Did you know that our nutty organic sunflower shoots can be found in raw pet food...huh did ya! BCs Best Raw Pet Food uses our shoots, along with loads of other local, healthy ingredients in their pet mixes. Ingredients like grass fed beef, pears, parsley, apple cigar vinegar, broccoli, ground flax seed and squash are just some of the ingredients. Check them out for a healthier and happy puppy or meow meow!
This is what happened to the Giddy Up delivery truck windshield when I tried to stop a woman from being abused. Nerves definitely rattled but I am fine and the douche bag was arrested and hopefully broke his hand. Traffic never slowed down to help the woman, they just kept on driving by. Well this is something that I could not do so I stopped. A $350.00 ICBC deductible later (that I had to pay) and I have a new windshield and a somewhat dismayed look on society. Please stand up, please take action, STOP turning a blind eye. This could have been your Mom, wife, sister or step-daughter.
A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away....oh wait that's not me. A long time ago before I became a "farmer" I was a glass artist and was full time for many many years. The only colours I see these days are brown and green and my brain has been crying out to add more colours to my rainbow! I have recently set up my lampwork studio again and when I have 5 minutes to do something like sleep I forgo that silly little activity and melt glass. I even managed to set up a new Etsy store and add items to it in my pajamas at 5am after my husband heads off to work. If you want to have a look at what else I can do, other than growing awesome greens check it out. www.etsy.com/ca/shop/CalienteArtGlassShop?ref=search_shop_redirect
There are some days I am so happy that I am an indoor farmer and this was one of them. Taken last week while sitting in my truck and waiting for the thaw to occur. This ice storm really just added insult to injury to us West Coasters. Record snow falls really put a kink in our delivery schedule but we managed to get greens out albeit a day or two off schedule. I am afraid to utter this out loud but it looks as if Mother Nature is done with us. I guess we can't defy her all the time but I will say it again "I am so happy we are indoor farmers".
Lots has happened with Giddy Up since the last update...geeze I'm right on this whole "blog" thing! Anyways here is the latest and greatest....the Giddy Up Wagon can now be found in Squamish serving up cold-pressed juices and delicious/nutritious food but under the site Mountain Squeeze www.mountainsqueeze.com/. The wagon was an absolute blast to be apart of but the warehouse of greeny goodness is where my true heart lies and so the saga goes on. More exciting news is that the warehouse is now closer to Vancouver. Okay maybe by only 200 feet but alas the carbon footprint has been reduced. We moved into a new warehouse space and absolutely love it!
Our customer base has also grown so if you are looking for wheatgrass in North Vancouver please hit up TAO Organics or in West Vancouver Whole Foods is your store for our full line of greens. The new Choices in Abbotsford will have our full line this week as well.. SPUD.ca now carries our full line of greens for home delivery.
We are also working on a distribution outlet for Hope and locations East so if you live in Kamloops, Kelowna, Salmon Arm etc etc etc keep an eye out for our logo on the store shelves.
So if you're like me you are a little bit happy that Fall is peaking her head around the corner of the door. If you are like me you are trying to slam the door on Fall's head. Our summer has been epic but with that I am ready for a more cozy/snuggly type of clothing, a fireplace and some rich gorgeous soup.
The best way to bring me back to a season or a memory is food and this spring inspired pesto will do just that. Easy to make and great to freeze....here is what you will need.
3/4 toasted walnut halves
1-2 cloves of peeled garlic
2 cups of our fab pea shoots
handful of mint leaves
1/2 cup EVOO
S & P
Place the walnut halves and garlic cloves in the bowl of a food processor (we use our Vitamix). Pulse nuts and garlic (that sound funny) about 10 times, or until all pieces are chopped small. Add the pea shoots and mint leaves. Pulse the mixture 10-15 times or until you notice that a dry paste is forming. Season the mix with salt and pepper and place the lid back on. With the motor running on low drizzle the evoo through the feed tube. Once you've added it all, turn the machine off and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula (or your finger-yum). Return the lid and pulse the pesto another couple of times, just to ensure that everything is blitzed together. If you are not going to use right away put in a container with a lid and store in the fridge. If you are going to make a big batch then just divvy the mix up into portions and put into the freezer.
