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CSA 2022 – Week 13

It was another very hot day today.

And everyone felt it.

You’d think we would all be used to it by now – there has certainly been plenty of heat this summer. But it was a difficult day all around. Still, we accomplished a lot – mostly picking and some weeding.

Looking forward to cooler temperatures later this week.

What’s in the box?

Edamame, shishito peppers, sweet peppers, green beans, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, beefsteak tomatoes, salad greens, garlic.

extras – hot peppers

  • Edamame makes a return to the box this week as our 2nd planting is ready. Edamame are full of protein, fibre and loaded with vitamins & minerals – a very healthy vegetable. And they are easy to prepare! Simply boil the pods in salted water for 3-5 minutes. Remove from the water & drain. Then squeeze the pods to pop out the beans and enjoy as a healthy snack. Delicious! We like them sprinkled with lime juice and salt. Or they can be added to soups, stews, salads, noodle dishes …
Our #1 edamame fan!
  • Shishito peppers are back as well. These delicious peppers are best prepared by charring in olive oil in a cast-iron skillet or other heavy pan over medium-high heat. Cook the peppers whole, turning occasionally, until they begin to blister on all sides. This only takes a few minutes. Sprinkle with salt & pepper and a splash of lime juice and some parmesan cheese, and serve immediately. Eat the whole pepper – except the stem. But remember – 1 in 10 can be a little hot!
  • Last week we were excited to start harvesting our coloured sweet peppers. But our excitement quickly turned to disappointment as the rain last weekend, along with the heat & humidity destroyed the fruit. Most of the peppers were ruined & had to be discarded – at least those that had any colour. Today’s pick was much the same. There will be a pepper in the share this week – but only 1 and it will likely be green.
  • Green beans are looking great though, as is zucchini.
  • The cherry tomatoes continue to produce prodigiously, while the beefsteak tomatoes seem to be taking a bit of a break. But the plants are still looking good, with lots of green fruit so we anticipate there will be more yet to come.
  • Earlier in the season we had lots of great lettuce, but spinach was in short supply. Now it’s the opposite. Each bed of spinach we plant is growing well – but the lettuce is struggling. So the salad green this week will be spinach.
  • Garlic completes the box. Store your bulbs in a dry place and they should last well into the winter.
  • A selection of hot peppers will be available as an extra for those who like things spicy!

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Around the farm this week …

The tomato patch is becoming quite a jungle …
… and some sections are showing the strain of a long season.
The last plantings of sunflowers & beans.
The first goldenrod is coming into bloom. It must almost be fall!


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CSA 2022 – Week 12

I don’t get out much these days.

Some weeks I barely leave the farm.

And that’s ok.

Summer is brief and we only have a few months to do our thing. So the farm gets our full attention. We keep our heads down and get at it. As they say – make hay while the sun shines!

But by the end of the week we are usually ready for a change of scenery – and ready to see some new faces. For Lorie, CSA pick-up is her time to chat & visit with people. Amy & I get our fix at the farmers’ market.

Thank goodness for the farmers’ market! It’s our opportunity to visit with both customers and fellow vendors. This is our 29th year at the Downtown Georgetown Farmers’ Market so needless to say we have plenty of friends there.

It’s surprising how much news can be shared in the few minutes we interact with each customer – and if we aren’t too busy, we can visit longer.

Chatting with other farmers we realize we aren’t alone in both our struggles and our successes – something that is easy to forget when we spend the week isolated on our own farm.

The market is a great way to end our workweek and while it is certainly tiring, it also invigorates us and gives us needed energy for the following week.

Thanks Georgetown!

What’s in the box?

Green beans, fennel, zucchini, sweet peppers, spinach, cherry tomatoes, beefsteak tomatoes, garlic.

