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Week 21

Where does the time go… only 1 week left in the box programme.  It’s been a challenging but satisfying season. I’d be lying if I said I was sad to see it drawing to a close but I will miss the focus that it brings.. that and the satisfaction of growing good food and providing it to appreciative customers.

We’re looking forward to seeing y’all next Sunday for the Havest Potluck so we can thank you more directly and give thanks for a productive and tasty season!

Full Share Box: Dragon-tongue beans; salad mix; tomatoes; Chioggia beets; 1 large bunch Napoli carrots; 1 pattipan squash; 1 Japanese cucumber; and 1 mini cucumber.

Partial Share Box: Dragon-tongue beans; small bunch Chioggia beets; tomatoes; Mokum carrots; and 1 Japanese cucumber.

Week 20

Full Share Box: Dragon-tongue beans; Napoli carrots; Chioggia beets; 2 boxes of tomatoes; 1/2 a cabbage; 1 pattipan squash; and a Japanese cucumber.

Partial Share Box: 2 boxes of tomatoes; 1 Carmen sweet pepper, 1 mini cucumber; and Dragon-tongue beans.

Week 19

Full Share Box: 1.5 lbs Dragon-tongue beans; salad mix; tomatoes; 1 Carmen sweet pepper; large pattipan squash; 1 Japanese cucumber; 1 mini cucumber; and 1 bulb Fish Lake garlic.

Partial Share Box: Salad mix; 1 lb. Dragon-tongue beans; 1 small box of tomatoes; 2 mini cucumbers; and 1 pattipan squash.

Week 18

Full Share Box: 1 lb. Dragon-tongue beans; 1 lb. green beans; tomatoes; Carmen sweet pepper; 1 lb. German butterball potatoes; Napoli carrots; 2 Japanese cucumbers; and a mini cucumber.

Partial Share Box: 1 lb. filet beans; tomatoes; 1 Japanese cucumber; 1 mini cucumber; and 1 bulb of Fish Lake garlic.

Week 17

Another full offering. Our beans – all sorts – are now coming on strong, requiring us to pick every other day. The tomatoes continue to steadily ripen…

Next week is our annual fall fair. We are going to  be selling produce the morning of the fair from the greenhouses across the street from the fair grounds – kind of an open (green)house as it were. Drop by and see what we’ve been up to and where many of your tomatoes, cucumbers, and basil has been grown.

Farmer D

**NOTE: Due to the Fall Fair next week’s boxes will be ready for pickup on Monday**

Full Share: 1 lb. German butterball potatoes; white currants; 1 lb. filet beans; Italian parsley; basil; scallions; tomatoes; and 3 mini cucumbers.

Partial Share: 1 lb. green beans; radishes; basil; scallions; tomatoes; and a mini cucumbers.

Week 16

Full Share: Salad mix; 1 lb. dragon-tongue beans; multi-coloured beets; radishes; scallions; tomatoes; and 2 mini cucumbers.

Full Share: Salad mix; 1/2 lb. dragon-tongue beans; scallions; cherry tomatoes; and a mini cucumber.

Week 15

Hello folks! Summer appears to have finally arrived with temperatures approaching the mid 20s. With the warmth we now have tomatoes, beans and squash coming on.

This week’s boxes have some fruit – white currants from our berry patch and transparent apples from our neighbours – Welcome Bay Farm.

I expect that the currants will provide a bit of a culinary challenge. We encourage you to use the farm website/blog to share your creations/ideas/recipes with your fellow ‘share-holders.’ We’ve been a bit remiss in our use of the website to share recipes and idea. The truth is that we’re just too busy. We’ve also been too busy to organize work bees and the like here on the farm – supportive activities that are part of most CSA/box programs.

We’d still love for this to happen. As a start, let us know if you would be interested/able to help out. We always could use some help weeding and cleaning up on the farm. Weekday mornings are best – Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays – but we’re open to other times as well.

It’s been a pretty challenging year for us – what with the weather and all. Farming – while one of the greatest jobs – is also one of the most challenging. One of the biggest challenges that we face – particularly around this time of year – is burnout. Working long hours – often alone – can get to you after awhile, especially if make the mistake of figuring out how much you are making per hour. For a small operation like ours, we just don’t produce enough to be able to take on additional staff.

Which is a long-winded way of saying we would welcome any additional help :).

Enjoy the fruits and veg of our labours!

Farmer D

Full Share Box: Salad mix; braising greens; white currants; transparent apples (from Welcome Bay Farm); 3 mini cucumbers; dragon-tongue beans; kincho scallions; zucchini; and carrots.

Full Share Box: Salad mix; braising greens; white currants; transparent apples (from Welcome Bay Farm); and a long-English cucumber.

Week 14

Having the boxes ready for Sunday pickup worked well for us last week. We’re hoping that it worked for you as we continue it this week and for the remaining weeks.

One of the major challenges that we are dealing with this summer (besides the weather, weeds, and limited growing area) is labour – actually or our inability to support very much of it. At this time we are unable to grow enough to support the staffing compliment we need. So to deal with this, we are trying to become more efficient. One area that sucks quite a bit of our time is harvesting. By pairing our box harvest with the market harvest we basically eliminate a an extra harvest period and now can apply that saved time to other important tasks.

This week’s offerings feature tomatoes (they’re here!) and the first of our summer potatoes – the Lindzer an early-maturing, waxy potato most popular for boiling or making salads.

Full Share Box: Salad greens; Hakurei turnips; Lindzer deleketess potatoes; cherry tomatoes; 'eatible' flowers; carrots; and a long-English cucumber.

Partial Share Box: Carrots; Lindzer deleketess potatoes; tomatoes; and 2 mini cucumbers.

Week 13

“Hi folks! Due to an unanticipated commitment this coming week’s boxes will be ready on Sunday July 24th (unless you hear otherwise). I hope this isn’t too much of an inconvenience. You’re welcome to pick them up at the usual time on Monday.”

It turns out the meeting was cancelled so we took the opportunity to take some time out and went and saw the new Harry Potter film in Sidney as a family!

Here’s this what’s on the menu this week. A bit more variety as the warm weather crops (slowly) come on.

Full Share Box: Salad greens; chard; lacinato kale; Hakurei turnips; summer squash; 3 mini cucs; basil; 'eatible' flowers and carrots.

Partial Share Box: Salad greens; Hakurei turnips; 1 baby summer squash; a long-English cuc; and carrots.

Week 12

Another busy week filled with haying, harvest, weeding, delivering, fixing… The list of things that need immediate attention never seems to end.

Another full box this week. We’ve been absent from the weekend market for the past two weeks to ensure we have enough goodies for your boxes. We can’t seem to grow enough to satisfy the local market. A good problem to have!

More about how this challenge might be tackled in future posts…

Farmer D

Full Share: Salad mix; scallions; French breakfast radishes; carrots; small bunch Hakurei turnips; big bunch of basil; 2 mini cucumbers; and 1 long English cucumber.

Partial Share: Salad mix; carrots; small bunch Hakurei turnips; small bunch of basil; and 1 mini cucumber.