Our Gardens

It all starts here…

COVID closed our “open door” policy for the past 2 years, but as things start to open up again, we decided to follow suit. If you would like to view our plants and indoor grow operations, call Tammy. She would love to show them off and answer any questions you might have.

Jan 26: Set the sweet potatoes to sprout. It takes time to get them started, and we need enough sprouts to fill about 1 acre.

March 30: I am remiss on not updating this website sooner. One thing lead to another and before I knew it a veritable jungle sprouted up inside our house. This is what it looked like yesterday:

Above are pictures taken from our “Sprouting Room” on the second floor. Sarah and I have been busy transplanting the indeterminate (vine) tomatoes. Early greens a flourishing in the coolness of he windows, and the first wave of determinate (bush) tomatoes are just pushing through the soil. The 3rd image displays the happy the sweet potatoes sharing their sprouts.

Above is our “Hatchery” also located on the 2nd floor. Sweet potato sprouts are rooted at the far end, kale down below, and today’s newly transplanted tomatoes take up the remainder of the space.

Above is the “Grow Room” located on the 3rd floor where all the mature transplants are progressing. In this case they are hot & sweet peppers along with several varieties of egg plants. The top shelf has yet to be filled, but I expect to move the tomatoes from the hatchery up here next week to make room for the next wave of infants…

Next week will be mostly seeding. More determinate tomato varieties & okra.

 

We take pride in our gardens

We consider ourselves to be “regenerative farmers.” Our focus is on the health of the soil. Each year we add tons of compost to feed the ecology, in return our gardens bless us with healthy plants that reward us with produce fill with vitality. Bugs are another story. They require elbow grease, and an awareness that not all bugs are bad. Some are good, and will help manage the bad ones… It is all part of a healthy ecology. No chemicals or pesticides are needed or used. ‘Tis a happy balance 🙂

It is said: “We should eat vegetables in a variety of 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, and most are heirloom in their varieties.

In 2022, we will be growing the following: Several varieties of sweet peppers which include 2 varieties of no-heat jalapeno’s & habanero’s, but don’t fret, there are 14 varieties of hot peppers with varying heats to meet your needs. Greens which include, 4 types of kale, swiss chard & spinach. 8 Varieties of cabbage, our heirloom Spanish Onions, Okra in green, orange, red & pink. Root vegetables: white, yellow & red potatoes, sweet potatoes, red & gold beets, sweet orange carrots &  a rainbow of heirloom varieties. Parsnips & turnips.  Of course we will always have tomatoes, over 150 varieties to tantalize your taste buds. There will be 14 varieties of summer squash, a plethora of winter squash, and 8 varieties of egg plant. I almost forgot the tastiest ones. Peas! Sugar snaps and shelling peas along with 4 varieties of beans and tasty additions of garlic & herbs galore. Perennial fruit include: Rhubarb, black, yellow & red raspberries and yummy little blackberries.

Yes, those are a lot of crops to manage.

For the vegetables not listed, and as a back up supply to meet the veracious demands put on our stand, 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. Corn starts the middle of July and is brought in fresh-picked each morning until the first hard frost.

We 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. We have another driver who connects us to several farms in the Eastern Townships of Quebec with a constant supply of Onions, Potatoes, Broccoli, Cauliflower, and all the salad fixings you could imagine throughout the entire growing season.

Patience, summer will be upon us again, and with it a bounty of flavor.

Cheers!
Steve & Tammy