Thursday, 3 August 2017

Household CSA Week 7 - August 04, 2017

One of the indicators of a healthy agro-ecosystem is the presence of amphibians. Frogs (and the like), due to their larval stage dependence on aquatic habitat and fascinating mechanism for transferring oxygen from environment to circulatory system through their skin, are susceptive to chemical intensive agricultural practices, which studies in the Fraser Valley (de Solla et al, 2002) and the South Okanagan (Bishop et al, 2010) suggest are contributing to decreasing population levels in the province, even in the presence of suitable habitat. Amphibians are declining globally, and dermal (aka skin) pesticide absorption has been shown to have severe toxic effects on various amphibian species (Van Meter et al, 2015).

Point being, it's a double win to be in the presence of these beautiful creatures and feel confident that our farming practices (i.e. no pesticide use or intensive application of chemical fertilizers) are not harming the co-inhabitants of the land and water. Here's our evidence to support that claim: 3 photos from our Southlands location of Pacific Treefrogs (Pseudacris regilla), also referred to as the Chorus Frog, on three separate occasions!





Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Household CSA Week 6 - July 26, 2017

Warning: Kohlrabi from ICF may make your children act feral in a public setting. As seen below, one child gnaws at the fresh kohlrabi straight from the blue bag, the second child (accomplice), actively encourages.

What a share this week!


Thursday, 20 July 2017

Household CSA Week 5 - July 19, 2017

First, this.
What a fine specimen of Selma Fino Fennel! Let's just take a moment to marinate in its glory.
  • Close relative to the carrot - Apiaceae / Umbelliferae family (former because bees and pollinators love it, latter because a common observable characteristic among this group is a flower - or inflorescence - that resembles a parasol / sunshade).
  • One of three main herbs used to prepare absinthe
  • According to internets, in Greek legend, man received knowledge from Mount Olympus in the form of a fiery coal held in a stalk of fennel. 
  • It makes your salad better. Full stop.
Beyond finnochio, which is Italian for bulbing fennel (ask a Finlander to explain their cultural reference with this term...), here is this week's loot bag:

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Household CSA Week 4 - July 12, 2017

We have developed a few traditions at ICF over the years. The one I would like to highlight this week is the celebration of the common cabbage, an undervalued champion of the vegetable world! We honour this specific manifestation of Brassica oleracea by raising them high in the air and adding #cabbagehands to direct others to our excitement through social media. Here's our most recent image to add to the archives. Peruse the instagram account for other images similar to this one.



Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Household CSA Week 3 - July 5, 2017

Another bounty!

Front Row
  • Kohlrabi (you can stir-fry the leaves too)
  • Turnips (so good, contender for root veg of the season, also add leaves to stir-fry or soup)
  • Fennel (aka ladybug "Netflix + Chill")
  • Swiss Chard (aka Beta vulgaris cicla)
Middle Spot 
  • Dill (another member of the apiaceae / umbelliferae family that promotes proliferation among beneficial insects)
Back Row
  • Suichoi cabbage (napa cabbage) 
And this! Monster suichoi in a blue rubbermaid bin, which I am hoping translates into ICF craft kimchi in the near future. Ask Suho next time you see him...

Household CSA Week 2 - June 28, 2017

A splendid variety of veggies last week, here's a quick run down of the contents and a classic recipe for the kohlrabi.

Kohlrabi!
Recipe (from Elaine Keating)
1. Put the kohlrabi in the fridge.
2. Once chilled, peel.
3. Once peeled, chop into whatever shape pleases you. Key is optimizing surface area to volume ratio for what comes next.
4. Place in bowl.
5. Juice a lime onto chopped kohlrabi.
6. Add salt, to your liking.
7. Mix.
8. Pour a pilsner into a glass, perhaps from Luppolo or Four Winds.
9. Pair.
10. Come to terms with the impermanence of bliss as part of the human condition and scheme ways to increase your future intake of kohlrabi. For example, if another CSA member says, "what's this vegetable?" in reference to kohlrabi,  you respond: "It's gross. I'll take it home because I'm very considerate." Alternatively, you can grow a bunch (it loves our Vancouver climate, spring and fall in particular) and begin to proselytize everyone within your sphere of influence about the kingdom of kohlrabi.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

First Household CSA of the 2017 Season!

Wednesday, June 21 was the first(ish) day of summer and the season kick-off for our household CSA. We're VERY excited to be collaborating with the fine folks at Luppolo Brewing Company, creating a nice "two birds, one feeder" situation:

fresh veggies + fresh beer in one location

Here's our two lead farmers, Suho and Cam, with brewer Stefan.