Friday, September 14, 2018

Conventional Manure on our Organic Farm.

With the addition of conventional manure on our land growing our upcoming fall veggies, we felt we needed to address it straight on, rip open that can of worms.  We’ve been so fortunate for being able to use certified organic manure for over 14 years on our land since going organic!  Our organic dairy neighbor simply needs his manure for his own land.  We will always continue to provide utmost transparency with regards to all inputs used on our land and in your food.  We know our customers, and we know that being honest is vital to our relationships with everyone whom chooses to buy and consume the veggies we produce.  We will always update our website including every single input we use on our farm.  We continue to be certified organic by Pro-Cert Organic Systems Ltd.  We continue to use 0 herbicides on our land, 0 fungicides, 0 synthetic fertilizers on our land and only 2 approved pesicides ‘Entrust’ and ‘Bioprotec’ on select crops when needed.

Using conventional manure on organic farms is nothing new and a lot of organic farms operate this way. There simply is a massive lack of organic manure available.  We didn’t decide overnight either and to say it was an easy decision is far from it – we actually let a large part of our farm get very deficient because we were holding back  – this is well over 2.5 years in the making.  We spoke with our certification board Pro Cert Organic Systems, they forwarded us to a soil analyst specializing in organic agriculture whom we hired.  Her recommendation was straight up animal manure to correct our deficiencies after going over our soil tests.  One thing we know well in growing veggies is we must feed the soil.  Since we do not use synthetics, we must find the most natural way to do this and manure fits the bill.  We wrangled with feelings of guilt and a fair bit of sadness to be honest, but a fellow organic farmer took some of the sting away: “...If we are going to grow this organic movement we need to be slightly practical....Don’t feel guilty. If handled well, conventional manure can be of great benefit to your soil structure and overall health of your farm.”  

Going forward my secret hope is that one of my kids may indeed want to get into animal husbandry and we can pasture raise animals here and have access to our own manure and create an awesome symbiotic system such as we once had reaching across the fence to the organic compost! We are also growing less acreage for profit – we’ve decided to skip most grain growing to be combined.  Our rotational land is cover crop, cover crop, cover crop. Put ‘er back.  We are not mass increasing acreage on the veggies and intend to stay small, humble and happy!  So, today’s quote is from Ben.  All you have to do is look in that man in the eye. Ben will never lie to you. “We may not be perfect but will always strive to do the best we can and always be transparent. If you want to know exactly how your food is grown – I will tell you.” ~Ben Sosnicki, 2018.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Time to order Sauce Tomatoes AND bulk SUN SUGAR CHERRY tomatoes!!!

It's officially a tomato year!  Tomato patch of romas, beefsteak and cherry field tomatoes are booming!  Very plentiful.  This will help to make up for the craptastic year we had last year with nothing but blight riddled tomatoes.  So, get your fill!  An exciting addition to the bulk offerings this year *for the first time* is our sun sugar cherry tomatoes!  For $5 we are selling 1.5lbs. So for $20 you can score 6lbs of these gorgeous gems to ROAST and freeze!  (or make sauce!).
**Roma cases $30 for 25lbs.  (this is a half bushel case. A full bushel amount is 50lbs).** 
**Add to that as many 1.5lb clams (pictured here) of the sun sugar cherry tomatoes for $5 each!**

To order:

1. Send me an email to:  Let me know how many cases of roma and sun sugar you so desire.  

2. Within that email include the farmer's market you wish to pick up at STARTING NEXT WEEK, AUGUST 22nd. (Wednesday - Waterford Farmers Market 4-7pm, Waterford Ontario; Thursday - Dufferin Grove Market 2:30-7pm, Toronto Ontario; Saturday - Evergreen Brickworks Farmers Market 8am-1pm, Toronto, Ontario.  Easily googled for directions.)

3. Include your full name and phone number in case I need to contact you regarding your order. 

4. PLEASE understand I have 4 small kids so I don't have time to answer questions this year about how many tomatoes will fit your recipes, jars etc.  I promise when they are older and I have more time I will cater more to my awesome customers. 

5. The season looks to be a long, plentiful one going well into september.  I will accept orders as long as the crop looks promising.  First come first serve. STARTING NEXT WEEK. 

THANK YOU and happy saucing!