This is our biggest week yet! Our harvest is bigger than it has ever been, wow! I’m glad that I’ve been working out on the farm, it makes lifting these potatoes easy as, well, easy as lifting these potatoes.
This week we’ve had students, teachers, and parents checking out the garden – as September beckons for a new school season. It also means that the deep fryer is coming out – there is nothing like fried zucchini, fried potatoes, and fried pickles! It’s a veritable country fair with Fresh Roots! Looking forward to seeing you out at the garden!
This week I can feel the Fall Harvest approaching. Our Brussels sprouts are growing strong and are prepped for winter. The garlic is hanging and, is some of the most beautiful I have ever grown. I’m looking forward to braiding it and sharing it with you! As the days get just a bit shorter, I know that I’ll have more evening time to start making my delicious pickles, sauces, and jams. I’ve gotten out the canning supplies and I’m making pestos with our mustard greens – add parmesan, olive oil and walnuts to make a dip that is out of this world. As I’m planting and preparing for this fall and winter, I’m getting excited just thinking of all of the beautiful food that we’ll have. Get Ready
We are looking for help this weekend to build the outdoor classroom at the David Thompson Schoolyard Market Garden.
What: Build a Classroom
Where: David Thompson Secondary School (1755 E 55th St)
When: Saturday 10 am – 2 pm.
RSVP: email@example.com or 7788725253
What you need: a water bottle, closed toed shoes, clothes you can get dirty in, and a lunch
See you there!
With every passing week we see new crops. This week marks the first of our longer season onions going into our weekly veggie boxes. They are beauties! With names like Ailsa Craig and Copra, they are enticing to eat! We are also starting to harvest our bush beans this week. We planted them a little later than a lot of other folks to ensure we weren’t picking peas and beans at the same time – a pretty daunting task! Fortunately it’s work out and we’ll now enjoy one of the yummiest crops of the summer. Dilly beans here we come!
Well summer is back in Vancouver in case you hadn’t noticed 🙂 The plants are loving it. It seems like every day I arrive to the farm, I find the head lettuce visibly larger, the bok choi a few inches taller and zucchini…..I don’t think I even have to tell you how fast those guys grow!
This week was marked by finishing the planting of our slower maturing winter brassicas. Brussels sprouts, cabbage and sprouting broccoli are all tucked into the soil to start their journey that won’t end, for some, until next spring. It always surprises me when I’m thinking about winter in the middle of summer but as the sun continues to set a bit sooner each day, the crops will gradually grow slower and slower. At least the cool months promise tasty treats like winter spinach and lots of kale!