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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

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.
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.
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.
Mutated Yellow Pear Tomato

Mutated Yellow Pear Tomato

All farmers get excited(age doesn’t matter) when we find some odd shaped produce.  This is the only Yellow Pear cherry tomato mutation we got. Ofcourse, we have to take a picture of it.  This tomato looks like a baby’s toes.
3 Sister Acorn Squash and Waltham Broccoli harvested

3 Sister Acorn Squash and Waltham Broccoli harvested

Acorn squash were planted as part of our 3 sisters experiment.  They produced average sized squash.  They will be used with Casava to make a yellow curry. Waltham Broccoli was planted in late June and there were no activities until the nights started getting colder. We are getting some beautiful Broccoli.  We continue to harvest as they keep on producing new shoots.
Salad mix, spinach, radish, cherry tomatoes donation to UofG Foodbank

Salad mix, spinach, radish, cherry tomatoes donation to UofG Foodbank

We made another donation of Saladmix varieties to the UofG CSA Foodbank. Foodbank staff were pleased with our tomatoes donation and was saying that the Foodbank beneficeries really enjoyed our Organic heirloom varieties. Hope they enjoy our organic greens as well.
Three Sisters Butter Nut Squash

Three Sisters Butter Nut Squash

We planted these with our Three Sisters Corn and Peas in first week of June. We were experimenting with the Three Sisters so they didn’t get any water or compost.  We still got pretty good count but next year we will definitely increase the compost and watering to get Market quality squash. And we will use the Three sister model as well.
King of the North Pepper

King of the North Pepper

These were grown in our basement rack and planted outside during the May 24 weekend. They are still producing but they weren’t producing desired sizes. This could be due to the poor clay soil and infrequent watering of outside plot. Inside the green house, we had a good harvest but lately the counts are decreasing. Next year, we will get a permanent lot where we will be dumping lots of organic matter and compost.  [Read More...]
Unidentified corn issue

Unidentified corn issue

We are having issue with our three sisters organic sweet corn ears. The seeds are all morphed into disgusting swollen seeds. Yellow bugs ran out when I took two samples to view. If you know the cause, please post in the comment section.  A solution is also appreciated.
Mountain gold tomatoes

Mountain gold tomatoes

We grew these seedlings in our basement grow rack. We have planted them inside the green house and outside.  We were done with the green house harvest two weeks ago but the outside ones are still ripening nicely. They are firm and taste great.  Many have tried with just toasted bread, salt, pepper and mayonnaise.
Chadwick Cherry Tomatoes

Chadwick Cherry Tomatoes

This variety did very well inside the green house but struggled outside in the clay soil. We have been getting a steady supply since July and it tastes great and looks beautiful. A definite on our green house growing list for 2011.  There is a good demand from the salad addicts out there.
Abundance of Yellow Pear Tomatoes

Abundance of Yellow Pear Tomatoes

Inside the hoop house and outside, this variety of cherry tomatoes are producing an abundance since early July. Many are not familiar with the shape but one sample bite gets them hooked.  It is delicious on a salad, salsa or just as snack. We will definitely have this variety on our growing list for 2011.
Golden Eggplants

Golden Eggplants

We have been getting a good count of eggplants from this variety. Poor clay soil and infrequent watering let to small plants in our outside lot. Inside our low tunnel hoop house they are thriving. We have been BBQing this variet with Olive oil, salt and pepper.  It has a very rich and creamy eggplant taste to it.
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