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Vallarai (Godu Kola) Chutney Recipe

Vallarai (Godu Kola) Chutney Recipe

Vallarai is well known for it’s medicinal qualities.  It is considered a brain booster.  Please note: Consume Vallarai in moderation.  Excessive consumption could lead to liver damage! Currently, Vallarai is being imported into Canada from all over the world.  The quality and taste is not the greatest with the imported products. We made some chutney with our own seedlings.  We couldn’t resist this super veggie. Ingredients [Read More...]
Vallarai (Pennywort) Seedlings Developed for 2011

Vallarai (Pennywort) Seedlings Developed for 2011

One of our farmer friend is developing this medicinal plant for growing in Canada. South Asian market has a high demand for this product. It is considered a brain booster by the ancient Ayurvedic medicine system. We finely chop the leaves, add chopped onions, chillies, salt and lime to make delicious and healthy chutney.
Season 2011 Warm Lovers Started

Season 2011 Warm Lovers Started

We have been very busy planning out 2011 farming season.  We will be farming up to 10 acres with 80 varieties of mixed vegetables.   We got an exciting line up of heirloom, organic and exotic global vegetables. We will also have 3 green houses to extend our season.  We are expanding our CSAs from 5 to 25 and starting two farmers’ market locations as well. Here is a section of the seeds.  These seeds are already [Read More...]
2010 Scarborough Backyard Pics – Part 1

2010 Scarborough Backyard Pics - Part 1

Frozen South Asian veggies inside hoop house

Frozen South Asian veggies inside hoop house

Our visit on December 6 was a pleasant one.  We had - 8 C degree temperatures with over night temperatures going even below that. Our cold crops were in excellent condition but the warm lovers were toast.  We were surprised to find eggplants and chillies frozen and in excellent condition. We harvested them all and then cleared the plants and tossed them in the compost pile. The ground was really wet and we didn’t [Read More...]
End of warm lovers inside the sustainable hoop house

End of warm lovers inside the sustainable hoop house

We harvested the last of the peppers, eggplants and bitter melons this week from the green house. Our hoop house doesn’t have any electricity or running water.  Most of the watering was done by collecting rain water. Last weekend’s cold snap killed these plants for good.  We were able to extend their life span by atleast a month. We also have only one layer of 6 mm plastic and our doors are not insulated properly.
7 Types of Garlic planted in Napanee plot

7 Types of Garlic planted in Napanee plot

It took 2 hours for four of us to make the bed, plant, compost and mulch. We planted the Tweed plot in the morning and took a lunch break. Then we started on the Napanee plot which was already ploughed. The soil in Tweed and Napanee plots are loamy with lots of organic matter. We planted 1500 gloves of Russian, Tibetan, Ukranian, Yukoslavian, Italian, Persian and Sicilian. The weather was around 14 C and cloudy.
7 Types of Garlic planted in Tweed plot

7 Types of Garlic planted in Tweed plot

It took 3 hours for four of us to till the bed, plant, compost and mulch. We planted 1500 gloves of Russian, Tibetan, Ukranian, Yukoslavian, Italian, Persian and Sicilian. We picked October 24 because it was after the full moon day. The weather outside was around 13 C.
Napanee macro managed plot ready for garlic planting

Napanee macro managed plot ready for garlic planting

Our neighbor Farmer Don ploughed the field for us. Napanee is a 70 acre property with 60 acres of matured maple and oak trees.  It also has a natural spring. Farmer Don has been taking the hay off the 10 acre field for the past 20 years. When we told him that we are going to plant garlic, he got excited and ploughed the field for us. We will be planting garlic this Sunday, October 24.  We picked October 24 because it [Read More...]
Fall Harvest before the first frost

Fall Harvest before the first frost

We harvested lots of chillies from the green house as well as broccolli from outside. We had our first frost on October 13.  All outside plants are destroyed except Broccolli, Salad mix and Ceylon Onions.

More Paavai Bittermelon seeds

The green house is still producing Bittermelons in September.   We are leaving all of them to go to seed. Next year, half of the green house will be planted with Pavai bittermelon.
Fall Ceylon Onion sprouting

Fall Ceylon Onion sprouting

We planted these Ceylon Onions(shallots) on Sept. 25 after the full moon.  Some are planted couple of weeks earlier. They are already shooting out.  These seeds are from our May planted Ceylon onions. We have harvested around 130 lbs of onions from 30 lbs seeds and impressed with the growth in our Brampton clay soil.  Due to popular demand most of these onions went to our 9 team members’ family use.
ENF Produce displayed at the McVean Farm Feast table.

ENF Produce displayed at the McVean Farm Feast table.

This is some of the vegetables we had available from inside the green house and outside. We have three types of eggplants, Ceylon Onions, Trinco chillies, Pineapple Cosack ground cherries, heirloom tomatoes, Asian carrots(which we thought was a failure), french breakfast radish, Keerai spinach, bittermelon and sweet corn on the display.
Trinco Chilli seeds saved

Trinco Chilli seeds saved

We didn’t have too much success with the Trinco Chillies from Eelam.  But the ones in our backyard gardens thrived and we are in the process of collecting the red chillies for seeds. We will let them fully dry and then save the seeds.  There is a huge demand for these spicy chillies in the GTA area. We are also planning on using them next year for pickles and chilli powder.
King of the North still producing inside the hoophouse

King of the North still producing inside the hoophouse

King of the North pepper has been a good producer this season. Inside the green house, they were growing wild and providing many good quality peppers.  We lost some to the slugs. Outside, during hot July/August period they were producing smaller peppers but with the rainy September they started producing more bigger and juicier peppers. It definitely goes on our 2011 seed list.
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