Farm news, Aug 13/2018

We’ll have the following veggies this week:

lettuce, spinach, chard, kale, corn,  tomato, cucumber, zucchini, broccoli, eggplant, potatos, , carrots, beets, onions, beans, corn, dill, cilantro, parsley, basil, hot peppers.

 

On the farm this week:

The most exciting thing is that we finished the rest of our planting this week!  We planted out the last of our head lettuce – I think it was like 6000 of them and it was a collective 20 hours of bending over between all 4 of us.    We usually plant lettuce every week, but now that the days are getting shorter the lettuce won’t bolt and we can plant the last few weeks of lettuce out all at once and be free! We also planted the rest of the spinach, dill and cilantro.

If you can tell who it is hooking up sprinklers you win a free lettuce! We definitely had to keep watering the transplants this weekend because it was hawt.  On Sunday morning I opened the door and immediately started sweating and then quickly closed it and ran back inside.    

We also got some more weeding done.  Our fall carrots and broccoli are almost all weeded!  Now we just have all the spring crops to finish weeding.  I’m hoping we can be finished by November….

Also,  just a reminder that  we are going to be having the farm tour this Saturday August 18 at 1 pm!   It’s  for anyone who’s interested in coming out and seeing the farm.  I’ll give a short little tour of the crops at 1pm and then we’ll have a little scavenger hunt for the kids and people are welcome to hang out as long as they want and roam/do whatever people do.  I thought I could see if people wanted to weed for a bit for an authentic experience, but Renae scolded me  saying “Jonathan! you can’t ask people to work!”.  So if you were wanting the authentic farm experience I guess we can thank Renae for ruining farm day.  If you’re coming can you please r.s.v.p to jonathansfarm@gmail.com.  It’s at 700 Mcphillips road just north of lockport road.  The easiest way to get there is to take hwy 8 to Mcphillips road.

And people are asking if we’re selling bulk tomatoes again this year and also when sign ups start for winter CSA.   So, for bulk tomatos, they’re ready for next week! and I put a form on the website to sign up for them if you’re interested.  I also put the winter CSA sign up form up now, but I’ll send an email about that in September.  Some details are still being worked out.   Here are our field tomatos in the background behind Renae and Emelia (our extra helper for this week).    And we’re still looking for extra help, so if you know anyone who would be interested please spread the word!

That’s it for this week.

See you soon!

Jonathan, Sarah, Irina, and Renae

Farm news, Aug 06/2018

We’ll have the following veggies this week:

lettuce, spinach, chard, kale, carrots, beets, potatoes, onions, broccoli, tomato, eggplant, bell peppers, cucumber, zucchini, beans, basil, dill, cilantro, parsley, hot peppers.

On the farm this week

I hope everyone had a good long weekend!

It finally rained on the farm!  I was lying in bed Friday complaining to myself ‘oh man, I got to get up move a bunch of sprinkler lines tomorrow’  and just then it started pouring rain out of nowhere and it made me so happy.   And then it rained again Saturday night.   I love it when it rains Saturday night and then dries up a bit for Monday.  Although it was still a little bit wet digging up potatos today which made for a little extra work.  The veggies are getting heavier now…and everyone’s getting stronger.

Its’ August now and it’s the time the cabbage moths get a little bit crazy, so we’re covering up the kale and broccoli to protect them from worms.  If you ever find a worm you win a free broccoli!

Jesse had to leave suddenly and unexpectedly for Calgary last week.  We’re hoping he’ll be back in a couple weeks, but in the meantime we’re looking for extra help.  So many people have come this year I can’t even remember who works here anymore.  Kelsey’s back doing the market until she heads back to Mexico with her friend Hugo in a couple weeks and Hugo came to pick beans for a day. I thought Kelsey had a nice squat, but check out Hugo’s amazing posture!

We’ve been having some issues with our cucumbers this year.  I’m not sure what it is, but many of the fruit are dying; so we’re not having the same amount of cucumber’s  expected.  I’ve sent some samples to the lab and that will hopefully let us know what’s going on.  We’ve planted another row that’s looking better that should start producing fruit in the next week, so I’m hoping we keep having cucumbers into sept, but probably not as much as usual.    Sometimes I just close my eyes and pretend a zucchini is a cucumber and it works!  It also works if you want chocolate cake but only have Kale to close your eyes and pretend it’s cake.

But all our other veggies are doing really well and tomato season is here now…

And I almost forgot – people are asking to see the farm, so we’re going to try to do a farm day Sat, Aug 18th.  Stay tuned for the details.

That’s it for this week. See you soon!

Jonathan, Sarah, Irina, Renae and Kelsey

 

Farm news July 30/2018

We’ll have the following veggies this week:

lettuce, spinach, chard, kale, broccoli, cabbage, beans, peppers, tomatos, onions, carrots, beets, zucchini, cucumber, dill, cilantro, parsley, basil, hot peppers

On the farm this week:

Jesse survived his first week, but his muscles are already becoming a problem.  We were short a few carrots so he went to dig them by hand and broke the fork.  So then I got him another one and he broke that too.   You apparently can’t let him touch anything that’s made of wood.  It also shows how dry the ground is.  I’m pretty sure this is the driest year I’ve experienced.  I think it’s been around 6 weeks since we’ve had any rain.

