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Posted 7/9/2019 8:23pm by Dennis Skoworodko.

 

“Our Farm”...it started with wanting tasty nutritious food. Food without chemical sprays and chemical fertilizers. Food that is non-GMO. Out of this “Our Farm” was born in the heart of the prairies in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Click here to link to the video.

A big thank you goes out to dms Photography for creating this video!

 

 

Posted 4/22/2019 5:09pm by Dennis Skoworodko.

Hello,

Some years ago, we were in New York. While there we went to a Jewish deli and, as was the custom of that deli, they placed pickles and coleslaw on the table even before you ordered your food. Appetizers and also to eat with your meal- good stuff! Dennis loved the pickles! And you might say this was an understatement! We came home always carrying with us a craving for more of those pickles. So, I set out to see if I could make a recipe (there was no internet in those days). But I discovered that Dennis’ mother had a recipe that was an excellent substitute for the Jewish version. I have been making them ever since. You may find the recipe here. Even while pickles are so, so good- a great cucumber salad mixed with a creamy dressing is an excellent summer side dish.

This year you will see these varieties from Our Farm:

A great pickling variety but also work well for fresh eating:

Also growing two varieties of slicing cucumbers:

A European style:

And the traditional slicer.

  

Nothing beats Fresh and Local veggies in the summer. Not picked a month ago. Not shipped 2800 kms. Veggies that go on long “vacations” never travel well. Quality suffers hard. Also, the varieties that they grow are chosen with the sole criteria of being able to withstand the trip. Taste is not one of the traits they look for. So, taste our Local, Fresh and Organic veggies this summer! You Will See the Difference!

Regards,

The Farmers Wife,

Karen and the rest of the Our Farm Team

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Posted 4/2/2019 5:16pm by Dennis Skoworodko.

To be honest- I never really liked cauliflower… until I tasted some fresh from the garden. My mind was changed! Typically, cauliflower that we can buy here is grown in California- and trust me, that 2800 km trip does the taste no favors. However, growing cauliflower here is not an easy task. Constant vigilance and care are taken every step of the growing cycle to have a wonderful end product.  

Our season is too short to direct seed in the field. We need to start the sprouting of seeds in mid-April to have Brassica plants a reasonable size to place into the soil once we are past the danger of frost sometime in May. Cauliflower is a member of the Brassica family and here in Saskatchewan we have to protect them from pests right from sprouting to harvest. We have an abundance of pests that love Brassicas. One year we did a “scapegoat” Brassica plant. He got left outside unprotected from pests and in a very short time he was eaten down to the nubs. We learned a great deal from that experiment.

We protect the plants in a couple of ways: We have a 100% bug proof sprouting room and nursery greenhouse.


When we plant them out in the field, we immediately cover them with a fabric row cover that is specially designed to keep pests out but to let in most of the sunshine and rain.

It is lots of special care and babying for this tasty treat. On top of all this effort, cauliflower are space hogs in the field. We space them at one plant ever two feet and each plant will only produce one head of cauliflower! Once the head is harvested, the plant is done. It will not regrow a second head.

Because of all these hurdles, we only grow a limited amount of cauliflower and we give priority to our CSA subscribers that they may have some of this rare treat. We still have a few CSA subscriptions available. Interested? You may check all the details here.

 

Posted 3/26/2019 2:29pm by Dennis Skoworodko.

Kale is one of our most loved veggies by our customers. I believe this is for good reason!

1.      Our Kale is grown in biologically active healthy soil, and you can really tell in the taste! Bad kale tastes really bad, but good kale is a wonderful lovely flavor punch.

2.      Kale is rated as one of the top foods in the world for nutrient density.

3.      Kale is very versatile: raw in salads and smoothies or cooked steamed (served with lemon juice), soups and stews.

Kale is a challenge to grow here in Saskatchewan. Kale is a member of the “Brassica” family of veggies or also known as “cruciferous” veggies. This family also includes broccoli, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts and turnips. Brassica family are known as very healthy veggies – very robust flavors and loaded with nutrients.   

