we love you baby but it’s time to go…

Hello friends and supporters of Kawartha CSA,

Happy New Year! 2014 is here, and with it comes some changes for all of us…

As some of you already know, after 6 years of running Kawartha CSA/Kawartha Ecological Growers, Emma and Shannon have decided to retire the bus…it’s time for us to move on and pass the managerial reigns of Kawartha CSA to someone else. So this year the organization of the CSA will be carried out by our dear friends Sarah and Henry Bakker of Field Sparrow Farms - the co-producers of most of the wonderful meat you’ve been getting with your shares! 

Henry and Sarah decided to run a winter box this season, along with their regular meat CSA, with pickups at both the Circus and the Depanneur; they will be sending you details shortly of what’s in store for the 2014 winter and summer seasons. You can also find them at the Wychwood Barns once a month, and weekly at both Sorauren and Dufferin Grove Farmers Markets. You can contact them directly any time at info@fieldsparrowfarms.ca for more info, or watch your inbox for a newsletter soon!

Thank you all for your support these last few years; we’ve appreciated every second, and hope you’ll continue to support Local Food in any way you can! We’ll miss you, but it’s time for us to go…

So long, be well, and happy eating. All the best for 2014!

Emma and Shannon
Kawartha CSA

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Summer shares on sale now!

Click that big green button to the right for more details…

Weekly pickups start June 10th, east and west side Toronto locations!

(Returning members email us for your discount code!)

Here’s a taste of spring….see you soon!!

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recipe: chipotle sweet potato soup

I was at a friends house this weekend and she made this for lunch. if you dont like heat, you’ll probably be okay  with this – chipotles give the soup a smoky flavour without the chili-heat that you would get from other peppers.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium white onion, chopped
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 medium sweet potatoes (2 pounds total), peeled and cut
  • 1/2 to 1 chipotle chile in adobo, chopped
  • 7 cups of your favourite broth
  • Sour cream, for servingmed105087_1209_sweet_potato_vert


  1. In a large Dutch oven or heavy pot, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high. Add onion, season with salt and pepper, and cook until beginning to brown around edges, about 7 minutes. Add cumin and garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in sweet potatoes, chile, and broth. Bring to a boil; reduce to a rapid simmer, partially cover, and cook until sweet potatoes can be mashed easily with a spoon, 20 to 25 minutes.
  2. Let soup cool slightly. Working in batches, transfer soup to a blender and puree until smooth (use caution when blending hot liquids). Return pureed soup to pot over low heat and season with salt and pepper. Top soup with sour cream and serve with tortilla wedges, if desired.
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Signup for Kawartha Winter Pantry Boxes is now available!

Complete Pantry Boxes available for 6 biweekly Saturday pickups starting January 26…

Pickup Locations:

Wychwood Market (St.Clair & Christie), Kensington Market (Baldwin & Spadina), Davisville (Mount Pleasant & Eglinton), Dundas West (@ Brock), Centre of Gravity (Gerrard & Greenwood)


$55/box, includes a variety of root veggies, fresh greens, preserves, dry goods and more! Everything you need to keep your pantry (and your belly) locally stocked all winter long!

(Sample Winter Pantry Boxes also available @ $60 per- order just a box or two when you need, no commitment! Email for details…)

Pickup Dates: Jan 26, Feb 9. Feb 23, March 9, March 23, April 6

All your favourite extra Shares are also available! Evelyn’s Crackers, Meat, Mushrooms, and more… (See signup link for more details.)


Examples of what you might find in your winter box:

Winter storage veggies – sweet potatoes, squash, beets, turnips, red, white, blue or yellow potatoes, winter radishes, celeriac, leeks, onions, Jerusalem artichokes, carrots, garlic…

Fresh greens (greenhouse grown) – kale, mustard greens, beet greens, salad mix, sprouts…

Dry goods – popcorn, cornmeal, whole wheat flour, grain corn…

Preserves – Pickled Beets, Carrots, Beans, Cucumbers, Hominy, Jams, Honey, Maple Syrup…

And More!

See you soon!

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Kawartha CSA Holiday Pantry Box Dec. 22!

Hey friends!

Just when your stores are getting low, here it is – our new Holiday Pantry Box!

The Holiday Pantry Box is a pre-packed assortment of root vegetables, greens, leeks, preserves and dry goods, with options for extra meat, breads, preserves, maple, honey, eggs, crackers, mushrooms and more – everything you need to get you through the holiday season…and you can treat the ones you love to the best gift ever – delicious local food!

$55 gets you an assorted Holiday Pantry Box, with extra options available for purchase. Pickup at Wychwood Market or Centre of Gravity, with one delivery only on Saturday, Dec. 22.

See details/signup here. A perfect taste of local winter eating, with no commitment!

What’s there to eat in the winter? Well, we’ve got beets, carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, turnips, celeriac, jerusalem artichokes, leeks, kale, and greens to name a few things, plus popcorn, cornmeal, dry beans, smoked meats and everything else we mentioned above…proving you can eat local AND well in any season!

May your winter holidays be blessed with family, friends and full bellies. Happy eating!

