Thank you to all the box program members! It has been tough getting it started as we had so little produce available this Spring. Normally we plant a large variety of bi-annual crops which are harvested throughout the fall, winter and available in abundance in the Spring. Not this year. Most everything we had planted was winter-killed and we had to wait for the new Spring growth. Hard on the farm as crop required reseeding for spring production. We so missed all the cole crops -- kale, collards, sprouting broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, cabbage and the rest. We are moving right along now and strawberries should ready in a week. We have room for more members. You can join anytime. Please check our website. http://www.nanooseediblesfarm.com/csa-box.html to get the sign-up forms or visit us at the farm.
June 24 from 1:30-3:30pm at the farm is the next Roundtable and we will talk about ummer Solstice planting. What does the solstice do for you and your garden? The Solstice is the beginning and the end of your gardening year. Learn how to plant with the seasons and the with solstice!
Check out the Facebook event.
Bring a notebook and a drawing of your garden.
Come be apart of the conversation.
No registration required.
The Sustainable Roundtable is a farm initiative to build a community of gardeners to share their knowledge and learn from each other.
The peppers have made it into the pepper house and are loving the heat. They are heirloom peppers that will produce a range of different colors from red, orange and purple. Green peppers are unripe peppers and we like to eat as much nutrition as possible. It's all about heat with peppers. Keep them warm.
5 week old baby chicks have been moved to the poultry building. After an extraordinary amount concern for their well being, the chicks were finally moved. We just hadn’t had much practice, and didn’t remember how it all worked. You had to smile when it was all done as they just settled down in their new building as if they had lived there forever and wondered what all the fuss was about. We have a lot to learn.
Tomatoes and basil just go together. One cannot imagine it otherwise. I try to have lots of basil seeds on hand and sow it just like any other seed to have it available in abundance for mid-summer. It is so suited to summer. Easy to pick and easy to dry.
This is the first year we have seriously looked at U-pick as a way of marketing our produce. We really missed having families on the farm to visit and pick produce. We know it is going to be a long haul; and that it will take time before families remember why we are here and that they are welcome to come to the farm. Some young and enterprising members of the family may wish to pick for us while the family visits the farm. It is a great way for youngsters to get used to the farm and become associated with local farm families and to help out family member to make themselves a bit of pocket money.
To assist you with choosing what day you will come to pick, we will post available crops on Facebook each week.We are expecting to begin the strawberry pick very soon.
Natural Pastures Cheese Company
For more than 25 years we have been friends with Edgar and Mary-Ann Smith who own Natural Pastures Cheese Company. Located in Beaver Creek in Comox, we heartily recommend it for a walkabout when they have their Annual Open House. You will be amazed at their gorgeous farm. They have been making prize-winning cheeses for more than 25 years. If you haven’t tried them, you really should. They have many world prize winning cheeses to their credit. It can be purchased at our farm stand and in many supermarkets around the Island and elsewhere.
Red Can Gourmet
Red Can Gourmet can be found at Industrial Way in Tofino, just before you enter the town of Tofino – same street as the Tofino Brewery. im May is a splendid cook with a happy knack for cooking tasty and original food. We have been friends for endless years. He, Rodney Butters and I used to go to Feast of Fields in Victoria together more than 25 years ago. Great memories.
Check out some of the events that are happening at the farm and in the community. If you would like a hard copy of the events pick it up at our farm store.
June 24 Sustainable Roundtable - What can the solstice do
for you? 1:30-3:30pm at the farm June 24 & 25 Open House weekend at the farm 10am-5pm July 1 Canada Day - Open house at the farm
Do you want to pick for the farm in the summer?
We have planted more of berries this year and we will need people to pick for the farm. Come sign up and register at the farm store by putting your name and what days you are available. When we have berries to pick we will be going through the list of people to come in to pick for us. It is open for all ages (parent permission required). Please see our posted notices for summer workers and pickers.