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Weekly Update: June 30th

Tracking outdoor air quality

This week has presented its fair share of challenges, but we have successfully navigated through them.

At the beginning of the week, heavy rainfall made certain tasks quite difficult, not to mention the rapid growth of weeds.

Yesterday, we experienced yet another day of cancellation due to poor air quality. With air quality now being a crucial factor to consider in our planning, we took the initiative to install an outdoor air quality sensor. Yesterday, the Air Quality Index (AQI) surpassed 200, which is classified as a very unhealthy condition.

In a conversation with a farmer from British Columbia, she mentioned that it is common practice for people in her area to wear N95 masks while harvesting in their fields during the fire season. This could be a new normal we may need to adopt here.

Garlic Scapes

Garlic Scapes

In this week's share, we are excited to include Garlic Scapes, available for the first (and possibly only) time this season!

Garlic Scapes are highly seasonal, with a limited availability of just a week or two during the season. These shoots emerge from our garlic plants and are typically harvested before they form a second curl. If left unharvested, this part of the plant would eventually produce a flower.

Compared to garlic cloves, Garlic Scapes offer a milder garlic flavor, making them incredibly versatile in various dishes. They can be a wonderful addition to soups, stews, stir-fries, omelettes, savory pies, and more. If you're feeling adventurous, you can explore some delicious "Garlic Scape Pesto" recipes that are widely available. We have personally tried and enjoyed a few of them ourselves.

Fenelon Falls Farmer's Market

This week on Friday, June 30th, we'll be attending the Fenelon Falls Farmer's Market for the first time this season.

If you're in the Fenelon Area on Friday and find yourself near Bond & John street, feel free to swing by and say hello!

This Week's CSA Share

  • Head Lettuce

  • Swiss Chard

  • Kale

  • Snow Peas

  • Garlic Scapes

  • Radish

  • Sage

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