Friday, December 18, 2015

Big, Exciting Changes on the Farm for 2016!

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to all!
We wish all our customers a happy, healthy new year a head filled with lots of organic food! 
We are growing another new crop for 2016....Baby No. 3!!!  Due right at the beginning of strawberry season too! Imagine that!  It's going to be a very happy and busy year at our farm!

And of course, we have decided to make some big changes to operations around here.  New infrastructure, new crops....YEP, why NOT go big when you are in the midst of raising babies?? Haha, that's how it goes! So, once again I will promise to blog, but only when I get a chance.  Best bet if you keep tabs on us: Instagram.  It's a very easy tool for me.  Snap a pic with my phone, add some info, post, done. Pictures worth a thousand words...
These crops I graded out/harvested TODAY and will be available TOMORROW at the Brickworks Farmers Market. All minus the tomatoes, I am hogging the last of the last to myself! We are finishing up at the markets however.  We have decided that we will be off until Spring 2016.  We have many things that need attending too on the farm ;) 

It's been very hard for me not being able to be complete hands on running operations here on the farm now that I am busy with the kidlets.  But the last couple of months Ben and I hammered out a radical plan and it's working!  So I am back in the fray next year more than ever - with kids in toe! So back to the kitchen I go as well, to create those value added goodies that everyone has been hounding me for!  Stay tuned.  I am VERY, VERY excited about next year.  I've been waiting a long time to kick er' into high gear.  (The fact I am doing it mid babies just completely figures! That's how it goes in my universe!) The reason for most changes is this years crop failures.  We have very little storage cabbage income and lost the mass majority of the cauliflower.  Now, this 'financial fear' did what it does best: created some serious moxy and motivated us to make some big changes.  Sometimes scary, but always necessary.  When the going gets tough, Jessie gets bitchy and kills it. Seriously, thats how it goes.
  First and foremost - we grow organic veggies.  That's what we do and what we will continue to do best. 2016 will see more varieties of the veggies you've come to love.  And new stuff entirely. And early.  And late season.  Our job at markets will be to create as much variety as possible while maintaining a premium product at a fair price.  We tend to skip fancy packaging and most labeling and let our veggies sell themselves.  We like the idea of premium produce in paper bags. We like the idea of our customers being able to choose what they would like and hopefully bring along their own bags to put in it!  We will continue to freak people out by having very early heirloom tomatoes and very late heirloom tomatoes! We'll fire up those greenhouse and max them out big time during 2016! 

As the lazy winter dayz in Jan and Feb pass you by, know that we are frantically ordering seeds, making plans and actually starting to seed! We will be back in full swing before you know it!  Bring on 2016!!!!  ~ Jessie, Ben, Sadie, Nate and 'Baby Strawberry'.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

What to expect during the coming weeks from our farm!

The fall harvest started out awesome and ended up pretty crappy.  Just with cabbage and cauliflower thou, all carrots, onions, potatoes are great!  Cabbage is a main storage wholesale crop, so that failure will be felt, but we will weather the storm.  We always do.  The cauliflowers are little baby mini's.  And they. are. cute. !!!  Making the most of it.  The baby romanesca's hold a nice green colour when steamed and an amazing light nutty flavor.  My kids are gobbling them up when cooked and tossed with butter. 
And some small white cauli's too.  Only available for the next couple of weeks. Then cold weather and possible snow will shut down harvest.
Our cabbage will still be available all winter long at Evergreen Brickworks market and at select retailers like The Big Carrot
We have a new home at Evergreen Brickworks!  We are located in the Welcome Center, the middle room of the site.  Tucked away in a warm corner you will find our farm this winter. We will be bringing the big shelf and a big sign so everyone will be sure to find us! Here is a pic from last Saturday. And YES, we have heirloom tomatoes still for the next two weeks! Nov. 21st and the 28th. Possibly not many ripe ones for the 28th but get out your favorite recipes for Fried Green Tomatoes! We mass harvested the covered fields, so we have baskets of tomatoes slowly ripening in the barn still. 
Enjoy our winter offerings everyone!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Fall Harvest!


