Monday, July 30, 2012

It's time to order your Certified Organic Roma Tomatoes!

Because of this hot, dry weather our Organic 'Viva Italia' Roma tomato crop has no disease! We have been able to irrigate when needed during the cool evenings, that combined with these hot, Mexico-like days on this dusty, dry farm the tomatoes have flourished! It is definitely what I like to call a 'tomato year'!  We have enough this year that we can sell wholesale for all your Sauce Making Needs!!

All wholesale cases are 25lbs for $25. (25lbs is a half bushel amount). These tomatoes are the thickest, meatiest, tastiest, organic sauce tomato around!  It's simple. All you have to do is email me your order. (You can also head to our website at and use our contact form to place your order.) Let me know how many cases you need, which market you want to pick up at and a phone number to either call and text you at as a reminder.   Feel free to visit me at market where I make the time to talk to all my customers and can share recipes and canning advice!  We do not require a deposit.  Most folks that order are serious buyers and I rarely get stuck with any orders!  It will be first come first serve and I will alert you if I do not have enough to accommodate you. At this time, the crop looks bountiful, but we never know what the weather will do within the coming weeks.

EMAIL:   Indicate your name, how many 25lb cases you need and which market you will be picking up at. Include your phone number so that I can contact you as a reminder and let me know if I can text you. Text'ing is best for us.

Markets and Dates for Pick-up:

Thursday, August 16th: Dufferin Grove. (2:30pm until 7:00pm)
Saturday, August 18th: Evergreen Brickworks; The Junction; Wychwood Green Barns; Withrow Park. (All Saturday markets are mornings. Typically 8-9am until 12-1pm)
Thursday, August 23rd: Dufferin Grove
Saturday, August 25th: Evergreen Brickworks; The Junction; Wychwood Green Barns; Withrow Park.
Thursday, August 30th: Dufferin Grove.
Saturday, September 1st: Evergreen Brickworks, The Junction; Wychwood, Withrow.
Thursday, September 6th: Dufferin Grove
Saturday, September 8th: Evergreen Brickworks, The Junction, Wychwood, Withrow
Thursday, September 13th: Dufferin Grove
Saturday, September 15th: Evergreen Brickworks, The Junction, Wychwood, Withrow
(I know all these markets have websites that are pretty easy to find with google should you require directions!) I may have some later into September, but it's best to order during these times!

Looking forward to your order today!
Jessie & Ben Sosnicki :)

Thursday, July 19, 2012

The dry dog days of summer

It's dry. Very dry. The last few nights Ben's been up until after 3am irrigating. He's completely hardcore this guy as even during the intense heat of the day when all the animals are passed out in the shade, everyone else is in the barn, Ben is hauling ass out in the field cultivating under that hot July sun. He just doesn't stop. A very hardworking dedicated farmer. I am pretty glad we've got so many appreciative customers because Ben deserves it. Ben's one of those guys that can take a beating and just keeps on going. Never complains or whines and even on the worse days has the biggest smile you've ever seen! He's a good man and deserves nothing but the best. As we trudge on through the next few years paying down the debt, I am hopeful Ben can learn what a holiday is all about. It's funny, as we always say we'll take a break in February but it never happens! We have many obligations at this point in our lives and working the farm to honor those obligations is key right now. We're good at nose down, keep working, but it gets really frustrating when the weather is extreme like this. We are really hoping it decides to rain at some point in time this summer. It's big trouble. A lot of corn is stressing, it's in 'pineapple mode' as it goes all spikey due to lack of moisture. Our sweet corn will be ok as we can irrigate our small farm but it's freaky how low the water is getting.... Even being able to irrigate the extra time and work involved to lug all the pipes, (this is where Benny's muscles come from), running the tractor for hours on end to pump the water, and the FUEL costs associated with that all effect the bottom line. It's going to be a rough, rough year. At least we have access to some water for now. The good thing for us is very little disease. The field tomatoes look great, so I am going to push Roma sales like crazy and count on these crops to help pay these extra expenses that have popped up due to extreme weather conditions. We always seems to find a way to manage. So do us a favor. While your sitting back at the cottage or out playing at the beach know that the farmers that feed you need your support and expect to see you very soon at the markets!!! Even our little Indian runner duck is sad as his little pond in front of the sweet corn is all dried up this year. He now hangs out at the house under the picnic table with a bucket of water!!

Friday, July 13, 2012

All Markets tomorrow ;)

We've got fresh Basil coming!! More Heirloom Tomatoes for EBW (and a few Peas and Broccoli) Garlic, Sweet Onions, Beets, Swiss Chard, fresh cut Cabbages, New Potatoes too! Oh, and tons of Kale! Green Beans start next week! Besides being SO DRY, I am enjoying harvest this year! See you at market! ;)

Monday, July 9, 2012

July field treasures...

We planted strawberries today, washed out cabbage bins, topped the basil (remove the top so the plants gets 'bushier') and cultivated and hoed some more! Layed pipes and are getting ready to irrigate again. I went for a wander around the fields today to scout the crops and was excited to say the least! Found a ripe oxheart tomato out there, Roma's are absolutely gorgeous too! I think it may be a 'tomato year'!!! Cucumbers are vining out nicely and I actually found a few for supper!! Peppers are sucking in the heat and I found the first jalapeƱo and hot banana peppers out there! Green Beans are blossoming, watermelons are vining, eggplants are growing like crazy!! They endured a lot of pest damage as they always do, but we used some Entrust and got rid of the pests so the plants could continue to thrive! Usually something negative catches my eye out there, like I spot a possible infestation, the onset of some disease, weed pressure that makes me wince- but you know what? Today I have very little to complain about. Sure, it is not perfect out there but I tell ya, the early treasures I found and the strength of those beautiful plants make me very happy and very proud today!!!