Sunday, October 16, 2011

Farm Talk

Hello Farm Folk,
Farm Update:
I had forgotten how rewarding the garlic planting is. We began last Sunday --- 12 people planting and mulching. It was gorgeous out, and by the hottest hours of the day, it felt as though it were summer again. By 3pm, we had about 12,000 cloves in the ground. Five beds had been mluched with straw to knee height. Monday we were a smaller crew --- about 5 of us. It was another staggering day, requiring hats, sunscreen, and lots of water. This is our first garlic planting at the Sutton farm, and the soil texture is...beyond words. Putting ones hands in the soil as you plant each clove feels so therapeutic. By the end of Monday, we had planted another 6000 or so cloves, and mulched 2 more beds. The garlic planting was put on hold for Tuesday and Wednesday, as we focused on harvesting for our CSAs. We got back at it on Thursday, with a crew of four, and by the end of the day, we had topped 25,000 cloves planted. At this time of year, my garlic planting addiction emerges, and I just want to plant more, more, more. We will continue planting and mulching over the next week, and are clearly on track to meet our goal of 40,000 cloves planted. After a farming season that has been challenging physically, emotionally, spiritually, and financially....the garlic planting is reminding me how much I love growing veg.

Three Happy CSA Members:
Check out the attached photo!

The Get Well Stay Well Guide:
Check out this fantastic guide to staying healthy, via Lisa Borden at Borden Communications + Design (

Volunteer Opportunities:
Each week, we welcome volunteers to the farm from Sunday-Friday, 6:30am-3:30pm. If you are interested in helping on the farm, please rsvp to, and let her know what day you want to come, and if you need directions to the farm, or a lift (leaving at 6am from Davenport and Bathurst area). Hope to see you on the farm soon!

6 medium carrots, peeled and grated

1 cup raisins

½ cup walnuts, chopped

2 large apples, peeled and grated

3 Tbsp lemon juice

1 tsp brown sugar

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. Mix well.

Serve chilled as an appetizer, or dessert.

Tip: it is best to grate the apples last as they turn brown the quickest. Sprinkle with some extra lemon juice to avoid discoloration.

That's all the news from the farm for this week. Until next time, Keep Livin' on the Veg!


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