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Fall rhythms

It is nice to see the farm rhythm changing over the course of the season. While we were once busy hoeing whenever we had a break from harvesting, the weeds are less of a concern now. That leaves a bit more time for basic farm maintenance, cleaning up after a busy season, and making time to do the chores during the day. An important use of days when we are not delivering CSA baskets is harvesting in bulk. Root crops can be brought in a day or two before delivery, and are stored in our cold room. The morning of your delivery, we’re out harvesting your fresh greens, and packaging up other items like onions and squash. Having a few items ready the day before also makes it feasible to finish your boxes in time with a team of two!


Pallet garlic plantingWednesday last week was a nice warm sunny day, perfect for planting garlic and working the soil in the garden. David was busy ploughing some of the now empty fields after preparing the soil to plant garlic. Meanwhile, I was busy planting the garlic. We’ve high hopes that the garlic will do much better next year. It is planted in a section of the garden less prone to flooding. The cloves are down nice and deep so they won’t be pushed up to the surface by spring frosts. David used the discs on the tractor to make nice deep furrows to plant into. We dragged a wooden pallet to fill in the furrows and cover up the garlic. The final touch will be to mulch it with straw/hay which will help insulate the ground and simplify weeding next summer. May the garlic grow nicely for you next year!


Finally… ask David about his compost piles.  He is very proud of a pile he moved this weekend.  The winter pasture provides us with valuable compost.  This weekend he moved it into the field where the rest of the compost piles are, using the manure spreader to help mix it as he piled it. He was so excited he took a video.  Maybe he’ll post it for you!





What’s in my Box?

Week No.19

  • Siberian Kale: Nasturtium, one of our cows, stole a bunch on the way out of the garden. Must be good.
  • Leeks: A second little bunch to enjoy!
  • Potatoes:  The base for nice thick soups, a warm comfort at this time of year.
  • Rutabaga: Another Riverglen first, these delicious sweet pale yellow rutabagas (sometimes mislabelled as turnips in grocery stores and recipes) were a wonderful success.
  • Celery: Same as last time, this celery is best for soups.  Don’t forget the tasty leaves for broth.
  • Daikon radish: These nice long slender mild radishes can be a dish on their own. If you’ve had enough for the season these are worth a try, I promise.  You can always pickle them for later!

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