Harvest is going great this season.  Now, that's easy when you've got stellar help like we've got!  Our helpers are awesome! And this brings peace of mind when you happen to be chasin' kids around all day long! Ben and I came to the realization that the best babysitters in the world are mom and dad. period. So it's completely awesome when when you can rely on helpers to pull together the crops and help maintain the farm you've built up over the years.  A team you can completely trust! I will say it again - every farm business needs reliable workers. period. And we love our crew!
Speaking of help, my buddy Tanya Fraser is another super helper, friend and an amazing holistic nutritionist!  I encourage all to visit her website and engage with her! She is SO happy and cheerful and awesome around my kids!  Even offered to babysit and dance and play now and then so I can hit the office or escape outside! What a gem.  It's her lifestyle and what she EATS that I swear makes her a pleasure to be around.  This winter should be a very happy, cheerful one around the farm!  We all love Tanya! 
Our fall carrot harvest is going well.  We are removing tops on the majority and binning them up for winter storage but will run with the tops as long as we can. Cabbage continues to be harvested.  Cauliflower is still sizing and will be a November treat. All potatoes and onions are now up and in the barn. Fresh field treats include Leeks, Kale, Swiss Chard, Carrots, Beets and even Heirloom Tomatoes are still being harvested. 
The days are long and awesome around here.  And we wouldn't have them any other way! Surround yourself with the best people possible, and things just seem to fall into place.  The kids are spending more time than ever in the barn this fall/winter which is great too. 
We are already planning next year!  Can you believe it? haha....
This field above has a lot more to offer so continue looking for fresh at the markets and get ready to enjoy Sosnicki Organic Storage (SOS) all winter long!




Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Farm kids have it good.

It's a warm fall on the farm.  And it's time to rip around in the fresh air, eat the best of what's in season! Home grown goodness! And our two children are frickin' awesome and making life all the more special and worth working hard for!
I don't social media the hell out of the kids, and keep my zillions of photos of them private, so when I post pics its usually because I really, really want to share. 
Sadie and Nate are growing up fast and Ben and I are holding on for dear life!  Nate is almost walking! They both eat so amazing! Like, I mean raw sauerkraut, onions, peppers and Sadie dips a lot of things in mustard. Garlic, fruit, no white sugar period...tomatoes like apples....making sure they get a good head start on a world of crap out there! Playing in the dirt, eating dirt off of freshly harvested carrots, bellies full of those probiotics.
Nathan is catching up to Sadie fast! She actually tries to coach him to walk now! "Come'on brother! I want you to play with me!!!"  We have an awesome Hallowe'en birthday planned, because yep, he was born on Hallowe'en!
This pic chokes me up. Sadie really takes after her grandmother Sophie who passed away. Sophie would have loved to spend time with her. We lost Sophie when Sade was a tiny baby. Sadie is kind, caring and sensitive, just like her grandmother.  Sadie will learn how awesome her grandmother was and be able to be proud of where she comes from.
The one thing that Ben and I have vowed is to do is show these two the BEST possible childhood EVER!  No drama, no bullshit, they will be KIDS and DREAM and PLAY and never have to worry about adult CRAP until they are adults themselves! We have a TON of FUN to look forward too! Look out world, the Sosnicki's have arrived! 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Time To Order our Organic Sauce Tomatoes! Roma City!

Dare I say it?  It looks to be an organic tomato year!  Considering last year was a bust, hopefully we can have a great harvest this year.  You just never know, so now is the time to get your order in and make plans to make your sauce within the next few weeks.  Perhaps we'll have tomatoes until fall frost - who knows. But with organic tomatoes, you have to act fast I've learned. Information on how to order follows...
 They're are lots of beautiful tomatoes out there!! We have a late patch but you never know what weather may bring in the form of blight..so don't hesitate to order.

We sell 1/2 bushel cases this year (25lbs each) for $30. Email me your name, phone number, how many cases you need, and the market you wish to pick up at, and the date you would like them to: jb@sosnickiorganics.com (Dufferin on Thursday; Brickworks on Saturday mornings). 

