Updated: Jan 9
Our wonderful fruits are finally starting to catch-up in the fields. The field vegetables are also coming along nicely. We have a couple of new greens in the CSA box and at market this week, broccoli and kohlrabi!
We're also excited to tell you that everyone will be receiving Haskaps in their share this week! We had them at the market this past weekend and they were a hit! We can't wait for everyone to get the first taste of summer berries with these tangy little super fruits.
Strawberry Field Update The string of great weather we've had over the past few days is making it hard to remember that just a few weeks ago the weather was cold and very wet. The strawberry plants are catching up quickly though and we're going to be Openon Saturday for our Strawberry Festival which promises to be fun to the whole family! If we're lucky enough to open before then, we'll send out another email and we'll update our social media channels.
On Saturday, June 29 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. we're hosting our very first Strawberry Festival!
Admission is free and we're going to have all kinds of fun activities.
Runamok Amusements will be onsite with a bouncy castle
The Merry Dairy will be serving up some delicious treats which will include Rochon Garden strawberries (additional cost)
Come visit and feed the animals from Monalea Petting Farm
Little Ray's Reptile Zoo will be doing their Wild Frontier presentation at 10:00 am
Your Rochon Garden CSA Share
If you are a full or half-share member, here's what you will see in this week's box:
Sweet bell pepper
If you are a lite-share member, here's what you will see in this week's box:
Sweet bell pepper
Haskap berries, also know as Honeysuckle, are native to northern boreal forests and can be found growing wild throughout Canada. Early varieties were bitter and unpleasant. New varieties have recently been introduced which are sweeter and more enjoyable. They are described as having a raspberry/blueberry flavour with a special "zing", reminiscent of a fine wine.
Haskaps also boast more antioxidants than any other berries, they have three times the antioxidants of a blueberry.
Haskap Berry Crumble
Filling: In a bowl, mix together and transfer into a baking dish:
4 cups of fresh Haskap berries (you can mix in other berries )
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup of flour
Crumble topping: In a bowl, mix together and sprinkle over filling:
1 cup flour
1 cup quick-cook oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter Bake at a pre-heated 350F oven for 20-25 minutes. Let cool for 5-10 min, enjoy!
Kohlrabi … the name alone sounds kind of exotic and intimidating. Is it a car? Is it a city? Nope, it’s a vegetable! Correct pronunciation: coal-ROB-ee.
Before you get scared off — kohlrabi is delicious, super easy to prepare and loaded with healthy nutrients. It’s one of the top vitamin C foods, eating just one cup will give you more than 100 percent of your daily vitamin C needs.
Research has shown that kohlrabi is a powerhouse when it comes to fending off cancer, diabetes and high cholesterol while improving liver and kidney function.
The taste of kohlrabi is similar to a broccoli stem, but milder and sweeter. Some also describe its taste as somewhere between a mild radish and cabbage.
Kohlrabi (Brassica oleracea) is technically a form of cabbage. It’s native to Europe and is sometimes called a “German turnip.”
1 cup (135 grams) of kohlrabi contains:
8.4 grams carbohydrates
2.6 grams protein
0 grams fat
4.9 grams fiber
83.7 milligrams vitamin C (140 percent DV)
472 milligrams potassium (13.5 percent DV)
0.2 milligrams B6 (10 percent DV)
62 milligrams phosphorus (6.2 percent DV)
22 micrograms folate (5.5 percent DV)
0.1 milligrams thiamine (4.7 percent DV)
32 milligrams calcium (3.2 percent DV)
1 large Rochon Garden kohlrabi - peeled and finely shredded
2 medium raw beets - peeled an finely shredded
1 large apple - cored and cut into thin matchsticks
2 tbsp Rochon Garden cilantro - minced
2 Rochon Garden Spring Onion-- chopped
1 orange - juiced
1 orange - zested
1 lime - juiced
1 tbsp olive oil
salt + pepper - to taste
1/4 cup toasted sunflower seeds
Milkhouse Farm & Dairy feta Cheese
Place the shredded kohlrabi, shredded beets, chopped apple, parsley, and green onion in a large salad bowl.
In a separate, smaller bowl, whisk together the orange zest, the orange and lime juice, olive oil and salt + pepper. Gently drizzle citrus dressing over the salad and toss to mix.
Sprinkle the salad with toasted sunflower seeds and crumbled feta cheese.