THE GARDENS BESIDE THE VEGETABLE STAND:
The gardens you haven’t seen off Moodie…
We take pride in our gardens
It is said that “We should eat vegetables of all colors to get the best nutritional value.” In keeping with this philosophy, we are proud to offer produce in all spectrum’s of the rainbow. It is also our choice not to use chemical fertilizers or pesticides, choosing instead to use a mixture of compost and elbow grease to nurture healthy, plants filled with vitality.
In 2018 we had a very tasty year with 150 varieties of Tomatoes (most of them heritage.) In 2019 we have increased that number to approximately 170, which includes regular big red beefsteaks for the sandwich lovers, along with several new oxhearts + determinate Italian varieties to meet the demand for canning tomatoes.
New vegetables for 2019: Include beets, carrots, pink Chinese celery, brocolinni, spinach & Swiss chard along with 4 varieties of cabbage. Dry cooking beans (kidney, black, saddle, soldier & pink lady) to be harvested late in the season. These legumes (pulses) will be available all winter for use in soups, chili or baked beans.
Returning vegetables for 2019: Include 6 types Egg Plants + 2 new ones, 15 varieties of Sweet Peppers, 10 types of Hot Peppers, Peas & Beans, Kale, Brussel Sprouts, and so many Summer & Winter squashes it will make your eyes pop. 8 Varieties of potato. Fresh Garlic & Herbs which includes Basil, Parsley, Dill, Thyme, Winter Savory, Rosemary, Mint, Chive and Lavage and Horseradish (which should be ready for harvest this year.)
In fruit we have Rhubarb, Black Raspberries, Yellow Raspberries & Black Berries.
It’s a lot of produce, and it will be a handful to manage. For the vegetables not listed, we depend on a network of local farms to fill in the gaps. We bring in local Strawberries from the beginning of June all the way to October, Red Raspberries from July to September, as well as Wild & Domestic Blueberries from July to September. We also have a driver that goes to the Niagara Region 3 times per week to bring back tree-ripened fruits as they come into season: Cherries, Plums, Apricots, Peaches, Nectarines, and Pears. Corn starts the middle of July and is brought in fresh-picked each morning until the first hard frost. There is an organic grower who provides Carrots & Beets, and a regular supply of Onions, Potatoes, Broccoli, Cauliflower, and all the salad fixings you could imagine throughout the entire growing season.