Monday, February 10, 2014

Snow Day on the farm!

While Sadie naps the paperwork continues and I finalize seedling orders and order more seeds. Did I ever mention how I lothe being attached to a desk? It is my least favourite job ev-er.  And though I never let cabin fever set in around here, I can't take Sadie out on these very cold days. Today was an exception for a quick outing, however! And we had fun! 
The year is exceptionally cold and snowy. Usually by this time of year we are ready to almost fire the middle greenhouse. Not this year. It would cost a fortune to heat the old glass cold frames in these frigid temperatures. So we wait. And trim cabbage. And grade potatoes and onions. And more cabbage. I am not good at waiting and to me a successful season begins with robust, healthy large plants. I have this internal spring clock that is urging me to get ready to seed! If we have to postpone early seeding - then look out! Come March I will be a seeding demon out there! Lololol And that my friends is no lie. I will be in high gear!
Above: The chilly oil tank waiting to be filled :(  It's way to cold to do repairs like glass fixing, wall patches. I walked through the houses yesterday on my way to the barn and it's dark inside with snow covering the glass roof. Time to head for the barn, sit by the wood stove, have a tea and trim more cabbage! We also have garlic and celeriac as well as an abundance of potatoes yet. So storage crop work is never done. What makes me feel spring-like are the tomatoes growing in the warm room under grow lights. I like to go and brush them and smell tomatoes!
Above: Lady Bug and Sadie interacting. They are becoming really great friends. She's our resident wooly mammoth! We bring her carrots and apples from storage (that unfortunately we are not selling, just harbouring for the family).  On a carrot note, today I juiced carrots with lemon straight up. It was SO refreshing!  First time adding lemon and it will become a mainstay in my juices now! So stay warm everyone and as soon as we get growing I'll post and share :)) Oh, February is heart month, so here's a link I'd like to share: Cholesterol - a Nutrient!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Forget the snow, spring IS coming!

I always get excited this time of year, as it's planning time! The time when you start fresh, make changes according to how last year went and how you predict this year will go.  To start the year of right, we are one of the proud recipients of The Big Carrots 'Nature's Finest Fund' ! This grant money will help with the purchase of a new seeder we need for the direct seeded crops so we can afford to grow more wholesale for The Big Carrot and other specialty retailers.  So if you live in the west end and shop at the Carrot, you'll be sure to see more of our homegrown veg in store! We've never received a grant before, so the whole concept is wild, but I can tell you that we are happy, humble, grateful and will no doubt work harder for The Big Carrot because of it.  We would encourage new, small organic farmers to seek information regarding these incentives. We should have been doing this for a decade now! Start by having a chat with Dave Cohlmeyer

 In other news, the heirloom tomatoes are up! We will not be firing the greenhouses for a few weeks yet, but this pic will make you feel spring in your soul!
So once again we'll have our tomato jungle greenhouses plus field planting of various types of heirlooms. Around the hundred variety mark perhaps? We shall see :)  If you are a small grower and need organic seedlings, now is the time to email me about custom growing your plants for you. We don't have a ton of space left but will accommodate as many as we can. Let us know: