Come and bring the family to walk about the farm for the Thanksgiving weekend Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10am-5pm.
This is the last weekend of the FAMILY U-PICK. We have a great apple crop and are encouraging our customers to come and buy apples, picked or pick your own. We have a number of apple varieties which are fall/winter keepers, for sale at the farm in a twenty pound box for $20 per box. Many of the varieties will keep into the winter. You may wish to consider purchasing a box of long-keepers for winter cooking and baking; and another box of assorted eating apples as we have many delicious varieties.
Our current hours are Wednesday - Sunday from 10am-5pm. This will change depending on weather conditions and as we darken into winter. If someone isn't around please use the honour system.
PARTY ON THE DRIVE
Lorne, Shiralee and I so much enjoyed our Sunday afternoon at the Party on the Drive. Great to meet new and old friends. Thanks to my former boss David from the Ministry of Agriculture in Victoria who came to pay us a visit. The entire day was enjoyable with special thanks to the folks who made it possible.
We wrapped up another Roundtable this past weekend to talk about GARLIC. A good number of knowledgeable folks shared their garlic growing tips! West Coast Seeds has a great newsletter about garlic. Check it out Here
Mark your calendar for the next Roundtable - OCT 21 from 1:30pm-3:30pm to discuss POLLINATORS.
It was another successful year of having families come to the farm for the Family U-Pick season! Thank you for supporting your local farm, it truly makes a difference. It was quite enjoyable having families spend the day at the farm and make the connection of picking the food that they would later eat.
We need your help to plan for next year! What other fruits or vegetables would you like to u-pick? Would you want to u-pick flowers? More kids actives or transplants to take home?
Let us know by emailing Neorg@telus.net with your suggestions.
FALL VEGGIE BOX.
Having been blessed with rain we began our Fall Veggie Box Program. The crop has recovered well. Give it a try! Sign up sheet - HERE Please drop by with the form and payment (cash or cheque). $40 per box and you may pay in four week increments if you wish. Start anytime!
GOLD MEDAL PLATES
October 26th one of our long-time restaurant customers Chef Ryan from Hilltop in Nanaimo, has been chosen to compete in the Gold Medal Plates competition at the Victoria Conference Centre in Victoria. We are very excited for Ryan! Chef Ryan’s goal is to showcase the Mid Island and highlight the existing and growing food community with a focus on produce from Nanoose Edibles.
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WEATHER AND PLANTING FRUIT CROPS
Now that we have received some rain and the land has cooled down, we are busy planting, pruning and preparing fruit crops for next year. We will have a supply of assorted rooted organic berry crops available for sale throughout the fall, winter and spring. Strawberries, Raspberries, Thornless Blackberries, Marion Berries, Black Currants and more. In order to have transplants available when you need them, we need to hear from you. Please send us an Email firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can get you into the order book.
FAVA BEAN STUDY
We began last season collecting a variety of Fava Beans for planting this fall, winter and spring. People have been growing them as a food source for more than 6.000 years. They contain 26% protein (the same as beef) . There are a lot of reasons why you should grow them. This Fall, winter and spring the farm plans to grow them; do tasters and ask you to select the ones you like best. We need to know what varieties taste great and perform well for us in this Region. And, when you grow them yourself you get a triple whammy – a highly nutritious food product; a soil conditioner for your garden; and the richest compost you can produce.
Packages are available for planting, it is the same time as garlic (mid to late October). The variety is Barton which produces good winter greens, nice flowers and beans.