Monday, May 27, 2013

End of May already?!

Time for another update! Cannot believe how FAST the spring is flying by. We are so busy it is unbelievable! I always seem to post happy stories for the most part with pictures that make the farm look absolutely amazing... We are so, so fortunate to be 'food' rich! Our expansive market garden fields are such a sight to behold and be proud of! Being such micro growers, we still seem to make ends meet! That's all thanks to our awesome customers ;) We truly are fighting the weather again to bring on another tastey season!! Our lettuces are late, but steadily growing. Two weeks and it will be salad city!!
The kale is infested with flea beetles (not to worry, these pests take off when the kale matures and the leaves get tougher. Happens ever year and we do nothing but wait them out).
We are growing some new mini lettuces that will be enjoyed for sure! This is a shot of the nice mahogany 'oak stained' rich red variety. I can taste the antioxidants now :)
Here's a new mini green leaf.. an oak leaf with buttery texture:
Also, the organic strawberry patch is doing well! Pretty weedy and we have a lot of learning to do regarding organic strawberry production, but we are hoping for the best this year! No frost killed early blossoms, so we may have some in a few weeks time :)
And the markets! We are back at The Junction! We are pleased to be one of 17 vendors and the new spot right along Dundas is great! We continue to harvest Radish, lettuces, Bok Choy etc from the greenhouses for our small markets until the field stuff is ready. Thanks for your support everyone :)

Friday, May 10, 2013

Hello May!

It's been a crazy spring here on the farm. With our baby daughter being born 6 weeks ago and Ben's mom becoming deathly ill and passing away this past week - it's been a whirlwind.... Sophie's empty chair in the greenhouse brings tears each morning...She will be beyond missed...She's living on in her little granddaughter Sadie, who will be an incredible little farm girl!
We've the Lettuces in now, early Kale is in, Peas have sprouted. Ben's saying if we don't get more rain, we have to set up pipes to irrigate....already?! We're shipping plants out now and I must say - they are gorgeous!! I had to scale back because of the birth of my daughter, so I didn't grow the mass amount of herbs I usually do, so I concentrated more on the Heirloom Tomatoes, Peppers, Cucs, Zucs, Basil and cole crops including Kale, Cabbages, Kohlrabi and Cauliflower. If you need vegetable bedding plants head to EGM at EBW now!! Ben has been cultivating for weeds in the lettuces and peas now too and spent until close to midnight last night plowing. Our worker Manuel arrived last week, and single handedly has been planting out the Onions! Oh, his arrival was such a happy event! Turning over flower beds, cutting grass, weed eating to keep the farm beautiful are secondary jobs that HAVE to be done so I can sleep at night! And now the greenhouse harvest begins! Beautiful Ostergruss Radish's are ready again, the Bok Choy, the Green Leaf Lettuces and some Salad Mix are all being harvested and washed for market tomorrow! Our weekend is full, pulling 7 days a week and no slowing down, as Potatoes must hit the soil, the cooking onions need to hit the dirt too and I have to get seeding the fall crops of Broccoli, Kale and perhaps more Red Cabbages.... Fingers crossed for a good season! I love this time of year!