Sunday, September 23, 2012

Celebrating Organic Week!!!

What a weekend! My sister was married on Saturday and I've been planning a farm tour for today, Sunday to celebrate Organic Week! You know, because I like to complicate things for myself! We pulled it off and it was fabulous! I'm tired tonight but reflecting on both events leaves me smiling. The day started early as I prepped some veggie platters and made some coleslaw for an after tour snack. The cabbage carrot slaw made with olive/sunflower oil, apple cider vinegar, honey, sea salt and pepper is always appreciated. COG (Canadian Organic Growers) were first to arrive and it was lovely to meet Tan Mayo and the other ladies! Once the bus from The Big Carrot arrived, and folks got settled (after petting Lady Bug the horse who was almost sticking her head in the bus!!) we loaded the wagon for the veggie field tour. Everyone enjoyed seeing where their tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and other summer veg came from! Then on to the big strawberry patches then the fall crops like spinach, cabbage, brussel sprouts, broccoli, leeks, celeriac etc. We then all hoped off the wagon and harvested kale!! Then a wagon ride across the fence and over the creek to Schibli's to visit their pasture raised Berkshire pigs and their beautiful dairy operation! Then back over to our farm for our veggie delights and Schibli's awesome contribution of Harmony chocolate milk and Harmony ice cream! (oh man, that milk is good!!) We also set up a farm market so folks could buy vegetables to take home. Then a quick tour of the greenhouses and the day was done! It all went very fast and I think a great connection was forged today with a lot of folks! Happy Organic Week everyone! Ok, I'm going to bed now ;)

Sunday, September 9, 2012

September already?!

So it's been busy! Roma tomatoes did fairly well for us this year with the hot dry weather. This has helped level out sales with the lack of beets and carrots. Orders were at an all time high along with the compliments. Hopefully we can have them again next year but it's always weather dependent. So with fall just around the corner it's time to jump right into preserving the seasons and getting ready for winter. This past week we hit the kitchen and blanched, packaged and froze all our sweet corn and green beans for the winter. Freshly picked, tender new croppings, nicely frozen for winter feedings now. I absolutely love this time of year!