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

Farm news, Sept 18/2017

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

lettuce, spinach, chard, kale, tomatos, peppers, eggplant, leeks, onions, potatos, carrots, beets, squash, dill, cilantro, parsley, basil, scallions and hot peppers.

For squashes we have: acorn, butternut, spaghetti, blue hubbard, red kuri, red kobocha, buttercup, sweet dumpling and pie pumpkins and some regular pumpkins coming later. Here’s the quick down low on the less familair squashes(copied from the seed catalogue):

Blue hubbard – the only blue one we have.  Sweet flesh  bright orange fiberless flesh.  Skin is tender compared to other hubbards making it easier to cut.

Red Kuri –  An oragne hubbard squash.  It’s teardrop shape will help distinguish it from the  red kobacha which is flat and round.   It’s good for pies and purees bc it’s specks of skin will not show.

Red Kobacha:  Tender flesh is smooth, sweet and bright orange for baking, mashing and pies.  They’re flat and round

Buttercup:  Have deep orange fiberless flesh with a rich sweet flavor.

Sweet dumpling:  It has the ivory color and dark green stripes of delicata, but in a round flat topped shape.  Very sweet, tender orange flesh and good for stuffing.


On the farm this week:

This is our 15th week of CSA, so the last week for some of you.  I hope to see you to say good bye at the market tomorrow.  Thanks for taking part in my CSA this year!

It kind of pretended to rain for a couple days.  In the end it didn’t’ add up to a lot of rain, but the ground is nice and soft now.  We’re watering the broccoli today and after that we’re going to take a break from watering for a little bit!

Because it was supposed to rain, we decided to dig up carrots and potatos friday morning because they come out so clean now and digging them up in wet ground is more like harvesting mud with some carrots mixed in.   We’re still having to stand on the back of the carrot digger for extra weight to get it deep enough.  Before hand we bring a scale out to the field and weigh in to see who gets to stand on the back and who gets to drive.

Also, if you find any of your potatos with quack grass growing in them you win a prize!

Once it started  to rain Friday afternoon we moved onto cleaning and bagging our storage onions for the winter csa.  Our goal is to get them all finished this week so we have room to move other things inside once we get some more serious frosts.    Speaking of which, if you like pesto this is your week.  We’ll be bringing lots of basil for csa members before frost gets the rest of it.   If you’re looking for nice basil, we don’t have it, but it all looks the same in pesto…

That’s it for this week

See you soon!

Jonathan, Sarah, Irina and Jaroslav


Farm news, Sept 11/2017

We’ll have the following veggies this week:

lettuce, spinach, chard, kale, potatos, onions, carrots, beets, tomatos, peppers, eggplant, cucumber, zucchini, melons or squash, cabbage, leeks, scallions, dill, cilantro, parsley, basil.

On the farm this week:

When I started wondering last week when we’ll get our first frost I didn’t think it would be the next day and was caught by surprise!  It was a pretty good frost and our cucumbers, squash and basil mostly didn’t survive the kiss of death.

So cucumbers will be slowing down for the rest of the season, but we have a different tasty fruit coming up – melons!

Here’s a picture of Jaroslav (happy to be back from holiday) holding up acorn squash which I figure is a close enough substitute for a melon picture and we’ll be probably starting to harvest squash next week.

People started asking last week if we’ll have leeks, and here they are!   If you’re wondering what to do with leeks, my favorite recipe is leek and potato soup.  It’s very simple and tasty.  My recipe literally has only 4 ingredients, potatos, leeks, water and a blender.

It feels like it’s been a couple months now since we’ve had rain, so we’ve been running 2-3 lines of sprinklers just about every morning in order to get the garden watered by the end of each week.  But it looks like we’re going to get some serious rain this week, so that will be nice ( I don’t usually say that!).  Here’s our very last planting of spinach of the year being watered.  We’ve got a few new different varieties that we’re trying for fall spinach, so we’ll be interested to see what people think.  In a week we’ll be on to harvesting from our last planting of lettuce and spinach – it’s starting to feel like the end is coming….

Well, that’s it for this week.

See you soon!

Jonathan, Sarah, Irina and Jaroslav