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CSA 2014 – Week 1

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And away we go!

Our CSA program begins this week.

Our last farmers’ market also kicks in – now we are doing all 3 each week.

The marketing season has officially begun for us!

At the markets it’s all about the plants. Herbs (over 40 different ones, with more still to come), tomatoes (18 – 20 varieties at each market, probably 80 + kinds in total),

zucchini, cucumbers, kale, broccoli, peppers – sweet & hot, and eggplant.

But our CSA members are looking for something to eat! so … what’s in the box?

 Radishes, spinach, Asian greens, plants – herb & tomato, frozen blackberries.

  • We have a lot of radishes in the ground – many colours & shapes & sizes. This is not just to make things interesting, but to learn what we can grow, & grow well. We actually don’t have a lot of experience with radishes, so it will be exciting to see how they turn out.
  • The spinach & Asian greens – mizuna, tatsoi … are looking good and should taste great in a salad!
  • Herb & tomato plants will be available – your choice. Plant them for later, or just eat them now (the herbs that is).
  • Remember all those fabulously delicious blackberries last season? We hid some away in the freezer then, for you to enjoy now – in smoothies, on yogurt, mixed with other fruit … or how about with the spinach in that salad.

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The Asian greens & radishes are tucked away under the white row covers – both to keep them warmer so they grow faster, and to protect them from bugs. Lorie won’t know until she starts to pick tomorrow how much will be in your box.

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The spinach is looking good & ready to harvest. Lettuce is still a week away and the snow peas on the right have not yet bloomed, so look for them in a few weeks.

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There are still a few plants left in the greenhouse …

 

 

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… and the driveway remains full.

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A load of sweet peppers that went into the ground today.

 

Here are the final fruit blossoms of the season.

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Paw paw blossoms are beautiful & unique!

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Looking forward to seeing everyone this week – at the farmers’ markets and at CSA pick up.

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5 thoughts on “CSA 2014 – Week 1

  1. I am excited to pick up the first csa tomorrow

  2. The Grade 1 students at Gracefield school would like to know:

    1. How many peach trees did you plant to replace the ones taken out last fall?
    2. Did you plant any apple trees? How many trees are in the apple orchard?
    3. We saw raspberries, peaches, apples, blackberries and rhubarb. We are wondering what other fruits you grow?

    Thanks! We are excited to about our visit next week. Mrs. Fast and the Grade 1 class

    • Hello Mrs. Fast & grade 1 class.

      Here are some quick answers to your questions.
      1.none
      2.We don’t grow apples.
      3.cherries, pears, nectarines & plums.

      We`ll talk more when you visit the farm – looking forward to meeting you all!

  3. Haha, I love the dog and cat walking past the pepper plants just relaxing. The life of farm animals must be awesome!

  4. We learned about paw-paw trees recently. They seem so neat. Maybe we’ll get an opportunity to sample their fruit this year.

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