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The Belle River Farmers Market opens this Sunday June 7th from 10am – 2pm at Optimist Park (705 Notre Dame St.) in Belle River. It’s still early in the season but here are some fresh veggie goodies we’ll have on offer at the market:

2 different varieties of delicious Spinach 'Butterflay' and 'Corvair'.

Two varieties of delicious Spinach, ‘Butterflay’ and ‘Corvair’.

Week 1 Market Produce

From Left to Right: Salad + Scallions, Bok Choi, ‘Olympic Red’ Kale, ‘Red Russian’ Kale, ‘Vates Curly’ Kale, Certified Organic Seedlings.

We’ll also have Sunshine Pickles, Sunparlour Honey, Mushrooms, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Eggplant, and ASPARAGUS.

Fresh goodies to come in the next couple of weeks….

Garlic is coming along beautifully; Snow Peas, Sugar Snap Peas, and Shelling Peas; a new crop this year - Fennel; more Spinach!; Onions.

Garlic is coming along beautifully; Snow Peas, Sugar Snap Peas, and Shelling Peas; a new crop this year – Fennel; more Spinach!; Onions happy under their leaf mulch.

We’re expanding our production space this year by not just doubling but tripling the amount of area we’re using to produce vegetables. We’re using more of our “back 30” for heat-loving veggies that are grown under black plastic and we’re using an old pasture that has been used by our free-range chickens for many years (using the fence to grow Pole Beans, for example). We’ve added more companion crops and beneficial crops like Horseradish and Tansy while re-using old tires for the farm children to grow their own personal crop of Potatoes.

ExpansionAfter receiving 4 inches of much-needed Rain all at once we are reminded of why we use permanent raised beds even for crops grown under black plastic (these beds differ from our boxed raised beds). If our crops were grown “on the flat” these precious seedlings would have been lost and drowned but the seedlings are raised several inches up off the ground while the excess water pools in the “valleys”. Underneath the plastic is also a “valley” where water can pool and where the roots of the seedlings have to work to get the water but in the process it strengthens the seedlings and keeps them from drowning.

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Tomatoes, Peppers, and Eggplant seedlings.

We are still accepting new members for the 2015 season at all of our locations so don’t forget about our referral program and have your chance to win FREE produce for the season! We will be sending out emails to current members in the next couple of weeks when we are ready to start the season for FRESH VEGGIES!, and to discuss the various share size options and final payments. We will also be announcing soon the details of our weekly on-farm farmers market so stay tuned here and at our Facebook page!

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Week Four is here and we are starting to see a larger variety of veggies ready for harvesting and eating! We have had many challenges so far and it seems like we haven’t properly communicated the benefits and the shared risks to our new members so keep an eye out for a blog post on that soon, or if you’d rather not know about the risks and the reality of farming…..you can always ignore the next blog post.

Every week when I hit “publish” there is something that comes up that I’d wished I knew when I wrote the blog post. I try and get the post up before anyone will be receiving their produce but there are things that come up when we are harvesting that I couldn’t possibly know in advance. If I have additions to add I will post them on our facebook page.

A reminder to WASH YOUR VEGGIES. We give them a cold bath to cool them down and to keep them fresh for as long as possible but we do not have the facilities to properly clean Lettuce. Remember that this is organically-grown food – we don’t use pesticides – so there will be insects in your food. We do our best to pick them out but we cannot get them all.

What we are picking for this week:

Rainbow Leafies

Wild Salad Mix – a mix of lettuces, arugula, purslane, and lamb’s quarters (wild spinach).

Turnips

Scallions (also known as spring onions or green onions) – the scallions are an experimental crop this year and they haven’t grown as I expected but they are past their date and we need the space to plant other crops. We haven’t had luck with them in the hard clay so they are in the raised beds but the presence of wood chips might be tying up too much nitrogen so that they aren’t getting it to their roots where they need it. With the next batch we will try a few different things to see what works best. There will be more next week and the whole of the Scallion is edible.

Basil – some ideas to use up fresh basil at this link. Basil can also be dried for later use, or put in a blender with oil or water and frozen in ice cube trays to be used later.

A BIG THANK YOU to our work share crew and our intern for the fabulous job they do each Monday morning harvesting everything for our members!

There will also be tasty greenhouse baby cucumbers and a jar of baby dill pickles from Sunshine Farms in Thamesville.

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We picked a small amount of Chinese Eggplant, Hot Peppers, and Okra this week but not enough for every member. Expect some of these hot weather goodies soon! Our Sweet Peppers are forming nice fruit as well and soon enough we’ll be swimming in our ‘Candy’ Cherry Tomatoes!

Week 4 Basket

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The time has finally arrived!

