Friday, April 24, 2015

Update from the Greenhouse!

I (Teri) am happy to announce Brenna joining our Noggins Farm Team!  My husband Jon and I are moving to Manitoba, and it's been a pleasure to train Brenna into my role.  Best of luck to all my friends at the markets, and as of next week you'll have Brenna full-time at the Pop Ups!  I will pass the torch on to Brenna officially now!  -- Teri

This Week at the Markets:

Many people have been asking about the availability of kale! The answer is soon! Here's a stellar photo of the kale in Dean Manning's greenhouse growing like crazy. This week keep your eye out for his excellent spinach and mesclun mix!

Don't forget to pick up your cut squash because supply is running out soon!
See you at the markets!

-- Brenna


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Final Week: A new chapter begins!

A few photos from last week-- This is my final week of work, Brenna and I are training this week and then she's on her own as my last day is Saturday.  I know she's going to be an excellent market champion!!

Monday, April 13, 2015

This Week at Market

This week at market we have the first of the peppers from den Haan Greenhouses.  Local sweet
peppers!  This farm also produces stunning cluster tomatoes, grape tomatoes, and english cucumbers -- Available at all the markets.

Spinach is in full swing, and we also have mesclun mix - a blend of different cooking greens like mustards, bok choy, kale, and spinach.

Squash is nearly done for the season, but we still have bags of cut squash available.

On the apple front, Ambrosias are done but the Cortland, Gala and Empire are still crunchy and delicious!

<-- Come by this week and meet Brenna, our newest addition to the Noggins Farm Team!

See you at the markets!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Andrew on the News!

News from the orchards from the big man himself:

Root Vegetable Pakoras

It's April now, and so we have surpassed the "March root vegetable blues", but there's still not a lot of exciting greens on deck due to all the snow (and still snowing as I write this... Seriously!!).
Last night, faced with a fridge full of cabbage and root vegetables and a broken oven, I decided to jazz it up a bit-- I got some oil going on the stove and made panko-breaded sweet potato and turnip sticks, sweet potato fries, and pakoras.
The pakoras are something new I've been experimenting with lately.  They're so simple-- grate up root veggies (I used onion, parsnip, carrot, potato, turnip, sweet potato, celeriac), add desired spices (I used a great curry powder I picked up at the market a couple weeks ago) and gram flour (chickpea flour) until the mixture sticks together, form into small patties and then deep fry or pan fry until golden.  Yum!  I served mine with a tomato-apple chutney.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

This week at Market

This week at market come and try our Honeycrisp Apple Chips!  They are made by dehydrating slices of this fine apple until the perfect crispness is reached-- and no sugar added!  They make a great healthy snack, and kids love them, too.  $2.00 for a small bag and $5.00 for a large bag.

Our 3L pasteurized Apple Cider has returned!  $7.00 for a box that doesn't need to go in the fridge until opened.  Blended with Honeycrisp Apples, the flavour of this juice is wonderful, and different than our fresh cider-- so give it a try!

This week also marks the start of a new Community Shared Agriculture season at TapRoot Farms.  Both the Hammonds Plains Farmer's Market and the Partners For Care VG/QEII Market are CSA pickup spots this year.  We look forward to seeing lots of familiar faces as well as some new ones this week!

Fully stocked on over a dozen apple varieties, root veggies, cukes and tomatoes from den Haan, cut turnip & squash and pea shoots this week as well-- so make sure you do your fresh produce shopping at the market this week!

See you there!

Teri :)

Sunday, March 29, 2015

At Market this week

This week we are excited to herald the coming of SPRING with Spinach!  This healthful and delicious leafy green is grown by Dean Manning at Manning Family Farm in Falmouth, NS.  It has been overwintered in the
greenhouse which means it's extra sweet, and growing quickly with the longer sunny days we are having.  Pick some up at the markets this week!

Also, this week at the markets we're all ready to serve your Easter dinner needs.  Pasrnips, Sweet Potatoes, Turnip, Potatoes, Squash - Check out this recipe for Honey Roasted Apple and Parsnip Soup!

The QEII and IWK Markets will be held on THURSDAY this week, in lieu of Good Friday, and they will return to the regular Friday schedule the following week, April 10.

Check out Emily last Friday at the IWK, enjoying the new renovations:

If you miss us at the Pop-Ups, don't forget that we are at the Seaport Farmer's Market:
Tuesday to Friday 10 - 5, including Good Friday
Saturday 7 - 4
Sunday 9 - 4 (including Easter Sunday).

See you at the Markets!