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!!!!!!

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!