Farm news, June 18/2018

Here we go again, second week of harvest.  The first week went by so fast!

Veggies this week:

This week for CSA we will have: lettuce, spinach, chard/kale, radish/turnips, bok choi, broccolini, arugula/mizuna/mustard greens, dill, cilantro, green onions and pea shoots.  The broccolini is actually a gailon – chinese broccoli cross and is really sweet and not like rapini which it is often confused with.  It’s usually sauteed and eaten as a whole plant: stem and leaves and everything!

It will probably be a choice between  bok choi and chinese broccoli for half shares this week.   If it helps with the decision, we will have 1 or 2 weeks more of bok choi and about 10 weeks of broccoli throughout the summer.   If you’re not sure what to do with bok choi, my favorite way is to sauteed it quickly with sesame oil, soy sauce, garlic and ginger.

Also, to answer some questions we’ve been getting: all the greens are washed and the best way to keep every vegetable is in a bag or sealed container in the fridge.  Having it in a sealed container keeps the humidity in and it’s lack of humidity that causes it to wilt.   The only thing I don’t keep in the fridge are tomatoes and squash.


On the farm this week:

I was just telling someone thursday at the market how we never get rained on at the market – if it’s raining then it stops as soon as we pull up and never starts until after we leave.  And then sure enough as soon as we left it started pouring.  More proof!  Although I now I remember that after I said that last year we got poured on the next day….

It was good to get some rain at the farm – that was only the second rain we’ve had this spring and it’s been hard to water because the bees keep drinking all the water!   This is  a plastic tube we use to water some things and it has holes that drip water out slowly  Water was going into the line, but I couldn’t figure out why the line was empty at the other end.  Then I found these guys on every hole sucking up all our water!  The garden is buzzing with lots of bees and it makes me happy to see them.   I think every zucchini flower I’ve looked and every pipe that has a leak is literally coated with bees.  But they’re very polite, whenever I pick up the pipe they’re coating they all just move out of the way and let me fix it.

Today after planting this weeks lettuce  we officially filled the garden with  – i.e we’re out of space to plant!  But thankfully next week we’ll have more space freed up what’s been harvested so we can keep planting in those spots.

Here’s Lance, Renae and Kelsey squatting while planting lettuce.   The other day I noticed Kelsey posture and told her she had a really nice squat and apparently that’s a weird thing to say to someone.?

That’s it for this week.

See you soon!

Jonathan, Sarah, Lance, Kelsey and Renae


Farm news June 12/2018

Alriggghty! – It’s time to get this party started!

This week for CSA we will have choices from:

Lettuce mix, spinach, asparagus, radish/salad turnips, bok choi/chinese cabbage, mustard greens/mizuna/arugula/beet greens, alfalfa sprouts, green onions, dill/cilantro.

The mustard mix  is the spiciest and most colourful one (if you scroll way down you’ll see Renae holding up different greens).  The bunched loose leaf chinese cabbage( tokyo bekana)  is a lighter sweet flavour and makes a good substitute for lettuce.    The mizuna is always popular and not very spicy with a nutty flavor and has the serrated edges.  They’re all great eaten raw in salad or mixed together and lightly sauteed or braised.

And Below is Lance (remember him!?) holding up our hakurei turnips everyoe seems to love.   They’re sweet and spicy and juicy and the leaves are edible too – you can cook them in with your other greens!

On the farm so far:

First maybe I’ll  bring you all up to date on what we’ve been going on at the farm for the last few weeks:  planting and weeding- that didn’t take long did it?

This spring seems to have been lot more planting than usual.  We had some crazy mid may frosts, then crazy mid may flea beetles and crazy late may cutworms; so with all the replanting we did I think we’ve pretty much planted the whole garden 2x, which for all the mathematicians out there is like 2x the work!  So it’s pretty nice to be finally harvesting something for a change!

This year working on the farm we have a bunch of familiar people.  Lance will l be the resident farmer this year.  You might remember him as the guy only ate 30 bananas a day and would get up at 4 to go for a run before work.  I’ve been trying to tell him that if he just runs during work he gets his cardio in and should actually then pay me for his saved gym membership and saved time.  No one seems to agree but am I not right??

