We'd like to take a moment to share with you an idea for eating well this year. We're challenging our customers to start thinking about saving money NOW for fall and winter eating. There is something SO PRIMALLY SATISFYING about having a freezer full of food in the fall, a pantry full of canned goods and knowing that if hurricanes come, someone is laid off, or you just want to eat better and more from scratch, you CAN do it from the stores in your home. This concept is nothing new. In fact, until about two generations ago, this is how EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE always ate. There was no "super-market" to visit. You grew a garden, preserved what you could, hunted and/or purchased meat in the fall and ate from your larder all winter until Spring rolled around and you started all over again.
We'd like our customers and friends to RECONNECT WITH THE CYCLES OF THE SEASONS and eat better foods this year. That means growing you own garden this summer if you'd like or visit us at the Wolfville Farmers' Market and then SIGN-UP for our FALL CSA PROGRAM so you can enjoy whole seasonal foods all fall until Christmastime. We will also have FREE RANGE CHICKENS and PASTURED PORK for sale in the fall, as well as BULK VEGGIES for your larders in the late fall/early winter and an extensive selection of CANNED, FROZEN AND FERMENTED FOODS. We want to help you reconnect with the seasons and your primal sense of security by helping you to fill your pantry and your freezer!
To do this, you need to START SAVING MONEY NOWto be able to buy in bulk (cheaper and easier) in the fall. Here's what a sample budgetmight look like, assuming you already have a chest freezer to store foods in. If you don't have one, we're working on getting a GROUP DISCOUNT ON CHEST FREEZERS from a Local Supplier this fall. Our advise on purchasing a chest freezer is to buy as big as you can afford and house, you'll thank us later!
If you were to purchase the rest of these food items in October sometime, it means you need to fill the (literal) piggy bank with approximately $100/week STARTING TODAY (June 1st) to have the money ready to be able to purchase all of this food. We think this is a DEAL for real food, scratch cooking, and healthy living as well as the security of having all that food in your home for two if not three seasons! We are also interested in helping our customers source other bulk pantry items like flours, nuts and the like and will offer BULK FOOD BUYING OPORTUNITIES to our CSA members this fallas well.
Have a think about this. That's a LOT OF SEASONAL, HEALTHY FOOD and a way for you to RECONNECT WITH THE SEASONS!
If you have feedback for us, we'd LOVE to hear it. If you want creative ways to save for your fall purchases, please let us know, we'd be happy to help!
Thank-you for your support of our family farm and we hope to share our food with you this fall!
So we're harvesting my favourite cabbage right now at Moon Tide Farm. Like many of our customers, I like cabbage for all sorts of things: soups, stuffed rolls, casseroles and salads. At this time of year, the winter cabbages are in the ground sizing up and getting ready for my favourite cabbage roll casserole so what's a girl to do? SUMMER CABBAGES! We grow a hybrid variety called Tiara from William Dam Seeds in Ontario and we lovingly called it lettage because it tastes like a cross between lettuce and cabbage, it's SO light and fluffy. Tiara is a summer savoy, technically, but we like it for summer salads. I make "coleslaw" pretty much every day with it and it is the kitchen sink of salads. Recipe below...
Our CSA is in full swing and we're starting to see folks sign-up in earnest now. Only two more weeks until we start (or less) and we'd love to help you get into a good fall routine! If you've been thinking about it and have more questions, please let us know. We've planted this year to give maximum variety in the fall (as much as the season will allow) and hope to have green items in each box through the season. We're fermenting kimchee and freezing basil in organic olive oil this week and zucchini relish is on the go! We're preserving the harvest for you and you'll be getting little jewels each week in your boxes, in addition to your staple veggies. Customers think $20/wk for such great produce is a deal and of course you have the opportunity to order more each week, too! Try our free range chicken or another bunch of carrots, they're THAT GOOD!
We're also up for hearing about your mid-week drop point idea or workplace eat-healthy challenges, too! Let us know how we can help...
1/2 Tiara Cabbage, cut in half again and remove cores, cut half again (4pcs per 1/2 cabbage) and pretend you're julienning the cabbage - very fine chopping against the grain.
3-4 carrots, grated
1/2 onion - any colour, minced
Optional Additions: Fresh beans, peas, broccoli florets, dried cranberries, raisins, sunflower or flax seeds, nuts - you get the idea.
Dressing : ~2/3c of mayonnaise (or mix with plain yogourt), 2T dijon mustard, 1T lemon juice, 1T maple syrup, 1/4t sea salt, 1/8t pepper, parsley, or whatever else you have handy. I ran out of both mayo and yogourt yesterday so it got a squirt of ranch dressing.
Make do, use up what you have, taste it and eat. ENJOY folks!
So we're going to start blogging regularly to keep you all up to date with what is going on here in Scots Bay at Moon Tide Farm.
It is mid-August and we've opened up our FALL 2015 CSA Program for registrations! REGISTER NOW, if you haven't already, spots are filling up...
New this year, we're working with Harvest Hand, a locally owned and operated software & logistics company built for CSA farms and supported by us and our members. We're so lucky to have such great help literally build a new program to help us farmers keep organized and keep all of our customers' requests, weekly veggie box add ons and other notes in order and on-task. Thanks Harvest Hand!
We're really excited about our new format of CSA model and hoping that it will help us and our young family cope with the work of farming and marketing at the same time. We have been able to focus on better crop production (there are still lots of weeds, folks) and build some much-needed infrastructure into our farm and our lives.
We're almost complete with our roadside FARM STAND and are pretty excited to get that up and going. Our crops are just starting to come on now - we planned it that way to fill our CSA boxes this year - and we'll soon be off to sell our foods at the WOLFVILLE FARMER'S MARKET on Saturday Mornings - see you there!
Our daughter Gracie is now 1.5 yrs old and helps Mummy collect eggs in the mornings and is SOOO patient in the fields when we have work to do. Ann is usually home with her full time and works for the farm part time and Joel is the full time (plus) farmer. We also have some part time help this year: a local young man helps Joel two days a week and is willing to do whatever work needs to be done (we're so thankful) and a young woman also helps Ann with the pickling, canning and fermenting that we've been doing as the season progresses and we're capturing the very best to be able to bring to you later in the year. Whew!
We're always busy and farming for us is an exercise in time/project/energy management except we have living things in our care and chores that begin and round out our days. New for us this year are our three pigs and two heifers and we have a couple of dairy goats, laying hens, free range chicken and a draft horse. It's fun and we love the lifestyle but MAN! it's a lot of work!
Thanks for your support and interest in Moon Tide Farm and we hope to see you signing up for our CSA or stop by our booth at the Farmer's Market soon - we'll be there!