Farm news, June 26/2017

We will have the following veggies this week:

lettuce, spinach, chard, kale, beets, turnips, radish, broccoli, sugar snap peas, bok choi, arugula, mizuna, chinese cabbage, scallions, dill, cilantro and pea shoots.  The peas are snap peas – so you can eat them in the pod.

We’re coming to the end of radish, bok choi, arugula season, but that means new things are coming, so enjoy those veggies while we still have them.

On the farm this week:

We got some more rain and it really looked like it was going to rain on the market last Thursday – people thought I had jinxed it by saying it was never going to rain, but it still didn’t rain on us.   It was just the right amount of rain once again.  I felt bad for everybody but Nicholas and I on wednesday because it seemed to rain the entire day they were working outside, while we were inside working on the new building which is almost done now ( got to remember to do that again next time it rains)!

Sarah who’s been doing most of the cleaning probably can’t wait the most for it to be finished.  Today w couldn’t even find Sarah because we piled so many bins in the little shed we’ve been using that she was trapped in there all day.

Here’s the old shed, and actually  Sarah, Irina and Jaroslav are all stuck behind these bins in this picture.

 

Beets are ready now – but I imagine most people are excited to what else is almost ready(below).   Coming soon…..

The spider in the picture last week is spider is a wolf spider because it’s the only spider that carries it’s babies on it’s back.  I didn’t actually know that, I just pretended I’m testing everyone and then get the answer and tell them they’re right.  It’s like what I do with Jaroslav when I don’t know something, except after Jaroslav tells me the answer I  tell him he’s wrong.  A couple csa members are 2 for 2 now in the winning free radish game, so for a chance to go 3 for 3, can anyone tell me what is this caterpillar that I often find on dill?

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

Jonathan, Sarah, Irina, Jaroslav and Nicholas.

Farm news, June 19/2017

We will have the following veggies this week for csa:

lettuce, spinach, radish, turnip, bok choi, arugula, mizuna, mustard greens, beet greens, chard, kale, broccolini, broccoli, kohlrabi, dill, cilantro, pea shoots, and scallions.

We  tried a new variety of kale this year that I’d be hearing lots about: siberian kale.

In the picture below the front row of kale is siberian kale.  In my opinion it tastes like giant mild arugula (yes giant is a flavor – my favorite flavor actually)  Behind that is the black kale and green kale that you typically see.   Behind that is Shenggang (and it looks like he’s singing opera) who’s come back to help for a couple days.


On the farm this week:

It was a happy reunion today ( but I didn’t take a picture!) because Irina from last year came back today and Shenngang also came to today.   Shenngang has been in English school so he couldn’t come back this year; but then one Sunday morning I went outside and found the ditch that needed dug for the electrical wire to the new building was already dug.   I followed it and at the end found Shenggang at the end almost done digging it –  He said he was done school and needed some excercise (true story)

I’m not sure what’s more impressive though, that or this 6′  hole below that Nicholas dug by hand this spring.  After the post holes for the new building had been drilled and the driller had left we noticed a hole was in the wrong spot.  So it was decided that Nicholas would dig a 6′ deep hole by hand.   We’re going to have to have a contest now between Nicholas and Shenggang for who can dig the biggest hole.  I’ll be selling tickets for this exciting showdown once we’ve got a date.

We had our first rain of the summer and it was the perfect amount. Until last week we haven’t had rain; so it’s been nice to take a week off having to water things.  It was also nice to not have rain at the market the day that the weather station said it’s 100% chance going to rain at the market.  I don’t think we’ve been rained on in Wolseley in 3 years now (even when it’s pouring rain everywhere else in the city).   I’m so sure it’s not ever going to rain on us now that I’m going to sell all my canopies.

Every year we see a lot of interesting spiders – often making webs in the tomato trellis.  This year while planting lettuce though, Sarah grabbed a lettuce plug and as she planted it noticed there was this spider on it with all these spider babies on it’s back.  When she dropped it all the babies scattered and then ran back on the mothers back.

If you know what kind of spider this is you get a free bunch of radish!  Hopefully this one will be harder than last weeks question about which door is bigger or we’re going to run out of radishes.

 

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

Jonathan, Sarah, Jaroslav, Irina, Nicholas and Shenngang

 

 

 

 

 

Farm news, June 12/2017

Hello everyone  Another season has begun!

For csa we will have choices form the following veggies this week:

lettuce mix, spinach, asparagus, alfalfa sprouts, broccolini (it’s actually a broccoli – gailon cross), bok choi, radish, hakurei turnips, beet greens and an assortment of mild to spicy asian greens: arugula, mizuna, tokyo bekana, and a mustard greens mix.

