Monthly Archives: January 2012

Plan B Organic Farms - beets in our local only winter share

Beets in our local only winter share from Plan B Organic Farms

Our CSA has once again offered local only winter shares. We get this every other week and a regular winter share on the off weeks, for a little variety. Today’s small local share included: potatoes, leaf lettuce, arugula, beets, butternut squash, apples, garlic, red onions, sweet potato, and apple cider. All organic local goodness. I saw the beets and was reminded of what one of the farmers at our local farmers’ market suggested in the summer. We tried this recipe and loved it for the taste and simplicity, and even our picky 6 year old liked it!

Beet salad:

  • beets, grated (raw)
  • carrots, grated
  • onions, finely diced
  • balsamic vinegar
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • celeriac/radishes/any other tasty raw root vegetables you have around, grated

Mix well and serve.


I buy many of my clothes second hand, as well as many of the clothes for my boys. Which means the knees in our jeans wear out pretty quickly. And I don’t like to throw them out, so I’ve mended a few pairs with fleece patches (fleece because it’s a bit stretchy, which is good for the knees) but apparently my method isn’t that great, because eventually the seam of my patches rips. A few pairs we’ve made into cut-off shorts. But I figured there had to be a better way to salvage them.

Patches from Sewn By Hand

A couple of months ago my eldest son asked to learn how to sew so we got a couple of books out of the library, looking for good beginner projects. I found a book for myself as well, called Sewn by Hand, with some fun little projects in it. I liked it so much I ended up buying the book, and this weekend had a chance to do some of Susan Wasinger’s awesome patches. They kind of dress up the old holey jeans (as a friend commented: “Fancy pants!”) and make me want to wear them again!

Patches from Sewn By Hand Patches from Sewn By Hand

Happy truly free range chickens on Everdale Farm

For Thanksgiving we went to my brother’s house, and on our way back, as we were driving there was a terrible stench that both of the kids exclaimed about. I told them to look out the window and tell me where they thought the smell was coming from. My eldest recognized the factory chicken farms (rows and rows of the long windowless chicken houses) and knew immediately what the smell was. They have both seen Food, Inc. so they have an idea of what it looks like in there and what goes on inside.

A few days after that, my boys and I went to Everdale Organic Farm and Learning Centre with our homeschooling group. As we drove up I looked at the green field, in the centre of which was a coop and around it there were a bunch of chickens and a couple of cows. I remarked at how happy they looked. It was such a relief to be in a place where the animals are treated humanely after the Thanksgiving experience.

We had a great day and had lots of fun new experiences learning about their greenhouses, produce, chickens, cows, sheep, and the donkeys who take care of the sheep.

donkey who tends the sheep on Everdale Farm