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First week of CSA pickin’s

June 25, 2007 by TheCanadianFoodie

Saturday morning arrived (as it generally does on Saturday morning) and Mrs. Foodie and I packed up the little foodies-in-training (foodie 1 and foodie 2) and headed off to the country north of Barrie to visit our CSA farm.

We live on the edge of Barrie so the drive is really only about 10 minutes for us, which is nice.

It’s still early in the season and this week offered slim pickings… We’ve also been hurting for rain so far this summer too, which is affecting crops. You may have noticed this if you’ve gone to pick strawberries yet this season.

Our share works out to $20 per week, and we probably received an equivalent of about $12 – $15 worth of produce (assuming you went to a local grocers to pick it up)

Not that I’m complaining :)

Our $20 got us fresh, organic produce that came out of the ground the day before we picked it up! And I’ll take that any day over chemically-sprayed food shipped from 5000 miles away.

Here’s what we got this week:

  • Green Onions (still small, 1 bunch)
  • Bag of assorted lettuces
  • Bag of Spinach
  • Bag of Bok Choy (unfortunately somewhat beetle chewed)
  • Garlic tops (I have to look up and see if there is an official name)
  • Bag of Peas (I got side tracked before I could ask what kind of peas but will find out next week)
  • 1/2 dozen farm fresh eggs

Of course Foodie 1 & 2 were all about the farm animals; spending the majority of their time with the brown & white varieties of chickens, geese, turkeys, and the newly added pigs (presumably all available for your dinner table by the end of the year)

The pigs were interesting, some kind of historic British variety. Black and hairy with very large ears. I’m hardly a pig expert so I hope you excuse my technical language :)

We had a nice organic salad last night to celebrate, and it was delicious. Tonight we’ll have stir fry so we can use up the Bok Choy.

I’ll see what I can do about pictures :)

We spent so long at the farm that we missed the Farmers Market this week, but that’s probably ok. I was busy all weekend jamming all the strawberries we picked up at Barrie Hill Farm last week.

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