bare branches beautiful trees, but what–oh what–can we eat please? Main Street Market serves up the freshest food. today’s taste comparison: apples from oceans away versus /i low-oxygen stored local orchard apples and /ii canned urban alley apples. the winner? canned. not as crisp, that’s a given. but, as a side, snack or sauce the canned variety is our Winter 2011 favourite.
While commonly held that farmers [in the countryside] grow food for people in cities, history and current events collide to reveal that urban farmers can feed cities, and used to too. This weekend Main Street Market supplied fresh dug daikon, Jerusalem Artichokes, locally roasted coffee, Hungarian Hot peppers, herbs and baby chard to Wintergreen Studios for their Share the Harvest event.
Wintergreen Studios celebrated green building, school garden education projects, delectable food, local green businesses, art and more at their autumn gala event. Our gigantic daikon added a whimsical touch to the harvest-decorated porch. (Image below is of farmer’s daughter and 2009 daikon). During the evening, Fireweed and Sheesham and Lotus played and folks bid on silent auction items. We were surrounded by food being cooked and served. Included was applewood smoked goat whisked straight from the smoker outside, put in freshly baked breadrolls and served on massive platters of goodness.
Main Street Market is giving thanks this week for a solid season of sowing, growing, sharing and eating. The harvest has been bountiful, as those of you who came out to see our patch on Open Farms Day saw. We are digging and saving seed now, and have opened CSA signup for 2011 (click on the Get Your Food tab above to see our CSA options). Although the major growing season is over for us, our work is far from done. There is no closed farm day. In fact, we’ve also got new baskets on the go: our Brunch Basket in veggie and meat-lovers varieties, and Christmas Baskets. And, we’re preparing new soil for growing next year. Watch this space for more posts now we have time to be near the computer again.
bumping up and down travelling a cart track to market and back, the view from the field is blurry. they say a farmer must be able to do 85 things at once. spring twenty-10 was a season of set-backs and struggles which saw the fields full of water and half full of vegetables. from lack of water to being flooded, poor germination to over germination, slow starts to quick bursts, the year has been full of surprises of a challenging nature. now we have not enough beets and green onions, too many turnips, radishes and fresh greens. we have many peas but few tomatoes. what does this mean? in our little urban CSA our eaters will find themselves becoming more in tune with the land and weather as they eat from our produce baskets. we’ll continue bumping up and down, doing our best, letting the season determine what we put out on market day, but also striving to find solutions to the presenting challenges. listen to the poignant track “hard water” written by local farmer ian stutt, played by kingston’s superband the gertrudes, and filmed by lenny epstein. are you along for the ride through uncertainty and unbelievably fresh food?
Grown on oak logs, shiitake are a delicious, meaty treat. shiitake (oak – mushroom) have been grown in Japan and other parts of Asia for at least 2 millenia, and in downtown Kingston for just over a year. Coming soon to a basket near your dining table. Learn more by dropping us a line and coming along to our shiitake workshop. nihongo demo ii desu! And, click on the “Media” button above to watch the shiitake video.