For all our box customers, the peas you are getting this week in your boxes are edible pod peas and do not need to be shelled. You eat the pod and all and we think they are best eaten raw.
Just take the stem end and snap it back pulling the string off then you can eat them fresh just like that or you can chop them into a salad along with lettuce and broccoli as you can see pictured here. I think these peas will become your new favorite!
Here is picture of tonight's supper. Kirsten added rapini, yellow summer squash, zucchini and bacon to the noodles to create a delicious warm casserole type supper.
For many of you Rapini is a new vegetable. It can be eaten raw, steamed, or stir fried but we typically like it best when mixed with other veggies.
Here is a picture of the Rapini being chopped up. It is a nice green veggie in the broccoli and cabbage family. We usually only send it in the first box or two until the broccoli is ready. Most people prefer broccoli but Rapini helps fill the first box or two to kick the season off.
We are excited to have a good looking crop of organic strawberries. They are early too! We have been told that it is impossible to grow organic strawberries in New Brunswick but it looks like it can be done after all ...
They are delicious and we look forward to having them for sale at our roadside stand on Friday and in the boxes next week.
This has been another busy spring for us. We have a lot of new crew members but they are working well. Our crew this year consists of 3 Jamaicans, 3 full time Canadians, plus 6 summer students and some part time help. We are working on ways to keep the 3 full time Canadians busy as much of the winter as possible so that they will stay with us year after year. The Jamaicans come seasonally and the students go back to school so we are hopeful that it will work out well for everyone.
The warehouse which was mentioned in a previous blog post is well under way and going up quickly. We exceeded the limit of what we could reasonably do with our limited space and imperfect storage areas.
Once the warehouse is completed we will be moving our retail sales area into the warehouse. This building will help us to be more efficient with our prep and packing, store product better, and have better quality vegetables in our boxes.
They poured the floor today. We are super excited and really looking forward to moving in in about 2-3 week's time.
One of the pigs we saved from last year had her first litter of piglets the other night. We now have 12 baby pigs!
I had resisted the idea of starting our own piglets because of some bad memories from when I was growing up. It has, however, been really encouraging to see how this mama has done and to see how well the little piglets are doing.
Our second mama is due any day now
Here is a closer picture of them nursing. Will try to share more pictures as they grow...
The boar is a Tamworth so the piglets are all different colors and are very cute!