Carrot Top Pesto
What's Fresh July 2017?
I don't know about you, but I hate wasting anything! When I was packing boxes for our weekly CSA, it seemed a sad thing that these beautiful green carrot tops were often composted as soon as they reached a customers home. I did some research and while the info is sometimes conflicting, more pointed towards them being safe to eat in moderate quantities when organically grown.
Strawberry Buzz Festival
With longer days and higher temperatures in July berries and stone fruits are starting to ripen up quick. It's the time of year to buy flats of boysenberres, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries and freeze or preserve, so you enjoy berries all winter long. This year's garlic crop is starting to be pulled from the ground and cured so you can expect a wide selection soon.
Feast of Fields 2017 at Ravenhill Herb Farm
Summer is on it’s way and so is the divine goodness of local strawberries! For the good folks at Flavour Trails this means only one thing: the Saanich Peninsula Strawberry Buzz Festival, June 24 & 25!!
Fernwood Bites: A Food & Drink Tasting Event
To celebrate FarmFolk CityFolk’s 20th Feast of Fields on Vancouver Island, we are returning to where it all began: Ravenhill Herb Farm.
What's Fresh June 2017
Join friends and neighbours at Fernwood Bites in beautiful Fernwood Square and taste the best food & drink Victoria and Southern Vancouver Island have to offer.
Edible Seaweed Identification Foray with Dakini Tidal Wilds & Wild Mountain
Fresh produce is becoming more abundant into June. The first berries make an appearance and a wide variety of leafy greens are available. This is the only time of year for asparagus and one of the best times for fava beans and sweet peas.
Fernwood Helping Hands
Amanda Swinimer, marine biologist and seaweed harvester for Dakini Tidal Wilds and Chef Oliver Kienast from Wild Mountain Food & Drink and member of the Slow Food Chef’s Alliance, will lead a wild foods foray along the coast, identifying seaweeds and their culinary uses.
Garlic Scape Pesto
Fernwood Helping Hands is a community outreach program where skilled volunteers 'glean' - the practice of collecting fresh, excess foods - from farms across the CRD.
Farmers' Market Demo Recipes: Garlic Scapes
Garlic scape pesto is all the rage right now, at least for me. I love pesto, and this is my favourite kind. It tastes so delicious, with a different edge to it that standard pesto. It makes use of an abundant but sometimes difficult-to-use crop. And if I’m going to the trouble of making Big Batch Pesto, garlic scape is the way to go: it gives much bigger yields than cloves of garlic.
Using perfect, perfect farm fresh produce to show market shoppers how to cook with seasonal ingredients? The. Best! The first demo focused on garlic scapes and on leafy greens.
Rhubarb Custard Bars
The rhubarb in my fridge has been calling to me lately, anyway. It’s been telling me that I should make Rhubarb Custard Bars, but I was feeling more pie-ish today. (Pies are my favourite dessert.) Also, I found a bag of 2010-picked strawberries in the back of my freezer (oo-oops!), so these Rhubarb-Strawberry Galettes practically made themselves.
How to Trim and Cut Asparagus
Rhubarb season just got even more delicious. All because of this great recipe.
Tips for Strawberry Picking
It’s almost the end of asparagus season here on Vancouver Island and I need to show you this before it’s too late! I am sure that many of you already know all about asparagus, but there are enough asparagus-newbies out there to make a post like this worthwhile.
It is strawberry season! One of my favourite June rituals is to go strawberry-picking with my children. We are blessed here in Victoria, where we have the choice of over a dozen U-Pick strawberry farms within a 20 minute drive of the city.