Wednesday, 18 October 2017

I am so very sleepy today

Why am I so sleepy?  It’s not from planting 1.5 bags of fall rye in the New Garden Beds: part of the one 50 X 100 feet and the other 50 X 50’.  It’s not from chopping the rest of the tomatoes, some peppers, onions, jalapenos and garlic for the latest batch of salsa.  It’s not from roasting and canning two more cases of tomato sauce.  It’s not from visiting the new location of Homestead Organics in Morrisburg and discovering what a wonderful place this is to shop.  It’s not from moving all the grown basil plants out to the greenhouse for the rest of this warm week.  It’s not from spritzing new pea and sunflower shoots every single evening before bedtime.  It’s not from rinsing the sprouts we all love to eat every morning and every evening.  It’s not from looking up recipes for arugula since we have so very much of the loveliest arugula growing right now - it loves the cool weather and lack of bugs.  It’s not from keeping a close eye on the night temperatures, covering and uncovering the greenhouse hot peppers with frost blanket when appropriate.  It’s not from gathering seeds for the new group I have created called “Kemptville and Area Seed Savers” so we can exchange wonderful new ideas and seeds in the coming year to expand our gardens with tried and true vegetables and flowers which grow in our climate and soil.  This is where you let me know if you’d like to be part of this new and knowledgeable group.  If you are on facebook, check it out.   These are all just normal day to day routine tasks which I love. 

I am sleepy because I woke up at 3:00 this morning stressed as I had not yet prepared the nursery in the Coop for the new baby chicks.  My mind started to race imagining how we would do this so all three hens sitting on ten eggs ready to hatch any day now, perhaps tomorrow but most definitely Friday, would be comfortable and out of harm’s way from the other girls and their curiosity.  Kate, who provided the eggs from her own flock on October 1st was so gracious to chat with me on the phone at 6:30 a.m. Monday with tips and advice.   With Mark's unsleepy brain and supplies we had on hand, we did it.  This is certainly a distraction from the everyday occurrences here and there are many for sure. 
Little do these girls know that their sisters are hatching eggs
tomorrow - maybe ten new siblings to scratch with

The tiller did arrive late Friday so Mark was able to make the first two of our new and larger gardens.  The rye cover crop we scattered like they did in the olden days will sprout and grow over the next couple of weeks, we’ll leave it for the winter and mix it into the soil in the spring. 
future home for the Tomatoes of 2018

and probably more Tomatoes of 2018

This is what's  going on right now in the garden - October 18!

I’ve been asked to and am working on a truly over-the-top-with-garlic tomato sauce.  I think I nailed it this week.  Be sure to let me know what you think.

I may get more apples since I am quickly running out of canned applesauce.   

We’re going to make arugula pesto, test it and get back to you on the result.

I checked the gardens and pantry this afternoon to see what they offer us this week and found the following:
Applesauce  $4 500mL jar  sealed, can be stored for a year
Baby Arugula  $3 bag
Celery  $2 / bunch
Chard  $3 / bag
Garlic  $3, $2, or $1 each
Garlic  $12 / pound
Granola, with fruit  $8 /500mL jar  I’ll make it when you order
Granola, with nuts and fruit  $10 /500mL jar  I’ll make it when you order
Herbs, fresh:   basil, citrus thyme, dill, mint, oregano, rosemary, sage, thyme  $2 each  
Kale  $3 / bunch
Leeks  $3 / bunch
Onions, yellow  $2.50 / pound
Onions, large sweet Ailsa Craig  $2.50 / pound
Onions, sweet Spanish  $2.50 / pound
Potatoes  $2 / pound 
Radicchio  $2 each
Salad Greens  $5 bag  washed and table-ready SOLD OUT
Salsa, canned $8 500mL jar sealed, can be stored for a year
SHOOTS, Pea  $2 / bag
SPROUTS, Sandwich Booster (clover, alfalfa, radish & mustard)  $3 / bag
SPROUTS, Spring Salad Mix  (broccoli, radish, red clover & alfalfa)  $3 / bag
Tomato Sauce  $6 500mL jar  sealed, can be stored for a year
Vegetable Stock, tomato based  $3 pint jar  I froze it right away

Day Brighteners is a non-certified organic farm, where we practice sustainability and environmentally-friendly farming.  We always use non-GMO and organic/heirloom seeds.  We use no “cides” of any kind.  You are very welcome to drop by most days, but if it’s picking/packing/delivery day (Friday) you take your chances on getting the tour.  Calling or emailing first is a good idea.  We do appreciate your business very much and would like to hear from you with any comments or questions you have.   

Please call or email me with amounts you’d like and any questions you may have.  Remember you can order any day.  Give us 24 hours to pick freshest for you.  I deliver to Ottawa and Merrickville either Saturday or Sunday each weekend. 

Until next post, have a great every day.

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