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Posted 10/23/2017 8:16am by Dennis Skoworodko.

Our Farm CSA 2018  subscription sign up is Now Open.

We have the information for the Summer/Fall 2018 Season Available on our website. We are very excited to offer you fresh, local, certified organic veggies! We believe that when veggies taste this good you will eat them, which in turn, is good for you! Like your grandma always said, “Eat your vegetables”. We are ready for the next season- even if the plants have to grow yet. But that will come! Look forward to great food for next year!

Please Click Here for more details about the CSA 2018 Season. 

Or if you would like to go directly to the sign up page Click Here.

You may watch our “What is a CSA?” video here.   

Regards,

Dennis and the Our Farm Team

 

Posted 5/12/2017 10:41am by Dennis Skoworodko.

“Eat your vegetables” our mom’s used to say. They seemed to know intrinsically that veggies are good for us.

Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”.

Here is an interesting video about the goodness of plant foods you may like to watch. Click here.

Our Farm Farmers Market days are coming! We are working hard to bring you organic, local and fresh veggies.

The location for our farmer's market is St. Joseph's Church parking lot at Broadway Av. and 8th St.

Our markets run on Saturdays, 8:00am to Noon in July, August and September.

We hope to see you there!  

Regards,

Our Farm Team

Posted 4/29/2017 7:46pm by Dennis Skoworodko.

Tomatoes can be the most sublime of flavors, or the worst of flavors! Why you ask? Most tomatoes varieties that are grown commercially are chosen with two considerations out weighting all others – “are they sturdy?” and “do they all ripen at the same time on the plant?” Taste? Sadly not even on the radar!

Tomatoes come in two overriding types, determinate and indeterminate. Determinate plants grow in a small bush like shape and don’t need supports to grow on. Also, the tomatoes on the plants tend to ripen more or less all at the same time. Indeterminate plants keep growing as a long vine, and need to be supported off the ground, they tend to ripen in stages as the vine grows longer, and many times are a more tender fragile tomato.

So why grow an indeterminate variety with all that extra work and care needed? TASTE! In our experience, we have found the varieties that grow as indeterminate far superior in taste to determinate varieties. And we are all about taste!

We have started seedlings of 12 different varieties for this season (all indeterminate). They are growing well and, personally, I cannot wait to taste one of my favorite treats of the summer. Lovely to eat fresh and can be cooked into so many different treats to enjoy all winter long.

“A world without tomatoes is like a string quartet without violins” Laurie Colwin- Home Cooking.  

 

Regards, Our Farm Team

Tags: Tomatoes
Posted 4/22/2017 6:55pm by Dennis Skoworodko.

Cabbage 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 lets 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 cabbage will grow! Grown with love and care to be chemical free!

From our friends at Calories Restaurant: “This is a direct quote from Chef Remi: ‘This is possibly the best and most tender cabbage I have ever had. No wait, IT IS the best cabbage I ever had.’ Thank you for growing such delicious veggies.” And thank you to Calories for such kind comments!    

Regards, Our Farm Team  

Posted 4/18/2017 4:19pm by Dennis Skoworodko.

We began chitting the potatoes almost 2 weeks ago (read more here).  

 

Just a bit of heat and light and these potatoes are coming to life. Kinda like Saskatoon dwellers in springtime.

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Regards, Our Farm Team    

Posted 4/15/2017 11:50am by Dennis Skoworodko.

Peppers!  

 

I’ve never met a pepper I didn’t like! And yes, I have a weakness for peppers! What is not to like? Tasty and flavorful, sweet or spicy, (or very, very spicy!), and oh so colorful!

Peppers are a long season, heat loving plant. So in our part of the world, we definitely need to start them indoors long before we plant them out. (We started these pepper seedlings March 27th). In the spring, once the weather is nice and warm, they are then planted out into the field. And then depending on what happens with the weather, sometimes we cover them with a temporary row cover to give them protection from the wind and a warmer environment for them to grow faster in. So with a little care and sometimes a little babying, we can get them to ripen into the delicious colorful veggies we love so much.

Regards, Our Farm Team  

Tags: Peppers
Posted 4/5/2017 6:06am by Dennis Skoworodko.

 

Potatoes!

