The first of this season’s garlic looks beautiful. We pulled a bunch of fresh heads this week for market and they are already huge! Hopefully over the next few weeks we’ll see them size up even more before curing for long term storage. This coming week we’ll see the first beets and carrots coming out of the ground, destined for salads, roasts and other delicious meals. Our peas and fava beans are still coming on strong, with their friends, the bush beans growing quickly to fill their place this summer. We are on a roll, and everything is in abundance now!
We’ve had another busy week on the farms. Between harvesting, Good Food Markets, weeding and seeding we’ve managed to find time to nearly finish building our new walk-in cooler, which means we can provide even more food to our communities.
With the Summer Solstice upon us, the crops are growing at full speed, reaching for the sun and creating healthy fruits, leaves and roots for us to harvest in the coming months.
Even with summer upon us, we are already starting to think about winter. Now is the time to start getting some of the longer season winter crops seeded or transplanted. This ensures they can mature before the cold weather slows them to a steady crawl. It sure is a lot easier to think about harvesting in the winter with the beautiful weather we are experience right now!
Enjoy these long days!
photo credit Dana van Veller
The harvests keep getting bigger and tastier as the season moves forward. We gradually seem to be winning the battle against wireworms – they have been eating our transplants’ roots at the David Thompson Schoolyard Market Garden through the spring. This week we planted all sorts of transplants: kale, zucchini, pac choi, gai lan and lots more head lettuce. The first crop of peas have come off the vine with more on the way and next week will mark the first harvest of our overwintered fava beans! Possibly most exciting are the garlic scapes that have shown their beautiful curly selves – an indication that the garlic below ground is starting to size up. Stop by the farm sometimes and watch our veggies grow!
photo credit Dana van Veller
The season keeps getting better with new crops starting to reach maturity each week. With the help of the rain and sun, it seems we are also growing a healthy crop of weeds: wild mustards, purslane, grass and dandelions are growing alongside our veggies. This means the weeding begins! Fortunately the many helpful hands of our volunteer crews have already started to make a dent in these sneaky weeds.
I’m excited this week because I’ve seen the first snow pea forming on the vine and the snap peas are sure to be close behind.
Summer, here we come!
Marc waves hello from the newly-built cooler!
Things are growing quickly now – it seems like every day I come to the farms they look different. The fava beans are up to my waist, when they were only up to my knee’s just two weeks ago! Our kale, temporarily put out of commission by wire worms at David Thompson, has been transplanted to VanTech, where it is growing strong. Yay for big bunches of kale returning to market!
We are also starting up our weekly veggie box program this coming week and I’m excited to meet the people I’ll be growing food for each week of this growing season.
In other news, we are half done building our new walk-in cooler! We’re looking forward to finishing that in the next few weeks. Lots happening right now to get fresh produce from the fields to hungry people’s plates!
We’ve made it! The first crops of plantings this season are starting to yield. From colourful Swiss Chard to tender and spicy mustard greens the market stand is starting to look full. It seems we are gradually winning the battle against wireworms (a pesky pest that is eating our crops roots) and will soon be harvesting salad greens, radishes and turnips. If you haven’t yet check out our instagram page you can stay up-to-date with the happenings in the field. I hope to see you at a market soon!
There is a buzz of excitement in the fields as we get ready to build our own walk-in cooler. We’ve sourced the materials and will start construction next week. As we grow more and more crops the cooler will be stacked to the brim with tasty food. Coming up at next week’s market we’ll see a fresh crop of gorgeous head lettuce; with variety names like Vulcan, Buttercrunch and Drunken Woman you know they are going to be as fun to eat as they are to say. Our peas have reached their trellis and are climbing to the sun. Soon we’ll be tasting the true flavour of spring, snap peas!
Weekly markets are upon us as our winter crops fade and our new plantings start to take off. Green onions are chugging along, lettuce is sizing up and carrots are starting to show their tiny leaves. Next week I expect some of our crops to double in size with the fresh dose of rain and a week of sunshine ahead! Hang on folks, we are just weeks away from the bounty starting to roll in.
Spring showers bring May flowers – and delicious vegetables! We’ve had a great mix of rain and sun over the past few weeks, making life a little easier for our seedlings as they sprout or transition from our greenhouse to the field. We’ve been busy transplanting head lettuce, onions, leeks, chard, kale and bok choi. Our peas are starting to reach for their trellises and the garlic is looking gorgeous! The season is upon us.