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Sweet, short, ABUNDANT Thanksgiving! A Horn-of-Plenty, a Cornucopia!

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New this week: ‘Franz’ or Ciboule Onions. 2 farm children picked out allium (onion) seeds from seed catalogues, planted them, weeded them, mulched them, watered them, harvested them. They had one 18 x 4 ft bed for their alliums. After harvesting our family’s yearly onion need they still had one row left in the bed of a new, experimental heirloom, perennial allium. These can be replanted if you want your own perennial (year-round) crop! They over-winter and start multiplying in early Spring. The young greens can be harvested from April to May for an early veggie/herb. They resemble leeks and scallions, the whole stem is edible. We bought them from Heritage Harvest Seeds. Ciboule onions are prized in France and Asia!

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They may look leek-like like this or …

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… or scallion-like like this

Farm pick list: These items are only available at our farm market Saturday October 8th 8 am – 2 pm. 2 types of Mushrooms, Tomatoes (in October, what!?), Beets from Brandner Farms,  Red + Yellow Potatoes and Carrots from Pfenning’s Organic Farm, Watermelon + Cantaloupes, Winter Squash, Sweet Peppers, Scallions, Beans, Broccoli, Kale + Chard, Salad Mix, a large variety of fresh herbs, and our new ciboule Onions!

Anticipated Windsor pick list for Wednesday October 12th: Cherry Tomatoes, Kale + Chard, Salad Mix, new ciboule onions, scallions, Winter Squash, Sweet Peppers, a variety of fresh herbs.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!

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A few notes to start … We will be starting to sell to the public on Tuesdays when we are at ShopEco, I didn’t realize how much attention our stand would garner so we decided we would share our veggies with the wider ShopEco community.

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Market stand our our farm….where we like to be silly and sassy as well as have laughs and share our produce.

More news from ShopEco…..stay tuned for more details…

11112481_799600493493973_7599578116448054026_oThere have been a lot of no-shows lately and while a couple are not a problem we’ve wasted a lot of good food this week and that is a hard thing for us to do. If you know that you will be away on vacation or that you can’t make it please send us an email to let us know, preferably the day before your pickup so that we don’t bring or harvest more produce than necessary. This will save time, energy, and food waste.

Farm update of the week: You know there’s been too much rain when…..even the thistles are dying from being waterlogged.

IMG_7643On to the projected pick list for the week (subject to change and surprises) – Salad mix, Rainbow Leafies, more fresh Garlic, a variety of Herbs,  Pea Shoots, Portabello Mushrooms, button Mushrooms, Mini-Cucumbers, greenhouse Tomatoes, Eggplant, and maybe a surprise like Beans (wouldn’t that be so nice!).

Pea shoots are a favourite of the farm children. A periodic treat!

Pea shoots are a favourite of the farm children. A periodic treat!

No matter how many years I’ve been doing this I never tire of these colours!

IMG_7613IMG_7615We’ve had amazing help this week from members, work-share helpers, and volunteers – community shows up and steps when it’s needed! This sweet family was a welcome surprise at the farm.

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garlicLastly our next FORAGING WALK is Saturday July 18th from 2 – 4 pm, we’d love to see some member faces there as it’s a great opportunity to see our farm! Have a great week everyone!

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This has been a week of illness, injury and serious raining that has kept us from being able to be at some of our pickup locations and seriously hampered our ability to get into the fields and do more planting. A very big thank you to Marie, Deb, Andrea, Amanda, and Mike for stepping up and stepping in when they were needed. Big, big appreciation for these folks. Note: We are open this holiday Wednesday for CSA pickups and for our on-farm market at our regular time of 4 – 7 pm. We’ve had to look at our plans and to abandon some crops as it’s just too late to be able to plant them at this point. So sad to not have a Watermelon crop this year though we managed to sneak a few in for a small crop because otherwise the farm children would never have stopped pestering us to plant them. There is still a chance we’ll get more Cucumbers and Squash in but that possibility is slim at this point. There are many crops still waiting to be planted and we’re not sure what the veggie offerings are going to look like in several weeks from now with such a large gap in our planting schedule, only time will tell. Life around the farm this week as told in picture collages….

From top L - Beets are germinated and waiting for the Rain to cease to be planted; Squash blossoms; Tomatoes are fruiting!; Beans inter-planted with Chard have blossoms and small fruit!

From top L – Beets are germinated and waiting for the Rain to cease to be planted; Squash blossoms; Itty bitty Tomatoes fruiting in their tray!; Beans inter-planted with Chard have blossoms and small fruit!

From top L - Fungi popping up everywhere; Unknown Caterpillar; Zebra Caterpillar (a crop damaging insect); Brussel Sprouts looking good under floating row cover

From top L – Fungi popping up everywhere; Unidentified Caterpillar; Zebra Caterpillar (a crop damaging insect); Brussel Sprouts looking good under floating row cover. This week we’ve also seen a Grasshopper emerging from it’s old “skin” and Tortoise Beetles being “born” and feasting on Thistles (yay!) as well as several Snakes who are helping our Farm Cat take care of the Mole/Vole/Mouse problem.

From top L - Cool view of our greenhouse; more Beehives have arrived!; beautiful Rainbow Chard; Pumpkin Patch.

From top L – Cool view of our greenhouse; more Beehives have arrived!; beautiful Rainbow Chard; Pumpkin Patch (with BIG thanks to Daniel, Tammy, and fam for helping to lay down the rotted hay between the rows).

From our Facebook page this week….

It was a thrill to get some of our produce into the hands of the chef at the Iron Kettle!

