Friday, November 14, 2014

What we have available this November

Ahh the sweet little whisps of snow that get your butt in gear firing up the wood stove and prepping yourself for the winter harvest!  We've had both little kids in the barn with us today while we graded for Saturday's market and all went pretty good.  Warm in the shop so our 19 month old runs around, .... and our 2 week old son sleeps soundly all bundled in his stroller by the wood stove.  Really nice to be able to work with the kids around.
We are still field harvesting a lot of crops.  Fresh from the fields we have Cauliflower, Kale, Celeriac, bunched Carrots, Brussel Sprouts, perhaps some Swiss Chard (not really a priority and it's getting old) and Broccoli!
From storage we have Rainbow Carrots, Juice Carrots (the uglies), Beets, Potatoes, Cabbage and Onions.   



Our Cabbage storage is looking nice. We've got Reds, Winter Greens and the above sassy Savoy's too!
Carrots are just incredible. All that rain really allowed them to germinate wonderfully and grow a great size.  And SWEET! Even the larger ones are not woody, they are packed with awesome flavour and sweetness! We have glorious oranges plus the rainbow types with added 'purple haze'.  
Be on the lookout for 'Cheddar Cauliflowers' during mid November as well as Romanesca's and big whites.  
We'll keep harvesting the Kale in the snow!  
The French Fingerling Potatoes with their golden buttery flesh are amazing roasted or making killer oven fries with coconut oil and sea salt! 
We are headed into winter with a really nice bevy of winter crops for all to enjoy. Come visit us at The Brickworks some Saturday soon!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

A New Sosnicki

On October 31st, Halloween, our son was born! Labor and delivery was uncomplicated and pretty quick! Nathan Edward Joseph Sosnicki arrived at 5:24pm weighing 7lbs 13oz.  Nathan is a name both Ben and I liked right off the bat. Little Nate.  Edward is after my father and Joe is after Ben's father. At 4 days old now he is actually looking a bit more like ME than Ben! But they change so much...so fast...He drinks breastmilk like a horse and is happy and thriving.  His big sister likes to 'pat' his head....gentle at first..then not so much. She is good at ignoring  him for now.

Ben left 10 minutes after the birth to organize the Saturday market load! This time of year we are scampering to get the crops off and into storage before the help leaves! And since babies come when they are ready - you adapt! No maternity leave around here!! But we have helpful family members and so much support that I get all the rest I need. I feel great though and had Nate in the carrot patch at two days old and in the barn today for a visit. 

We'll continue on at market as usual with me staying behind for a bit, but not for long...market baby #2 will be around with his big sister sooner than later ;)