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Kitchen Exploration: Tomatillo Salsa Verde – CSA Week #14

Kitchen Exploration: Tomatillo Salsa Verde At OUR Ecovillage we make two main kinds of salsa – a red tomato salsa which comes from 14 different varieties of heirloom tomatoes and a salsa verde, or green salsa, made from Tomatillos!  We grew a huge abundance of Tomatillos and different kinds of tomatoes this year so we…
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September 1, 2020 0

Healing Herbs: Cascade Hops – CSA Week #14

Cascade Hops is flowering in our garden right now, and we are picking you some fresh Thursday morning this week! There are many varieties of Hops, and this particular variety – Cascade – has a flowery, citrus, grapefruit aroma (I encourage you to smell it fresh when you receive it). We all know of course…
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September 1, 2020 0

OUR Educational CSA – Week #14

Hello from OUR ECOVILLAGE! This last week has seen a couple changes. We have a new volunteer arrive, Arnaud Raibaldi, who drove all the way from Quebec although he is originally from France. He will mostly be working in the garden with us for the remainder of the season! We are also going to be…
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September 1, 2020 0

My Momma’s Apple Dumplings! CSA Week #13

My Momma’s Apple Dumplings! Featured in your lifestyle box this week is Brandy’s mom’s Apple Dumplings! From wide and far they drove – all to buy the $1 per dumpling treat at a little getaway resort, off highway 99 (seven miles before Whistler), called the Brandywine Inn.  This 400 acre family home though once a…
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August 27, 2020 0

Kitchen Exploration: Food As Medicine with PURPLE POTATOES – CSA Week #13

Kitchen Exploration:Food As Medicine with PURPLE POTATOES Whhhhat – Purple Potatoes? This week we are sharing some beautiful Russian Blue potatoes! They are a vibrant purple on the inside and can make a really mesmerizing dish.    What Makes Them Purple: Their dark, vibrant colour actually hints to them being much more nutrient dense then…
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August 27, 2020 0

Healing Herbs: Holy Basil – CSA Week #13

Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum), also known as Tulsi, is described in Ayurvedic texts as “the incomparable one” and is considered to be an incarnation of Tulasi or Vrindavani, a consort of Lord Vishnu. It is considered a symbol of fidelity and helpful in attaining spiritual enlightenment, It has been used to support a healthy response…
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August 27, 2020 0

OUR Educational CSA – Week #13

Hello CSA members! Welcome to week 13 of OUR Educational CSA. The figs have been ripening like crazy this last week and we are experimenting with new preserves, so if you have any favourite recipes let us know! We also have a variety of cucumber that is currently exploding in the garden called ‘Crystal Apple…
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August 27, 2020 0

OUR Educational CSA – Week #12

Hello CSA members! It has been a busy and exciting week for those who are working at the ecovillage this summer as well as for those participating from a distance online as we are completing the Awaken: Designing for Community Resiliency and Deep Adaptation Internship. If you’re curious about the details of what we’ve been…
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August 20, 2020 0

Healing Herbs: Parsley – CSA Week #12

Parsley (Petroselinum crispum) is best known for its versatility in the kitchen in both the flat and curly variety but it can also be valuable for medicinal purposes. The ancient Greeks had a high opinion of Parsley, and associated it with Hercules, the mythological symbol of strength. It has been said that they fed parsley…
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August 20, 2020 0

Kitchen Exploration: Healthy Whole Grains – CSA Week #12

Kitchen Exploration:Healthy Whole Grains Even though for over two decades nutritional advisors have been talking about the benefits of whole grains, it’s an idea that hasn’t made it to mainstream restaurants and dinner tables. Whole grain flour, including whole wheat flour, has more nutritional value than grains that have the bran (outer layer) removed before…
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August 20, 2020 0