  • We weren’t sure we would get any green beans picked today. The plants were too wet first thing and rain was forecast for much of the day. But by midmorning the plants were dry enough, and we were able to get enough picked before the rains came – a beautiful soft rain (only a couple of millimetres, but more beneficial & less damaging than the drenching downpour that areas near us received). Enjoy green beans in your box this week.
  • The next planting of fennel is ready for harvest. Fennel has a beautiful anise or licorice flavour and is wonderful shaved into salads or sliced on a vegetable tray. Roasting or sauteing fennel results in a milder and very delicious flavour. Check out fennel recipes & tips on how to use it at http://www.cookwithwhatyouhave.com.
  • After a couple of weeks without, zucchini is back. The new plants are healthy & producing abundantly!
  • The bell peppers are colouring up nicely – yellow, orange & purple, and the red shepherds as well.
  • Crisp & delicious spinach is the green this week. We have struggled to grow a decent quantity & quality of spinach all season – spinach hates hot, humid & dry weather. Finally, these last few plantings are doing well and there is plenty of spinach to go around.
  • Tomatoes & garlic finish the box this week.

*** We have had a chance to sort and clean some garlic and will have it for sale starting this week – by the bulb or in bags.

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Around the farm this week …

Assorted salad greens growing.

Excited about our radicchio crop. Unfortunately some plants are already bolting and going to seed in the hot weather we’ve had recently.
Waiting out today’s rain under shelter.


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CSA 2022 – Week 11

My favourite crop right now?

Dahlias!

We have a 100′ row of dahlias with the most beautiful, burgundy coloured flowers, just starting to open. They are not for selling – just for us to enjoy.

A little extravagant? Perhaps. But they do wonders for the soul! And they are exactly what we need at this point in our season.

Along with an abundance of other flowers found around the farm, they encourage us, cheer us up, and remind us of the beauty to be seen in our world.

What’s in the box?

Green sweet pepper, hot peppers, cherry tomatoes, beefsteak tomatoes,

salad greens, red onion, garlic, beets.

  • The first sweet peppers of the season are in the box this week – sweet green peppers. Did you know that a green pepper is actually an unripe pepper? Most peppers will eventually turn red (or orange or yellow or …) as they mature. That’s why the coloured peppers are sweeter than the green. We will have all the colours in a few weeks as the fruit ripens.
  • Find a hot pepper or two also in the box this week. Not everyone uses hot peppers so feel free to say no to a Jalapeno or Hungarian hot wax (yellow banana) – no hard feelings! The jalapeno will add a little bit of heat to your salad, sauce, soup … but the milder hot wax pepper mostly just adds flavour with almost no heat.
  • Tomatoes, salad greens, a red onion, garlic & beets complete the box.

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Around the farm this week …

Some of our recent plantings. These are mainly salad greens – lettuce & spinach, plus arugula & bok choy under the insect netting.

Lots of empty beds now – these were sunflowers, zucchini and beans.
Mowing the buckwheat field.

Rosemary! Her actions & antics indicate she’s here for a good time – but probably not a long time!

Our #1 helper turns 4 today.


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CSA 2022 – Week 10

It is my earliest farm memory.

And of course it is weather related.

We were all picking cherries – my parents, my siblings and myself. It was a Black Tart tree close to our barn. Black tarts – or more properly Black Tartarian – was a sweet cherry variety that was already passe when this occured (probably 55+ years ago). It was a small, soft, heart-shaped, very sweet, dark coloured cherry. The problem with black tarts was that the fruit cracked & split at the first sign of rain. We probably kept this tree only because it was in the front yard – and my dad loved black tart cherry pie (mother would bake him 1 pie each cherry season – only 1 because sweet cherries are a pain to pit!).

We were trying to get the cherries picked before the coming storm but before we were finished, the rains came and it was a downpour! We grabbed the full baskets of cherries from under the tree and ran the 30 or 40′ to the barn. By the time we got to the barn we were soaked – and the perfect black tarts in the baskets had split & looked like popcorn! Why hadn’t we carried them in before the rain!

