Wednesday
Aug172011

All in a Day's Work

What a crazy summer.  Busy, busy and more busy... but we love it.  Between the normal rush of getting produce to market, the new building (which is coming along nicely) and the summer contracts with the tree farm, I don't know what we'd have done without our farmhands.  That's them, Xenia and Inessa picking cucumbers for the Lorette and Steinbach markets this week.  Can you believe how much fun they're having?!

By the way, tomorrow is customer appreciation day at the Steinbach Farmers Market.  Stop by with the whole family and see what your vendors have to offer on this fun filled day!  There will be live music, a wandering clown with a talent for balloon animals and face painting, and of course locally grown produce and homemade preserves. 

Friday
Jul222011

Hitting our Stride

Seems the recent run of hot weather has everyone in the mood for eating fresh.  We were nearly cleaned out at both the Lorette and Steinbach markets this week and we're hoping for another great turnout at the Pineridge Hollow Farmers' Market on Saturday too!  Most of the crop is coming along nicely and we're offering an expanding variety of produce as it does.  This weekend we'll have all your favourite root crops plus green peppers, kale, swiss chard, and green and yellow beans.  Tomatoes are just a couple weeks away and i'll keep you posted.

We whipped up this terrific dish just the other day.  I need to share it with you...  

Gingered Carrots and Onions

1 lb. carrots

2 Tbsp butter

¼ cup chopped onion

2 Tbsp. finely grated fresh ginger

2 Tbsp. brown sugar

1 tsp. salt 

Boil the carrots in salted water until tender crisp. Drain and set aside.

Melt the butter in a pan and add the chopped onion and ginger and gently saute’ until onion is translucent. 

Add the brown sugar; stir to  dissolve and simmer until well blended.  Gently stir in the tender crisp carrots.

Voila!

Thursday
Jun302011

The start of something fresh

Opening day of the Steinbach Farmers' Market is tomorrow!  There's nothing quite like getting ready for the first market of the season.  What a rush... literally!  I'll keep this short because we'll be up late tonight prepping the early produce and putting the finishing touches on the first jam of the season.

See you tomorrow!

 

Thursday
Jun232011

Timber frame is up

 

By far the biggest thing going on at Redpoll Farms right now is the construction of the new building.  It's almost a shame to hide these beautiful timbers from the exterior view.  Maybe we should entertain the idea of an open-air market?  

The new timber frame, the existing building and a similar extension on the south side will come together to form the new sales office for Redpoll Farms and CD Trees.  The original space was split between a seasonal workshop and the sales office.  In other words, pretty tight.  The new space will be nearly three times the size and accommodate off farm produce sales (maybe as early as this fall... keep your fingers crossed) and tree sales next December.

By the end of the weekend the extension will be built and the SIP roof will be placed early next week.  Really exciting to see this building go up.

Check out the builders:  www.cornerstonetimberframe.com

 

 

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