FAMILY U-PICK - FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY, 10am – 5pm.
The U-pick has turned out to be such a treat for everyone. Lovely to have the family groups arrive to explore the farm and pick whatever crop they choose. The staff have helped out with locating product and teaching what to look for and how to pick it, but mostly we have left them to themselves to enjoy their time on the farm. Some groups bring their lunch and have a picnic and many go for a walk about the farm. We look forward to seeing you at the farm.
Sunshine and Garlic. That is what this past week or two has been all about. Truly a grand harvest of very handsome looking garlic. We have been growing this Yugoslavian Garlic which we purchased from Dan Jason more than 25 years ago. It now looks more like Nanoose Garlic as we have added trials of other varieties from time to time. It is much travelled garlic as customers from away buy it to take home for planting.
Similarly to the past two years, we have very little water left in the pond and if it stays hot, we may have none. We are on our own wells and pond, so when we run out, we truly run out. Water conservation strategies are certainly at the top of our planning list.
For the first time in quite a few years, we have been able to harvest honey from our hives. Probably not enough to sell, but after we have it extracted, bottled, etc. we will have a limited amount for our friends and family. No orders please. Lorne and Cathy have taken such good care of our hives, that it must be a special pleasure for them that they have earned their reward. We have paid serious attention to flowering plants and are working away at a demonstration perennial pollinator’s garden. Not an easy task getting new plants to take root and grow in weather like this, but we are working on it. Many people have gifted us roots of their favourite pollinator plants and we are growing many from seed that are yet too young to be useful. However, chive flowers, borage, the herb garden, and especially lavender, plus the Linden tree truly gave their all.
CROPS: Your best planning crops are sure to surprise you… Take strawberries. We doubled our acreage of strawberries so we would have lots of strawberries for customers and for U-pick. We had two weeks or picking in early June, and that was it! No more strawberries. Too hot. We mulched them, we fed them, and we watered them. No strawberries. And so we wait. However the rest of the berries are doing just fine and we have serious numbers of pickers. That is very nice. After harvesting several weeks of shelling peas, we have now have moved on to Snap Peas. Everybody loves them and it is fun to show the children how they must work their way into to bush to find the nice full ones. Artichokes are coming along fine. Artichokes are very nutritious and easy to grow (with stunning flowers); totally worth growing in your home garden. Plant a few now for your 2018 harvest. Buy expensive seed that wraps tightly over the crown of the choke.
VEGGIE BOX PROGRAM
We will do a Fall Veggie Box Program. Usually it begins about the first week in September, but this year it will begin when we have fall crop available. The information is on our Website if you wish to have a look. We will mail-out material when we are certain that it is possible. Look for it sometime early in September. In the meantime we will continue with our Farm Market which will run along with the Family U-pick days. So that would be a good time to shop as well as pick as the largest variety of product would be available and fresh.
PARTY ON THE DRIVE, SEPTEMBER 10TH, 12 – 4 PM.
This is the 6th Annual Party on the Drive, a Fun Free Family Event. Nanoose Edibles has been asked to take part in this celebration of all those things we can do best. We are already planning and looking forward to meeting you there. Please tell your friends about it and plan to be there. We look forward to seeing you at Party on the Drive!
HELP WANTED: Our staff is over-run with jobs needing doing! They need help. If you are handy with tools and machinery Lorne and Mark could sure do with a hand. But if you are simply interested in that kind of farm work, they still need and hand. Lousy pay, but interesting work and lots to learn.
Also the gardening staff needs help: weeding, picking, seeding, pruning, transplanting, greenhouse maintenance; etc. Same thing – lousy pay but interesting work and lots to learn about farming and gardening. Must be pretty flexible and able to bend down.
FRIENDS OF THE FARM
We can’t say enough nice things for people who come and give us a hand, bring a friend along, or offer to take over a task for us. The response to the need for pickers was such a relief, otherwise we could be in danger of losing the crop. Those blueberries had ripened too quickly: we needed farm friends and those berries needed picking.
Thanks to all and have a Great Summer.