Monday, June 28, 2010

Summer So Far...Sooooo Good!




Well, freakishly we've got enough rain we have not had to irrigate at all!  So much for the 'hot n' dry' theory -so far.  Pipes laid and connected, then disconnected and moved around so we could cultivate.  Each and every time the damn dames with their suits, hair & lipstick come on in front of a green screen on the weather network and start in with 'tornado warnings' and show pictures and video of 'hail' in neighboring county's with a sort of gleam in their eyes (like their job all of a sudden got exciting) make me obviously stressed and want to slap them sideways.  The majority of the time they are very, very wrong and don't know much unless it's pissing on their heads and for this forecast I can get myself on my iPhone via a nifty radar!! Despite the stupidity of some suits, this summer so far is great for the crops!  We've used an approved pesticide called 'Entrust' to finally help out with the Colorado Potato Beetle that has always wreaked havoc on spuds, tomatoes and whipped out our eggplants each year.  Each rain day gives me ample opportunity to work in the 'covered fields' on my awesome heirloom tomato crop.  Broccoli seems to have begun and soon to end....the heat has made this crop very crappy, so enjoy it and look to the fall for decent, heavy heads of this crop.  Onions thriving, cucs coming along.  Peas are excellent and sweet, Green Beans are in blossom.  Sweet corn is well over a foot tall, cultivated and will be available in August. Pepper plants are great looking.  I feel a pepper year too coming on!  Last pick of strawberries is this week.  Watermelons growing, soy beans are being cultivated and doing great!  Storage cabbage, squash and a later crop of cucs are being field transplanted this week which will empty greenhouse #2 finally. Beets, beautiful big beets are plentiful!  Kale's thriving and the last of the lettuce will come off this week!  We failed to get pigs this year, just completely ran out of time this year.  BUT I have baby 'meat' bunnies that have been born! Har, har, good luck with this one I tell myself! They are pretty cute.  Ben has told recent company that this is a 'retirement' farm for animals.   We'll need a good year this year and the next two to try to catch up financially because of the last two crappers. Like I've said 'so far, so good'.  However, I always feel pretty rich and happy about what we do pulling the market truck down the drive to the barn after a long market day....job well done, happy customers, good food delivered, awesome daily emails full of compliments for what we do! Thanks... :)

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Farmin' Father's Day!

There is just something special and irreplaceable between daddies and daughters! Especially so if your dad is a farmer.  There is something very nurturing about seeding, caring for and harvesting crops that makes these types of dads some of the world's best.  "Down to Earth" perhaps?  Though I didn't bother asking dad for money when I was young, (as I got the longest speech about the current price of corn and beans or his famous line: "You've got two hands and a brain - go make some yourself!") he would pull a few surprises and give me $50 before a school trip or when I didn't ask...  He made me work hard, taught me all about integrity and respect.  I listened to my dad (until I was about 15), then he backed off as I got older and let me grow and learn about life for myself.  There were times and are still times to this day when I don't often talk to him....but I know that I can call him anytime (on his cell, as he's likely to be in the field) and he would always be there for me!  You can never cut ties between a daddy & daughter. For my dad and I, it's less sappy, less dramatic and less touchy vs the mother/daughter relationship - but just as powerful!  A lot is said by saying absolutely nothing at all.  A quick 'hi' and a grin and you just know how much your loved! I can't imagine life without dad - it would be a very lonely place and I don't think I'd be half the woman I am today without my dads love and support! Hell, I wouldn't be farming today if it wasn't for his influence either!! Happy Father's Day to all Papas! ***And Smash, if you can't make it over to the farm for Father's Day, daddy totally understands, no worries - he loves you turd!!  ; )  *****

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

CERTIFIED ORGANIC STRAWBERRIES 2010!



Our strawberry patch is nestled in between a beautiful crop of our spelt wheat.  Snakes, mice & our cats are having a lot of fun out there! Our first pick was Tuesday, June 8th this year.  The crop is bountiful! We have two varieties, an early and later variety.  Generally early berries are not super sweet, so don't worry if your first savor of the year doesn't prove to be the 'sweetest'.  With heat that June should throw, berries sweeten up later on in the month.  Ben and I have our berries picked into our white 3 litre baskets, then we grade them into the green quarts you see at market. (Quality control you see!)  We've bought our own boxes/flats this year to re-use and re-use again! They then head into our cold storage the day before market to stay 'cold' before the trip to the city!  We've ordered 20,000 more plants for this year, so another patch will go in (**another new variety we want to try for 2011!) as generally when a patch reaches two years, it begins to die off and not produce.  Enjoy the harvest! Kera our Wychwood helper is heading to the farm with her 'food machines' - a turbo blender to make smoothies and an ice cream maker! I will make the daquiris!!   Ben and I are currently enjoying blended Strawberries, Avocado and a bit of Bee's Universe Honey for breakfast!  I will be freezing a ton of these guys to enjoy come winter as part of my new 'preserve the seasons' weekly task.


Greenhouse Heirloom Update....




*****Coming soon!**** Our Heirloom Tomatoes!  Grown in our own field soil and compost in our 'covered fields' - the taste is exceptional! Protected from winds, excessive overhead moisture, extra warmth - no matter what mother nature does to me this year I WILL HAVE HEIRLOOM TOMATOES!!! ; )  Over 80 varieties to choose from and let me tell you A LOT of work went into this project! Suckering and running these beauties on twine is an ongoing task - but a labour of love - perfect job for early mornings, late evenings and rainy days!! 

Catching up....


Trying to catch up with blogging! Lots of stuff happening around here!  Planting, planting like mad! Harvesting huge heads of Lettuce and Asian Greens like Bok Choy and Tatsoi; Weeding, hoeing, cultivating! What we've been up to the past few weeks: planting Winter Squash, second planting of Cucumbers, Sweet Potatoes (yes, another crop!**), transplanting Celeriac, Brussel Sprouts, Tomatoes (roma, round & cherry & heirloom), Peppers ( LOTS of different peppers thsi year!!); Being weeded and thriving is a huge Broccoli and transplanted Beet patch, sweet white Onions, Kale, Kolhrabi, etc,etc...**Picking strawberries, ordering new plants (our exsisting patch is two years old, time to get new); Peas in blossom, Green Beans thriving, Sweet Corn germinated and growing awesome, potato beetles 'mating' on potato plants and hanging out on every single Eggplant I have!! (soon to die via natural remedy called 'entrust') and the list goes on and on and on!!!! Fields look beautiful!  Always feel behind, but on a rainy day like today is when I have time to get organized! Ben and I still have a good feeling about this year! Time to catch up! Enjoy the harvest that is going to hit hard very, very soon!