Recipe Highlight | Turnip Puff

This recipe comes from a Sunnyside resident who says "Turnips suck, but this puff makes them taste so good!" We don't necessarily agree with the first half of that statement, but she is definitely right about the second part! This turnip puff acts as a great side dish and makes 6 servings.

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Ingredients:
6 cups cubed turnips
2 tbsp. butter
2 eggs, beaten
3 tbsp. flour
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
pinch of nutmeg
1/2 cup fine breat drumbs
2 tbsp. melted butter

  1. Boil turnip to cook until tender- drain and mash.

  2. Add butter and eggs- beat well.

  3. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Add turnip mash and stir until combined.

  4. Butter a casserole dish and add mixture.

  5. Combine crumbs and butter- sprinkle on top.

  6. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes or until lightly browned on top.

Market Highlight | Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

  An example of a large family share from on our of local CSA programs (minus the popcorn and honey!)

An example of a large family share from on our of local CSA programs (minus the popcorn and honey!)

If you like to support local, you may have already heard of Community Supported Agriculture programs. These programs are popping up all across Canada and provide a great way for you to connect with your farmer. 

Community Supported Agriculture is based on a shared risk strategy. As a consumer, you buy into a CSA program with a specific farm or organization at the beginning of the season. This lump sum of fiscal capital allows the Farmer to purchase required inputs, equipment etc. You then pick up a weekly or bi-weekly box of produce from that farm. By pre-purchasing your vegetables and fruit, you agree to share the risks of the agriculture industry with your Farmer. 

The agriculture industry is a very volatile one; disease, extreme weather events, high cost of production and more can severely impact a farm's ability to produce. Regardless of these risks, at market, and wholesale prices do not change to compensate for a poor yield. CSA programs help to mitigate this risk and ensure that the Farmer gets paid a proper wage for their hard work. 

There is a wide range of CSA models- from a standard box of available vegetables, to ones with a bit more choice allowing you to select certain products you prefer. Regardless of the model, these programs allow you to access high quality, local products on a weekly basis with minimal effort. This is a great choice for households of all sizes as many farms now offer small and large box options. 

CSA's are a flexible, convenient way to support your local producers and GET TO KNOW YOUR GROWER!

There are currently three CSA programs operating out of the Hillhurst Sunnyside Farmers' Market for the indoor season. Explore the links below and choose a farm or model that works best for you and your family! 

YYC Growers
https://www.yycgrowers.com/yyc-metro-growers/calgarys-most-local-csa/summer-harvest-box-csa/

Eagle Creek
https://www.eaglecreekfarms.ca/?page_id=1277

Noble Gardens
https://www.noblegardenscsa.com/new-share-program-2018.html

Recipe Highlight | Pumpkin Spice Latte

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It is time to accept fall- and that means jumping on the Pumpkin Spice Latte train! Here is our recipe for a fresh, local take on this trendy fall season staple. Use your market haul to impress your friends with how relevant, and DIY savvy you are! This is also a great one to use up your leftover pumpkin puree from your pie or ravioli recipe.

Ingredients:
2 c. milk
1/4 c. pumpkin puree (sugar pumpkins are best!)
2 tbsp Honey
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 c. hot espresso or dark roast coffee
1/2 whipped cream (optional)
2 tbsp caramel ice cream topping (optional)

Directions:

  1. Roast pumpkin in oven at 400 degrees for 35-45 mins until soft (cut in half; place flat half down on baking sheet; coat in oil; it is done when a fork can be stuck easily into it)

  2. Mash pumpkin and set aside 1/4 c. - save the rest for a pumpkin pie or pumpkin ravioli!

  3. Heat milk, pumpkin puree, honey and spices in a saucepan over medium low heat for approximately 5 mins or until hot (but not boiling!). Stir often to combine and keep from burning!

  4. Remove from heat and whisk vigorously until it is foamy.

  5. Pour coffee or espresso into two large mugs and add foamed milk.

  6. Add whipped cream and caramel topping if desired!