Chris' Corner: Harvest Share Food Box - Weeks 1 & 2

Harvest Share Food Box - Weeks 1 & 2

Last Thursday, Helen picked up our first of twenty weekly Food Boxes from Carron Farms Harvest Share Food Box program.

It included:

·         Strawberries – Barrie Hill Farms, Barrie

·         Spinach – Springh Farms, Holland Marsh

·         Romaine Lettuce – Springh Farms, Holland Marsh

·         Garlic Scape – Carron Farms Ltd, Holland Marsh

·         Asparagus – Barrie Hill Farms, Barrie

·         Radishes – Springh Farms, Holland Marsh

·         Yellow Zucchini – Nightingale Farms Ltd, LaSalette

·         Rhubarb – Barrie Hill Farms, Barrie

Family Size gets all of the above in larger quantities, for some items, and the additional following items:

·         Button Mushrooms – Sharon Mushroom Farm, Sharon

·         Green Peppers – Leamington, Ontario

 

We tried the strawberries first.  Wow!  What a difference.  Fresh Fruit, picked when ripe from a local farm.  Grown organically seemed just a "bonus".

Of the fruit and vegetables we received, I found out, much to my amazement, that Helen had never bought, cooked or eaten radishes...  we have now increased our palate and served them sliced thinly added to fresh salads and to a tuna salad Helen made for us on Saturday.

Garlic Scape
Garlic Scape, another item we had heard of... they are the curly tops of a growing garlic bulb.  Apparently farmers cut them to prevent to prevent the garlic from flowering. Preventing flowering allows the bulbs grow larger.  Helen was told you could use them as you would use green onions... I found them to have a crunchier consistency, similar to the crunch of celery, but with a taste more like a flavourful or peppery green onion.  There is a smell to it that adds to the flavour.  We have tried them with potatoes, with eggs and in salads.  We have now introduced Garlic Scape to a number of our friends. 

This week’s box will include:

·         Strawberries – Barrie Hill Farms, Barrie

·         Boston Lettuce – Spring Farms, Holland Marsh

·         English Cucumbers – Foothill Greenhouses, Kettleby,

·         Cauliflower – S & S Visser Farms, Innisfil

·         Sugar Snap Peas – Barrie Hill Farms, Barrie

·         Red Peppers – Exeter Produce, Exeter

·         Red Beets – Spring Farms, Holland Marsh

·         Garlic Scape – Carron Farms Ltd., Holland Marsh

Week 2 Harvest Share Food Box

Family Size gets all of the above in larger quantities, for some items, and the additional following items:

·         Beefsteak Tomatoes – Mucci Farms, East Kingsville

·         Swiss Chard – Springh Farms, Holland Marsh

 

Interested in participating?  The regular Harvest Box is $20/week, and the Family Size is $28/week.  There are several pick up points, and delivery is available in certain areas for an additional charge ($7.00 per week). 

We were concerned that we might not be able to eat all the vegetables and tried the regular Food Box, but we are already thinking that we might up our order to the "Family Size".  Eating more fresh organic, locally grown and picked ripe fruit and vegetables can only be a "good thing" for our family...

 

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Comment balloon 11 commentsChris Smith • June 27 2012 09:05PM

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I have never heard of the food box program Chris, it sounds like a fun idea. I will have to check for something like this locally.

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366) over 8 years ago

Great post.  Dolores and I were not familiar with garlic scape.  We would love to have those weekly selections!

Have a wonderful day and keep cool.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 8 years ago

Wow, what a treat Chris, I would be looking forward to the weekly box too. I've never heard of garlic scapes before, I'll have to try them out. Radishes, however, are my old friends, I love them, I just pop them in my mouth whole. this looks like a wonderful program to be involved with.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 8 years ago

Tom, it is a good introduction into foods we have never tried.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Valerie, I am not sure if leamington is within 100 miles, but it is probably just beyond.  It truly is a win-win, for us and the local farmers

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

You called it Roy, there is a heatwave coming, hope you have a great weekend =)

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Malcolm, what I love about this program is they also suggest recipes for people who might be unfamiliar with how to eat a "new" (to them) vegetable or fruit...

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Sounds like a wonderful program. I don't think they have anything like that in our area; will have to check into it.

Posted by Carl Winters over 8 years ago

Howdy and evening Chris

 Chris my friend, y'all sure do get lots of mighty fine items in the box of  Carron Farms Harvest Share Food Box program. We are in a similar kind of program here, but the programs here are only for 7 weeks.

Have a good one

Dale in New Hampshire


Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) over 8 years ago

Carl, this co-operative type program is a great way for local people and local farmers to connect.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Dale, I have really noticed the difference between the quality of these fruits and vegetables and what we have bought previously from supermarkets.  We will buy from local farms as much as possible when their produce is in season.  I'm sure you appreciate the difference in the produce you buy.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

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