But the dry weather is not stopping the broccoli from growing into these 2 lb heads (they’re not all that big).  But if you find 3 lb head of broccoli this week you win a free broccoli!

And somewhere in the distance is a ripe one of my favourite vegetables!  I seriously eat about 10 tomatos a day during the summer so I’m getting ready to eat!    We’ll have Tomatoes for full share’s this week and hopefully some for half shares also.

I actually  had plans for greenhouse tomatos this year, but I didn’t get heat into the greenhouse in time and it was so cold that I didn’t end up planting the greenhouse Tomatos much earlier than the field Tomatos.  But they’re ripening a little bit faster than the field ones.  Unless something really bad happens soon there’s going to be a lot of them…

And finally,  For everyone that knew Jaraslov last year he says hello from the Netherlands!  He has now officially graduated agriculture school and had plans to start a farm with some friends, but there was a problem with the water so he’s just going to work on another farm for the time being.  Some how he looks 2 years younger than last year.

 

That’s it for this week.

See you soon,

Jonathan, Sarah, Irina, Renae,  and Jesse

Farm news, 2018

We’ll have the following veggies this week:

lettuce, spinach, chard, kale, broccoli, cabbage, kohlrabi, cucumber, zucchini, onion,  beans, turnips, beets, carrots, dill, cilantro, parsley, basil, hot peppers,

On the farm this week:

Well we keep getting teased with it saying it’s going to rain and then not.  Don’t say it if you’re not going to do it!  Some rain would be nice.  But it looks like at least some more comfortable weather this week, so at least nature’s being at least a little bit reasonable.

We did one last picking and then said good bye to the peas (pictured below).  This has freed up a lot of space which is a relief because until now space has been tight and basically the moment something is harvested the space is used to plant something else.

Our winter carrots have germinated (can you see the tiny lines of carrots) and our fall broccoli is all planted, so there’s not much left for us to keep planting except greens and herbs.  Pretty soon we’ll be taking it easy!

Lance has retired this week and moved back to the city, but he’ll still be helping out at the market for a bit.  In his place we have Jesse, aka ‘muscles’.   Jesse’s only been working on the farm one day and by lunch the name ‘muscles’ had stuck.  I’ll be making sure to find heavy things for him to lift each day.

Now’s also the time of year where I smell onions all day everyday.  Has anyone else picked hundreds of onions and then had to walk around smelling themselves all day?  It is a powerful and unique odour that unfortunately doesn’t smell anything like someone’s cooking.  I was thinking of wearing my work shirt to the CSA pick up one day just to see if other people agree.  Is it a good onion smell or a bad onion smell?

And, Our tomatoes are slowly starting to ripen.  So hopefully in a couple weeks we’ll have tomatoes out!

That’s it for this week,

See you soon!

Jonathan, Sarah, Irina, Renae, Lance and Jesse

 

 

Farm news, July 16/2018

We’ll have the following veggies this week:

lettuce, chard, kale, eggplant, peppers, beans, carrots, beets, radish, turnip, onions, broccoli, cabbage, kohlrabi, cucumbers, zucchini, basil, parsley, dil, hot peppers.

This is the last week for peas and it’s going to be a choice between peas and beans.  The hot peppers are hot wax peppers(not hot), cayenne(hot), jalapeno(kind of hot)  and thai chiles(hot)

On the farm this week:

It was another hot week and we running the water pretty continuosly and starting to fight over the water.  I’ll be trying to water the veggies, meanwhile Sarah’s turning off my water because she has no pressure to wash veggies and then Lance is turning off Sarah’s water because he’s trying to water the trees we planted, and then I’m turning off Lance’s water so I can water veggies and then Sarah’s turning off my water and it just goes on like that all day.  Here’s our broccoli getting watered in the morning

The Killdeer has finally left the cabbage.  I hope it found a more suitable home,  but then  this week I found this hiding the carrots!  What’s with birds nests in the garden this year?  I thought it might be a killdeer again, but they’re smaller than the other eggs, and there’s no mom around to yell at us whenever we get near them.   Whoever knows what they are gets a free bunch of carrots and I have no idea if you’re right..

And it’s onion time now!  We’re staring with our sweet onions that are almost as big as Renae’s eyballs.  I think I say this everyear, but sweet onions chopped up with cucumbers in some vinegar is one of the best way to eat raw onions in my opinion

Renae’s sad that this is the last week of picking peas.  She’s the only person I’ve met who’s favorite job is picking peas.   Hopefully she likes picking beans as much as picking peas.  Here’s Lance and Irina doing the first bean picking.


