Farm news, Aug 27/2018

We’ll have the following veggies this week:

lettuce, spinach, chard, kale, potatos, carrots, beets, onions, cucumber, zucchini, tomatos, peppers, eggplant, cabbage/melons, corn, beans, parsley, cilantro, basil, green onions, hot peppers.

On the farm this week:

The weather is so nice right now!  It’s a little cold in the mornings now – as you can see by the way Renae is bundled up,  but apparently if  you stuff  your face in a watermelon it keeps you pretty warm.  And yes we’ll have some melons coming out soon!  It’s also Renae’s last week here at the farm.  She’s Driving back to Ontario Sunday and then starts school the next day!  She also started work the day after she finished school – she just goes non -stop.   I offered Renae an extra $0.50/hr to drop out of school and work one more month and then get laid off and I think she’s seriously considering it.  So maybe it won’t be her last week after all….   Renae was here everday at 5:45 and worked super hard carrying around 2x her body weight all day and is always cheerful so everyone will miss her.

We were busy Friday seeding cover crops before the rain.  Here’s our spring/summer broccoli patch that is now tilled in and planted to oats and peas.  We did get some rain last night, but not a lot, so hopefully it was enough to germinate the seeds!  It was only our second rain of the summer!  We are finished with our summer broccoli now and it will probably be about 3 weeks until our fall broccoli is ready.

And our fall spinach is now germinated.  So the only thing we have left to worry about is weeding  The spinach was planted where the spring peas were planted and now we have a massive amount of pea weeds, but it’s almost all weeded now.

And finally we’ve got some extra help for a bit from a young local chap Liam seen here picking beans.  This is the time of year when everything is so heavy and he didn’t get to ease himself into it at all.

Well that’s it for this week.

See you soon!

Jonathan, Sarah, Irina, Renae and Liam

 

 

Farm news, Aug 20/2018

We’ll have the following veggies this week:

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

On the farm this week:

We had our farm day this Saturday.  The weather was great one thing I learned is that kids know how to have fun! and it was pretty entertaining just to watch it.  This plastic pipe lying in the road created hours of entertainment – I would never have guessed!

We also had a scavenger hunt and in no time they found all the big beets.  And I tricked everyone into weeding by putting weeds on the scavenger hunt list.  So everyone got the authentic farm experience after all.

And Renae came in Saturday( which was also her birthday ) to pick cucumbers and zucchini and was treated to a bunch of strangers singing her happy birthday in the field and was thoroughly embarrassed.

 

I wasn’t sure last week if it was dark in the morning or if it was hazy, but today when we started digging carrots and I had the head lights on the tractor I figured it might just still be dark out.  So, everyone voted that we should start later from now on.   So sleeping in season has begun!

Above is Renae mowing our green manure crop again in the haze that we had for a lot of last week.  If you can guess what time of day this was you win a free lb of beets!

And a lot of peppers are ripening now so we’re going to start brining out more peppers over the next few weeks.   We’ve got some red, purple, yellow, orange and green that are partially different colors and will actually finish ripening if you leave them.

And finally Fridays seem have become our ‘marathon’ days.  Last week it was planting lettuce.  This week it was pulling up all the winter onions to start drying them.  Emelia, Renae and Irina worked hard Friday moving about 4000 lb of onions.  I actually wasn’t helping them because I was doing some tractor maintenance,  but somehow they actually thought I was lifting weights in the garage while they were carrying heavy bins of onions.  I don’t know how that rumour got started but it not’s true!  Though it would be funny if it was.

And speaking of winter, the sign up for our winter csa is now up on the website.

Well that’s it for this week.

See you soon!

Jonathan, Sarah, Irina, Renae and Emelia

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