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Sweet Soil Winter CSA ~ Week Four

Updated: Dec 16, 2020

Sweet Soil Winter CSA ~ Week Four


Clean Parsnips!


Kale being protected for the Winter


We hope this newsletter finds you well & preparing for whatever rest, holiday, tradition, family celebration or Solstice ritual you might be engaging in this year. We are navigating our first year of having a toddler who loves to take every opportunity to dismantle our holiday tree and who has already broken many heirloom decorations and half a string of coloured lights …. But he is having such a great time: Exploring the air of festivity that is slowly building as we make plans for our small family gatherings, as we bake and make gifts and as our afternoon hikes take new form with the increasingly chilled air, frozen trail and earlier darkness. I'll take a moment to say that I feel so incredibly fortunate to have access to such an abundance of beautiful wilderness trails, along the marsh and in the woods, here in our community! We are thoroughly enjoying this rest time of the year so far!


I have been keeping busy with tons of reading and a recent immersion into another yoga teacher training program. I’m still digesting and absorbing the dense content of the course, but already feel that the topic could not be more relevant or needed. I completed the first prerequisite course for Trauma Centre Trauma Sensitive Yoga last weekend and am looking forward to continuing the training that will run until next Winter.


Jet has started a part-time carpentry job with a local building co-op this week to help them get through their end of year projects before the snow flies. Kale and I will hold down the fort and continue making up boxes of donations for a few of the local toy drives and a few of the shelters in Moncton. This season we have been focusing on giving to a few of the many organizations that are looking for donations to help families during the holidays. If you are interested in donating, here are some of the local organizations that cold greatly benefit:


The Humanity Project ~ Moncton

Headstart ~ Moncton

Boys & Girls Club ~ Moncton

PEDVAC ~ Port Elgin

Boys & Girls Club ~ Moncton

Christmas Cheer (Sackville United Church) ~ Sackville

Harvest House ~ Moncton

Crossroads For Women ~ Moncton



Putting the final touches on the Winter caterpillar tunnel


Enjoy your share this week and some of the recipe suggestions:


Green Cabbage

Red Onions

Purple or Orange Carrots

Leeks or Kohlrabi

Dinosaur or Purple Kale

Parsnips or Beets

~ Curried Parsnip Soup https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/curried-parsnip-soup/

~ Velvety Beet Soup https://downshiftology.com/recipes/beet-soup/

Acorn Squash

~ Vegetarian Stuffed Acorn Squash https://cookieandkate.com/vegetarian-stuffed-acorn-squash-recipe/


For full shares, from our lovely friends at Ferme L’Hirondelle: Lime Blueberry Jam & Balsamic Caramelized Onions

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