What Jenn’s Lovin
Planning For Summer Vegetables
Vegetables are a consistent and large part of the meals and snacks that I prepare at home #halfyourplate. I get excited as the snow melts and the prospect of growing my own food becomes a reality. What also becomes a reality is that I only have a finite number of hours in a day and I don’t always want to make room for the time needed to grow everything that I want.
Insert CSA – Community Supported Agriculture. This year, my family has invested in local farmer Will Bergmann‘s CSA. Will’s farm grows a garden and shares the produce with their CSA investors, that’s me! Each week starting some time in June we will get a tote full of the season’s best that is grown on their farm.
I look forward experimenting with new to us veggies and herbs as well as the challenge of eating, sharing or preserving the entire tote before the next one arrives. I also look forward to saving time shopping for veggies so I can spend more time eating veggies! I will still grow a few items in my backyard garden to keep my hands in the mud and will be planning a farm trip with my family to see our CSA in action. For me this is a win-win.
If you are looking for vegetable garden tips and tricks, or ideas on how to use up your veggies, check out www.gettystewart.com. Getty Stewart, Professional Home Economist and Fruit Share Manitoba Founder, shares stories, tips and recipes inspired by her backyard urban garden as well as her community garden plot.
What Simone’s Lovin
A multifaceted culinary tourism company focused solely on promoting local food and highlighting Canadian cuisine. Located in the heart of Vancouver, British Columbia on Granville Island, Edible Canada offers a vibrant Restaurant, a Gourmet Artisan Retail Shop and multiple local Tours, Events and Getaways.
May will be Alberta month at Edible Canada and I will be traveling with Edmonton chefs Dave Bohati from Market, Brayden Kozak from Three Boars, and Blair Lebsack from RGE RD; with Calgary chefs Eden Hrabec from Crazyweed Kitchen, and Canmore chef Eric Hendry. On Monday, May 4 there will be a media dinner, while on Tuesday, May 5 we will be doing a canola oil tasting for 100 special guests.
It will be the first time that Mountainview and Highwood Crossing will be available for sale in the Vancouver area. And should sales be ′good′ the store on Granville Island will continue to sell their products for the remainder of the year.
This pleases me, as no other province has as many cold-press canola oil plants as Alberta. And sharing these flavourful canola oils with our neighbours to the west will be a pleasure!
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What Ellen’s Lovin
Plants, flowers and more flowers
I love to garden and adding new plants to my beds every year.
I have a few sources that become part of my journey to add my favorites like pansies or maybe a bleeding heart that reminds me of my grandma.
The local greenhouse or the one very special greenhouse that is only open to the public every Mother’s day weekend or the gardening club annual plant share event are all fantastic places to connect with community, get inspired and grow my garden!
Eat Well…Jenn, Simone & Ellen