October 12, 2023
We had another successful farming season and we're feeling grateful to be a part of such a supportive community! Last year at this time we had to move farms which was a scary transition. We needed a lot of help to get our new farm up and running and with few resources we weren't sure how we were going to do it.
Luckily for us we live in a community filled with amazing people who were generous enough to lend us a helping hand. We want to give a heartfelt thank-you to everyone who's been supporting us on our journey. We couldn't have done it without you ❤️
Introducing Our New Refer-A-Friend Program
We've created a referral program for the community to help spread the joys of fresh, nutritious, locally-grown food!
Here's how it works:
1. Send us your name and the name and email or cell phone number of a friend, family member or co-worker who lives within our delivery zone that you think would appreciate a free, Farmer's Choice Veggie Box. (delivery zone includes Six Mile, Nelson, Pass Creek, Krestova, Castlegar and Genelle)
Start your message off with “Please send a veggie box to…”
2. We will contact that person to let them know they were chosen by you to receive a free, standard Farmer's Choice Veggie Box.
3. Once we've received confirmation from the recipient we will deliver their veggie box, completely free of charge, on the next designated delivery day.
That's it! A free veggie box for anyone you refer and you're welcome to refer as many people as you want.
To give away your first free veggie box simply click the link below and send us the name and contact info of your first recipient 🙂
Bake-At-Home Sourdough Croissants Now Come In 3 Packs
Our very popular bake-at-home crossiants are now available in 3 packs.
Pumpkin Pie Sale 🎃
We ended up making way too many pumpkin pies in anticipation for Thanksgiving. They're now taking up too much room 😅
For the next two weeks they'll be on sale for 15% off so feel free to load up!
Details: Each pie is 9 inches and comes frozen.
Description: Sugarloaf Chicory is one of our favorite veggies. It's a bitter fall green that has a similar texture to iceberg lettuce. Its flavour is slightly bitter, savory and buttery. They can be eaten raw in salad but because of its bold flavour we recommend grilling or broiling it. This will bring out its natural sweetness and add a wonderful charred flavour.
Details: sold per head
How To Cook
Cut the Sugarloaf in half lengthwise.
Coat evenly with oil and salt.
Grill or broil in the oven on each side for about 5 minutes or until it's nicely charred.
Once cooked, chop it up into smaller pieces.
Description Beautiful crisp purple cabbage, great for coleslaw and salads.
Details: sold per pound.
Grown by Hoe Down Farm, Pass Creek.
Shortbread Cookie Pie Crust Recipe
This is the exact same recipe as the one we sell in the online farm store and use for our pies.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT 🍎
When Farmers Struggle We All Struggle
“We had to leave a thousand pounds of squash in the field”. This is what Cali and Brendan from Salix & Sedge Farm told us when we went to pick up our order from them.
Rodents ate or nibbled a huge portion of their winter squash crop. They also chewed the tops of practically every carrot that they grew to sell throughout the winter. Farmers in our community have told us that it was a particularly bad year for rodents.
After harvesting what untouched winter squash remained Brendan put them into storage with our potato order for only a couple of nights because storage space was in short supply. On the day we went to pick them up he went to check in on them. What he discovered was yet another tragic event - many of the squash stems had started to mold, making hundreds of pounds unfit for storage. Squash needs to be stored in cool dry conditions. Brendan of course knew this and stored them the same way he does every other year with one exception - the potatoes which were being picked up a couple days later.
Apparently potatoes give off a lot of moisture. That moisture is what created the conditions that ruined their squash. He did his best to sort through the squash and to pick out the ones that were still good for us, a demoralizing task I can assure you.
In farming you can work your butt off for an entire season. Then, right at the finish line, you make one mistake and all of that effort and money ends up being tossed in the compost pile.
Farmers live on the outskirts of our culture and so we never get a chance to hear about their struggles. But when they struggle we all struggle. Without thriving local farms our communities start to lose their vibrancy. They lose their connection to the land. They lose their health. That's why we feel it's important to share these stories and to rally around our farmers when they need us.
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