It was a thrill to get some of our produce into the hands of the chef at the Iron Kettle in Comber!

An awesome foraging walk around the farm for Wild Strawberries and Mulberries, we had a feast!

An awesome foraging walk around the farm for Wild Strawberries, Mulberries, and Service Berries – we had a feast! A young friend picked himself a “tree” as a “treat to-go”. Most of the Mulberries will have been knocked down from all the wind now….sadly for us humans.

Swallowtail Caterpillar eating Dill, there's enough for everyone; CSA pickup outside ShopEco.

Swallowtail Caterpillar eating Dill: There’s enough for everyone; CSA pickup outside ShopEco.

How to properly store our Rainbow Salad Mix: Spin dry or pat dry the leaves and then store in a sealed plastic bag in the fridge, add a towel for extra moisture absorption. We got an industrial salad spinner this week that will dry off the leafy greens more efficiently so that your Salad Mix lasts longer. 10400032_791581667629189_705065778279196958_n It is possible to change your pickup location if you need to make a change. Just let me know 1 day in advance that you want to pick up at a different location so that I can plan to bring enough produce. This week’s crop list (as far as I can tell without having been out harvesting due to the torrential rain and winds): Sugar Snap Peas – they have plumped up and sweetened up, a really delicious seasonal treat! There will be some Purple Peas mixed in there, too, a new crop we’re trialing this year. Wild Rainbow Salad Mix, Rainbow Kale, Rainbow Chard, Dill, Arugula, a limited number of Scallions (green onions), mini-cucumbers, mushrooms, portabellos, and eggplant. I hope to find something new as a surprise….you never know what you might find out there! One last note – if you’re ever willing able to help out at the farm we won’t turn down an offer of help! We’d love for every member to see the farm at least once so that you know how and where your food is grown so please let us know if you’d like to come out and see us!

Garlic is coming soon! With thanks to Andrea Nickerson for most of the photo credits in this post!

Garlic is coming soon!
Thanks to Andrea Nickerson for most of the photo credits in this post!

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Life on the farm has been very busy – it’s that time of year again! – and blog posts become short and sweet. In the last week alone we hosted a day camp group of 70 children at the farm and held 2 foraging walks!

I came across an interesting article this week that discusses in an easy-to-understand way that economic realities of being a farmer, without getting too personal here I will share the article as food-for-thought. You can find it here – Fact: Most Farmers Are Not Rich.

This week’s items include (items vary depending on location) :

Rainbow Leafies

Salad mix (if you find “weeds” in your salad they are probably there on purpose)

Daikon Radishes (try them grated in salad, sauteed in a stir fry, or sliced for dipping)

Scallions

Parsley

Mushrooms

Okra, (extremely mild) Hot Peppers, Cucumbers, Tomatoes

Chinese + Fingerling EggplantSummer Squash (Zucchini or Patty Pan)

Fresh Beans – Dragon (best eaten raw) and Cherokee Trail of Tears Pole Beans (just a small taste of our fresh Beans this week)

Note: I have used “tags” on these posts so that if you want to search for more information on a subject or a vegetable on this blog all that you have to do is click on the “tag” below the post and it will take you to other posts with more recipes and information. I have linked some of the words in this post (they appear like this) and they will either take you to wikipedia or to some great recipe sites!

Please feel free to share any recipes or meals that you’ve enjoyed with your CSA veggies on the blog so that other members can try something new!

Week #6 Basket - Farm Location

Week #6 Basket – Farm Location

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A reminder that pick up days are changing for this week ONLY. For those who pick up at the farm in Tilbury you will be getting your veggies this evening (Tuesday) between 4 and 7 pm. All other members are picking up on Wednesday between 4 and 7 pm. I will be on hand at The Urban Greenhouse this week to meet members and to take payments for those who haven’t yet paid their second installment of $125.

This week’s veggie baskets will have the rest of the Sugar Snap Peas. Some of you may have noticed hail marks on your Peas last week and unfortunately the hail also knocked off all the flowers (to make new pods), and the small Pea pods, so we only have a small quantity of these delicious treats left. We are picking bunches of Rainbow Leafy Greens, as well as a Wild Rainbow Salad Mix (salad greens, parsley, arugula, pea shoots, and wild edibles), and Rainbow Radishes from the farm this week. We are topping up the baskets with certified organic Mushrooms from Highline, as well as certified organic baby Cucumbers and Tomatoes from Erieview.

Happy Canada Day Everyone!

Week 2 veggies - Rainbow Radishes, Rainbow Leafy Greens (Kales, Chard, Collards), Wild Salad Mix (Lettuces, Pea Shoots, Arugula, Parsley, Lamb's Quarters, Purslane), Sugar Snap Peas, Greenhouse Tomatoes, Greenhouse baby Cucumbers, Mushrooms

Week 2 veggies – Rainbow Radishes, Rainbow Leafy Greens (Kales, Chard, Collards), Wild Salad Mix (Lettuces, Pea Shoots, Arugula, Parsley, Lamb’s Quarters, Purslane), Sugar Snap Peas, Greenhouse Tomatoes, Greenhouse baby Cucumbers, Mushrooms

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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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This Saturday at the downtown Windsor farmers market you will find:

* field-ripened slicing and beefsteak Tomatoes of various colours

* our famous candy variety of Cherry Tomatoes

* Eggplant

* hand-picked fresh eating Snap Dragon Beans

* Parsley

* a large variety of Summer Squash

* Cucumbers

* Garlic

* Mushroom

* a variety of Hot Peppers

* a variety of Kale, Collards, and Rainbow Chard

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