September 28, 2023
Extra Delivery Days For Thanksgiving 🦃
Starting next week we'll be adding two weekday delivery days to help stagger our Thanksgiving orders. Next week's delivery schedule will be as follows:
Nelson delivery schedule:
Wednesday Oct 4 between 4 pm and 7 pm.
Saturday Oct 7 between 5 am and 10 am.
Castlegar delivery schedule:
Thursday Oct 5 between 4 pm and 7 pm.
Sunday Oct 8 between 5 am and 10 am.
We're expecting a lot of orders so if you're able to get your order during the week that would help spread the order load.
5 Things You Didn't Know About Settle Down Farm
We picked up some gorgeous pumpkins from Settle Down Farm out of Grand Forks. These are the pumpkin we'll be using for our famous Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pies. We feel like it's important to know the hard working people who grow your food so here are 5 things you didn't know about Settle Down Farm.
1. Who are you and where are you from originally? We are Ann Wilby and Ahmed Amlani. Ann grew up in Grand Forks but Ahmed grew up in Surrey.
2. How did you end up in the Kootenays? We met while we were both volunteering on an urban farm in Vancouver called Inner City Farms. From there we worked on a farm in Crofton on Vancouver Island called Tatlo Road Farm. We were so inspired by the folks at Tatlo Road that we wanted to have a go at our own market garden and got started in Grand Forks where we had some land lease opportunities.
3. What inspired you to become a farmer? We had a lot of fun volunteering at Inner City Farms. And then again working at Tatlo Road. We both enjoy growing food, solving puzzles (such as how to make an income growing food), and gambling (farming is really just a socially acceptable way to gamble).
4. What's your favorite part about being a farmer? We always have an excuse to have another cup of coffee.
5.What are your future dreams? Ann's dream is to one day have a cat sanctuary. Ahmed's dream is to become the next Larry David by writing a sitcom centered around a small town farmer's market.
Bake-At-Home Sourdough Croissants Are Back In Stock!
The bake-at-home crossiants that we got from Luv Affair Pastry last week sold out fast! We apologize if you weren't able to order some. Luckily we were able to restock for this week 🙂
Details: Comes in a box of 6 unbaked croissants. Available in originals and chocolate.
Pumpkin Pie With Shortbread Cookie Crust
Description: For this pie we started by sourcing heirloom pumpkins - known as Winter Luxury - from our friends at Settle Down Farm in Grand Forks. We then roasted them in the oven until golden brown, giving the pumpkin an added caramelized flavour. After scraping out the soft pumpkin we pureed it with locally-raised, free range eggs from Kootenay Natural Meats in Creston, organic BC cream, and the perfect blend of organic true cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and clove. The end result is a thick, luxurious, creamy filling that melts in your mouth.
For the Shortbread Cookie Crust we chose our locally-grown, organic Red Fife flour for its wonderful nutty flavour. We mill the grain right before we use it and leave it unsifted, making it 100% whole wheat. This ensures maximum flavour and freshness. We then incorporated butter and organic sugar and rolled it out into a beautiful pie crust. It's sweet, just like a shortbread cookie, but with a buttery flakey texture.
The final result is a pumpkin pie that's so delicious it'll have your family reminiscing about it for months!
Details: Each pie is 9 inches and comes frozen.
Mama’s Homemade Stuffing
Description: This recipe was inspired by Emily's Mom's famous Thanksgiving stuffing. Stuffing was always Emily's favorite dish at Thanksgiving and the smell of butter, sage and celery cooking on a hot stove top is a nostalgic one.
For this stuffing we started by milling locally grown Hard Red Spring wheat berries, grown in Armstrong, into a fresh and fluffy whole wheat flour and then combined it with Anita's organic whole wheat flour. We then hand-folded each bread loaf and baked them until they turned dark brown. This is the exact same recipe as our popular Hearty Whole Wheat bread.
We then added organic dried sage and thyme, onions from our farm, garlic from Against The Wind Farm in Winlaw, celery from Linden Lane Farm in Krestova, free-range eggs and house-made bone broth made with bones from Kootenay Natural Meats in Creston and Gravenstein apples from Sunny Spot Farm in Bonnington. This recipe is a true local collaboration!
This is a bake-at-home stuffing that will be ready in just one hour once thawed. Once it's cooked you can pull it out of the oven and let the aroma of herbs and bread fill the house. The stuffing is warm and the texture is soft and spongy. The flavour of the Hearty Whole Wheat bread adds a wonderful nutty flavour. The sage and thyme complement each other perfectly while the apple adds a hint of sweetness to balance out the savouriness. This is comfort food at its finest!
Details: Comes in a large 2 inch deep, 9 inch aluminum pie pan. The stuffing is frozen so let it thaw on the counter for about 4 hours before baking.
Bake-At-Home Raspberry Chocolate Chip Cookies Are Back In Stock!
Description: Our Raspberry Chocolate Chip Cookies are something to behold. We use real organic freeze-dried raspberry powder which gives these cookies an unbelievable raspberry flavour. We then added organic semi-sweet chocolate chips to add a hint of bitterness which balances the flavours nicely. These are a MUST TRY.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT 🍎
When our country is having a health crisis we don't need the pharmaceutical industry to create more synthetic chemicals for us to ingest. We need farmers to grow more nutritious food.
When our planet is having a global warming crisis we don't need the tech industry to invent more gadgets to save us. We need more farmers growing food in a way that maximizes carbon sequestration.
When food prices become too high we don't need our government to print more money to make it cheaper. We need more farmers on a local and regional level so we can shorten our long and expensive supply chains.
We don't have a health crisis, an environmental crisis or an economic crisis. We have an agricultural crisis.
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