This year we  also  have Kelsey. Last year Kelsey came out to the farm once a week last to just pull thistles all day.  When she came to to start in the spring and I asked if she knew how to weed the carrots she looked at me in disbelief and said me “what the …do you think I did all last year” This Kelsey will be working on the farm and at the market stand in Wolseley so go say hello!  Here she is doing some more of her favorite things: digging up quack grass

The only new person this year is Renae who is trying to challenge Jaroslav from last year as the most responsible teenager ever.  Renae’s here for the summer.  She’s form Selkirk, but is studying at some university in Ontario.  Today she was promoted to veggie washer and I didn’t remember to tell her until after she was done washing that there’s a rain suit for her.  Here she is holding arugula and mizuna in her left hand and mustard greens and tokyo bekana in her right hand.


Finally,  Sarah showed up for her first day of work today.  If anyone guesses what she’s been doing for the last month you’ve won extra radishes (hint its’ the same thing she does every year)…


Well that’s it for this week.

See you soon!

Jonathan, Sarah, Lance, Kelsey and Renae





Last csa pick up/market Tuesday Oct 24!

Hello everyone,

This Tuesday, Oct 24,  is our very last summer csa pick up and farmers market for this year! I’m not going to lie: I’m looking forward to lying around and eating nothing but potato chips pretty soon!

This week we’ll have: lettuce, spinach, chard, kale, broccoli, brussels sprouts, carrots, potatoes, beets, onions, tomatos, squash, pumpkins, dill, cilantro and parsley.

We’ll also be giving away the worlds biggest bunch of beets (unofficially) to the first person who can name the different varieties of beets we’ve grown this year ( you just have to name the colour) .

We said goodbye to Jaroslav this morning as he headed home to Czech, and he left just in time because it’s about to get cold ( minus 10 on Thursday) !  So Sarah will be making a rare appearance at the market this week.  Come give her a hug!



After tuesday Sarah and I will be on our final harvest spree digging up potatoes and carrots for the winter CSA.   Now that Jaroslav is gone I realized I should have asked Irina when she gets back from her trip.  I hope soon!

That’s it.  Thanks again everyone and see you tomorrow!

Jonathan, Sarah, and Jaroslav



Farm news Oct 16/2017

Hello everyone!

This is just  a friendly reminder that the next 2 csa pick ups and markets will be only Tuesdays now.  We have 2 left: Oct 17th and Oct 24th from 3:30 – 6:30 at Robert A steen community centre.

For the next two weeks we’ll have:

lettuce, spinach, chard, kale, broccoli, kohlrabi, cabbage, celeriac, radish, turnip, potatos, carrots, beets, onions, squash, brussel sprouts, dill, parsley, cilantro, tomatos and peppers.

On the farm this week:

We can see the finish line and it looks so glorious, but…, it’s just a mirage because we’ve got fields of root veggies for the winter csa to still dig up over the next 2 weeks.  Still, it feels pretty relaxing know there’s just one market to get ready for this week.

Jaroslav actually asked to work all weekend.  Here’s Jaroslav planting garlic this weekend.

We have frost every morning now, so our harvest order is reversed.  Instead of harvesting greens first thing in the morning when it’s cool, we have to wait until the frost is gone and harvest other things first and the greens  when it’s warm!

Haha, Ok I cheated, this picture is from November a few years ago.

That’s it for this year!

Thanks again everyone and see you Tuesday!

Jonathan, Sarah and Jaroslav.



Farm news, Oct 9/2017

We’ll have the following veggies this week:

lettuce, spinach, chard, kale, broccoli, potatos, carrots, beets, onions, tomato, cabbage, pepper, eggplant, leeks, parsley, dill, hot peppers, brussel sprouts, squash and kohlrabi.

On the farm this week:

Happy thanksgiving everyone!  This is our last week (18th week) of csa pick ups.  Thank you everyone for taking part in the CSA this year.  There’s still 2 more weeks for the people who just don’t know when to quit and signed up for the extra 2 weeks.  These pick ups will just be on Tuesdays( oct 17 and oct 24) and we’ll have the market stand up as well on those days.  We also have some spots left in the winter CSA which starts Nov 6th.

Last week was Irina’s last week.  She’s now gone off to Germany for holidays for 2 weeks, but I’ll save some hard jobs for her when she gets back. We had a going away part for everyone before Irina left, but then in the end Irina couldn’t make it to her own party!  Shenggang and Nicholas came and it was nice to see everyone!

Jaroslav is also leaving soon: he goes back too Czech on the 23rd for a day and then off to a farm in Chile until January.   He has been here 6 months now! It doesn’t feel that long.  He started in April with planting and digging quack grass out of the fields and other than his week off working at another farm has been going solid since then.   We’re going to miss him.  He’s a pretty remarkable person: he’s more responsible, kind, helpful and mature than I am and I’m almost twice his age.  But now I have to take advantage of his helpful nature and think of all the jobs I don’t want to do and get him to do it before he leaves.  There’s going to be some serious overtime for Jaroslav the next two weeks! But it will help him to sleep on the plane…  Make sure to give Jaroslav a hug goodbye this week.