That was my first lesson on the damage that weather can cause.

We no longer grow fruit and don’t have to worry about cracked cherries, but weather remains a huge concern for us. These last few years the lack of rain is more often the issue rather than too much. This means we usually we have to water our vegetables when we plant them in the field. We use rainwater that we collect from our barn roofs and store in 2 large cisterns. If we run out we buy water by the truckload.

We continually improve our soil’s water-holding capacity by growing cover crops, and using manure & compost rather than fertilizer and straw to mulch the vegetables rather than plastic. Good soil allows the crops to grow & mature without any additional water (most years!).

This season we have had dry spells but also some timely rains. We have lost a lot of vegetables but managed to grow a lot more! Fortunately we have avoided any damaging storms.

Today I hurried to transplant some lettuce & spinach before it was perfectly watered by a lunchtime rain.

The forecast calls for some more rain overnight followed by sunshine tomorrow – a farmer’s dream!

Here’s hoping!

What’s in the box?

Edamame, shishito peppers, red onion, yellow onion, garlic, cherry tomatoes, beefsteak tomatoes, mini-romaine lettuce, cabbage, beets.

Extras – Fennel (Tuesday only), kohlrabi …

  • Edamame which are fresh, green soybeans have been around for 2000 years or more, first grown in China and then in Japan. There, it is a traditional bar snack eaten lightly steamed and sprinkled with salt. Edamame are full of protein, fibre and loaded with vitamins & minerals – a very healthy vegetable. And they are easy to prepare! Simply boil the pods in salted water for 3-5 minutes. Remove from the water & drain. Then squeeze the pods to pop out the beans and enjoy as a healthy snack. Delicious! We like them sprinkled with lime juice and salt. Or they can be added to soups, stews, salads, noodle dishes …
  • Shishito peppers are one of our favourite vegetables. They are a small, thin, bright green pepper, with a sweet, fruity flavour and thin, tender, wrinkled skin. What makes a shishito exciting is that 1 in 10 peppers will be slightly hot! They are simple to prepare and delicious to eat! While you can use them as you would any other sweet pepper, they are best eaten charred in olive oil in a cast-iron skillet or other heavy pan over medium-high heat. Cook the peppers whole, turning occasionally, until they begin to blister on all sides. This only takes a few minutes. Sprinkle with salt & pepper and a splash of lime juice and some parmesan cheese, and serve immediately. Eat the whole pepper – except the stem.
  • There will be 2 onions in your CSA share this week. The yellow onion is Ailsa Craig, a mild, Spanish onion. The red onion is a classic Italian variety called Rossa di Milano that has a stronger more pungent flavour than the yellow. You can use them interchangeably in your recipes (keeping in mind the flavour differences).
  • The garlic is now dry and can be stored at room temperature in a dry area for many months. The bulb can be broken open and partially used without the remainder spoiling. Enjoy!
  • As usual your box will include a selection of tomatoes, both smaller, cherry size in many colours & shapes and the larger beefsteak tomatoes.
  • Your salad green this week is mini-romaine lettuce. While we have lost several plantings of our lettuce mix due to the heat, the mini-romaine is doing great this year.
  • We still have cabbage in the cooler, that we picked a few weeks ago. Cabbage stores well and it is still juicy & tasty!
  • The most asked about vegetable this season is beets. For sure we have not had beets in the box as often as other years – but we do have a lot planted and they are looking good! Enjoy a few this week and expect more in the coming weeks.
  • Extras this week are kohlrabi and fennel.
  • Fennel is a less familiar vegetable to many. It has a beautiful anise or licorice flavour and is wonderful shaved into salads or sliced on a vegetable tray. Roasting or sauteing fennel results in a milder and very delicious flavour. Again, http://www.cookwithwhatyouhave.com has many recipes and tips for how to use fennel. Unfortunately our 1st planting of fennel did not get the moisture it needed to size up properly. It did get a lot more heat than it needed! The result is small fennel bulbs. (Fennel can be a difficult vegetable to grow anytime!) If you like fennel grab one of these “baby” fennel bulbs. We should have enough for Tuesday’s boxes. Thursday & Friday pick-up will have to wait for the next planting to mature in a few weeks.

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Around the farm this week …

The new row of zucchini is growing well and already has tiny fruit.

Winter squash full of blossoms. The cover crop we planted with the squash is also blooming – buckwheat.

Last years vegetable patch has been planted to various cover crops. In spring we had peas & oats. For the summer we have buckwheat. In fall we’ll seed a mixture of crops to cover the ground for the winter. Each crop has a purpose – either to add different nutrients to the soil, or smother weeds, or add organic matter … The buckwheat is in bloom now and a neighbour brought some beehives. Bees love buckwheat and it makes great honey!

Left picture – our winter cabbage patch last week. Right picture – our winter cabbage patch this week.

Several plantings of green beans growing.
Looking for some shade on these hot days!
Someone is working hard!


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CSA 2022 – Week 9

August has arrived – and caught us by surprise, as usual!

It’s the same every year.

We’ve been keeping our heads down, working, and suddenly the summer is half over before we know it!

This is the height of the growing season and the fields are bursting with abundance.

There is an abundance of garlic as well – drying in the greenhouse and in the barn …

And an abundance of weeds. Hopefully there’s an abundance of winter cabbage under there too!

What’s in the box?

Onions, eggplant, mini romaine lettuce, bok choy, green beans, cherry tomatoes, beefsteak tomatoes, garlic.

Extras – zucchini, kohlrabi, garlic scapes.

  • How about a real onion this week instead of green onions! We picked our first bed of onions today, an heirloom variety (that means they have been around a long time) of Spanish onion – so they are on the milder & sweeter side.
  • We don’t often put eggplant in the CSA box. In fact I’m not sure we have ever included it! This is because eggplant is not a very popular vegetable – many people never eat it. We would hate to include it and have it go uneaten and to waste. So we usually have it available on our extras table for those who enjoy it. But we’re changing things up this week and including eggplant in the box. We would encourage everyone to try it – you just might discover how great eggplant is! (cookwithwhatyouhave.com has lots of useful information about eggplant & 25 recipes to start you off!)
  • Salad greens this week will be mini-romaine lettuce and bok choy. (Bok choy is not a fan of the hot weather we’ve had lately so it has not formed perfectly – but it tastes great!)
  • Green beans and tomatoes – cherry & large beefsteaks are also in the box.
  • We will be including a bulb of garlic in the box every week now. Remember that it is still fresh and not completely dried yet. Once you break the bulb open, use it quickly. Or leave it to dry – room temperature in a spot with good air circulation.
  • Many of our CSA members are saying they have had enough zucchini, kohlrabi and garlic scapes. But they will be available as extras for those who still want them.

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Around the farm this week …

The reward for an early start!
Last week’s CSA box.
Prepackaged CSA boxes – full shares.
New plantings
But not all is abundant. Several plantings of spinach & lettuce struggling .
Mulching the next planting of zucchini.
Cleaning garlic with Omee.


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CSA 2022 – Week 8

What’s in the box?

Green beans, cabbage, basil, tomatoes, zucchini, salad greens, garlic ...

  • It’s always exciting to have a new vegetable for the CSA box! This week it is green beans.
  • Cabbage was in the box back in week 5. This week’s cabbages are from the same planting. We have been waiting for them to grow but it has been so dry they have not gained much size. The rains we had last week were beneficial for many of our crops, but came to late to help the cabbages. So the choice will be small cabbages or even smaller cabbages!
  • Hope you like pesto because our basil is doing great this year. If you need a recipe check out http://www.cookwithwhatyouhave.com. This subscription website has 900+ recipes, templates, storage and preserving tips, pantry stocking suggestions and vegetable prep videos, organized by vegetable and created using CSA Produce. Log in using the access key you received at sign up or ask us to send it to you again.
  • We are picking more & more tomatoes – not just the small cherry tomatoes but the medium size heirloom varieties and even the large beefsteaks now.
  • There is a zucchini race happening on the farm right now! The 1st planting is showing a lot of disease and many of the plants are dying – more every day. This is due to the dry, hot & humid weather we’ve had recently. But our next planting is racing to grow and produce fruit before the older plants are finished.
Healthy plants.
Sick plants
New plants.
  • Salad greens and fresh garlic complete the box this week.

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Around the farm this week …

We received 2 good rains causing an explosion of growth – including weeds!
The eggplant surprised us with a good pick for market. Within a week or two there should be enough for CSA.
A beautiful sunrise on the way to market Saturday morning.

Lots of colour on our market tables!

Big Flynn catches at least 1 snake every summer and it always turns out the same – he watches it for awhile, then loses interest. The snake slithers away …
Rosemary catches nothing yet – just makes trouble!
And Sage surprised everyone – including herself – by catching a groundhog the other week. She’s still tired out from the excitement!


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CSA 2022 – Week 7

I woke up in the night to a lovely sound.

Rain! A slow, steady, soaking-in rain.

When I got up this morning it was still raining.

Right now our rain gauge shows about 40mm or 1.5″.

This rain was desperately needed. The vegetables already look greener and healthier and happier. I will have far less watering to do for at least a few days. And the cisterns (which were just about empty) will be full again. We are beyond happy and thankful!

Until now I had been spending a lot of time watering the just-planted vegetable seedlings every day. Even then they have struggled to survive. We have lost a lot (and also saved a lot). But the rain does a far better and more effective job.
It is great to see some puddles around the farm again. They won’t last long – but the benefits of this rain certainly will!

What’s in the box?

Beets, fresh herbs, fresh garlic, tomatoes, zucchini, kohlrabi, salad greens.

extras – garlic scapes

  • Finally beets! We have been taking beets to market for a few weeks now, but have not had enough for CSA. This week there should finally be an ample supply. And for a change, the shortage of beets cannot be blamed totally on the weather! While we did lose some due to heat & drought, we also made some mistakes in our planting. But we seed beets every 2 weeks so there should be lots of beets coming yet. They are tender & delicious! We don’t even bother peeling ours when we eat them.
  • Most herbs love hot, dry weather. So it’s no surprise that we have an abundance right now. Basil, dill, cilantro and parsley bunches will be available this week. You may choose 1 of these.
  • We are in the midst of garlic harvest. There is lots! And the quality looks great! Fresh garlic has a wonderful strong, pungent garlic flavour – much stronger than the garlic scapes you have been receiving in your box. Because it has just been pulled and is not dry, it should be kept at room temperature, and in a place with good air circulation. You can leave it there and it will slowly cure & dry. Or enjoy it right away in your cooking, but know that once the bulb is broken open, it should be stored in the fridge and used within a few days. Enjoy!
  • The tomato plants will benefit immensely from last night’s rain. But the tomatoes themselves will probably have a lot of cracks from all that moisture coming after the prolonged period of dry weather. But there will be tomatoes in your box – hopefully a few more each week!
  • Zucchini, kohlrabi and a salad green complete your CSA box.

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Around the farm this week …


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CSA 2022 – Week 6

Monday morning and my work is ready and waiting for me – 3 trailers of seedlings, with close to half of them big enough to be planted.

The actual planting is the easy part.

But first the beds must be prepared. Normally I would lightly rototill the soil to clean up any weeds and make a nice, smooth surface for transplanting. But the ground is too dry to waste moisture by rototilling. Besides, my rototiller is broken and at the mechanic for repairs – expensive repairs – and the parts are difficult to source (thank you COVID!), so who knows when it will be up & running again. So we prepare the beds by hand – pulling the weeds, then raking and smoothing the soil. It takes extra time & effort – but it works!

