Tag Archive | food

the dirt on dirt…

the dirt on dirt…

We focus a lot of our attention on what grows out of the ground and what we build on top of it, but often, little attention to the ground itself.  The overall health of our soils is important in supporting the growth of all of our foods and fibres, whether directly or indirectly, but also […]

what rhymes with kombucha

what rhymes with kombucha

mmmmm… fizzy! Kombucha is a fermented tea beverage that is gaining popularity in North America. Known as tea kvass in Russia, it’s been used as a tonic for centuries in other cultures. Kombucha, similar to other naturally fermented products like sauerkraut, is said to have health benefits related to digestion and your immune system. Kombucha, […]

[we’re a] three decker sauerkraut and toadstool sandwich

[we’re a] three decker sauerkraut and toadstool sandwich

mmmmmm sauerkraut I love sauerkraut. Being vegetarian, there weren’t an awful lot of hot dog opportunities to enjoy this condiment in my youth, so I didn’t fully appreciate this delightful way to enjoy cabbage until I learned how to make it myself. One of the best resources out there to help with fermenting foods in […]

harvest time in the backyard

harvest time in the backyard

Ahhhh harvest time!  Over the last few weeks, we’ve been digging up potatoes, pulling up beets and (tiny) carrots, picking tomatoes, beans, squash and zucchini, and finding some odds and ends like garlic we planted last year and a couple hot peppers from a pepper plant that we received in the CSA. If you’re in […]

CSA on the home stretch

CSA on the home stretch

The second half of our CSA deliveries have brought new challenges into our kitchen as we’ve received squashes, loads of beets and new herbs to try. (And seriously, what do you do with a soccer-ball sized kohlrabi?) There have been many more choices each week and bins of  assorted veggies to drive you crazy deciding […]

the second honey harvest…

the second honey harvest…

 this time, with some finesse… Before leaving for summer holidays, we planned to do one last bee inspection, potentially harvest some more honey and clean up the broken comb that we had caused in the first honey harvest.  There were a few new combs that had been built, filled with nectar and already capped for […]

community gardens in Calgary: The Mustard Seed Rooftop

community gardens in Calgary: The Mustard Seed Rooftop

 Community Gardens Series 3.0:  The Mustard Seed Rooftop Garden Our third community garden story comes from the from the top of world in downtown Calgary: the Mustard Seed’s Rooftop Garden. The Mustard Seed is an organization that provides basic services, employment assistance and housing to Calgary’s men and women faced with hardship and homelessness. In Calgary, […]

catching up with the CSA

catching up with the CSA

Weeks four, five and six from the CSA have been steadily growing in size.  Eagle Creek farms has been benefiting from the alternating sun and rain and, thankfully, avoided the hail that Calgary has been pelted with. We’re starting to get some exciting veggies in the mix like turnips and kohlrabi.  With beets turning up […]

csa, a-okay

csa, a-okay

We’ve got updates from our second and third deliveries from our Eagle Creek Farms Community Shared Agriculture Share. The second delivery came in with: Bag of mixed greens (enough for 4 salads): $6 Bag of kale (choice between chard and kale): $7 Bunch of garlic scapes (the new “it” food of 2012): $4 Bunch of […]

mid-july in the garden

mid-july in the garden

it’s (currently) easy being green The weather has been almost exactly like we could have hoped for – rain, sun, rain, heat wave, rain – the plants are loving it.  While the cool start to the season has delayed a lot of what we’d be expecting to find in our garden at this time, we’re […]