The Brassica family of plants are subject to the some of the same pests that attack canola (as canola is also in the same family), and because we have so much canola being grown here, there are many, many pests. Because we believe in growing organically, we do not use insecticides to control pests. An example of a method we use to avoid chemicals is using a textile barrier to keep pests away from plants.  So, we can offer you fresh local Brassica family veggies without chemical sprays, we use a “row cover” that keeps out pests but allows in light and water. It is a lot of extra effort, but an effective way to protect without chemicals. We need to cover them right from the seedling stage until harvest- even a brief exposure without the cover, in our part of the world, will have the plants being eaten by the pests!

So, from these little baby seedlings, beautiful heads of tasty, healthy, organic and fresh kale will grow! Grown with love and care to be chemical free!

For the 2019 season, we will be growing 3 different varieties of Kale:

Darkibor: Very curled and ruffled green leaves.  


Dinosaur: This is an Heirloom Italian kale linked to the area of Tuscany. It is also known as “toscano” “lacinato” or “cavolo nero” kale. It is extra dark green in colour, with non-curled but heavily blistered (savoyed) leaves. It has a rich taste and is quite tender with a softer texture than curly type kales.  

Redbor: Dark red leaves with green undertones. Superior flavor.  

We hope you will dive into the kale this summer!

All the best in food,

Dennis and the Our Farm Team

 

Posted 3/19/2019 3:49pm by Dennis Skoworodko.

The carrot is the “mascot” of Our Farm! He is truly one of our most loved veggies- and with good reason- so crisp and juicy and oh so tasty! There are many varieties of carrots available to grow. We did extensive taste tests to find what we think is the tastiest one.

Over the years we grew many different varieties of carrots to determine the best ones.

Because we are a small farm, and harvest our carrots by hand, not by machine, we did not have to be concerned about choosing a variety that could withstand mechanical harvesting.

Therefore, the variety we grow is not only tasty and juicy with great texture and crispness but it would not survive machine harvesting for the very reasons that we think make it a great carrot. Grown organically in biologically active healthy soil, Our Farm Carrots are a great kid approved snack, salad ingredient and lovely for cooking.

We can’t wait for summer!

Regards,

Dennis and the Our Farm Team

 

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Posted 3/11/2019 4:36pm by Dennis Skoworodko.

Who knew you could grow delicious juicy melons in Saskatchewan?!

 

We have had wonderful fun growing aromatic and tasty cantaloupe and honeydew melons. In tasting samples at the market last season, people were surprised and amazed at the taste and texture of these beauties which resulted in selling out all the melons we grew! We have allotted more space at the farm this coming season to melons. So, we hope we can supply the demand!

Cantaloupe- lovely 2.5 to 3 pound fruit, rich orange color, smooth texture and very sweet flavor. Wonderful!

Honeydew- green fleshed 2 to 3 pound fruit, so aromatic, sweet and crisp. A super summer treat.

We grow all our crops in biologically active organic soil, tended with care- just for you.

Grown with love.

Regards,

The Our Farm Team  

 

Tags: Fruit, Melons
Posted 2/25/2019 3:24pm by Dennis Skoworodko.

Cherry tomatoes, for us, are always a best seller and well loved. For the 2019 season, we are adding another five varieties of cherry tomatoes to our lineup. A great addition to our five current tasty beauties.

We found a wonderful collection called the “Galaxy Suite” which were bred specifically for organic growers.

The Galaxy Suite consists of:

Comet- a red grape tomato that is bursting with flavor

 

Sungrazer- an orange grape tomato with a lovely flavor profile

Midnight Pear- a dark purple small pear-shaped fruit

Starlight- a splendid yellow grape tomato with exceptional flavor

Supernova- a mini roma with yellow stripes on red flesh

We are planning on selling them as mixed baskets and if they produce really well, we will have single variety baskets also.

 

Posted 3/23/2018 6:41am by Dennis Skoworodko.

In defense of the lowly Parsnip.

This wonderful vegetable has been relegated to the sidelines and it seems that only your grandparents still eat parsnips. However, I say, we are missing out! This beautiful, earthly, aromatic veggie is a forgotten, underappreciated flavorful powerhouse. Oh sure, I could tell you about how healthy they are- Parsnips contain a wide variety of vitamins, minerals and nutrients, including dietary fiber, folate, potassium and vitamin C, blah, blah, blah. But it’s the flavor!! So rich and creamy! Especially when roasted until they are caramelized...a depth of taste that no other veggie really quite measures up to. So, I say, let’s give parsnips the respect I think they deserve, and put them back in our cooking, and enjoy this treat.

