Seasonal Snapshot

spring flowers
We’re back at the Dieppe Market, starting this coming Saturday (April 22nd)! Our fields are still drying out but we have crops from the unheated tunnels. Beautiful baby kale, brightly coloured Asian greens, arugula, and the earliest tulips we’ve ever grown! We’ll also start bringing some of the seeds we’ve saved for folks to plant out in their home gardens (the veggies that can be planted out at this time of year). And we have delicious winter carrots! We never seem to have enough to fulfill the demand this early in the season, so I’d recommend getting to the market […]

Returning to the Dieppe Market this Weekend!

  The sun feels good! It’s been nice to see plants that spend the winter in the ground sprouting up and doing well. With the mild winter that alternated snow and thaw, we weren’t sure how things would overwinter. It’s still unknown whether everything did well….our overwintered onions seem alive but their black plastic ground cover blew off during heavy winds mixed with thawed out soil. A bed of overwintered baby kale (never harvested) looks really nice and we’ll be harvesting from it soon. This year our biennial flowers were planted into beds that were pretty wet this winter….though bulbs […]

Spring Update on the Farm

pheasant 6
We planted our high tunnel full of greens for early-spring markets. We’ve been enjoying some in our winter salads and are excited for the full harvests when we’ll have enough to share with our wonderful customers! We’ve been seeing lots of pheasants (as well as other birds) around the farm lately. These guys are enjoying the fallen apples that were leftover before it snowed.

Seasonal Snapshot: January 2016

summer squash
The melons have been ripening during August and we’ll have lots of delicious fruit for the market in September. This year, the majority of our melons were planted under a caterpillar tunnel and we’re really happy with the quality (and flavour) compared to other years. Overall, we’ve found the abundance on the farm this season to be wonderful and sometimes overwhelming with just the two of us. But we are feeling a lot of gratitude for that abundance, as well as the abundance of kindness and thankfulness of our wonderful customers. We couldn’t be luckier to feed such amazing people! […]

Seasonal Snapshot: August 2015

Right now, we’re planting (both direct-seeding like in the picture above and transplanting seedlings we’ve started in the greenhouse), weeding, mowing, preparing beds, covering crops with row cover, starting more seeds in the greenhouse for future plantings, harvesting and more. We’re basically trying to catch up to where we’d like to be at this time of year. The weather hasn’t made it easier. Our last frost was 2 weeks ago but last week it went down to 2 degrees Celsius and fields had frost just a 15 minute drive from us. We’ve got a beautiful cover crop of rye. It’s […]

Seasonal Snapshot: June 2015

beet greens, crosnes, daffodil 1
A lot has happened since my last Seasonal Snapshot post in April. But the spring still came late. I (Shannon) was in Ottawa for a few days last week attending the final 3-day meeting of the Organic Standards Technical Committee before the newly revised Standards come out. Oh man, was it HOT in Ottawa! And the trees were all in bloom….it was gorgeous! Here at the farm….our trees are just starting to bud out. Despite the back log of planting we need to do, we’re enjoying the weather and the lack of bug nets (the black flies have just started…though […]

Seasonal Snapshot: May 2015