After some time relaxing and attending farming conferences in December, January and February have been busy with planning for 2020, ordering seeds and supplies, and doing all the fun (not!) administrative tasks like year-end records, taxes, and organic renewal applications. In two short weeks the real fun starts with the first seeds being sown in the greenhouse!
So far (and I almost hate to say this so I don't jinx it) the winter has been exceptionally mild. Lately we've had a few lovely sunny days that make for perfect work-in-the-greenhouse weather. Rob and I hung a plastic curtain to divide the heated portion of the greenhouse from the unheated portion and it was a balmy 20+ degrees while we worked!
Our new farm system, Harvie, has made share sign-ups and tracking a breeze on my end and I hope that it has also been a positive experience on the customer side of things. Harvie holds weekly training sessions for farmers to teach us the in-and-outs of the system and provide lots of guidance for best practises. I'm looking forward to trying it out once the season starts!
As I did last year, I am again offering vegetable, herb, and flower transplants for sale. While I did take some custom orders last year, this year I am going to focus on growing a variety of transplants that will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis over the first 3 weeks of so of the deliveries (end of May to early June). I focus on growing varieties that are well suited to our climate and home gardens. These transplants will be available to purchase as 'extras' through the Harvie system, plus I will likely have some additional plants available each week for those that prefer to see before they purchase. In either case, you can expect the following transplants to be available:
Vegetables: slicing and cherry tomatoes, red peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, zucchini, ground cherries, kale, and chard.
Herbs: basil, chives, oregano, sage, thyme, and parsley
Flowers: milkweed, lupine, borage, marigold, and calendula
Our shares have been selling quickly and we currently have only 4 - 7 shares still available, depending on the season. If you have any friends, family, or neighbours who you think would enjoy our vegetables, be sure to send them your 'refer-a-friend' link (found in your Harvie account). Both you and your friend receive a $25 farm credit!
Here's to March coming in and going out like a lamb!