Wednesday, 10 January 2018


New Year.

New Gardens.

New Delivery List.

New You – if you have resolved to eat better, to learn more about new and familiar foods, to take an active role in your health and well-being.

Let’s do this.

A variety of microgreens is currently under way in the plant room.  Sprouts are sprouting in my north window.  The first order for seeds is going in this week.  The now frozen bale of seed starter is inside thawing.  Various edible flowers, leeks, herbs and all hot peppers will be started before February kicks in. 

The Mother Earth News Vegetable Garden Planner for 2018 has been purchased and begun in my computer.  The builder for the new greenhouse (aka Hot Pepper Palace) is set to go as soon as we can break ground on the newly tilled garden – most likely mid to end of April.

The valued piece missing from my pretty little picture is gardeners.  I need a team of strong reliable early-risers and outdoor-loving, dedicated market gardeners.  

HIRING - FULL-TIME and/or PART-TIME for the Gardening Team of 2018

Job Details:

- seed starting - begins in greenhouse April 1, includes sowing seeds, up-potting seedlings, building table space as needed, watering, maintenance and care of seedlings
- row making and soil-amending - begins when ground is not frozen, usually mid-April, the first step for the newly tilled gardens, adding compost and making 30" raised rows to allow plants to survive through flooding conditions
- direct sowing and transplanting - can begin mid-April and continues through the entire season, also includes prepping garden rows with compost or other soil amendments and/or laying plastic mulch
- weeding - with various implements, mostly by hand
- sowing new seeds  - a constant task to ensure regular transplanting of seedlings, mostly salad greens
- tending to approximately 1000 tomato plants - involves transplanting, post-pounding, stringing and constant pruning to ensure tomato production through the entire season June through September
- picking/washing/packing - picking quickly in the earliest hours of the day to provide fresh quality produce, manipulating wash stand with weigh scales, packing coolers and boxes for delivery
- delivering - we deliver to more customers now and to more areas
- kitchen - making and canning salsa, tomato sauce, pesto, freezing produce
- operation of tractor - new Kubota with front bucket, tiller and rotary cutter

A knowledge of plants is definitely an asset, an eagerness to learn is beneficial.  

Special Note:  Em, who has volunteered many precious hours here over the last couple of years, out of the goodness of her great big heart, asked me to mention the following about working here:

I am open to people with ideas who want to try things out - like being present at a local farmers' market  or managing a new greenhouse.  When there's time, we all get together to eat good food at lunch.  We have hot coffee/tea to warm our hands when they’re almost frozen from cutting salad greens.  We like the atmosphere to be light-hearted so we listen to music while working (taking turns choosing of course) and talk about everything under the sun. It’s hard work, but we make it fun with food, music and conversation.   
Contact me by email or by phone to apply.


To eat this week, I offer to you:
Apples, dehydrated  $2 /snack bag
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
Hummus:   chickpeas*, tahini*, olive oil*, lemon juice*, roasted garlic*, a teeny bit of hot pepper flakes and cumin  (*organic)  $5 250/mL jar   I’ll make it when you order
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
Tomatoes, dehydrated  $2 /snack bag
Tomatoes, frozen   $4 /4Cup package  great for sauces and soups
Tomatoes, Gardeners’ Delight (ping pong ball size) frozen whole  $3 pound

I look forward to receiving Your Special Order.  Call or email me with amounts you’d like and any questions.  


Until next post, have a great every day.

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