes page for even more ideas!

Summer is winding down but the crops continue to give! It really has been a wonderful season for us. We always welcome feedback! Let us know how you're enjoying the CSA. Here are your recipes for the week:
Happy cooking!

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!