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,


 

Farm news, June 25/2018

Happy beginning of summer everyone! We’ll have the following veggies this week: lettuce, spinach, chard, kale, bok choi, arugula, radish, turnips, baby beets, broccolini, broccoli, sugar snap peas, kohlrabi, dill, cilantro, parsley, basil, green onions. The peas are sugar snap peas and before you shell them – the pods are edible.  Also, we’re almost done the broccolini and I really recommend trying it – the stem is tender and sweet  and you eat the whole plant, including the leaves if you want.

On the farm this week:

Well I summer has officially begun and now that solstice is over now and that means summer is coming to an end.  What I was wondering about is why do the days keep getting hotter in July if they’re getting shorter? Today was the first pea picking marathon  and picking peas is everybody’s favorite job.!  Don’t they look happy? I’m not going to put up the picture taken 4 hours later.. With the beets  it’s a 2 for one deal: Beet greens and baby beets.  Sarah was promoted this week to washing and Renae was promoted to pea picking.  It’s also going to be Kelsey’s last week here.  She’s moving on and going to B.C soon,  so Lance is getting a promotion to work the market and Irina from last year will be coming back next and getting a promotion right away.  Everyone got a promotion this week! So far I don’t have any pictures of creepy insects to put up, though at least few times a day I hear a shriek coming from across the field whenever Renae picks something up with a spider on it that is supposedly as big as her hand.  We do have this interesting bird though that laid it’s eggs right in middle of our fall cabbage patch.  I’m guessing there are less stressful places to lay an egg, especially on the days like this one when we’re working just a few feet away from it.   I don’t know which is more stressed out – this bird or the Robin that has it’s nest in the rafters just above where the lawnmower is parked (It’s a loud lawnmower).  Whoever knows what kind of bird this is wins a free kohlrabi! I think it might be a tiny chicken. That’s it for this week. See you soon! Jonathan, Sarah, Lance, Kelsey and Renae

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