The top few inches of soil are quite dry – dusty even – and that’s where my tiny seedlings are planted. So we have to water … and water … and water. Daily we give them a soaking, for about a week. By then they are established, their roots have reached the moisture and they are left on their own. We collect rainwater off the barn roofs, save it in a couple of cisterns and use that for watering.

Seedlings (edamame, fennel, green onions, edible flowers, lettuce & mini romaine) planted and watered. Today was not only hot but very windy as well. This is an extra challenge for the new vegetables as they dry out so quickly.

What’s in the box?

Cherry tomatoes, Chinese cabbage, kohlrabi, zucchini, salad greens, green onions.

extras – garlic scapes.

  • It’s tomato time! Enjoy the first taste of cherry tomatoes this week. We’re still only picking a few, so it really will be just a taste – a tease of what’s to come!
  • Chinese cabbage is one of my favourite vegetables. Crisp, tender, and mild – it is delicious used fresh in a salad instead of lettuce. Or use the large leaves as wraps, make it into coleslaw, kimchi or stir-fry it. While the outer leaves are a lovely green colour, the inside is often creamy white. It prefers cooler weather and does best in fall, but we like to try it in spring & summer as well. This week’s cabbages are smaller and looser heads due to the warm weather we have had, and lack of rain. There are a few insect bites too – bugs also like Chinese cabbage!
  • Kohlrabi is a new vegetables for many of our 1st time CSA members. Did you like it? We plant kohlrabi every couple of weeks and try to include it in the box regularly. It makes a great snack!
  • The zucchini harvest is increasing. (Plus we just seeded again so hopefully we will have zucchini all summer.) Many of you prefer very small, green zucchini, but the yellow, and the green striped zucchini are similar in taste & texture. I always suggest choosing the smallest size for eating raw. They are the most tender. Larger ones are great for spiralizing or for grilling. And if zucchini bread or cake is on the menu then choose the biggest fruit!
  • Green onions and a salad green finish off the box this week.
  • Garlic scapes are available for those who want them – we still have lots!

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Around the farm this week …

Our butterhead lettuce went to seed due to the high heat, before we could even harvest any!
But the colourful & delicious lettuce mix continues to grow well.
It is Japanese beetle season. Edamame is their preferred vegetable on our farm.

While us humans keep working regardless of the weather, our animal friends know how to relax during the heat of the day!

And the little guys have fun playing in the fountain!


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CSA 2022 – Week 5

What’s in the box

Kohlrabi, cabbage, zucchini, salad turnips,

salad greens, green onions & garlic scapes.

  • Kohlrabi is a strange-looking vegetable – sort of like a cross between a little cabbage and a turnip. It is considered a root vegetable, though the edible round globe grows above ground. Kohlrabi is most often eaten raw – just peeled & sliced. The taste & texture resembles fresh, crunchy broccoli stems, with a bit of radish thrown in. Use on raw vegetable platters and serve with a creamy dip. Grated kohlrabi can be added to slaws. We like to spiralize our kohlrabi and use it instead of pasta. Kohlrabi can also be steamed or boiled – when the bulbs are tender, peel skin, and season with butter, salt, and pepper, a cheese sauce, or just enjoy plain. They are good for mashing with other vegetables – parsnips, carrots or potatoes. Kohlrabi absorbs the flavour of other ingredients making it ideal to add to soup, stew and stir-fries. The bulbs should be stored, unwashed, in a plastic bag in the fridge. They will hold for a week. Our favourite way to cook kohlrabi is to sautée it in butter & garlic(scapes) for just a few minutes. Then add just a dash of nutmeg. Delicious!
  • The early cabbages are ready! You have told us you prefer smaller cabbages, so that’s what we grow. These are a good size, just right for a meal or two.
  • Zucchini are coming on strong! Green, yellow and striped – they all taste similar and can be used the same way. Enjoy!
  • We’re coming to the end of our salad turnips. Enjoy them in your box for perhaps the final time.
  • Salad greens of some kind, green onions and garlic scapes complete the box this week.