We will start shipping bulk, next week, August 20th (Dufferin) and August 22nd (Brickworks) and go from there. First come, first served. I will put you on my list and do my best to make sure you get your order.

There are certified organic Roma paste sauce type tomatoes we've grown for years now. Very high quality, meaty and wonderful flavour. Picked vine ripe typically the day before we bring them to market. So far the patch shows little to no disease (blight), so they are perfect for sauce this year. Please keep your emails brief, as I usually get bombarded and may not be able to answer everyone back. That's why I create the blog :) Bear with me if I don't get back to you.  I have two small children now which makes it even harder to get the job(s) done around here! 

I don't know how long into September the crop will last so plan to do your sauce sooner than later if you wish to use our tomatoes. Maybe we'll get lucky and we'll be able to offer until October. Who knows. But I know some avid sauce makers have been waiting :) Email away to get onto Jessie's 'master tomato list'!! 


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

In The Field at July's End

Well, the cucs got downy mildew so we thought it was game over. Then the temperatures took off and we got a spectacular stretch of hot and dry weather! So the plants continue to produce! I was told that temps 30 degrees and above kill spores...so, we have cucs for a short time yet!

The roma tomato patch looks fanrastic! Knock on wood. Maybe we'll have a bevy of sauce tomatoes this year?!? Would be nice to make up for the craptastic romas last year.

Weeds!!! We are weeding. Then hoeing. Then weeding some more. Basically it's half/half harvest vs weeding. In the picture my guys are tackling baby fall carrots.

Sweet Corn! Whooo she's tasseling nicely. Should start harvest within two weeks! Can't wait! If the weather stays nice and warm it should be so flavourful and sweet!

Enjoy the rest of your summer, its speeding by once again!!

Friday, July 24, 2015

No pickles after all..

Sorry folks, our organic cucs have downy mildew so we are unable to sell bulk. We have a late patch, but I'm not going to both taking orders as its too dicy. We'll try again next year! We do have some if you are truly desperate but the price will be retail. Sorry ...!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Time To Get Pickled!

Ok, our cuc crop looks decent so far! This can change fast as we have no way to combat mildew issues, so if you want organic cucumbers for pickling - don't hesitate! First come, first served and I currently have a list started from my first blog posting.
We are charging $30 for a half bushel case which is approximately 25lbs. A full bushel order is 2 cases for $60 firm. We are doing a mix of the small sizes, so they will fit nicely in your jars. We do not harvest the tiny size of no.1.
You can put in an order by simply emailing me at jb@sosnickiorganics.com. We will deliver cases to Dufferin Grove farmers market on Thursdays and Evergreen Brickworks on Saturdays. Hopefully for the next 4 weeks, maybe longer. (Google the markets, they are easy to find - I can't respond to all the emails we get with directions etc) 
Let me know how many cases you'd like and which market/date you'd like to pick them up. Sending me a phone number I can text to confirm is easiest.
Ok! Don't delay, we may have a bumper crop and lots for everyone or it will be fast and over before we know it! There is a late patch, so we may get lucky and have cucumbers for a while, but organic cuc crops are dicey, so we hope to hear from you soon!

Monday, June 29, 2015

The Almost July field report!

Well, it's still raining and staying soggy out there.  As much as we'd like to have all our fall crops planted - they are not.  Dries up enough to just get out there and then it dumps down again!  Then with the cool night temperatures our patty pan zucchini just stopped growing! So, now we have to wait for this patch to start kicking out again! And just when everyone starts to enjoy them too! Before much longer we'll have tons and everyone will be sick of them!
But PEAS!  They are in full swing and our patch will be last for 2-3 weeks. We've got sweet, sweet 'worth the work' shelling garden type and the edible pod sugar snaps. Both are worth picking up and savoring this time of year!
Just starting this first week in July are our heirloom tomatoes and fresh dug potatoes
A new variety..so so so good!
The smell of the soil is so awesome digging up the first tasty spuds of the year! 
Me and my boy. He's the sweetest, happiest little farm bugger!  On the move now, keeping us all busy!  Eating solids now, enjoying the best of the seasons along with us. Just shy of 8 months old already.  And he gets along with his sister not too bad! I couldn't ask for anything more. 
See everyone at market soon!







