Archives for posts with tag: CSA

Our reader Laurie Aaron Dahlquist recently uploaded some beautiful images to our Facebook Page, along the theme of Stayin’ Cool in August. Laurie (like many of us) is a member of a CSA Farm. We wrote one of our first articles on Fleurbain about our own little CSA farm; they hold a dear place in our hearts!

Here are the amazing pics Laurie took of her fruit and veg the other day:

Some of Laurie's CSA delivery this week.

What better way to cool off than with some fresh, organic fruit and veg that helps support local farms and biodiversity? Is there any?

mmmm look so crunchy and delicious and cooling...

OK, you tell us what you think about Stayin’ Cool with a thousand words. Yes, a picture speaks a thousand words, so send in your photo on the theme of Stayin’ Cool in August to our Facebook Page or email to fleurbain@gmail.com. We’ll post your images here.

my personal fave: THE TOMATOES

Advertisements
Allium sativum, Alliaceae, Garlic, bulbils; Ka...

What I'd Like To Eat

I am enrolled in a CSA programme. Like many people, I supplement the bi-weekly grab-bag of organic vegetable goodies that are delivered from “my” farm with additional produce, ideally purchased at one of Montreal’s farmer’s markets.

This past fall I bought two different, and regrettable, bundles of garlic. The first was a big bag: “A Winter’s Worth of Garlic”. It came in a paper bag, and was about $15. The seller said to store it in the fridge to maintain freshness right through the winter. I’m pretty sure this garlic would last a lot longer than that and not require any refrigeration, because it was tasteless, pulpy and disgusting. Yes, no doubt that this was, indeed, irradiated garlic. A huge, useless sack of it.

the offending monstrosity: cute, but inedible

My next mistake was a rope of garlic. It was “Quebec” garlic, and silly me made the assumption that it was, therefore, good garlic. Nope. It might well have been grown in Quebec, but it was still irradiated! I was terribly disappointed and disgusted. It seemed to be sold via a real farmer, it wasn’t hanging in amongst avocados, lemons and pineapples… it was right next to fresh lettuce and peppers and other local delights.

I have learned my lesson. From now on I am buying only organic garlic, as there is no point in eating irradiated garbage. I might as well chow down on a cardboard cutout image of garlic. One little clove of organic has more goodness and flavour than a “Winter’s Worth” bag full.

This year I hope to have a real vegetable garden-plot, and if I do… I will grow my OWN garlic. I’ll be 100% guaranteed organic garlic, with no weirdo things done to it afterwards. I can hardly wait!!!

Natasha Henderson, Montreal

%d bloggers like this: