November and December have brought quieter days around here and we have used that opportunity to start planning for next year. Information regarding the 2015 CSA shares has been posted on our website and the online booking form is now ready to take orders. Just a reminder that an Early Bird Discount of 10% applies up until February 1st, 2015!
Last week, Rob and I had the pleasure of attending the first annual Ecological Farmer's of Ontario Conference. The Ecological Farmer's of Ontario (EFAO) is an organization to which we belong, that supports ecological and organic farmers. The conference was a fantastic opportunity to network with other farmers and share information. I attended some excellent workshops on topics such as: hoop house/greenhouse growing, building soils naturally, no-till cover crops, and compost. Rob attended a number of workshops on winter grazing, keyline design, and cheese making. One of the best things about attending these sort of events is the renewed enthusiasm and new ideas we leave with. We are looking forward to putting some of these ideas in to action in the new year!
Thank-you to all the share members who purchased chickens from us. While we only had a small number of birds, we sold out in less than one hour! For those that missed out, we will be raising a number of meat chickens and turkeys next year so that we can meet the demand.
As you finish up your Christmas or holiday shopping, remember that local foods make excellent gifts! We offer gift certificates, honey, and beeswax candles and there are many other local farms and producers that have fantastic choices. A share member asked that I pass on information on Brook Front Farms. They are located just outside of Kitchener and offer grass-fed sausages and beef, homemade preserves, and many other great items. Their sausages are nitrate free and sweetened with honey - sounds great! For other local foodie gift ideas, check out the Taste Real Local Food Map
We wish all our share members a peaceful and happy holiday season filled with lots of yummy local food!