Friday, November 14, 2014

What we have available this November

Ahh the sweet little whisps of snow that get your butt in gear firing up the wood stove and prepping yourself for the winter harvest!  We've had both little kids in the barn with us today while we graded for Saturday's market and all went pretty good.  Warm in the shop so our 19 month old runs around, .... and our 2 week old son sleeps soundly all bundled in his stroller by the wood stove.  Really nice to be able to work with the kids around.
We are still field harvesting a lot of crops.  Fresh from the fields we have Cauliflower, Kale, Celeriac, bunched Carrots, Brussel Sprouts, perhaps some Swiss Chard (not really a priority and it's getting old) and Broccoli!
From storage we have Rainbow Carrots, Juice Carrots (the uglies), Beets, Potatoes, Cabbage and Onions.   



Our Cabbage storage is looking nice. We've got Reds, Winter Greens and the above sassy Savoy's too!
Carrots are just incredible. All that rain really allowed them to germinate wonderfully and grow a great size.  And SWEET! Even the larger ones are not woody, they are packed with awesome flavour and sweetness! We have glorious oranges plus the rainbow types with added 'purple haze'.  
Be on the lookout for 'Cheddar Cauliflowers' during mid November as well as Romanesca's and big whites.  
We'll keep harvesting the Kale in the snow!  
The French Fingerling Potatoes with their golden buttery flesh are amazing roasted or making killer oven fries with coconut oil and sea salt! 
We are headed into winter with a really nice bevy of winter crops for all to enjoy. Come visit us at The Brickworks some Saturday soon!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

A New Sosnicki

On October 31st, Halloween, our son was born! Labor and delivery was uncomplicated and pretty quick! Nathan Edward Joseph Sosnicki arrived at 5:24pm weighing 7lbs 13oz.  Nathan is a name both Ben and I liked right off the bat. Little Nate.  Edward is after my father and Joe is after Ben's father. At 4 days old now he is actually looking a bit more like ME than Ben! But they change so much...so fast...He drinks breastmilk like a horse and is happy and thriving.  His big sister likes to 'pat' his head....gentle at first..then not so much. She is good at ignoring  him for now.

Ben left 10 minutes after the birth to organize the Saturday market load! This time of year we are scampering to get the crops off and into storage before the help leaves! And since babies come when they are ready - you adapt! No maternity leave around here!! But we have helpful family members and so much support that I get all the rest I need. I feel great though and had Nate in the carrot patch at two days old and in the barn today for a visit. 

We'll continue on at market as usual with me staying behind for a bit, but not for long...market baby #2 will be around with his big sister sooner than later ;)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Fall Harvest is looking incredible!

Count down is on and this year I don't care about the first fall frost!  If we loose the sucky pepper patch, big deal.  Field tomatoes were desecrated weeks ago.... The cooler weather and first frost means sweet brussel sprouts, sweeter kale, won't hurt the broccoli and cauliflower, celery root or the cabbages. Last pick of corn is this week, so we won't be worried about that.  Beets and carrots are phenomenal as well and in abundance and harvest is definitely in full swing!  This is a very very productive month on farm as we scurry to load up the barn with the fall crops!  Mass potato harvest soon underway too.....



So enjoy the beautiful fall weather, head to market to stock up on all your fall favs and talk to us about your supply of juice carrots this winter!  We'll have lots to share thats for sure!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

No case/bulk Roma sales this year :(

Due to this cold, rainy summer our organic tomatoes took a beating. The crop will be composted due to mass anthracnose and blight diseases. So, unfortunately just not a tomato year! 

