Vegetables are great for our health. From Arugula to Zucchini, they each have a list of essential nutrients to keep our bodies active.
But none is as revered as the brassica commonly known as kale. And it's no wonder.
According to a Huffington Post article, Kale has more calcium in one cup than milk, more vitamin C than an orange, and 133% of a person's daily requirement of Vitamin A.
And as if that wasn't enough, it can even help reduce inflammation, an ailment affecting so many of us nowadays.
The other fantastic thing about kale is that with a little culinary magic, it can be downright delicious and enjoyed by those young and old.
First off, do you know the easy way to de-stem your kale? It honestly cuts down my kale prep time by half.
Secondly, We've all heard of kale chips by now (am I right?) but kale is so much more versatile!
Here are a few recipe ideas that you might enjoy:
As a new mom, it has become apparent to me that I absolutely love showing Maddie new things.
As a ravenous toddler, she was especially glad to find out that there was food growing all around her (she still can't walk past the patch of mint without stealing a few leaves).
I think that this is why I'm always excited for the first kohlrabi of the season.
And while our CSA veterans will be well-versed in the art of kohlrabi, it is one of those veggies that just haven't hit the supermarket.
Honestly, I just don't get it. It is crispy, refreshing, versatile, and super healthy.
What's not to love?
The hardest thing about kohlrabi is peeling, which you get really good at in no time. Check out this video to see how it's done.
After it's peeled, you can enjoy it in so many ways. Even the greens are edible!
My absolute favourite way to eat kohlrabi is raw, with a dip. Some folks like to use ranch or hummus, but I feel like this veggie really loves being paired with a sesame oil-type dip.
Want to share ideas about how you like to use your kohlrabi? Join our CSA Shareholders' Facebook group. With 75 members, it's easy to get inspired!
Are you as excited as we are to start a new CSA season?
We've made some changes, but one thing that will remain the same is our promise to deliver the freshest, most ecological produce option available to you from a family farmer.
As with most of our first bins, this one will feature a healthy amount of fresh greens, which, from a culinary standpoint, easily translates to delicious salads.
But did you know that most greens can also be sautéed, and even, dare I say it, made into soup!
There is also the obvious choice of blending it up in a smoothie, or to make a simili-pesto with it.
Want to share ideas about how you like to use your greens? Join our CSA Shareholders' Facebook group! Who knows, you might get lucky and win something for participating?
Not sure what to expect at the pick-up?
It couldn't be simpler!
All you need is a container for your veggies. A reusable bag, cardboard or plastic box, anything works! Just make sure to stash your goodies away when you get home so that they stay fresh.
Here is a short video that shows what pick-up looks like - a long table with all of your entitled share with a small label in front to let you know how many of each item you are allowed to grab.
Your favourite farmers will also be on hand to help you through the process.
Back on track!
What a whirlwind! The early spring was unseasonably cold, making us wonder what kind of season we'd have.
Low and behold, warmer temperatures last week has everything growing very fast, and we are back on track to start the CSA veggie baskets next week.
Yes! Next week! See the bar to the right for further details.
One big thing to note is that we are back to our original location in North Bay.
Folks who have been with us before 2016 will remember us being in the overspill parking lot of Memorial Gardens, right next to Tru Tan.
In other big news, we are now part of Forests Ontario's 50 Million Trees Program! A whopping 4,700 coniferous trees have been planted on our farm last week, and are now getting a much-deserved drink.
Not only will these trees provide a windbreak for our vegetable garden, they will also provide habitat for wildlife (hello, birds!) and store carbon for us during their lifetime.
With all of these benefits, how can one not love trees?