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Posted 12/29/2017 4:00pm by Dennis Skoworodko.

Just look at these absolutely gorgeous corn seeds! This variety is “Painted Mountain Milling Corn” We will be trialing some this coming season - to see if we can get it to grow here, and if it does, to see how it mills up for corn meal and then the ultimate, to see how it tastes. It has been bred from old strains (perhaps dating back 1,000 years) of Mandan Indian corn by Dave Christensen in Montana over 37 years. I always find it exciting to trial new veggies!

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Posted 12/25/2017 7:59am by Dennis Skoworodko.

Merry Christmas

and

Thank you

to all our great customers who made this year so much fun!

Blessings and peace.

Dennis and Our Farm team.

 

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Posted 12/12/2017 4:01pm by Dennis Skoworodko.

Don’t you just love it when you read a book and the author says something that you completely agree with so you just have to post it on social media?? 😊 ( “What To Eat” Marion Nestle )

Posted 11/8/2017 5:05pm by Dennis Skoworodko.

The last of our kale harvest as winter takes grip. There is something so satisfying in growing healthy tasty foods. Food is so core to our human existence - I find it sad how often growing safe food is marginalized in our culture. It is such a joy for us to offer ethical nutritious food for our customers. And as a side benefit frolicking in the sun and fresh air can’t be beat!

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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

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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    

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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  

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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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Regards, Our Farm Team

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The Story of Your Food: ParsnipsMarch 23rd, 2018

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 bea

The Story of Your Food: LettuceMarch 16th, 2018

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 h

The Story of Your Food: SunchokesMarch 4th, 2018

Sunchokes (also known as Jerusalem Artichokes, although they are not from Jerusalem or from the artichoke family) are from the sunflower family and look somewhat like a sunflower when they grow. This

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