 

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Posted 3/16/2018 10:20am by Dennis Skoworodko.

A beautiful crispy and sweet lettuce crunch is so refreshing! Lettuce is one of the most perishable crops. When you are able to buy local, you realize how wonderful lettuce can be. Lettuce, when it has to endure a cross continent trip over so many miles and so much time, does not always make the trip with good success. Well grown, properly picked and packed lettuce, that makes it to your table in a short time, results in such a tasty treat! We grow a variety of lettuce types for your eating pleasure.

Baby Leaf Mixes: Our ever-popular Broadway Mix is a wonderful mix of baby leaf lettuce – green oakleaf, red oakleaf, green romaine, red romaine, lollo rossa, green tango, red leaf and bibb lettuce. New this season will be a Mesclun Mix - a beautiful blend of different lettuces and mustard greens to give a lovely medley of flavor and color. We harvest these baby leaf lettuces at just the right stage of growth for size and taste, then we quickly take the field heat out of them by washing in ice cold water. A quick spin dry, packing into clam shells and into the cooler to give you the peak of quality. Baby leaf lettuces will grow back again and could be harvested a second or even third time, however we find that the second cuttings are not at the prime tasting stage – far too bitter for our likes. So even though not as profitable, we only ever do one cutting on our lettuces so we can bring you the best tasting lettuce that we can.  

Romaine Lettuce: We grow a full size green romaine and also personal size mini green and red romaine lettuce. Romaine is my personal favorite in lettuce– I love the crunch and sweetness!  A lovely salad of romaine is so refreshing after a hot day in the fields. Our mini romaines have become very popular – such a nice size for a salad for one with beautiful flavour. Lettuce is the one of the last things we harvest before going to market. As soon as we cut them we stand our head lettuce in a tub of ice cold water to take out the field heat and maintain freshness, then into the cooler to bring you the best lettuce possible.  

Summer Crisp: generally speaking, lettuce does not like hot weather to grow in, however Summer Crisp is a more heat tolerant lettuce that grows well for us in the mid summer heat. It is a lovely dark green color, nice crunch and taste even when the heat may put other varieties out of the picture. We have really come to like the taste of this full-size head.  

Classic Iceberg: Yes, we even grow some good old classic iceberg lettuce. The variety we grow is called Crispino- it is a sweet, tight, white-hearted with green outer leaves lettuce that just works in some applications where you want a very mild lettuce taste.  

Summer and salads – a match made in heaven. Enjoy your salads this summer with wonderful lettuce from Our Farm!

Regards,

Dennis and the Our Farm Team

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Posted 2/23/2018 3:19pm by Dennis Skoworodko.

Some people love them, some people hate them! Beets have, what I think, is a beautiful smell and taste. This aroma comes from geosmin.

 

Geosmin is an organic compound with a distinct earthy flavor and aroma produced by a type of Actinobacteria, and is responsible for the earthy taste of beets and a contributor to the strong scent that occurs in the air when rain falls after a dry spell of weather or when soil is disturbed. Its name is derived from the Greek γεω- "earth" and ὀσμή "smell".

The human nose is extremely sensitive to geosmin and is able to detect it at concentrations as low as 5 parts per trillion.

Geosmin breaks down in acid conditions- so, if you or your family are not fans of the smell/taste, you can use vinegar and other acidic ingredients in recipes to help reduce the geosmin flavor. One of our favorite recipes to use a vinegar is to cut the beets into matchsticks and stir fry them and put a sauce of apple cider vinegar, mustard, honey and sesame seeds. Very yummy even for people who are not fans of beets. 

Beets are so versatile! You can eat them raw (really nice grated on salads), steamed, boiled, in soups, pickled and roasted. The younger leaves are also so nice! We steam them lightly and a quick squeeze of lemon and a dash of salt - heaven! 

We grow the traditional red beet, and also a striped (red/white) beet and a golden beet. I find the red beets have the most depth of flavor and are the most robust for pickling. The striped and golden beets have far milder flavors, however not robust enough to stand up to pickling.

My mouth is now watering just writing about beets! Can’t wait for summer to tuck into these beauties again.  

Regards,

Dennis for the Our Farm Team    

 

 

Tags: Beets

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