Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The Fall Harvest......






One of my favourite times of year. Harvest in full swing, saying 'goodbye' to a lot of crops (my dad was over and helped us disk the farm), but busily taking care of the rest, esp. to have some good volume come the frozen days of winter. It's the air this time of year, the temperature. It's just nice. I had squash, gourds and pumpkins growing wild in the chicken yard that my stepdaughter discovered for me. Had to dress up the back step with them plus some 'mums for fall colour. Today was an excellent harvest day. What you can expect to buy from Sosnicki's tomorrow at Dufferin is a nice long list of seasonal favourites: Big green and red Cabbages; Sweet red bell, green bell Peppers; Jalapeno & Hot Banana Peppers too!! Large bunches of fresh Parsley, for those making fresh chicken soup like me! Big bunches of Carrots with tops! We have a sweet orange variety, the typical carrot, plus a 'rainbow' kind! Beets with fresh tops! (Yes, eat the tops! Render down some onions in butter or olive oil, chop beet greens and add and render down for a bit, like you would spinach. Toss with some sea salt, a dash of soy sauce and I also add minced garlic. Got this idea from a customer. Thanks! Always give me ideas like this!!) Some red, white and gold Swiss Chard; spanish, red and cooking Onions; Fresh fall greens: Salad mixes, Mesclun mix, Spinach, Arugula. Asian greens including Komatsuna, Tatsoi, Bok Choy, Mizuna; Big, beautiful Celery, (currently using the tops and stalks in my chicken soup broth, oh yes!) The old Yukon Gold Potatoes still going strong; Gigantic Leeks lots in the field this will be an excellent storage crop for us this year!; still some Watermelons, get em' this week, as it will be the last no doubt; the last of our Green Beans; and for the best of flavour? Garlic, nice medium sized bulbs of awesome garlic!! Oh yeah and for the next two weeks Heirloom tomatoes!! Yes, we are using our greenhouses to the max! The one picture is of our first greenhouse empty and ready to be tilled and ammended with compost and field soil for early spring growing. The tomato picture was taken in our last greenhouse, greenhouse no. 3. Home to currently over 50 tomato plants grown as a project by me this year and it is paying off!! Flavour is excellent! Also enjoy other pictures of my father disking for us and our fall greens! Everyone have a glorious fall!!