Sunday, April 20, 2008

"Earth Day Farmer's Market" & the day after.......






Yesterday proved to be very beneficial. It 'woke me up' again, as hibernation is over and I have to re-train my body to fall asleep 9pm or before each Friday night and be up, truck loaded, animals fed and ready to head to market each Saturday by 5am. The first 'Earth Day Farmer's Market' was held just off Younge & Eglington and we had a great time! We don't really have alot to sell this time of year, but 'The Star' said it perfect by advertising "Ben Sosnicki's perogies" and once again we fed folks some old fashioned goodness!! I also took the time to create a project to share with everyone. If folks want to buy from farmers at farmer's markets they need to understand and learn about what is 'in season'. To help aid this quest, I created some unique planters using Ben's parents old wooden tomato trays. I took a sample of all our crops in the greenhouses and showed their progress up to this point in time and told folks when these crops would be available during the spring/summer. This opened eyes. To see 'baby' celery and leeks that we have to take care of and nurture that will not be available until fall, to the onions and lettuce seedlings that are going to be planted this week, we answered alot of questions and got alot of folks excited for the various farmer's markets happening around the GTA beginning soon! I had two sisters that buy from us at the Brickworks appear! They have such friendly faces and they referred to the Earth Day market as a 'reunion', as everyone is back in the city again! I felt the same way, plus meeting all the new faces! Ben was in another world. The weather was too nice for him to be in the city. He was desperate to get home to PLOW! He's ready to hit the QE and fly home, when all of a sudden my sister and her boyfriend Reid appear at the market! My sis told me they were celebrating this weekend, as Reid defended his thesis during the past week!! CONGRATS REID!! It was nice that they took the time to find us in T.O. and joined us later for a BBQ on farm. Ben was up early this morning and is done plowing and is now cultivating. We are planting tomorrow! I just went for a walk barefooted in the newly cultivated soil. Beautiful feeling. Enjoy the pics from today with Ben turning over the dirt!