And I finally got a mower for the tractor!  I seeded this field to grass and clover this spring for a green manure. The plan is to enrich the soil with this green manure crop and then plant it in the future to vegetables.   But you can see how tall the weeds are! I spent last year trying to get rid of the weeds in this field so when I seeded it to green manure this wouldn’t happen, but it happened.  I should have mowed these weeds a long time ago before they all started going to see….oh well at least I think I killed off most of the quack grass.


And finally I remembered to take a picture of Amelia.  She’s only here one day a week and I usually only think to take pictures Monday, so that’s my excuse.  But here she is weeding the carrots with everyone.

That’s it for this week.

See you soon!

Jonathan, Sarah, Irina, Lance, Renae and Amelia

 

 

Farm news, July 09/2018

 

We will have the following veggie selection this week:

lettuce, spinach, chard, kale, broccoli, broccolini, cabbage, kohlrabi, peas, carrots, beets, radish, turnips, zucchini, cucumbers – maybe?, scallions, dill, cilantro, parsley and basil

On the farm this week:

I hope everyone had a good time at folk fest, because I know at least half of you were there!  I don’t know if it was hot at folk fest, but it was hot here.  Lance and I worked this Saturday and there was some sweat coming off of our bodies.   I would  have thought people would call us tough, but so far people have only called us stupid. I’ve never been that good at telling the difference….

It feels like we’re on the home stretch for planting now.  Here’s Sarah doing the last seeding of lettuce transplants that we’ll be planting in the field in middle of August.  And for some reason she’s wearing her winter jacket inside a greenhouse when it’s 30 degrees outside.  

 

Lance also starting learning the tractor and tilled in the old spinach and lettuce which is where we”ll be doing our last planting of carrots and broccoli this week.  Hopefully the decomposing spinach will produce spinach flavoured carrots.  Lance and I look very similar from behind.

It’s carrot harvesting time now.  Last year we had to have 10 people to stand on the carrot digger to get it to go deep enough, but this year I had welder put some poles on it and hung a bunch of cinder blocks and so far no one has had to stand on it!  My favorite thing about the undercutter bar is that it digs up the quack grass roots so we’re able to pull up the quack grass once we’ve dug the carrots.

Finally, the weeds are getting crazy and we’ve been getting behind, but this week we’ve started catching up… slowly.  Big thanks to Amelia our volunteer who spent an entire day carrying bins full of weed seeds out of the field.  And she’ll be back tomorrow…. but I didn’t’ tell her yet that it’s going to be another day of the same thing!

That’s it for this week.

See you soon!

Jonathan, Sarah, Irina, Lance Renae and Amelia

Farm News, July 02/2018

We’ll have the following veggies this week:

lettuce, spinach, chard, kale, broccoli, kohlrabi, bok choi, radish, turnip, beets, zukini, peas, scallions, basil, dill, cilantro and parsley, and coming soon….

On the farm this week:

We got our third and fourth rain of they year this week!  I guess we were lucky too because not far from us in Clandeboye I’m told they got 3″.  So far it’s been a pretty good year for rain.   I also haven’t mentioned our volunteer Amelia who does Mandalas and did one on the farm for us to bring us a good year. Lance pointed out today that it was after she did her Mandala that it started raining.   What’s a Mandala?  I don’t remember all the details, but Amelia will be doing the CSA pick ups from time to time if you ever want to ask her about them.   Here’s where it was that is now just seeded to carrots – hopefully extra good ones!

 

A lot of people told me it was a killdeer and not a baby chicken that made it’s nest in the cabbage.   I was not expecting people to know their birds so well – I’m going to have to plant more kohlrabi!  Also, Lance wasn’t in the loop about the kohrlabi last week, so if you guessed it he’ll throw you one this week.  The eggs are still there, but look how much the cabbage has grown already from last week!.  I hope those chickens like cabbage when they hatch.  Or wait, no I hope they don’t like cabbage.

I also feel like I’ve experienced a miracle this summer.   I have a crazy allergy to grass pollen that’s been getting worse every year and upto last year I’d been taking too much benadryl and asthma inhalers to get through every day.   This year I suddenly have no allergies!  I hope I’m not speaking too soon, but it’s July now so I think I might be cured! I don’t know what’s changed but the only thing that comes to mind is last year I tried eating less carbs and more protein  and lost 25 lbs.  Could that be it?  All I know is that no allergies is amazing.  Here I am cautiously flirting with my enemy!

We were rejoined by Irina today. She missed us so much (how could she not) she decided to come back for round 3 and we missed her too!  She’ll be at the CSA pick up tomorrow so you can say hello.

And finally Zukinis are now in season – we picked 250 lb just this weekend and I’m not gonna lie,  picking that much zucchini scared me quite a bit!  Not having enough of something is scary but picking that much zucchini in just one of 4 weekly picking days is almost as scary!  But I’m feeling relieved that today there was only 50 lb.  But then I switched back to worrying about how much we’d have for Thursday if we only get 50 lb the next couple pickings…..    I’d love to hear some of your favorite zucchini recipes to put up on the blog.  Here’s Lance and Renae picking away.

That’s it for this week,

See you soon!

Jonathan, Sarah, Lance, Irina and Renae,