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Jam Recipes to Try

June 18, 2015 No Comments

Here are some interesting recipes to try this year. Good luck, fellow farm kitchen cooks!
Plum (with rum): Amazing on crepes, vanilla, ice cream, waffles, or even toast. From Katrina Cooks.
Caramel Apple: Ingredients include packed brown sugar, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, powdered fruit pectin, butter and cubed apples. Yields 7 half-pints. From A Latte With Ott, A.
Cowboy Tomato: Made with a pound of garden fresh tomatoes (peeled, cored and chopped), lime juice & zest, fresh ginger, whole Jalapeno (minced), cumin, black pepper, cinnamon and salt. From ShowFood Chef.
Green Tomato: You’ll need 4 pounds of green tomatoes for this. From Seattle Bon Vivant.
Fig With Candied Ginger: Made with ripe black mission figs, a vanilla bean, finely chopped candied ginger and Grand Marnier (optional). From Hitchhiking To Heaven.
Dandelion: You’ll need about 4 cups of flower heads (make sure they’re pesticide-free). From Lizzy Lane Farm.
Cranberry-Pepper: Yields 5 (1/2 pint) jars, ingredients include jalapeno peppers, cranberry juice cocktail, vinegar, liquid fruit pectin and small fresh hot red peppers such as serrano or pequin (optional). From Better Homes & Gardens.
Monkey Butter: Made with ripe bananas (with no brown spots), crushed pineapple, coconut, sugar and lemon juice. From American Preppers Network.
Cider Sage: The final product is a lovely greenish golden color. From The Dogs Eat The Crumbs.
Queen Anne’s Lace: You’ll need 2 cups of very firmly packed flower heads cut from the stems. From Murmuring Trees.
Whiskey Bacon: Ingredients include streaky bacon, finely chopped garlic, finely diced red onion, brown sugar, maple syrup, cider vinegar, red wine vinegar, fresh brewed coffee, whiskey and chipotles in adobe. From Eat Like A Girl.
Orange Cardamom: Yields 11 (1/2 pint) jars, ingredients include Valencia or Cara Cara oranges, lemons, green cardamom pods (crushed). From Country Living.
Blueberry Lavender: Yields 6 (1/2) pint jars, made with 3 pounds of blueberries, dried lavender, lemon juice and zest and a bit of butter to help prevent foaming. From Surprised By Joy.


FOR SALE BY OWNER Ashprington Farm and Nursery IN THE COMOX VALLEY

January 7, 2015 1 Comment

Close to Courtenay yet in the country. This picturesque five acre property with spectacular mountain views, has level, cleared acreage serviced with piped water, septic system, field drains, deer fencing and hydro. Currently the property is being used as a commercial nursery. A 4,140 square foot greenhouse with irrigation, shade house, equipment shed, parking area, and great business exposure are included in the price. Opportunity exists to build the established business or build a new business or create a family hobby farm or build your dream home.


OFFERED AT $550,000 machinery, equipment and nursery stock to be negotiatied separately

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Team WaterSmart Spring 2015 Workshops

January 6, 2015 1 Comment

Lawn Alternatives
Water use doubles in the summer, often as people try to keep up with thirsty landscaping. Amy Robson of Nature’s Choice Design shares ways to adopt edible and native plants, beautiful rock gardens, and surfaces that protect and recharge groundwater into your gardening plan. Have your yard look vibrant without chemicals or excess water.
Parksville C.C.C., 123 E. Jensen Ave, Parksville | Sat. March 7, time tbd |Registration is NOT required for this workshop, as it is offered as a part of the All Sprung Out event ($3 admission)
Beban Park Social Centre, Room 7, 2300 Bowen Rd, Nanaimo | Sat. March 21, 10:00am – 12:00 noon | Registration for this workshop is done via the City of Nanaimo. Please call 250 756 5200 to register after March 1st.
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Rainwater Harvesting Options – Save it for a Sunny Day!
Local experts from Rainwater Connection will provide hands-on examples of rainwater harvesting system components, and discuss design options and best practices. Come and learn how you can put rainwater to use on your property, whether for irrigating your garden or flushing your toilets!
Gabriola Commons, 675 North Rd, Gabriola Island / Sat. March 28, 10:30 – 12:30
Cedar Heritage Centre, 1644 MacMillan Rd, Nanaimo / Sat. April 11, 10:00 – noon
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Healthy Homes – Green Alternatives for Spring Cleaning
A clean house doesn’t have to mean scouring away good bacteria or sending poisons down the drain. Learn inexpensive techniques to sanitize that are gentle on the environment and your family’s health. Learn to read product labels and sleuth out which ones are really eco-friendly and which ones just say they are. We’ll make cleaners from scratch so you know exactly what’s in them, and learn how to save money too! Bring a couple of glass jars to take your healthy cleaners home in. All other materials provided.
S.O.S. Parksville, 245 West Hirst Ave, Parksville / Tues. March 31, 6:00 – 7;00pmClick here for more info
Water Wise Veggie Gardening
There is a growing interest in converting yard space to food production. Learn how to get started growing fruits and vegetables year round to improve your self-sufficiency and nutrition. Topics include efficient drip irrigation systems, insect pollinators, composting basics, garden tools and equipment, and planning for year-round food production.
Nanoose Edibles Organic Farm with Barbara Ebell, 1960 Stewart Rd, Nanoose Bay | Sat. April 18, 10:00 am- 12:00 noon
Fern and Feather Studio with Priscilla Brewer, 3920 Yellow Point Rd / Sat. May 9 10:00 – noon
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