Happy Friday!

From us here at the farm, we are wishing you a wonderful weekend. 

Today Jeffery and Michael were preparing soil in the green house at 551 Canard Street for seeding some tatsoi and arugula. Also Tim was transplanting spinach into the tunnel where there are missed spots from the planting in the fall. In the coming weeks it will fill up with green deliciousness. We just need to hang on a little longer before the spring flavours are on our plates. (exciting)

One of the tasks on my to do list is to offer all of our CSA members a discounted rate for stays at our Farmstay. (see airbnb listing here: https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/34538540?preview_for_ml=true) If you are interested in having a holiday here on the farm please check out the Airbnb calendar and let us know the dates you would like. We can block it off for you and invoice you directly. We would like to offer you a 20% members discount.

Leanne Hutchinson from Hutchinson Maple Syrup is wondering if you would like to do the bulk ordering again this spring. For those of you who are new, we are able to get a discounted price on 2 litres of maple syrup when we sell I think it is 40 units. The price is $30. This is a good savings. Would you like us to offer it? 

This morning Josh, Makaila, Katelyn, Keith (our accountant advisor) and I reviewed financials and drafted a budget for the months ahead. Today we have put together 3 options. We will need to dive deeper and get one option selected. We have our work cut out for us to make this all balance out but we are ready and eager to take it on (and a tad nervous to be honest). It was a good process and a beginning to needed changes. 

I picked up the field maps today. We got them laminated so we can mark on them to support our crop planning and the sharing of the plan with others by seeing the maps. They are nice and big. 

I am not sure if I reported already or not that the farm truck is no longer. It needed repairs that are too costly to make sense. We will now be on the look out for a new farm truck. We expect that within this year we will need to replace the farm truck and the delivery van. So far the delivery van is holding on. We are considering a lease this time, not something we have done before, but it might be the best option for this year. 

If you think of it, please send along a note of how things are going for you. I know that I have a lot of carrots in the fridge right now. Anyone else have a back log of anything or not enough of something? Mimi who is shop keeper at The Loop on Barrington Street found this recipe (see link) for parsnips. She says " This is amazing. The dill oil and toasted nuts (I used pistachios, because I had them) are a really nice finishing touch."  (https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/parsnip-skordalia?fbclid=IwAR2pzd4WoJoBw6RIGqMy9VphRFa4O5AxBtlhRC2mjQLs38OTRLrc3d16jTk

Wishing you the kind of weekend you are hoping for! 

Happy Friday,

Patricia 

(your middle aged woman farmer in partnership with your middle aged man farmer along with an amazing team of various aged people farmers) 


March 20 - 6:30 PM @ 1736 Church Street

Come join us. Lets gather at the farm to celebrate the International Day of Happiness and the beginning of Spring 2020.

We love the farm, the soil, the air, the ponds, the birds and the trees and we want to share it with you.

There will be three things we will do: 1) we will tour the farm, see what is growing (and where) and learn about what the plans are for fields and tunnels for 2020. 2) Josh will give a presentation on his Nuffield Experience and present his report on Flax: Seed to Shirt and 3) we will share food together.

I am suggesting that the event will begin at 6:30 with the walking tour, followed by food, followed by Josh’s presentation.

We would love to see you!