Wednesday, January 21, 2015

2015 is going to rock!

I know for sure that 2015 is going to rock! Ben and my babies make me smile constantly. I've also made quick friends with a holistic nutritionist by the name of Tanya Fraser.  She is super inspiring and looks at your life as a whole. She is also a personal trainer. I would highly recommend adding a holistic nutritionist to your life. Support what these pros do. Tanya has just recently started a podcast as well.
Surrounding yourself with HAPPY awesome people is enriching for the soul!  Banish the negative, poisonous, drama-damned people (especially when they come in the form of family members - they can be the worse!) Add to that a diet rich with the best wholesome foods and plenty of fresh air and exercise, and life can be very, very sweet!
Speaking of sweet, my newest passion is brewing my own Kombucha. I attended a class by Tanya and brought home my first scoby culture and have created a mass set up of jars and ideas for flavourings.  I use a really good green tea from David's Tea to make my Kombucha. Look it up - gut healthy and so so good! Being either pregnant or breastfeeding since 2012 I had to drop the cocktails. But kombucha with its zing makes up for my non-boozer lifestyle. There are vendors at the Farmers Markets that sell it as well, if you don't want to brew your own. I can't wait to do a blueberry one....and a pineapple mint one! Possibilities are endless. Smile and come out to a farmers market soon! 

Monday, January 12, 2015

January on the farm

Going into 2015 with high hopes here! We've secured a decent amount of storage crops, especially some really great carrots!  If you don't juice, you really should look into it.  I juice because of the way it makes me feel. Health has become very important to Ben and I and our diet is changing to make way for a lot more veg.  Fresh, raw veg makes me feel an amazing natural high.  I've been juicing for quite a few years now and it's nice to see the 'trend' catching on more and more each year. We've got beautiful juice carrots in stock.  Email us if you want to pick some up at Evergreen Brickworks Market or starting in February/March at Dufferin Grove again. I've been juicing carrots, pears and ginger.  Wow is all I can say.

For the next few months we will continue to offer Onions, Potatoes, Carrots and Cabbage. Buttery Fingerlings, red Potatoes; huge hot Cooking Onions; crisp sweet Cabbages; rainbow and regular sweet orange Carrots.  Even some beets for a while. Have we really finally figured out how many to grow to last until April? We shall see. It's costly to run that big beast of a cooler, but worthwhile when you can have such quality local organic food well into the new year!
Ahhh and of course my favourite time in January is sitting with all the seed catalogs and planning our new growing season.  I actually just put in an order for oodles more strawberry plants that will bear in 2016 that will be shipped in April.  We've dropped a few crops once again and added a few more to the roster.  We once again will try field romas and are hoping they turn out this season for nice bulk sales for sauce!  Our heirloom tomatoes reign supreme in the old glass houses, sweet corn, cabbage almost all year round, kale....well, just lots and lots of the best veggies to look forward to in 2015!
And had to share this picture of Ben and Ionel the beekeeper from Marina at Brickworks this past Saturday. These vendors become family after all the years of selling together at the markets. I absolutely love this pic of da boys and da beards! Only the best honey and vegetables from these guys! Cheers all, have a riot in 2015!


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays & Happy New Year!


We wish all our customers and friends all the very best during the holiday season! Your patronage and smiling faces make working the farmers' markets a true pleasure.  May 2015 be full of the best organic non-GMO food, be full of happiness and vitality for you and those you love! May you surround yourself with people that inspire you and make you smile daily! 
From our family to yours,
Jessie, Ben, Sadie and Nathan Sosnicki 



Sunday, December 7, 2014

December and January Winter Staples!

The winter looks great for storage crops this year! Look to us when you need yellow fleshed buttery French Fingerling Potatoes, Sweet Carrots for stews or fresh eating; juice Carrots in any quantity you require for all your energy juicing needs; Cabbages for braising, slaw, home made sauerkraut etc. We've got Red and Savoy Cabbages this winter too.  Punchy huge Cooking Onions and Beets too!

No prepared foods this year as you all should know by now :)  My 20 month old daughter and 1 month old son stopped food production in its tracks for one good year. Our veggie operation will remain full steam and expand but my other baby (food prep) is on hold very temporary. I am typing this entry with one hand as I hold a fussy Nate and Sadie naps. My new job of being the mother is top priority for me and I'm loving every minute. Ben remarked yesterday how he wished Sadie could stay a year and a half old forever. She's so cute and amazing and growing way too fast... Being with her full time, time is still flying. I feel like this is the best time of my life and I am so excited for the future and fun times and adventures with these kids! No room in our lives for crap and drama, full speed a head doing what we love - farming and raising these incredible babes!

We hope to see all you wonderful people at market before the new year! Adios

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 ;)