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HOT SHOTS – MAR 13TH, 2016

HOT SHOTS – MAR 13TH, 2016

Dear Ones,

Again I’m sorry there were no Hot Shots last week.  I was sick again.  I thought I was dying because I had become very tired and also I had commenced not liking the other people on the planet.  I spent four days watching a terrible show on Netflix, which took two seasons to reveal itself as sexist to the core, taking breaks only to look at clogs that I need on the internet.  It is a stunning existence, really, one’s life when one is down and it feels like we’ve all been taken out at Disco, only we’ve been taking turns which is a good thing.

Asparagus

Instead of writing anything about anything today, I’d like to take this opportunity to invite you to come and visit us.  We are settled in our new digs and we would really like you to come by so we can shake your hands and to show you around and introduce you to the whole team, or whomever’s here when you come by.  Please know that we would really love to have you over and we’d love to share our space with you and meet your team and have you meet ours.  Let’s do that face to face thing that makes everything so wonderful.  Also, I guess I’m feeling pretty proud of us and proud to be a member of this family.  We love you.  Come play!

And this is the Lady Alice apple, and they’re really tasty AND affordable.  “The Lady Alice apple has a dense and crispy texture and a rich heirloom-like complex flavor, sweet with hints of tart. It is typically stored after harvest and sold to the retail customer at the flavor’s peak. It is suitable for fresh eating as a snack, as well as for cooking and baking. Among its specialty characteristics is that it doesn’t brown fast even if cut open, and keeps shape and texture at high temperature baking” –The Internet

On the affordable apple front, we also have the Opal apple.  And also, the pomme de terre, which means apple of the earth and is French for “potato.”

Opal apple

 

Fennel!

Fennel

 

Pretty snow peas.

Snap peas

 

Gorgeous brussels sprouts.

Bsprouts

 

We’re back in the business of perfect and beautiful green beans.  I have a beautiful memory of my Mom, which is this: sitting on the front porch with her and snapping beans.  She would tell me to put on a long skirt, then she showed me that you tuck the sides of the long skirt into the sides of your nicks, make a basket out of your lap, into which you pick the beans/peas.  THEN you sit on the porch beside your mom and snap ‘em, throwing the stems to the chickens and the perfect beans back into your lap.  My mom would drink white wine out of a mug while she did this with me and sitting with her with our skirts in our nicks while I pretended that I was pretty much just like her, is a sweet memory, recalled with just the snap of a bean.  You know what is a cool thing in this world, is that your memories are your own.  You’re allowed to keep them forever.

Green Beans

 

These are awesome and cute and small and wonderful.

Watermelon

 

Damn!

TOV

 

The thing about these clamshell tomatoes that is actually the most awesome at the retail level is that no one is handling them.  Each of these clamshells has a yellow one to three red ones.

tom clamshell

 

Coloured TOVs!!!!!  Yay on earth!!!!  Look at those green fresh snappy stems with all that life left in them!!!!  Try them out!  Splash some colour around!!!

tomate grappe

 

This photos says it all:

Asparagus

 

And I love artichokes because it’s the only way you can really eat butter with a “spoon” which is effectively what an artichoke leaf is.  It’s a spoon.

Artichoke

 

Gorgeous zukes from Del Cabo.

Zucchini

 

There aren’t any cara caras and navels are in short supply because of the following factors as explained by Rory at Homegrown: 1) It is both unwise AND more importantly, dangerous to harvest during wet months, which they’re in right now.  The citrus trees are on steep hills which cannot be safely approached via truck and or forklift in the mud.  2) The fruit is compromised because it’s wet.  And 3) “Ethical Production—Just a final point.  It really is irresponsible to harvest citrus in wet conditions, however some marketers will do in anyway if it is a strong market. You can make a quick/easy sale when you have fruit and no one else does due to weather. However in the end this isn’t acting in the best interests of either the customer or the grower. We pride ourselves in not being that kind of company.” –Rory at Homegrown

So we’ve got some of these, below are the 56ct navels, and that’s it for a while.  And I think you’ll agree that it’s understandable that there aren’t so many available right now.

navels

 

We’ve got big beets again!!!   These ones are from West Enderby Farm.  Which is in West Enderby.

Beets

 

And this is Shawna and Mayfield and a little Jackie peeking through behind Shawna.  This is Shawna and Mayfield showing me what International Women’s Day means to them.

shawna - curtis

 

Come bring your crew, meet our crew.  We’d love to have you.

Stay warm, stay dry, and maybe the next co-worker you see, high five them. Just because.  It will make both of you smile.  And that’s worth just about anything.

Big Love,

Ursula Twiss

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