Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from the farm!!!

It's that time of the year again and we almost can't believe another year has come and gone! We also can't believe it's been almost 2 years since we've seen SMASHY!!  We miss you girlie!!!! 
It's been quite a ride, lots of challenges, lots of work, but a ton of laughs along the way too. The crops did surprisingly well despite the drought this year and late head start. One of our Mexican guys suffered a medical emergency and was hospitalized but thank goodness is now A-ok!! Panzer the pup grew into a beautiful big boy and is no longer ripping the heads off of chickens!!! We had the second annual Evergreen bus tour down to the farm, had a great meal and help getting some work done! Our sweet corn was awesome, tomatoes were so-so, cabbage crop was awesome too! We dropped one market this year and we've missed it and the income it provided, so we'll try and pick it up again for next year!  It's pretty tough trying to do it all, but we always seem to manage!!

 We'd like to wish everyone, all our customers, friend's and family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

****For Smashy:****
We wish you happiness and peace in the New Year kiddo and nothing but the best always.  You are in our thoughts daily and our memories make us giggle remembering all the fun times.  We promise to continue to take good care of Lady Bug, who is getting very, very lazy without her commander and chief.  When I asked dad if he had a  message for you, he said:  "Hey Austin!  Wake up and smell the cinnamon buns!!"  I bet you miss those eh? The first pic of dad immediately made me think of you, that's why it's the first one I posted! Your dad loves you and talks about you all the time.  We are always, always here for you. The farm family will never change. One phone call from you anywhere and we're on the road!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

What are you eating during the holidays?

We had a busy day on Saturday selling to our Brickwork customers who were happily stocking up for the holiday season.  A buzz of recipe ideas were shared around our tables full of Brussel Sprouts, Leeks, Celeriac, Potatoes, Garlic and Cabbages.  As I fulfilled Cabbage Roll orders and sold Perogies like a mad hatter, the big talk was how popular root celery has become.  I've been spreading the word about celeriac mashed potatoes  and it has become quite popular!  You simply buy one of our knarly looking roots, peel it good, chop it along with your potatoes, boil & mash for a great celery tasting mashed spud dish!  Perfect along side turkey or chicken for your holiday meal.  Roasting fingerlings is a great thing to do this time of year!  I like to roast red golds, russian blues and the buttery fingerlings together with garlic cloves, olive oil and sea salt.  Smash on plate and smother with gravy and what a satisfying side indeed! Boil your Brussel's in some chicken stock, toss with fresh minced garlic butter and throw beside your spuds! Ahh, and since it's been such a nice freakishly warm winter, I've been able to pick unbelievably sweet Spinach from the field!  (I may get adventurous and head out there to harvest some fresh for Dufferin Grove for Thursday!) So a garlicy spinach dip as an appetizer, fresh spinach salads, hot cheezy spinach lasagna etc, etc all week long! Head to the market to stock up and enjoy cooking and eating our seasonal veg! Psst..the Brussel Sprouts are STILL being harvested FRESH from the fields!!