Time to “Chit” away! Chitting is pre-sprouting our potatoes before we plant them out to give us a head start on the growing process. We set out our “seed” potatoes in crates and expose them to light and warmth. Then they start sprouting little green sprouts, which form into the plants leaves. This way, when the ground is warm enough for us to plant them out, they already are actively growing and on their way. This gives us a head start on growing them so we can offer to you this tasty and versatile veggie sooner in the season. This season we will have 10 varieties of potatoes – the seven top favorites from last season and 3 new varieties to keep it interesting. I always thought a potato is a potato, until we discovered how many different varieties there are. And the tastes and textures and colors! So different and delightful! If you think potatoes are boring, let us entice you with some amazing tasty potatoes like you have never had before. 

Our potatoes (as all our veggies) are certified organic. Potatoes, like onions, helped us make the decision to grow organically. When potatoes are grown industrially, they are often sprayed with a growth inhibitor while the plant is still growing, to be absorbed into the fruit that we eat, to prevent sprouting in storage. Also, when grown industrially, they can also be sprayed with a desiccant, to kill off the foliage, to make it easier for harvesting. We feel that ingesting these chemicals into our bodies does our bodies no good, so we do not use any of these methods, and we get a beautiful potato that is chemical free, tasty and healthy. 

So cheers to the potato! Looking forward to being able to offer you a delightful range of tasty potatoes this season!

”What I say is that if a man really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow.” - A.A, Milne

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Regards, Our Farm Team

Posted 3/27/2017 11:59am by Dennis Skoworodko.

We first watched this film in Jan 2014, and have watched it a few times since then.  

Food Beware - The French Organic Revolution  

(French with English subtitles, 2008)  

Available at the Saskatoon Public Library, iTunes, and the movie’s own web site (http://firstrunfeatures.com/foodbewaredvd.html).    

 

Synopsis

For the first time ever, our children are growing up less healthy than we are. As the rate of cancer, infertility and other illnesses linked to environmental factors climbs ever upward each year, we must ask ourselves: why is this happening?

Food Beware begins with a visit to a small village in France, where the town's mayor has decided to make the school lunch menu organic and locally grown. It then talks to a wide variety of people with differing perspectives to find common ground - children, parents, teachers, health care workers, farmers, elected officials, scientists, researchers and the victims of illnesses themselves. Revealed in these moving and often surprising conversations are the abuses of the food industry, the competing interests of agrobusiness and public health, the challenges and rewards of safe food production, and the practical solutions that we can all take part in. Food Beware is food for thought - and a blueprint for a growing revolution.

Featuring original music by Oscar-winner Gabriel Yared.

OFFICIAL SELECTION - Berlin Film Festival

OFFICIAL SELECTION - Montreal Festival of New Cinema

http://firstrunfeatures.com/foodbewaredvd.html 

 

Posted 3/26/2017 9:55am by Dennis Skoworodko.

 

 

Our eggplant seedlings had 100% germination this year which makes me very happy! Eggplants are the heat loving cousins to peppers, tomatoes, tomatillos and potatoes. They dislike cold even more than peppers and tomatoes, so the kind of summer weather we get makes a different to how well eggplants grow. Last summer we had high temperatures, especially June and July, and the eggplants did very nicely. We are hoping for good weather again this summer. We start the seedlings very early (2nd week of March) and plant them out quite late (early June). So we will be babying these plants for a long time. Once planted out we really do hope for lovely weather! The biggest pest we have found in our eggplant patch is the Colorado potato beetle. Eggplant seems to be their second choice of food- they still prefer potatoes. So we regularly inspect the plants and remove any intruders.

The variety we are growing has a beautiful dark purple color on the exterior but has a lovely mild flavor.  

 

Regards, Our Farm Team

Tags: Eggplant
Posted 3/19/2017 8:50am by Dennis Skoworodko.

 

 

Trimming day for the onions! When the onion seedlings reach 5 or 6 inches tall, we trim them down to about 1.5 inches to help the onions increase girth. We repeat this process a number of times over the next few weeks until we are able plant them out in May. Smells so nice when we cut them!

Regards, Our Farm Team  

 

Tags: Onions

CSA sign up for 2018 is Now Open!October 23rd, 2017

Our Farm CSA 2018  subscription sign up is Now Open. We have the information for the Summer/Fall 2018 Season Available on our website. We are very excited to offer you fresh, local, certified or

Prescription: Nutrition VideoMay 13th, 2017

“Eat your vegetables” our mom’s used to say. They seemed to know intrinsically that veggies are good for us. Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy f

New recipe: Fresh Tomatoes and Herbs with Pasta May 2nd, 2017

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Organic Vegetables

Certified Organic by Pro-Cert

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