It's a loss, however it will not ruin us. We no longer have that need to 'control' Mother Nature and spray the hell out of everything, so we move on and concentrate on our crops that enjoy this rainy cooler weather. Carrots, beets, Kale, greens, fall broccoli, onions, celery, celeriac, fall cauliflower looking INCREDIBLE! As organic farmers we are not banking on one or even a few main crops - we move on! Psst: our Heirloom Tomatoes in the old greenhouses look great still thou ;)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Our 2014 Corn Story

Our sweet corn starts this week! Thanks to everyone for your patience and understanding regarding this late year with the corn! Your faces of anticipation at market when inquiring make growing the sweet corn so so worthwhile!  Late spring, cool weather = late corn. It's very rare we have July corn. The most asked question to us annually is "Why is there so much sweet corn available in July but yours isn't ready yet?" That's because most conventional sweet corn seed is chemically treated and is planted in cold spring soil. With our organic sweet corn we seed the corn when the soil is naturally warm later in the spring season as the seed is untreated and would otherwise rot. 

We've weeded and cultivated this crop and all plantings look fab! With all the rain we have not had to irrigate at all either. More time to weed :). This sweet corn seed is untreated and a non-GMO variety. The variety name is 'Vision'. All our seed invoices were collected and reviewed this year by Pro-Cert Organic Systems Ltd. Therefore you can have peace of mind that a third party has verified this information. We have sprayed this sweet corn with absolutely nothing!!!!!
Insect pressure is low this year. No doubt thanks to the long, cold winter. But we're sure the odd worm will be nibbling. A cob is not ruined if you find a corn boer worm nipping the top. Simply snip the tip of the cob off and you're good to enjoy the bounty of the rest of the sweet, succulent cob! It's a good thing when the creatures of the earth sample your food first!! ;)  And people, you don't need to open each cob to check for readiness! We do that when we harvest!!! Ask me (us) as market and I'll show you what makes a good cob! Quickly, a nice plump cob with deep brown silk is a good sign! 
Not only do we grow organic sweet corn, but this year we grew grain corn as well. We purchased this seed from DeDell Seeds. This company prides themselves in no-GMO varieties! We have not had grain corn on this farm for 20 years plus - but decided it would be good for our rotation this year. So here's a nice shot from our Instagram of Sade's licking the grain corn....and below Ben and Sade's standing by the tall, vibrant grain corn :)
And we also have some nice looking iroquois white corn we are growing for Chocosol this season pictured below. They will use this corn to construct their yummy yummy tortillas :))
It's organic corn city at our farm this year! Please enjoy folks!!


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Today on the farm :)

It doesn't seem like the end of July already... I'm just now looking at our sweet onions, carrots, beets and other crops to harvest when they should be in full swing. The result of late plantings this year. And that means one thing: August is going to be very busy! All these blog pics were taken today on farm. 
Sweet corn is in tassel and the first pick should be in a couple weeks.  REMEMBER: because we grow certified organic sweet corn we do not plant treated seed. This means we plant later in May once the soil is naturally warm resulting in August corn annually :) We've weeded all the corn plantings and they are looking good. We should have glorious corn well into the fall months this year for all to enjoy. Always, Always NO GMO!!!!
Summer cabbage is now available :)
Our broccoli is also now available :)
Golden Beets are growing away and will be in abundance by next week. Same with the good ol' purple beets!! 
This is a second carrot patch geared more towards winter storage. Our first patch is ready for this week. I just had to share a picture because I am SO PROUD of how clean the patch is! It took a few days but my crew of 4 men did an awesome job weeding. I love them :) 
Patty Pan summer squash are plentiful but taking their sweet time! The cool nights have made them ripen slower and later. However shortly we will be swimming in them!!
And this week's brag photo! Our orange carrots will make an appearance at the Saturday market along with our sweet onions. Nutri-Red and Purple Haze carrots by next week. I need some more growth on them. Beets by next week too. Heirloom tomatoes are in full swing! Field cherry tomatoes are firing up too. Today we cleaned up the plants by going through and removing any cracked and harvesting the first :) 
We have an abundance of Cucumbers, zucs, kale, swiss chard, beans, peas and kohlrabi too at the markets! Enjoy summer eating with more coming :))