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Organic Seeds
It’s that time of year! When many of our customers are starting up their personal gardens. We’ve grown seedlings for sale ever since we started Broadfork Farm. Last year (in 2016), we also started selling seeds for our customers to plant at home. Not all seeds or plants can be set out when there’s still a chance of frost…. crops like tomatoes, basil, peppers, eggplant, beans, zucchini, etc. But there are quite a few that thrive in the cooler weather.   First things first, healthy crops grow in healthy soil. The phrase that organic farmers and gardeners repeat is “feed […]

How to Start Seeds in your Garden


tulips
  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


overwintered kale
We’ll be back at the Dieppe Market this coming Saturday, April 9th. We’ve got lots of greens in our unheated tunnel with more ready to be planted in their spot. We’ve got some greens you may never have tried before like Mache (aka Corn Salad) and Miner’s Lettuce (aka Claytonia). We’ve also got the sweetest spinach you’ll ever eat, gorgeous kales, and bok choi. Can’t wait to see you at the Market! your farmers, Shannon and Bryan  

Back at Market April 9th!



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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


Frizzy Lizzy mustard green
Everyone’s been waiting for them: the spring greens! And every year, we refine our collection of them (we’re like vegetable curators), growing the ones we think are the coolest around! Here’s the roundup of spring greens we’re harvesting right now: Look at that leaf size! And they get even larger. This is a really cool green called Senposai. It’s a cross between cabbage and a tender Japanese green called Komatsuna. It looks like a collard green but without any of the toughness. Senposai has a soft, pliable leaf with enough strength to contain your favourite wrap ingredients. It is perfect […]

What spring greens are we harvesting now?


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You may not know this but tomorrow is a big national celebration of something great: Kale. Yep, October 2nd is National Kale Day. Kale is also a big deal for us on many other days of the year. Why? Because kale is one of our favourite crops and a favourite vegetable for many of our customers. Many of our customers buy kale from us every week. We also have many customers who are new to kale and ask us how to eat kale. On our farm, kale thought bubbles first begin when we are doing crop planning and seed ordering […]

Kale….it’s kind of a big deal.