Thursday, June 18, 2015

June Field Report

Man oh man, did we get a lot of rain!  We did need it, so despite the fact that we couldn't finish planting for two weeks - we didn't have to irrigate!
But the crops are really starting to fire up!  Lettuce and zucchini are going strong now.  We have copious amount of the 'Patty Pan' summer squash. And stay tuned for squash blossoms and recipes!
The lettuces are once again awesome.  Huge crisp, sweet Romaines.  A new variety we love this year. The big frilly Red Leaf heads, the soft Butterheads in red only.  Everyone loves the red oak-stained
Butterheads! Oodles of smaller Mini lettuces too.  Then we are going through and picking some baby Kale, Chard and the spinach too....
We've also planted a NEW big patch of strawberries! So 2016 will be another berry year around here for us!
It's a bit of work, as you plant the new strawberries, then have to make sure they get lots of water and root down nice, then pull blossoms.....then straw...but so worth it eh?!
Some failures to report:  some mega sand storm wind damage to some of our tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers.  The poor peppers got hit hard. We'll still have some, but not in the amounts we were hoping for.  
Enjoy the last of the the spring...here comes summer!


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Of The Land

So a documentary we participated in is going to be released in a few days on Food Matters TV!
Very exciting!  Here's a link to information about the documentary called 'Of The Land'.  In the Vimeo trailer you can see some awesome sunset/sunrise pics of our farm and our horse running around and meet us briefly and our organic dairy neighbour, Karl.  It's going to be very informative look at GMO's, including our opinions and how we farm organically.  I encourage everyone to check it out!  It airs JULY 14th on fmtv.com

Monday, June 1, 2015

Taking orders for ORGANIC PICKLING CUCS!

Just like we do with Romas (and I will blog about those too in a couple weeks!) I'll be taking orders for bulk organic cucumbers this year. Ben and I try to do a good job with these fantastic cucs each year but they are so susceptible to mildew, the weather has to be hot and dry (like a tomato year) and we can offer them.  We've planted a lot...  So here's hoping for a great 2015 crop!
TIME TO GET PICKLED!!
If you are interested in a bulk order, shoot me an email to jb@sosnickiorganics.  I will put you on our mailing list and keep you updated regarding 1st harvest (will be early July if all goes well) and price as the season progresses. If you have an idea of how many lbs you need and what size of cucumber you want, I can send you a quote.   All orders can be picked up at Dufferin Grove farmers market on Thursday afternoons or at Evergreen Brickworks Market on Saturday mornings. 
SEND ME YOUR FAVOURITE PICKLE RECIPE!!
Email me your favourite recipe to jb@sosnickiorganics.com and the ones I choose I will share on the blog and I'll make sure you receive a free pickle/dill pack!  It's nice to inspire others to preserve and create something yummy to be enjoyed all year long! 
***CHECK OUT THESE PICTURES:
My dad grew a lot of cucumbers during my childhood.  I have many, many memories about summers and cucumbers growing up.  Mom and dad made us work, so I remember not always liking them. Our cucumber picker had 'wings'.  And before dad upgraded to a conveyor system, he stacked bushels.  He shipped to the local Bicks pickle station at the end of our road that has been gone for years now. 


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

In the field

We got spoiled a bit ago with some mega warm temps.  Now we find ourselves more seasonally cool with a chance of frost this weekend.  And even with the new moon on June 2nd, another bout of frost could happen as well.  This is why we are holding off on field planting all our tenders, like tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, cucumbers etc.   Our cool loving crops like our peas, lettuces, onions, kale, chard, spinach will all hold their own if the frost hit. We will take precautions and cover our zucchini though, just to be on the safe side!  The above pic is Ben cultivating the peas.  We have hoed the onions and all these other spring crops twice now!  We have irrigated all the early crops too, as it was getting dry. That hot weather spurred zillions of tiny weeds to emerge!  We are on top of it!