Amazing spread on some toast with avocado, chili flakes and a squeeze of lemon, mixed with in a cup of yoghurt for a veggie dip or of course toss it with your homemade pasta and top it with some shaved walnuts or parmesan.
I think we are still recovering from the New West Food Cart Festival but was totally worth it. One would think you go to an epic event like this for your fill of deep fried everything but we thought we would throw our little vegan food cart into the mix. Well 90 thousand people showed up to this event and many were thrilled to find a healthier option to the normal food truck fare. 83 die hard souls ordered our organic wheatgrass shots and changed the food truck revolution on it's ass. Many more ordered vegan smoothies and did a little detoxing while they re-toxed their way through Columbia Street. Ironically enough I didn't manage a meal until 12:30am after we dragged our tired asses home. I can't wait until next year!
You ever have that feeling that working 7 days a week was just not enough for you ............ya well that's because you are normal and we are not somehow! Let the food cart adventure begin! May I introduce the "Giddy-Up Wagon", complete with cold-pressed juices, vegan smoothies, wheatgrass shots, kale chips, fruit leathers, granola, protein balls, DIY wheatgrass kits, almond milk and yes even vegan dog treats.
I really fell in love with juicing just before my Cuba wedding where I went on a 31 day juice cleanse because it was cheaper to "alter" my body than the dress I had picked out. Of course the health benefits were just as much a part of the juicing cleanse but the 30#s lost was a nice benefit. Ever since then juicing has been a part of our daily routine and the big $$ was put out for a Norwalk cold-press juicer.
Vegan smoothies crept their way into our mornings after a Xmas present of our beloved Vitamix. You know those people who drone on an on how wonderful their Vitamix is.............well I am now one of them! I used to, secretly inside my head, tell those people to "shut-up about it, it's just a really fast blender".
Stage right enter the Excalibur dehydrators. Ya I also used to tell "those people" (inside my already busy head) to shut up about the Excalibur dehydrators as well...... .now I have a couple of them and lovingly stare at them while they create amazing creations with just a warm fan. Ok let's be honest I am the one who creates the recipes, the dehydrators just do the boring work! All natural fruit leathers and kale chips are dried to perfection in these babies.
So now I have all these wonderful tools so why not make them get a job when they are done pleasing my family. Everyone pulls their weight in our household! Bingo-Bango a food cart enters our lives, a Fraser Health Authority inspection is passed and voila the Giddy-Up Wagon is born.
You will find the Giddy-Up Wagon 3 Saturday's per month at the Haney Farmers Market, The requests to have us at events are coming in and we are trying to book up our Summer so if the wagon is something you would like at your event let us know.
As I type this update my step-daughter Paige is working diligently on her dog treats before she has to make the long trek back to Kamloops where she spends the week with her Mother. Paige is a very passionate 12 year old girl that has been involved in our Farmers Markets and loves every second of it .... mind you spending the money she earns at the Farmers Markets is her true passion!
We have been away from the Farmer Markets for a bit now but have missed being apart of all the crazy vendors that brave the elements to sell you their blood, sweat and tears with hopes of scratching out a living. Well, we will be back this year in our new food cart.... more on that in a "coming to a market near you" post.
Paige has created a vegetarian/vegan dog treat using local organic whole wheat flour and the ground almonds from our almond milk, that we have created, among other ingredients. She rolls out and cuts each treat by hand with cookie cutters from when her Dad was a kid.
Don't let the 12 year old bit fool you! She has her costs down to the penny and even pays herself a "living wage" (for a 12 year old). Above are her professional business cards she will attach to her samples you will receive as she hunts down dog owners roaming the markets.