Kawartha CSA

(PS. Shares will continue all winter long! Our Kawartha Winter CSA includes 6 biweekly deliveries between January and April, with pickup locations in Davisville, Leslieville, Kensington Market, Wychwood Barns, the Dep and Brock & Dundas (min 10 members/location needed/location). Assorted, prepacked box,$55/delivery, plus options…details and signup coming soon!)

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*Hoedown TONIGHT!* – here’s the plan, Stan…et al…

In case you’re still on the fence, here’s a little more pull from the good side!

Doors open 9pm

9:30pm - Nhapitapi Mbira (traditional Zimbabwean music)
10:45pm - Samba Elegua (27 pc percussion band)
12pm - DJ Kush Nubia (Afro-Latin-Tropical-Fusion-House) with Scarlet Black (Fire Spinning!)
Chocolate, tortillas, tamales, treats and spirits will flow throughout the night, thanks to Chocosol, Maizal Quesadilla Cafe and Sausage Partners. With full charity bar from Zero Gravity Circus (proceeds to Circus without Borders!), all signs point to a glorious evening…


Hope to see you there too! We’d love to bring as much of our community together under one roof as we can…would be magic!

Kawartha CSA

ps. In case you forgot – the Hoedown’s TONIGHT! @ Centre of Gravity, 1300 Gerrard @ Greenwood, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. $10 admission, Kawartha CSA members $8!

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*City Hoedown Tonight* – now with Mbira!

Can you ever have enough music?  Thought we’d add to the local/global flavours and sounds with our favourite Toronto/Zimbabwean band Nhapitapi Mbira!

Nhapitapi Mbira (meaning “sweet mbira”) is a Toronto-based band formed by Memory Makuri, Mutamba Rainos and Evelyn Mukwedeya. The group performs traditional Zimbabwean music based on the mbira instrument. Memory, Mutamba and Evelyn started playing together in 2008 as musicians in Masaisai, a band which performed a blend of traditional and contemporary Zimbabwean music. Masaisai rapidly became a hit on the Toronto African Music scene, and was sought after to play at festivals including Afrofest and Bana Ya’Afrique and performed a variety of shows in Toronto, Peterborough, Kingston and Hamilton. Since 2009, the three musicians have been performing as Nhapitapi Mbira at musical hot-spots such as the Toronto Harbourfront Centre, were recently recorded for Toronto’s Talent (a Rogers TV show) and regularly conduct workshops on mbira theory and practice, hosho (shakers), ngoma (drums), vocals and dance. Nhapitapi Mbira’s interest is to present mbira music as a living classical genre, which is entertaining and healing. Additionally, they hope to allow others to access mbira music and learn it for performance and other purposes.

Nhapitapi will be our first act tonight, starting at 9:30pm.  If you’ve never hear mbira music (or even if you have) you don’t want to miss this – it’s the sound of pure bliss… A perfect start to the night – we’re so excited to have them there!
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*Hoedown Tonight* – now with more fire!!

Can’t have a proper hoedown without a fire, and can’t have a proper party at a circus without a proper circus act…so we thought we’d just combine the two!

Introducing Scarlet Black!

Fire is primal, passionate, mesmerizing; everyone can relate to the beauty of fire. Showcasing an incredible fire performance is my favourite part of being alive.”

An award winning performer, Scarlet Black has been performing as a Fire Artist since 2008. Also a professionally trained singer and dancer, Scarlet has performed throughout Toronto in such venues as Dundas Square, The Opera House, The Pantages Hotel and Ontario Place to name a few.
From cutting edge danger acts to mesmerizing circus arts, to custom fire performances, Scarlet’s unique skill and love of performance will thrill any audience.
Scarlet will be performing throughout Kush’s set tonight, from midnight on…just one more reason to stay up late tonight!
Read more about Scarlet here:
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A hoedown in the city – this Saturday!!

Thought I would share our party poster with y’all… made by our friend and handy backup guy Franck, who some of you may know from Wychwood.  Brilliant, hilarious, wonderfully outrageous – a mere foreshadow of the celebration to come!  We’re building community the old fashioned way – with a hoedown!!  Hope you can make it!

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Let’s Celebrate!! Dec 1 @ Centre of Gravity East!

Because there are a million and one reasons to! The end of the summer growing season, the beginning of the winter; friends, family, community and conviviality; country farmers, city producers, storage crops and fresh baked goods; local chefs, local musicians, local food and local fun; blue skies, chocolate drinks, circuses, life…insert yours here!

And what better way to celebrate than a glorius night of food, music, dance, chocolate, circus, samba and all round revelry??  I can’t think of one right now…

So we’re throwing a party on Dec. 1, right here in the city so everyone can come!!  Doors open at 9pm at Centre of Gravity East (1300 Gerrard) and $10 will get you in for the night and help us cover our costs. We’ve gathered some great friends to help make it bounce – folks like Chocosol Traders, Maizal Quesadilla Cafe, and Sausage Partners will make sure we eat well, and Zero Gravity Circus will be running a full charity bar for Circus Without Borders – and they might just throw down a circus act or two!  Then we’ll dance the night away in style to the locally global sounds of Samba Elegua and DJ Kush Nubia – just because we can…

Everyone is welcome, so feel free to bring friends, family members, everyone you know!  (note – the bar will be open, so this event will be 19+.  Another kiddie friendly event is in the works… this time please support your local babysitters! :))

Hope to see you there!!

love Kawartha CSA

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