Hi! It's been a while, I know.
Our CSA officially sold out a couple weeks ago (yay!). An announcement about our annual "Meet Your Farmer" event is coming soon.
I had a great time teaching, with Molly MacD, about Cooking With Wild Roses at Eat Alberta this year. Jellies, Jam, Syrups, Ice Cream, Rose Petal Water, Rose Petal Scones, Rosehip Tea, and the list goes on. "The Boreal Feast" has a great selection of recipes using wild roses and many other wild edibles. It's great for a first time forager because it's easily ID'd and user friendly.
Thinking of edible flowers, I made a Lilac Jelly today. It's a beautiful pale pink and tastes exactly how lilacs smell. Just divine!
Next, Dandelion Jelly. Then, when they come into season, Wild Rose Petal Jelly.
It's gonna be awwwwwwesome!
The new greenhouse is doing a great job keeping our peanut and pepper transplants happy. The tomatoes and brassicas are out hardening off already. We're ALMOST done seeding the hot weather veggies (winter squash, zucchini, corn, beans, cucumbers, melons).
Every year, since we started growing commercially, it's been a struggle to get them all in on time. I feel so ahead of the game even though I wanted them to be all done by the end of May. There's all the melons (I started some in pots a while ago, just to have some earlier ones), a handful of dried bean varieties (9 bush varieties and 12 or so pole varieties to go), some winter squash (2/3 of them are already planted), 2 types of flour corn and the sorghum are left to plant. Summer squash, zucchini, pumpkins, fresh beans, cucumbers, popcorn, and sweet corn are all completed. Some are already starting to come up! Yay!
One great thing this year is we had saved enough seed to make it worth while for our friend John of Gold Forest Grains to grow out our Baba's Early Alberta corn. It's a flint corn so we harvest it after it's dried down on the stalk then grind it into cornmeal. He planted close to 3 lbs of seed this spring. I'm so excited!!!
Onion + Leek, Tomato and Brassica (cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, etc) transplants are next on the list. Transplanting almost always gets the short end of the stick because those guys are already growing and will be just fine in pots for a little while longer. Seeds on the other hand... they pretty much get priority.
We can always use a hand this time of year. We signed up with WWOOF Canada this year and will be getting some much needed help during harvest in September, but none for seeding.
I know this weekend is gonna be a hot one, but if you need a break from the city know that it'll be a few degrees cooler at the farm (and I have ice cream!). Would love a hand getting the transplants in. We always make sure our helpers are well fed and taken care of :)