From: CSA

CSA 2013 Vol. 9

Bring on Labour Day Long Weekend!

Some say that Labour Day marks the END of summer but we at Riverbend Gardens know we have several weeks of good growing left including our corn crop!  We had a blast last Saturday selling corn at the zoo and this week we are happy to bring corn to our CSA subscribers right in time for long weekend BBQs!  Corn is delicious off the cob, in classic chowder or in a tasty corn fritter – check out Riverbend Recipes on Pinterest for some new ways to prepare your corn.  If you need more corn, we will be at the zoo one last day on Saturday August 31 supporting Hope Missions Youth Shelter and Edmonton & Area Land Trust.

What’s in the Bag?

Family Size:

  • 6 corn
  • potatoes
  • carrots
  • 2 onions
  • beets
  • cabbage

Couples Size:

  • 4 corn
  • potatoes
  • 1 onion
  • beets
  • cabbage

CSA Spotlight

Riverbend Gardens CSA could not exist without wonderful customers supporting local food!  This week we are pleased to present Andrew Knack in the first ever CSA Customer Spotlight!  In addition to his roles as husband and businessman, Andrew is running for City Councillor in Ward 1 in the upcoming election October 21st. What led you and your wife to CSA?
I heard about Riverbend Gardens on Twitter and then checked out the website.  I do not always eat a lot of veggies but was interested in trying to purchase more local food and I thought it would be fun to try something new.  My wife Jamie was sold on the idea from the beginning.  Even though it is just the two of us, we thought we would go with the family size as we thought the cost was very reasonable and we have a lot of neighbours we can share with.
What have you liked best?
From Jamie: The best part of the CSA is having a whole bag of summer delivered every week.  Usually at this point in the year, I feel like summer has passed me by – but not this year!  Every week the best part of summer comes to me – fresh, tasty, beautiful produce!  It’s so exciting to learn about all the produce we can grow within the city and it forces me to eat more veggies and try new foods.
What is your favourite recipe?
From Both of Us: To pick one recipe out of all the wonderful possibilities is a challenge, but our favorite recipe at the moment has to be Super Lazy Cabbage Rolls (see below).  In our house we eat lazy cabbage rolls all the time – in casserole form.  But with campaigning and the heat of summer, we need something faster that did not require the oven so we just pan-fried the same ingredients only to find that this makes an excellent base for so much more!  A traditional topping would be tomatoes, cooked or fresh, or for a twist use some soy sauce.  Some of our guests have suggested using lemon juice.  Andrew likes it as is, right out of the pan.
Riverbend Gardens thanks you, Andrew and Jamie for supporting local food!  More cabbage coming your way this week!Edmontonians, ask your candidates: How do you support local food?