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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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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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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  

 

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Posted 3/12/2017 8:41am by Dennis Skoworodko.

Onions!

 

The starting base of so many great and tasty recipes. So flavorful and aromatic. An essential basic in a gourmet’s kitchen. And even though we have to start them indoors in February in Saskatchewan, this is a great place to grow them. Many onions are what is called “Long Day Onions”,...they need 14 – 16 daylight hours per day to form a bulb..and with our delightful long summer days, this is a wonderful place for them. Many onions need to be grown above 43 degrees latitude to get those long days, and Saskatoon is at 52 degrees latitude, so we are in prime location. We love growing our onions and we love how our customers love eating them. And I need to give credit to the onion- helping us on our journey to decide to grow organically. In our research on growing, we discovered that industrial agriculture routinely sprays onions with Maleic Hydrazide  (a toxic chemical – just check its Material Safety Data Sheet to see what I mean!) to limit sprouting in storage. It is sprayed on the growing plant at least two weeks before harvest, so the plant can absorb it into the onion bulb – right into the part we eat, let me say that again..right into the part we eat! Can’t wash it off in any way – to inhibit sprouting in storage. I don’t think our bodies can be healthy ingesting toxic chemicals! And all this for no benefit to the consumer, only benefit is to allow sloppier storage solutions in the sales chain. So I tip my hat to the onion in helping us to become Certified Organic and for being such a reliable friend in the kitchen.  

 

Our baby onions (photo at top) 2 weeks old and onions we had stored since last fall – beautiful as the day we harvested them and with no chemicals!  

Regards, Our Farm Team  

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