We’ve had  a few frosts over the last week and so the summer crops like tomatos, peppers, eggplant are pretty brown and crispy now.  We did a final pick through all the tomatos and peppers and haven’t yet weighed them but it looks like a lot.  If we end up giving CSA a bunch of peppers this week I’ve had some in my fridge for a months, so they should last a while.  And green tomatoes will ripen.

We also took down all the tomato trellis and are ready to till a lot of these plants back in now..


I finally work my jacket this week – this has been warm fall!  Overall I think it’s been the most comfortable year I’ve experienced.  No mosquitos, not a lot of rain, and not very cold: it can only get worse…I can see the downside to anything!

That’s it for this week.

See you soon!

Jonathan, Sarah, Irina and Jaroslav

Farm news, Oct 4/2017

We’ll have the following veggies this week:

Lettuce, spinach, chard, kale, broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts, potatoes, carrots, beets,  onions, eggplant, peppers, leeks, squash, dill, cilantro, parsley and hot peppers

On the farm this week:

I guess mother nature had had enough of my talk about how we’ll never get rained on gave us some rain last Tuesday at the market.  So now I’m certain we’ll only get rained on every few years and have put the canopies away for the year because lightning doesn’t strike in the same place twice, right?

The oats and peas are getting tall now enough to hide in now, which is really scary because we’ve got grass sharks now that can creep along unnoticed until it’s too late.  One actually almost got Jaroslav today, but he managed to get away.  If you can spot Jaroslav in the picture you win a free lb of potatoes!

It’s another rainy day and it’s starting to look like fall, but still doesn’t really feel like it.  I’ve not had to wear my parka or gloves yet this year, which is unusual for this time of year.  Usually picking wet things in the morning is a pretty cold thing by this time of year.  I’m pretty sure I’m not even going to need my parka and gloves,  so I’m just going to get rid of them!

Fall is brassica season.  Most of what’s left standing in the field are broccoli and brussel sprout and leafy greens and the broccoli.

That’s it for this week,

See you soon!

Jonathan, Sarah, Irina, Jaroslav


Farm news, Sept 26/2017

We’ll have the following veggies this week for csa:

Lettuce, spinach, chard, kale, broccoli, brussel sprouts, carrots, potatos, beets, onions, leeks, tomatos, peppers, eggplant, dill, cilantro, parsley, scallions and hot peppers.

On the farm this week:

Well, I guess I asked for it so I shouldn’t complain about getting rain, but come on! Let’s be reasonable!  We’re good for water now and I feel like it’s probably safe to put the sprinklers away for the year.

Other than it now being cold and wet, it’s a nice time of year and the pace is slowing down a bit for us.  We’re almost done cleaning onions, and have harvested most of the squash and the weather’s been nice – the mornings aren’t that cold yet.   And we still haven’t gotten rained on at the market.  So I’ve decided to just sell my canopies because I’m that sure we will never get rained on!

Over the next few weeks we’ve got a few projects we hope to get done.  But I”m just taking them one at a time because it feels like time is running out!

For the last couple weeks, I’ve been trying to fix all the leaks in the irrigation system.  I’ve been told by many people now that  it’s good thing I’m not a plumber because I’ve been working at it for a couple weeks and there’s still a few leaks to fix!   After that I’m wanting to bury the pipe so that if it still leaks I can pretend not to know….maybe that’s a bad strategy.  We’re also hoping to get another greenhouse up and move the existing one to a better spot.   Finally after this weekend it became apparent that there’s some drainage work that still needs some improvement…

Today we had  surprise when Sarah showed up for work.  She normally goes for a 2000 mile walk each summer but didn’t do any trips this year and so has been getting so restless that she’s constantly pacing around the farm.  So she took off work to go hiking the Mantario trail for the last 4 days.  But because of the rain she cut her trip short just so she could come work.  She said she’d been waiting all year to work on a wet cold day and would never miss it! 

Finally it’s brussel sprout time!  We harvest the brussel sprouts on the stalk. To get them off you can cut them or just snap them off.  If you cut the bottom of each brussel sprouts the outer layer comes off easily.

That’s it for this week.

See you soon!

Jonathan, Sarah, Irina and Jaroslav