The tokyo bekana and mustard mix are new this year.  The Tokyo bekana (the lime green leaves in the middle below) is a bunched loose leaf chinese cabbage with mild sweet flavor, The mustard greens mix (on my left) is a mixture of red and green mustard, chinese cabbage, pac choi and tatsoi and it’s spicy!  It’s great in salad or stir fries.  The mizuna on my right has the serrated leaves and is mild and nutty and the arugula is medium spicy.   I’ve already heard from a few people who are so excited to have the hakurei turnips again – they’re sweet and juicy and great raw.

 

 

On the farm this week:

This spring has gone by really fast and there’s been a lot going on!

First of all there’s a couple new people working here this year.  Just finishing up our first spinach harvest below form left to right are: Nicholas, Sarah and Jaroslav.  Nicholas just built a tiny home near Gimli that he can drive around, Sarah, everyone knows and isn’t going on any hikes this summer, and Jaroslav is my young protege from Czech ( I just learned that it hasn’t been called Czechoslovakia for about 20 years).   Am I the only one who didn’t know that? Jaroslav is studying organic agriculture and is here for practical work.  He has studied a lot and knows too much; so I have to pretend I know what he’s talking about and keep telling him he’s wrong so that he thinks I actually know what I’m talking about.  Nicole will be taking a break from the Market this summer, but might be making the occasional guest appearnce but Jaroslav will be taking her place so you will get to know him. Nicole will be there Tuesday to help with the first market so tell her you’ll miss her!  Irina will also be back next week.

Other than that there’s been a lot going on this spring!  I’ve put up a new farm building that you can see in the background below and it’s going to be nice to have that space. The plan was to have it done about a month ago before we get really busy with harvest, but somehow what was going to take a couple weeks has taken a couple months and now I’m worried that juggling getting that finished while harvesting is really going to cut into my t.v time!

Besides the new building it’s been a bit crazy here because I’ve had to find a new vehicle last minute.  My sprinter van has been having issues, but I had just done repairs, so I thought it would get through this season.  But about a month ago it broke down again and when Sarah dropped me off to pick it up I told her as a joke that she better just wait there because it’ll probably break down as I pull out, and that’s exactly what happened!  So now the van is still in the shop,  and last thursday I ended up getting another vehicle (just in time!).  I ended up going with a cube van because I think we could use the extra space.  But then I realized the cube van might be too tall to fit in the new building.  Fortunatley I was able to change the door size last minute and make one 6″ taller.  The timing wasn’t the best though -it really made the carpenters day when just after he finished the door I asked him to make it 6″ taller!  If you can tell what door in the background is 6″ taller you get a free bunch of radishes next week.

But the gardens doing well and at least it’s not rained on us yet (is it really supposed to rain all day tomorrow?)!.

That’s it for this week.  I look forward to seeing everyone again and meeting all the new people at the pick up this week, so come say hello!

See you soon!

Jonathan, Sarah, Jaroslav, Nicholas, and Nicole(at least for tomorrow!)

 

Farm news, Oct. 11/2016

Happy thanksgiving everyone!

We’ll have the following veggies this week:

lettuce, spinach, chard, kale, broccoli, cabbage, kohlrabi, leeks, celery, squash, brussels sprouts, eggplant, hot peppers, cilantro, parsley and scallions.

On the farm this week:

Oct and 11 and still no frost!  This is amazing.  Although there was ice on my roof again, our cucumbers and basil died suddenly and it looks exactly as though they got frost over the weekend.   But when I went outside at noon this weekend and there wasn’t any frost.  Very peculiar.  So today we picked the last few remaining cucumbers and tilled them in and now the fields are starting to look like this.

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It’s also the last week of csa pick ups(except for the 2 week extension).  I’m going to miss everyone!… But I’m also not going to lie, I’m looking forward to the end!

After this week we’ll be spending the next two week harvesting everything for the winter csa while also doing the Tuesday pick ups and market for those that extended. Sarah’s now officially back from her walk again, and will be helping with the winter harvest.  One of the last things we’ll be harvesting is this broccoli which is growing really fast right now, even in the cool weather.

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Then we’ll be trying to beat the snow and get everything ready for next year:  I have some drainage projects I want to do, compost to spread, rocks to pick and beds to make all hopefully before it freezes.

That’s it….for this year!  Thank you everyone who had a csa with me this year.  I hope you enjoyed it and I hope to see you to say goodbye at the market this week.

