Sunday, April 12, 2015

April is disappearing fast!

What a whirlwind month so far!  Now that we've finally got some heat out there, crops are up and at 'em.  Transplanting, seeding fall crops, amending greenhouses, the actual idea of working some ground is upon us.  Busy, busy, busy!  The greenhouse is on fire today and I am enjoying sweating while I bake out there watering the sun-hungry plants!  Big tomatoes ready to go into the soil within days now...onion seedlings still a bit slow, but kale is ready! Lettuces, chards all sizing up nicely.  Not jumping the gun because I feel the cold lurking around the corner again.  If these guys are in the field within two weeks time, they will certainly be wearing a cover cloth!

And the kids are enjoying this warmth outside more exploring their world! Sadie likes to mimic everything I do these days, and watering the plants is one thing she freaks to do!  She is an awesome, awesome child.  Happy, healthy and does the funniest little things constantly. An absolute joy. It is such a pleasure to be able to raise my kids, at home, while working at a job I adore.  Never missing a moment of them growing up. Not one. And sharing the concept of growing food with them.  One of thee most important life skills anyone could ever hope to have! And cooking. Sadie will be an awesome chef when I'm done with her. Period.

So folks, here's to the sun. She's been a long winter and not sad to see her gone.
Looking forward to those long, lazy, hot and hazy summer dayz... loaded with good food, friends and family! ~ Jessie ;P

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Organic Birthdays...

Our family is trying hard every day to eat the best we can - even during celebrations! For Sadie's birthday I made an organic fresh fruit cheesecake (It was so nice to enjoy a little bit of organic imported fresh fruit after such a long winter).  And when you use organic cream cheese, dairy and eggs in baking - man oh man is it good!! And I kept the cane sugar content low in the cakes. A peach punch with my canned peaches from last summer; my homemade salsa seasoned with spices and my dehydrated basil leaves enjoyed with organic corn nachos. A garlicky hummus with our colourful carrot sticks for dipping; organic cheeses, humblebread... etc etc were feasted on while we celebrated Sadie turning two! My mom jumped on the 'healthy but yummy' bandwagon too and made organic chocolate covered oranges and a killer guacamole!
So birthday parties don't have to be a giant fondant mess of refined sugar, artificial colours and flavours but instead really really yummy and healthy!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Our baby girl is 2!

Lil' Sadie-Bug is 2!! Can't believe it! And daddy bought her her first set of wheels - a tractor! She is a mega joy and makes us laugh constantly! Man oh man we are looking forward to all the fun we are going to have with these two kidlets!

March, what March?

Speeding right along here! We were able to start seeding mid March and are happy with the progress! We continue to grade out and sell Carrots, Cabbage, Beets, Onions and Potatoes! Busy, busy, busy!
This seasons crops may be a tad late, but so far so good! Repairs on the greenhouses are also keeping us going! Spring is here and we are happily gearing up for a fabulous growing season!

Friday, February 27, 2015

I love Siberia.

You live in Canada.  It's cold and snowy in the winter. Suck it up.  If I have one more person whine to me about the cold temps I'm going to pile drive their face into one of the many snow piles here on the farm. It's annoying that I can't fire the greenhouse because it's -25 at night. Burning that kind of oil is just not wise. So we wait.  In the meantime I grow a bit under grow lights indoors. The truth is that I have been stressing out as I LOVE an early jump start on the season.  The edge on early veg, but this year it's just at a standstill.  Our bottom line is dependant on these crops and seeding on time is important.  So ok, it you make your living by the weather like I do you can whine to me about this Siberian weather!
I am once again trying to be calm and smile like Ben. He's the dude. He drove by me while I was in the office with the whole greenhouse furnace on the forks of the tractor. He was just grinning. He knew I would freak out that he's decided to rip apart the greenhouse and fix rather than get it hot and start the growing process! Relax, he says.
So instead I snuggle up with my awesome kids and we wait. Goodbye February. Hello March. Please be warmer :)

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Skinny Borscht

It’s almost a crime to make this recipe and not add the ham bone/pork hock but I’m going vegan and skinny here. I can add flavor to almost fool Ben (yet he still stirs around looking for the meat). We just eat a lot of meat to begin with, so anywhere I can skimp – I’m going to!  Time for more veggies.  This is a soup you can totally pig out on and not feel guilty.  I am working my butt off to lose weight these days and I know that I need a caloric deficit at the end of the day and with the amount of physical activity I can get in these days, a veggie soup is most welcome! Alas, I am not one of those mothers with young children that can afford to go and blow 20K on the surgical removal of belly flab and tightening me up (don’t get me started).  A nice kick in the ass feels amazing to get moving hard every. single. day. Right Tanya Fraser? Ha. I’m finding new muscles every day I didn’t know existed with some really cool strength training! When you own a farm you don’t need a gym.  Plywood on the cement floor and some onion weights do the trick! Ha!
Hey - and you can also get ALL the onions, beets, carrots and cabbage for this recipe from our farm at market! ;)

Skinny Borscht:
-          ~ Render 2 medium chopped onions and a handful of chopped carrots with a dash of sea salt in a   heaping tablespoon of coconut oil in a heavy bottomed soup pot.
-         ~ Once browned and sweet, add 2 litres of vegetable stock, about 5-7 medium carrots peeled chopped and 5-6 medium beets peeled and chopped.  A cup or two of chopped green beans too. And sliced cabbage if you feel like it! (I didn't add cabbage today as I'm eating a lot of kraut and slaws lately)
-          ~Bring to a boil, stir and simmer until all veggies are nice and soft.
-          Add a tablespoon of your favourite vinegar. (This combined with the ‘coconut oil fat swirls’ is what fools Ben into thinking it’s greasy pork borscht - until he can't find the meat!!)
-          ~Enjoy and freeze leftovers for quick lunches!
-          ~**Additional: Add coconut milk fat to the top if you need that ‘cream on top’ beautiful pink colour!

I’ve heard recently that there are studies showing how unhealthy it is to be desk-bound sitting on your ass all day. Well, duh.  I’ve always felt so so sorry for the office dwellers.  You will NEVER find me surgically removing my fat, sitting at my desk, only getting up for a cigarette break and to eat my plastic low-cal lunch and then later complaining about health issues. Pretty happy to be a non-smoker these days too. Common sense people: Live, breath and eat for prevention! I got a huge kick out of nutritionist friend Julie Daniluk’s Instagram photo a while back.  Her husband, the dude Alan, constructed her a desk atop her treadmill!  Genius! So she could stand and at least walk while on her laptop.  So I take advice from these nutritionists and use my brain and blog and do most all of my computer/paper work (which seems to be increasing with the business these days) standing up as much as possible always.  Then taking brisk walks around the house while I’m snowbound with the kids. I do ‘lunge’ walking behind my two year old when she walks too slow in front of me.  There are always inventive ways to get off your ass. So do it! Get off your ass and eat real food with lots of veggies! Drop. the. drama. and sweat every day!!!!!!