Are you concerned about climate change but feel like there is nothing you can do about it? Think again….if everyone just ate local seasonal foods it would make a significant positive impact. Food transport, packaging and processing make up a whopping 6% of CO2e emissions from rich countries. Never eat air freighted goods, for the climate it is a disaster. The CO2e emissions of transporting one ton of food for one mile is roughly 25g by train, 48g by boat and 1527g by plane. Think about that the next time you pick up your CSA basket or shop at a local farmers market.
What is seasonal food? Its produce that is purchased and consumed around the time that it is harvested. Seasonal food is fresher, tastier and more nutritious than food consumed out of season. When produce is allowed to ripen naturally on their parent plant, studies have shown it contain more nutrients.
Need more reasons to buy local food? It helps support local farms and maintains farmland and open space in your community. It supports the local economy because money you spend on products from local farmers and growers stays in the community and is reinvested with other local businesses. You also know where your food is coming from and who grew it.
Here is what you can expect this week:
Famous Rumar Farm Lettuce Mix Your weekly allocation for your salads. I was just talking to my mom about how much we enjoy our earthy fresh lettuces and how much we will miss them in the winter. Enjoy them while they last!
Kamatsuna A Japanese mustard spinach leafy vegetable that can be stir-fried, pickled, boiled or added to soups and salads. Such a mild sweet green, you can use it as you would regular spinach.
Bunch Red Radish Mildly spicy flavour when eaten raw. A new way to enjoy them is roasted or sautéed with butter and garlic. Also great pickled. And those radish tops, pesto them.
Garlic Scapes There are so many ways to enjoy garlic scapes. We added them in your basket again this week. One of our past members shared her pickling recipe. We have done a few batches in the past and really love having them on our epic charcuterie board during the holiday season. If you are feeling ambitious and want to order extra, visit our online store. We will add them to your CSA basket.
Sweet Cherries Bursting with sweetness, these natural treats have zero added sugar (for those of us with a sweet tooth) Will last about a week in the fridge but best just washed and eaten right away. These powerful fruits are full of antioxidants, have anti-inflammatory properties, reduce stress and are a natural source of melatonin that can aid in improving the quality of your sleep.
Snow Peas Edible flat pods with a mild and fresh flavour, snow peas can be eaten raw as a snack or added to a stir fry. They add crunch to salads and are a good source of vitamins and minerals. Store in an airtight vegetable container in your fridge crisper.
Wild Flower Bouquet Our wildflower strip in the middle of the farm attracts beneficial insects and honey bees. They help us pollinate the fruit while offering a colorful floral show. We want you to have a small sample of its beauty for your home.