Jonathan, Nicole, Irina, Shenggang and Sarah,

 

 

Farm News, Oct 3/2016

We’ll have the following veggies this week:

Lettuce, spinach, chard, kale, broccoli, kohlrabi, bok choi, carrots, beets, potato, bell peppers, hot peppers, squash, cucumber, beans, brussels sprouts, dill, cilantro, parsley and scallions.

On the farm this week:

Oct 4 and still no frost!  I wonder what will happen if we don’t get any frost this year? The weather has been pretty beautiful and I’m enjoying while it lasts because I know that good things never last.  To still be working in a t shirt and having my boots fit in the morning is pretty awesome.  Usually it’s so cold in the morning that my rubber boots have shrunk 3 sizes so I have to go barefoot until my boots warm up.

For all the crazy kohlrabi fans, kohrlabi is back.  Our fall kohlrabi is the ultimate treat for kohlrabi lover because it’s so big.  The spring kohrlabi we have to harvest small so it doesn’t get too woody.

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If anyone is wondering why Sarah is looking 3 years younger it’s because I forgot to take pictures today and so this is from 3 years ago.  We were dressing very different back then.

We also had a tour group of students from Red river culinary arts program come out to the farm on friday.  They had a tour of the farm and then tried out farming for a bit.

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Some harvested, potatos while some harvested carrots, and some hauled in squash from the fields.   I don’t think I converted anyone to farming, but these guys hauled many bins of squash and we only have a few squash left in the field to bring in now.

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That’s it for this week

See you soon!

Jonathan, Nicole, Shenggang and Irina.

 

Farm news, sept 26 2016

We’ll have the following veggies this week:

Lettuce, spinach, chard, kale, broccoli, bok choi, celery, leeks, bell peppers,  brussel sprouts, squash, carrots, beets, onions, potatos, dil, cilantro, parsley, hot peppers and scallions.

On the farm this week:

 

Still no frost, what’s up with that?  The day there was supposed to be frost there was frost on my roof for a few hours, but none in the garden.  And then last Thursday when the temperature was plus 6 there was a glazing of ice on all the lettuce and we were held up for an hour until it melted.  How is it that ice forms at 6 degrees and not at 0?

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It’s brussel sprouts time!  Brussel sprouts are the first thing he garden and the last thing out.  We’ve been watching them grow for 5 months, so  now it’s time to start eating them!

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We’ve been really lucky with how warm this weather has been, but today was another parka day especially with the wind.  I was disappointed that no one showed up last week wearing a parka – some people were even wearing shorts just to spite me!  I’m trying to get into the winter spirit, so now I’m offering 10 lbs of carrots to anyone that shows up wearing a parka this week!

That’s it for this week

See you soon!

Jonathan, Nicole, Shenggang and Irina

 

 

Farm News, Sept 19/2016

We will have the following veggies this week:

lettuce, spinach, chard, kale, broccoli, bok choi, cabbage, celery, beans, peppers, cucumbers, carrots, potatos, onions, beets, scallions, leeks, hot peppers, melon, squash, dill, parsley, cilantro and basil.

On the farm this week:

It’s the 15th week of harvest now, so it’s the last week for those of you who signed up for the 15 week option.  So I’m expecting some goodbye hugs at the pick up this week!

The basil this week will be our ‘pesto special’.   Since should be having a frost pretty soon and that will kill the basil, we’ll harvest all the basil plants and you can take as much as you want.  It won’t look great, but will be great for pesto!

Broccoli is back in season now, we should have it everyweek until the end! Parkas are also back in season and we’re offering an extra 2 lbs of broccoli for whoever shows up wearing the biggest parka this week!  Bring on winter I say.

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It almost rained here today.  I think we’ve only gotten rain once in the last couple months.  So, I’m really confused when everytime I go into the city everyone asks me how we’re making out with all this rain.  Somehow the rain stops right at the perimeter.  I’m happy about that right now because it’s easy to keep things watered well enough with this cool weather.

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The dry weather is also making it easier to work up new land. I’ve been busy trying to get this new field ready for next year.  It’s higher up and has a nice slope to it, so I think the drainage should be pretty good on it.  Right now it’s lots of big chunks of hard mud full of quack grass so I’m trying to bust them up and kill of the quack grass.

Finally we had a surprise visit from Sarah this week.  She finished her walk early and has been back for 2 weeks and put in  a few hours cleaning onions before going on another walk to Minnesota.  I really don’t think walking this much can be good for you.

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That’s it for this week.

See you soon!

Jonathan, Nicole, Shenggang and Irina