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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.
Frozen Tomatoes from 2010 Milton Garden

Frozen Tomatoes from 2010 Milton Garden

We harvested these San Marzano tomatoes in October, 2011. We triple bagged it using grocery produce bags and then froze it. These pictures were taken in February, 2011.  This is the last batch from the garden.  Tomatoes are dropped in tap water for 20 seconds before cut for use in curries. We are planting over 1000 San Marzano plants for the 2011 season to meet the demand and to freeze it.    
2010 Scarborough backyard harvest – Part IV

2010 Scarborough backyard harvest - Part IV

Scarborough garden pictures – Part II

Scarborough garden pictures - Part II

2010 Scarborough Backyard Pics – Part 1

2010 Scarborough Backyard Pics - Part 1

News: Pass the garlic, bud

Local growers still recovering from the Chinese invasion of 2001 By ANTONELLA ARTUSO, Queen’s Park Bureau Chief There’s an easy trick to determine the age of a garlic bulb in a grocery store, says Ontario farmer Mark Wales. Toss it in the air. The longer it takes to land, the lighter and older the garlic. The hard part is trying to find garlic that hasn’t journeyed over 10,000 kilometres to that local grocery [Read More...]
News: Summer’s bounty on ice; Bryson Farms preserves deep flavour with deep freeze

News: Summer’s bounty on ice; Bryson Farms preserves deep flavour with deep freeze

Ottawa Citizen Thu Jan 27 2011 Byline: Laura Robin Source: Ottawa Citizen An hour’s drive from downtown Ottawa, in the midst of some very scenic, but very frozen, Quebec farmland, there’s a hive of 100-mile food that’s buzzing away. And some fabulous smells wafting across the snowy fields. Bryson Farms, best known in the Ottawa area for its gourmet greens and, in summer, heritage tomatoes, carrots [Read More...]
News: Local veggies – all year

News: Local veggies – all year

By Kelly Pedro London Free Press January 24, 2011 Food: An Amish farm is using a different kind of greenhouse to grow year-round MALAHIDE TOWNSHIP — Imagine eating a fresh salad made up of locally grown, organic lettuce, carrots and spinach. In January. Didn’t think it was possible? Think again. In an innovative but simple back-to-basics move, a small Amish farm near Aylmer is growing all that delicious produce [Read More...]
Fall crop: Ball lettuce

Fall crop: Ball lettuce

Ball lettuce These lettuces were planted in late September.  They have survived the freezing weather and providing us with crisp fresh organic lettuce. The Ceylon onions were planted at the same day and they have been thriving as well.  We only watered once so far this winter since the last watering still keeping the beds wet. This picture was taken on first week of December.
Winter beets

Winter beets

These beets were planted late September as a fall/winter crop experiment.  As of first week of December, they are still healthy. The plant growth is stunt with the latest freezing temperatures and we are hoping that they will have a early start in March.  Our goal is to have the earliest fresh organic beet available for families coming spring.
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...]
Hoop house on December 6

Hoop house on December 6

Our hoop house is experiencing it’s first winter at the McVean farm.  We have scaled our shifts to once every two weeks. We were excited to see our structure stand straight with healthy vibrant cold crops inside. We have totally insulated this hoop house by burying the side plastic.  Please note that we don’t have running water or electricity which makes this operation a challenge.
Farmers Find Organic Arsenal to Wage War on Pests

Farmers Find Organic Arsenal to Wage War on Pests

The New York Times Tue Nov 30 2010 Section: Science Byline: JIM ROBBINS DAVIS, Calif. — Mark Van Horn, director of the student farm at the University of California, is nearly lost as he walks through a yellow cloud of wild sunflowers around the edge of a field of tomatoes and sweet corn. They aren’t here for their beauty or as a cash crop — they are a key pest control strategy down on the organic farm. Research [Read More...]

Hoophouse snapshots as of November 7

Cold lovers are doing great inside the hoophouse. Kale from Peel Organics and Broccolli from Farmer Katie are thriving inside. Our own lettuce is doing great as well as spinach and Ceylon onions. Farmer Joyce & Stanley’s Yellow Bitter melon is dead after the frost bites. This bittermelon was planted late in July but produced lots of melons for their market.
Start of cold crops inside the sustainable hoophouse

Start of cold crops inside the sustainable hoophouse

Our September 25 planted cold crops are doing great inside the green house. There is a huge demand for spinach and lettuce  from the market gardeners and farmers from our community farm.  Our community plot farmers have been buying most of the produce. We will be planting again tomorrow on the beds where we had the warm lovers this summer.
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