Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Is it Spring yet?

Here we are, a week closer to Spring – oh ya.  If you follow me on facebook, you know that the seeds I ordered arrived in the mail the other day.  I inserted their info into my Inventory and am ready to start seedlings.  Leeks will come first, I can’t believe how long it takes for leeks to become their thick sweet wonderfulness in the Fall.   I’ll plant some Salad Greens and little green onions right away and pretty soon will begin the Hot Peppers (they live indoors for a long time before getting set outside), then the Sweet Peppers, then the Eggplant and Tomatoes (some of the same lovely paste tomatoes as last summer and a few different heirlooms).  The first day we (it will be we by then rather than I) can get a spade or trowel into the soil is when the carrots, parsnips, beets, onion sets and enormous amounts of lettuce varieties and spinach seeds will be carefully spaced into their rows.  In the meantime the online Garden Planner will be visited by me and changed frequently over the next several weeks, until it’s all perfect. 

I’ll up-pot the basil seedlings this week and starting some new herbs.  I’ve soaked some peas and sunflowers to start shoots for us all.  I understand they will take 7-10 days to be ready for eating.   These are very popular in the “City” you know. 

I checked the Salad Greens in the Greenhouse an hour ago.  They are growing, very slowly, but they are growing.  I removed more snow from the roofs (why is it hoof and hooves, but not roof and rooves).  It`s very unnerving in the greenhouse to hear the snow sliding down the sides on the outside.  That’s a lot of weight and a lot of noise.  Good to have it done though, again, until next snowfall.   

``What`s available`` you ask.  Let me tell you:
Herbs, fresh:  Rosemary, Sage, Thyme and Citrus Thyme$2 bunch    
Leeks  $3 bunch  They're not as thick as in the Fall, it was necessary to remove many outer layers which had been frozen, the frost makes them sweeter, tastier though.  

Granola:  with fruit and nuts (cranberries, pistachios and almonds)  $10 500mL jar
                 with fruit (barberries and currants)  $8 500mL jar

Salsa  $8 500mL jar  Warm or Quite Hot

Sprouts:  $3 bag
Ancient Eastern Blend (fenugreek, lentils, kamut & adzuki) 
Sandwich Booster (clover, alfalfa, radish and mustard) 
Spicy Lentil Crunch  (lentils, red clover, alfalfa, radish & mustard)
Spring Salad Mix  (broccoli, radish, alfalfa & clover)

Tomato Sauces:  $6 500mL jar
Caesar (Celery added)
Crazy Green (made with ripe green zebra tomatoes, looks unusual, tastes great)
Crazy Green Hot
Hot (a few hot peppers tossed in)
Hotter Hot (ring-of-fire peppers - oooh that even sounds hot)
Just Nice  (the right amount of everything, just a pleasant tomato/pizza sauce)
Kale?  Why Not.  -one left, must make more when the kale starts growing faster
Roasted Onion 
Warm (just a little bitty bit of hot pepper)
Vampire Buster (deliciously garlicky)

If you'd like to purchase any of the above items, I'd be happy to provide them if available after our regular customers have ordered.  Perhaps you might like to be added to our Weekly Delivery List.  I send my email out every Wednesday, collect orders Thursdays and deliver Fridays (or another day convenient to us and you if you're not too close to home).  

And remember some of Day Brighteners Farm produce can be found at Heather's Healthy Harvest in Kemptville.  
Until next post, have a great every day.

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