Posts Tagged ‘Wychwood Barns’
It is Asparagus time at Kind Organics. Last Thursday was our pilot project with selling Asparagus. I’d love to hear from those who bought some, how was it? Our Asparagus plot is anywhere from 5-7 years old and has not been tended to properly in the past so this time we are planning to do an experimental harvest and see how much care is needed to bring in a full crop. Secretly I have always wanted an Asparagus garden, and now inheriting this one is a dream come true. It requires a lot of weeding though, the weeds have a well established network from the years of neglect, and they are just reaching the point of being taller than the Asparagus so it makes the vegetables hard to see. Amber put a few hours into it the other day and I have been trying to weed one bed per day but lately it has been too cold! I have noticed how much they bolt up after a big rain like the ones we’ve been having lately. A perfect time to harvest them is in the morning after dropping our son off at the bus, the garden is on the way back to the house so I stop and harvest the new shoots then.
The Weather has veered away from the “Bright, Sunny and Warm every day” pattern of April and we have had a lot of rain in May (Which is GREAT! and a little too much at the same time). I don’t feel that it is a good idea to complain about rain when last month we were needing it so much. So far the crops are dealing with the deluge well. Tamas and Amber created a “Raised” garden on the far side of the greenhouse, using last year’s well composted soil, that is helping to keep the rain water from flooding into the greenhouse. There is definitely a reduction in flooding! On another weather note, last night there was a frost warning so we had to make sure all the greens were tucked in, under their nice thick row covers. Just a reminder that it is still spring and frost is still a possibility.
We are gearing up for a busy season. We will be attending 3 Markets this weekend and then starting on the last weekend of May we will be at 4 Markets per week. The Sorauren Monday Afternoon Farmers Market goes into full swing this Monday the 15th of May. If the weather is nice then we will be outside in the park. If the weather is too cold then we’ll probably be in the small building at the south end of the park. We will be here every Monday here after from 3pm-7pm. Be sure to drop by if you live in the area. We are still at Dufferin Grove every Thursday Afternoon from 3-7pm and we will be at the Brickworks regularly on Saturdays from 8am-1pm. To get to the brickworks there are shuttle busses from the TTC stations near by and it is also on the bike path. They are opening new parking spots this year too. The Market is on Bayview north of the DVP on and off ramps. This Market will be opening up on May 29th, coinciding with the Doors Open festival.
We are so happy that the sun is back out today.
Sandra and the Kind Organics Team
This weekend was one of those “work really hard and get lots of things done” weekends. George came over and as usual him and Tamas worked non-stop to Clean up and fix things and move things and build things and fix the tractor and … I on the otherhand worked diligently on the single task of transplanting the seedlings that we planted on March 3rd (at least the ones that survived). This was a tremendously pleasurable task once I got things rolling. It took me a long time to figure out which plants would get priority as far as transplanting. Then I decided that we need more room in the sprouting room this week (since we have 3 markets in a row coming up) so I will transplant as many of those seedlings as possible, leaving the ones by the window to continue in their starter trays. I also re-potted all those tall lanky seedlings into something more comfortable.
Tamas and George also tilled 2 of the greenhouses without plastic covers, ready for planting on Monday. Hooray! Our first semi out door crop! We will be covering the seeds with a heavy row cover so they sprout but dont get too cold. We have to remember that it is still very early in the season eventhough the weather has been so nice. There is still frost in the mornings.
We will have our first batch of salad with flowers this week at least for one of the markets. We have Mustard flowers and Arugula flowers. YAY! The flowers always make me feel so Happy!
The greenhouse doors on 3 of the green houses now open all the way thanks to Tamas and George. It seems that the ground is still frozen behind the greenhouses. Likely because they face North and don’t get any sun back there.
Tamas has acquired a fertilizer spreader and mower attachment for the tractor. All second hand and the spreader needed some welding. Thanks to Romano in Bradford for all his help fixing that piece of equipment up.
Kevin will be bottling the first batch of fermented veggies, kimchi and organic live raw sauerkraut this weekend. We will be working on the labels and pamphlets later this week too. I am so excited about this new product line coming to Kind Organics.
We now are updating our blog on our website as well as on blogger. This will continue for a short time until I figure things out completely. So far I cannot add photos to the website blog.
We will be at Dufferin Grove Market on Thursday from 3-7pm and Wychwood Barns on Saturday from 8am-1pm and then at Sorauren indoor market next Monday from 3-7pm.