Root Cellar Meals

With a fully stocked root cellar comes a necessary change in eating habits. You’ll need to cook with root vegetables even more than you usually do, and keep your cellar stock in mind. Here are some root cellar meals we’ve made recently. SPANISH TORTILLA Thinly chop 3-4 medium sized potatoes, boil until tender. Then saute in a cast iron skillet, with 1 finely chopped onion … Continue reading Root Cellar Meals

Preparing Your Root Cellar

As the weather cools off, it’s time to prepare your root cellar for winter.  If you’re new to root cellaring, here are a few posts we’ve written over the past two years: Root Cellar Basics Root Cellar Workshop Root Cellar: Building Materials Root cellars are relatively low maintenance. But there are a few things that should be done to prepare your root cellar for the … Continue reading Preparing Your Root Cellar

Freezing 201: How to Freeze Your Favourite Produce

Hopefully, you caught our valuable tips in our Freezing 101 blog post.  These suggestions will help ensure that you find it easy to actually use all the fruits and veggies that you freeze this summer.  In this post, we’ll go over the best way to freeze the most common types of produce – but remember to keep your own cooking style in mind when freezing … Continue reading Freezing 201: How to Freeze Your Favourite Produce

Freezing 101: The Basics

We’ve had many people tell us that they’d love to do more preserving, but only have enough time in their lives to freeze their produce. Guess what? Freezing is preserving!  While it may be a little harder to show off than an pantry full of colourful jars of preserves, many people find a freezer full of summer’s bounty is a more practical way to preserve … Continue reading Freezing 101: The Basics

Early August CSA Box: Four Ways

There’s always a flurry of excitement in the office when the weekly delivery of CSA boxes arrives.  We peek in the boxes.  There’s generally some oohing and ahhing over the unusual items and then the recipe-brainstorming begins.  I thought it would be interesting to compare a few people’s weekly meals to see how each of us approached the same ingredients. Last week’s CSA box contained … Continue reading Early August CSA Box: Four Ways

How to Keep Your CSA or Market Veggies Fresh All Week

This year, my husband and I bought into a whole CSA share,  which gives us a lot of veggies to deal with every week.  It kind of reminds me of when we used to make our weekly visits to the farmers market when you had to wait for Saturday – you come home excited about all the gorgeous produce, and then you quickly realize you … Continue reading How to Keep Your CSA or Market Veggies Fresh All Week

When is My Favourite Produce in Season?

It’s canning season again, folks, and this year it comes even earlier than usual. Now that summer’s heat has arrived, the farmers markets are starting to get full of delicious produce, and we here in the office have been pouring over canning and preserving cookbooks to dream about the delicious food we’re going to put away this summer! (If you want a refresher on the … Continue reading When is My Favourite Produce in Season?

Farm Profile: Cochrane Family Farms

This is the second of hopefully many short profiles to bring light to the great work that small farmers do in their communities to make them better places to live and work, while providing them with great quality food.  Contact us at 902-477-1077 or in the comments below if you’d like to write about a local farm that enriches your community! I recently had the … Continue reading Farm Profile: Cochrane Family Farms

The Year Round Vegetable Gardener… That’s You!

The lovely Elisabeth Bailey, author of A Taste of the Maritimes: Local, Seasonal Recipes the Whole Year Round, kindly submitted this book review. You probably already know that Nova Scotia is a hotbed of season extension (so to speak), but were you aware that one of the foremost experts and authors in the field is a  native daughter of the province? Niki Jabbour of Tantallon, … Continue reading The Year Round Vegetable Gardener… That’s You!

Spring Cooking Class Recipes: Fresh CSA Produce

We’ve been holding seasonal cooking classes for awhile now, and we’ve loved sharing knowledge about the bounty of Nova Scotia.  Spring can be a tough time to eat local though – a lot of farmers are almost at the end of their winter root vegetables, but it’s still too soon for springtime favourites like asparagus, fiddleheads or strawberries.This last Monday, we decided to embrace the season head-on by building a menu around a CSA (or Community Shared Agriculture) produce box from Taproot Farms. Continue reading “Spring Cooking Class Recipes: Fresh CSA Produce”