Vegetables


Young farmers harvesting
The harvests have been busy. We had a cold, late spring so many of our summer (frost-sensitive) crops were planted late into the ground. Because of this, they hit their peak of abundance later than usual. For example, our melons are perfect right now. And the tomatoes! This tomato is from seeds I brought back from Italy, when I went a few years ago as a Canadian Slow Food delegate. I stayed with the most lovely host who took me out to fresh markets around town (in Torino). She asked if we grew tomatoes. I said we do, we grow […]

What’s Happening on the Farm – late September


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    This past weekend we got frost. Sigh. This is pretty early, though there was one other year since we started Broadfork Farm that we had frost around the same time. When there are warnings of ‘chance of frost,” we tend to get them. And when we’re checking the 7 day forecast at this time of year and see that a night might get down below 8C with clear skies, we get mentally prepared for the worst. We live in a part of the region that’s fairly susceptible to getting colder than areas around us. Coupled with the late […]

Early Frost! This is How we Protect Crops


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Planting Fall Bulbs Ok, I’ll admit it. When the time comes to plant our fall bulbs, my body is not in the mood for it. After a season of planting, and while we’re still harvesting heavy root crops, we’ve also got thousands of fall bulbs to get in the ground. But once they’re all in, I feel ready for winter. Whether you’re just planning on putting a handful in or you’re going big, planting fall bulbs is a great way to start off your next growing season. On our farm come fall, we’ll be setting in bulbs of garlic, tulips, […]

How to Plant Fall Bulbs: Growing Tips from ...



Cucumber Pickle fermenting
It’s not hard to ferment vegetables. Once you learn the basics, you can pretty much ferment any vegetable you can think of, and use any kind of seasonings you want. The ferment you end up with will nourish you, be delicious, and preserve those vegetables while retaining their nutrients (sometimes even enhancing them!). Fermenting is both traditional and trendy. Don’t be intimidated, if we can do it with our busy farming schedules, so can you! Some of our personal favourite seasonal veggies to ferment: Spring: radishes, salad turnips Summer: cucumbers Fall: carrots, kohlrabi, cabbage, daikon radishes   We both learned […]

How to Ferment Vegetables: What you Need to ...


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Every year on the farm, awesome stuff happens, things we consider successes (and…. some less-than-awesome stuff….aka learning opportunities). There are lots of small things we consider successes, but we used the winter months to think back on the season as a whole. We each told each other a few special things we didn’t want to forget about 2017. Here’s what we said: The Swamp Milkweed flowered! It’s a biennial so it starts flowering during its 2nd year after planting. And Monarch butterflies found it! Basically, we were obsessed with watching the Monarch caterpillars chomp down on the milkweed plants and […]

Awesome Things that Happened on the Farm Last ...


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It’s so rewarding to put on your toque and boots and run out for a bowl of fresh greens while the ground is still covered in snow! For farmers relying on selling winter greens for income, there’s more to consider than what I’ll describe. Whole books and conferences are devoted to this subject. But for the backyard gardener, growing some winter greens isn’t as crazy as you might think. Best case scenario: You have homegrown greens in the winter, fresher than anything from the grocery store. Worst case scenario: You’re in the same boat as you were before. For winter […]

Growing Cold-Hardy Winter Greens