Red lettuces and our sweet, crisp Romaine lettuces are growing away nicely!  We did not use ground cover to cover anything early on this year!  Because of those crazy hot temps, they needed to breathe!  I was not too keen on that hot weather, as our early crops like the cool spring.  Your lettuces, spinach and most especially PEAS taste sweeter and crisper is the weather is nice and cool. So we welcome the 'back to normal' spring weather.  Plus when it's freaky hot the sky starts to spur wild weather and I don't need a dump of hail on my stuff!!!

Above is Swiss Chard and Kale growing away nicely today. The kale is growing on a patch of land that has never housed kale ever before! And has been certified organic for over a decade! This is nice land, the kale will be glorious this year! Same goes for the chard!  This is a key part of our rotation and dedication to keeping the land healthy. 
Enjoy these sunny days and remember to cover tenders if you have them out already!



Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Happy Earth Day!!

Busy day..cold outside but the greenhouses are warm and green! Our workers arrived today, so the next few days will be spent working hard at getting some crops in the ground!!
Every day is Earth Day around here as we adhere to organic growing practices and respect our planet and the mega awesome mother - the soil!
Our heirloom tomatoes are huge and ready to be planted! Kale is a sea of majestic green - also ready to hit the dirt!
Enjoy your day and respect your planet ;)

Sunday, April 12, 2015

April is disappearing fast!


What a whirlwind month so far!  Now that we've finally got some heat out there, crops are up and at 'em.  Transplanting, seeding fall crops, amending greenhouses, the actual idea of working some ground is upon us.  Busy, busy, busy!  The greenhouse is on fire today and I am enjoying sweating while I bake out there watering the sun-hungry plants!  Big tomatoes ready to go into the soil within days now...onion seedlings still a bit slow, but kale is ready! Lettuces, chards all sizing up nicely.  Not jumping the gun because I feel the cold lurking around the corner again.  If these guys are in the field within two weeks time, they will certainly be wearing a cover cloth!

And the kids are enjoying this warmth outside more exploring their world! Sadie likes to mimic everything I do these days, and watering the plants is one thing she freaks to do!  She is an awesome, awesome child.  Happy, healthy and does the funniest little things constantly. An absolute joy. It is such a pleasure to be able to raise my kids, at home, while working at a job I adore.  Never missing a moment of them growing up. Not one. And sharing the concept of growing food with them.  One of thee most important life skills anyone could ever hope to have! And cooking. Sadie will be an awesome chef when I'm done with her. Period.

So folks, here's to the sun. She's been a long winter and not sad to see her gone.
Looking forward to those long, lazy, hot and hazy summer dayz... loaded with good food, friends and family! ~ Jessie ;P

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Organic Birthdays...



Our family is trying hard every day to eat the best we can - even during celebrations! For Sadie's birthday I made an organic fresh fruit cheesecake (It was so nice to enjoy a little bit of organic imported fresh fruit after such a long winter).  And when you use organic cream cheese, dairy and eggs in baking - man oh man is it good!! And I kept the cane sugar content low in the cakes. A peach punch with my canned peaches from last summer; my homemade salsa seasoned with spices and my dehydrated basil leaves enjoyed with organic corn nachos. A garlicky hummus with our colourful carrot sticks for dipping; organic cheeses, humblebread... etc etc were feasted on while we celebrated Sadie turning two! My mom jumped on the 'healthy but yummy' bandwagon too and made organic chocolate covered oranges and a killer guacamole!
So birthday parties don't have to be a giant fondant mess of refined sugar, artificial colours and flavours but instead really really yummy and healthy!


Friday, March 27, 2015

Our baby girl is 2!

Lil' Sadie-Bug is 2!! Can't believe it! And daddy bought her her first set of wheels - a tractor! She is a mega joy and makes us laugh constantly! Man oh man we are looking forward to all the fun we are going to have with these two kidlets!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY LITTLE FARM PRINCESS!!

March, what March?

Speeding right along here! We were able to start seeding mid March and are happy with the progress! We continue to grade out and sell Carrots, Cabbage, Beets, Onions and Potatoes! Busy, busy, busy!
This seasons crops may be a tad late, but so far so good! Repairs on the greenhouses are also keeping us going! Spring is here and we are happily gearing up for a fabulous growing season!