It seems so long ago now but at the end of March our greenhouse was totalled by the big N'oreaster that blew through the Maritimes. Another farm down the way lost their greenhouse too and since then a crowd funding campaign has been launched to help our farms rebuild. People have been so generous in making donations large and small. Click here to check out the campaign.
It also caught the attention of the media. We were on the CBC news and the Chronicle Herald. They wanted to spread the word of this good news story that had people coming together in a virtual 'barn raising' to help us out.
We've had lots of people offer help in either cleaning up or putting up a new structure. Thank you to everyone who has reached out to us. It's been a stressful time, but we're getting into the swing of things again and really excited about the upcoming market season! The first outdoor Annapolis Royal market will May 17th and we expect to be at the Thursday Lunenburg market in the first couple of weeks in June.
Happy Spring everyone!
We must admit, during the growing season we're spoiled by the choice of vegetables we eat from our fields...it's the 100 metre diet at its best!
Naturally, it's really hard for us to start buying vegetables from the grocery store when winter comes. To minimize the withdrawal we try to have as much of our own food as possible. During the summer, we can Roma or paste tomatoes (the most amazing and versatile item in the pantry!) as well as jam (and if we had more time, there would be pickles and salsa and canned fruit, etc).
We also freeze strawberries, wild blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, blanched green beans, garlic scapes, cherry tomatoes (which make a beautifully sweet sauce), and kale. This year we harvested kale from the field in December when it was already frozen, put it in plastic bags, then directly in the freezer. It's such an incredible plant! Since it's so cold tolerant frost, kale doesn't turn to mush like other greens which means it's the ideal winter addition to any garden.
Along with the stored squash, carrots, beets, potatoes, rutabega, garlic, freezer meat and fresh eggs, our selection isn't too bad. Throw in a bulk order from Speerville and we practically have our own grocery store!
Kale harvest in mid-December 2012. Yield = 2 garbage bags full!
Kale plants hangin' in there after a snow storm in January 2013
It's hard to imagine that during the summer solstice we're not even inside for supper at this time of the night because it's still light out. We're looking forward to the downtime of the cold, dark part of the year so that in the Spring we're able to emerge full of energy and excitement for the next growing season. Growing organic market vegetables takes an incredible level of physical and mental effort that would be very difficult to maintain year-round. The winter is our time for rest, recuperation and renewal - and planning which starts right after the holidays...