FEATURING STRAWBERRIES THIS WEEKEND
The farm has a U-pick Program in place for our customers on weekends. Friday afternoon, and from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Children are welcome. We will have a farm employee available to show you about and take care of your needs. A shaded area will be available, and water if required.
There are many reasons to open the farm to the public and encourage a local U-pick operation. We believe that many families do not realize the food we eat does not need to arrive by truck and be delivered to the supermarket, but can be grown right here in our neighbourhood. Saying that, local food can be more valuable in other ways. By learning to grow our own food we can guarantee that we will have healthy food available when we need it; teach families gardening and farming skills; grow our local economy and make the best use of our precious farmland; provide recreation and employment to our citizens and grow a culinary industry based a specialty foods grown by our producers and marketed throughout our region.
Please talk to your children about the farm safety rules.
Please be aware that an ELECTRIC fence surrounds the perimeter of the farm and one end of the pond. Please stress to your child that it is must not be touched.
The float on the pond is there to service the irrigation and is out of bounds to children. The dock can be slippery and tippy and is unsafe for small children.
Tools, machinery and other farm equipment are located around the farm. Please do not allow children to play with the farm machinery and equipment. It is against the rules of the B.C. Farm Safe Regulations.
Chickens are attractive and entertaining, but proper sanitation after touching them is advisable. Wash your hands. Please also make sure no outside food goes into the coop.
Father’s Days coming up! We could show how much we appreciate him by preparing a dinner made from all locally grown products. Come by the farm to purchase or pick-your-own produce. Or try the locally produced products we carry in the shop: salad dressings, eggs, cheese, coffee, tuna products, jams, jellies and pickles, cereals grains, and U-pick fresh strawberries.
Fava Beans and Garlic Scapes in Lemon Butter Sauce
Just like it says. Shell the beans and cut the garlic into bite-size pieces and saute in lemon juice, butter and a small amount chicken stock. Thicken slightly if you wish.
Our tomatoes are planted in the greenhouse and in the field. We are expecting another good year. Our customers love our tomatoes as we have a great assortment of heritage plants from cherries to monsters to suit your fresh eating and culinary choices. If you wish to order a volume of tomatoes please email us firstname.lastname@example.org with quantity and variety and we will keep your order on hand and contact you when they are ripe. Don’t forget to order your garlic and herbs as well.
Transplants for sale
We have a selection of organic vegetables transplants available at our farm market including well grown, potted tomato plants, all sizes and varieties, ready to go into your garden, greenhouse or patio. With the steady increase in food prices, we encourage you to grow your own food!
CELEBRATE LOCAL FOOD
Walk about the farm. Please take time for a walk about the farm. Pay special attention to the pollinators: honey bees, bumble bees, hummingbirds, and many other bird species.
Supplying local businesses with farm produce is always a treat for us at the farm.
Have you checked out Hilltop Bistro in Nanaimo? Ryan is a long time customer and buys locally and have won a number of Culinary Prizes for Best Restaurant.
Just down the road from Hilltop is Fairways Market. They have also been a long time customer and they sell our famous greens! We make weekly deliveries there so they are always fresh.
If you are in the Qualicum Beach area check out Bistro 694. They have also been long time customers who support local businesses.
EVERY FARM NEEDS A DOG.
Although we are blessed with visits by other people’s dogs, we still have not replaced our farm dog. If anyone knows of a dog that would be well suited to the farm, please let us know. We have missed the opportunity of replacing our dog twice in the past few months, so maybe we will be third time lucky.
Granddaughter Marla Ebell, who lives in Victoria, celebrated the opening on her new shop Hold General. located on 422 Craigflower in Victoria.
As part of her dedication to local, naturally produced product, she will be carrying a selections of produce from Nanoose Edibles. We expect that we eventually will have in place a weekly courier arrangements to connect the farm to her Victoria market.