We’ve been getting a lot of messages from members asking when the weekly veggie baskets are starting and we are pleased to announce that they are starting next week!

We have made the decision to purchase some items from local businesses in order to fill up the baskets and replace what was lost in the hail storm this week. Look for organic mushrooms from Highline Mushrooms and organic baby cucumbers from Erieview. We will also be including what we’re calling a Hail-lelujah Salad Mix at a discount price. This will include Rainbow Chard, Curly Kale, Red Kale, Collard greens, and Dinosaur Kale – our Rainbow leafy green mix – greens that were damaged by hail but are still good to use in smoothies, for juicing, for stir fries, or for freezing.

A sneak peek at what to expect in your first basket from our gardens —

Garlic Scapes

Garlic Scapes

 

Sugar Snap Pea, 'Cascadia'. Edible pods with fat, juicy peas inside.

Sugar Snap Pea, ‘Cascadia’. Edible pods with fat, juicy peas inside.

Beautiful 'Salanova' lettuce from Johnny's Seeds interplanted with our own specialty mix of Rainbow Radishes.

Beautiful ‘Salanova’ lettuce from Johnny’s Seeds interplanted with our own specialty mix of Rainbow Radishes.

A larger sized variety of Bok Choi.

A larger sized variety of Bok Choi.

There will also be Arugula in the baskets.

A fun blog post on what to do with “strange and scary” CSA vegetables – 31 Things To Do With Confusing CSA Vegetables – lots of great ideas here so keep this blog post handy for future weeks.

General details for all of our locations: Pick up times are between 4 pm and 7 pm. If you are picking up from a retail location they will NOT be able to hold your veggies if you are late. You can send someone else in your place to pick up your veggies if you’re not able to. Retail locations are acting as pickup locations only, if you need to ask a question or communicate with us please use our email address as individuals at the stores are not able to take payments and may not be able to answer questions about the veggies.

Details for each location is as follows:

Main farm near Tilbury (Lakeshore) – Weekly pickups will be on Mondays from 4 pm to 7 pm. If you’re not there by 7 pm we will bag up your share, label it with your name, and put it in our self-serve fridge for eggs (and later our walk-in cooler) for you to pick up at your convenience, for a maximum of 24 hours. We would appreciate an email if you know you won’t be able to make it. If you’d like to have eggs each week with your share let us know so that we can put them aside for you to pick up with your veggies. If you haven’t paid for your share in full then your next payment of $125 is due on the first week. You can pay in cash or by cheque when you come for your veggies at the farm or you can pay by email money transfer if that is more convenient. The address is 20600 Morris Rd (take Canal St West out of town and we’re the 2nd house on the right).

Shop Eco378 Devonshire Rd, Windsor – Weekly pickups will be on Tuesdays from 4 pm to 7 pm. There will be a list of member names at the store, please sign off that you’ve received your weekly share. I will be present at Shop Eco – to meet members, answers questions, and take payments – on Tuesday June 24th. If you’re not paid in full then your next payment of $125 is due and you can pay in cash or by cheque with us directly or use email money transfer if that is more convenient.

The Urban Greenhouse7635 Tecumseh Rd East (in the Pickwick Plaza), Windsor – Weekly pickups will be on Tuesdays from 4 pm to 7 pm. There will be a list of member names at the store, please sign off that you’ve received your weekly share. I will be present at The Urban Greenhouse – to meet members, answers questions, and take payments – on Tuesday July 1st. If you’re not paid in full then your next payment of $125 is due and you can pay in cash or by cheque with us directly or use email money transfer if that is more convenient.

Take Back The Farm4929 Malden Rd, Windsor – Weekly pickups will be on Tuesdays from 4 pm to 7 pm. There will be a list of member names at the store, please sign off that you’ve received your weekly share. I will be present at Take Back The Farm – to meet members, answers questions, and take payments – on Tuesday July 8th. If you’re not paid in full then your next payment of $125 is due and you can pay in cash or by cheque with us directly or use email money transfer if that is more convenient.

Faerie Willow Farm1720 Mersea Rd D, Leamington – Weekly pickups will be on Tuesdays from 4 pm to 7 pm.

If you have any questions or concerns please send them to locallygerminated@gmail.com.

Let’s get the season for fresh, local, organic veggies started!

Week 1 basket - sugar snap peas, garlic scapes, radishes, bok choi, mixed greens (hail-lelujah salad), arugula, greenhouse tomato and baby cucumbers.

Week 1 basket – sugar snap peas, garlic scapes, radishes, bok choi, mixed greens (hail-lelujah salad), arugula, greenhouse tomato and baby cucumbers, mushrooms.

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