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Around the farm this week …

Eggplant & peppers.
Lots of fruit on the field tomatoes! We even picked our 1st cherry tomatoes – just a very few.
The garlic scapes are all harvested and the garlic is beginning to turn yellow. Another couple weeks and it will be ready to pull.
We covered a bed of lettuce & mini-romaine with a dark shade cloth to protect them from the hot sun. Extreme sunshine & heat turn the lettuce leaves bitter and cause the romaine to stretch and go to seed.
Edible flowers growing …
… and packaged, ready for the market.
Transplanting vegetables today with my helper!
The soil is quite dry now. I have to water the tiny seedlings for several days after transplanting to help them get established.
The new chickens are big enough to come outside now – and they’re loving it!
Rosemary rarely sits still long enough to allow us to snap a photo – she’s a little terror!


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CSA 2022 – Week 4

It happens every week at the farmers’ market.

Someone will buy a bunch of beets and ask us to remove the tops. They will acknowledge that the greens are edible – even delicious – but apologize for not wanting them. We tell them not to worry – someone else is sure to come along and ask if we have any extra beet greens. It usually works out.

We are all aware of food waste these days, and want to do our part to reduce or eliminate it.

Our CSA program is one way we reduce our food waste.

Since we know how many boxes have to be filled each week, we can grow vegetables accordingly. In season we harvest exactly what we need for the boxes each day. (That’s why we like to know if someone isn’t planning to pick up their box that week.)

We often set up a table with “extras” that people can help themselves to. It might be vegetables that we have in abundance or less popular vegetables (hot peppers, eggplant …) that not everyone wants. Sometimes we will include blemished or insect damaged vegetables in the CSA box – providing they are still edible – along with an explanation for our members.

For the farmers’ market we keep accurate records of what is sold each market day which helps us determine how many vegetables to bring. When we do bring product home we will often give it to the neighbour’s work crew. Or if sales were bad for some reason and we return with a lot, we will donate it to the food bank.

And then there are our chickens – always willing to look after any vegetables that still remain. The compost pile is the final step for spoiled & rotten produce – and even that really isn’t wasted. It becomes fertilizer that is returned to the land to provide nutrients for next year’s crop.

What’s in the box?

Kale, salad greens, arugula, green onions, garlic scapes,

zucchini (or broccoli or beets or kohlrabi).

  • Kale is the new green in your box. We could call it baby kale as the leaves are small – small enough and tender enough to eat fresh in a salad. Our kale is a mix of several varieties with different colours and leaf shapes. Enjoy this beautiful, tasty and healthy green!
  • We’ll just say salad greens this week. It may be lettuce, spinach, mini romaine, mixed salad or … depending on what is ready to be harvested on your pick-up day.
  • Arugula, green onions and garlic scapes are also in your share this week.
  • The big news is that we are beginning to pick zucchini. So far there is not enough for everyone – but we all know how fast zucchini comes on … If we are short on zucchini there are a few heads of broccoli. Back in the 1st CSA newsletter of this year I mentioned that we had lost our entire broccoli crop due to insects damage. However there were a few plants (maybe 30) that I put with the cabbage so they were protected with the insect cover and spared. Now they are producing some lovely heads of broccoli (next year we cover ALL the broccoli!). We have also been picking some beets – again, not enough for every share, and kohlrabi is about ready to pick as well. So, surprise!! Your box will contain 1 of these new vegetables!

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Around the farm this week …

Meet Rosemary the newest addition to our farm. She was found abandoned along a country road by a neighbour. Now she’s ours!
Sage is not at all accepting of Rosemary …
… while the the Flynns are unsure but trying.
But we think she’s great!