Monday, July 13, 2015

Join us for the 10th Annual Garlic Harvest: Aug 2nd & 3rd

Hello Farm Folk,

It's time for the 10th Annual Garlic Harvest, and we've got approximately 40,000 bulbs of Persian, Korean, Italian, Russian, Israeli and 14 other varieties to harvest and hang in the barn to cure! Please join us for the garlic harvest on Sunday, August 2nd, and/or Monday, Aug 3rd (Civic Holiday) from 7:30am-4pm. And note that there will be live, interactive hand-drumming on the farm on the Monday, courtesy of Rhythmic By Nature ( Join us for two of the most fun days of the year on the farm! If you are interested in helping with the garlic harvest, please rsvp to and let me know which day you want to come, and if you need directions to the farm, or a lift. Looking forward to harvesting garlic with you very soon!


P.S. If you would like to place a garlic order, and haven't done so yet, please do so at

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Update on your 2015 Garlic Crop

Hello Garlic Lovers,

We wanted to share the exciting news that the 2015 Garlic Crop is looking spectacular! 40,000 bulbs are growing on the farm in Sutton, and they're big and beautiful! We're growing 17 different varieties this year, and 12 will be available to growers and eaters alike: Israeli, Polish, French (Rose de Lautrec), Persian, Russian, Italian, Salt Spring Island, Sicilian, Former Yugoslavia, Korean, Ukrainian, and Chinese .

Starting with only 100 bulbs in 2005, this year's anticipated harvest of 40,000 falls on the 10th anniversary of the origin of our crop. Within a few weeks, we will notify you by email when we start taking orders.

We look forward to sharing in our garlic crop with you. Until then, Keep Livin' On the Veg!


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Rural & Urban Farming Volunteer Opportunities

Hello Farm Folk,

Interested in playing an active role on an organic farm this year? We have opportunities to help out on both our rural and urban farms!

At our rural farm in Sutton, ON, volunteer activities include a combination of planting, weeding, harvesting, preparing veg for market, plant care, etc. Helping out on the farm is a great opportunity to learn practical growing skills, to meet wonderful like-minded folks, and to take home organic veg! If you are interested in volunteering on our farm in Sutton this year, please email for more info.

The Backyard Farm & Market at Erin Mills, a collaboration of The Daniels Corporation, Garden Jane, and The Cutting Veg, is also welcoming volunteers. We are currently accepting applications for our Volunteer Coordinator Positions and our Site Coordinator Positions. Please follow the instructions in the links to apply. Additionally, we will soon be welcoming volunteers to help with The Backyard gardens and farmers market. If you would like to be kept in the loop, please email

Happy spring, and I hope to see you on one of our farms soon!


Monday, March 16, 2015

Farm Talk: Everyday Heroes like YOU

Farm Update from Farmer Daniel

The snow is melting on the farm, and April is fast approaching. We've planted as early as April 6th on the farm, which means....we could be planting in under 3 weeks! I imagine most farmers are filled with a mix of excitement and trepidation at this time of year. On one hand, you can't wait to be working outdoors, fertilizing the rhubarb, preparing beds for planting, and seeding the spring crops. On the other hand, it's easy to feel a little nervous, knowing that the long, demanding marathon is about to begin.

With the farming season upon us, it is a good time for all of us to consider how we will contribute to, and be enriched by, our local food movement in 2015. A few options to consider:
GROW IT: Start a garden at your home, join a community garden, volunteer on a farm, try growing something new this year.
SOURCE IT: Where will you get your share of the local harvest this season? Farmers Markets? A CSA or Box Program? Visits to a farm?
PREPARE IT: Preparing meals based in whole foods day after day can be a lot of work. And we also know how good it can be for our bodies, spirits, and the planet. Try adding to your seasonal food recipe repertoire. And engage your kids in the kitchen!
SHARE IT: Nothing builds relationships like sitting down to meals with loved-ones. And, try bringing folks with you to your favourite market, or your garden!
The local food revolution is powered by the the everyday heroes like you, who grow their own, source responsibly, prepare their own day after day, and who share their passion for food with others. Keep up the great work!

Spring Crops

While many of us tend to think of the May long-weekend as the time to plant the garden, we can actually start planting the cool-weather crops much earlier. As soon as your soil is thawed and no longer 'mucky' from moisture, you can plant. Remember to integrate lots of compost into your garden before planting. Fun crops to plant in April for an early season harvest include lettuce, arugula, radishes, turnips, green onions, peas, bok choy, spinach, etc. If all goes well, you'll be eating out of your garden before most people have even planted!

Green Living Show -- Free Tickets!

The 2015 Green Living Show, Canada’s largest consumer show dedicated to healthy, sustainable living, is held on March 27-29 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. We invite you to join us with complimentary passes and visit the 400+ of the best green and healthy exhibitors. Shop for healthy products, taste the best in local food and drink, play in the Eco Parent Village, drive hybrid and electric vehicles, discover experts and inspirational speakers… and more! Remember to bring your electronic waste for responsible recycling — see for details. For free tickets visit and enter your promo code TCV7F9KG3

Elm Grove Organic Collective

Lots of awesome projects happening on the farm this year. Landowners Loes and Hans Pape will continue to grow their phenomenal veggie patch, as well as countless trees for landscaping and Christmas. Tom Nolan of Black River Honey will be continuing his critical work of natural beekeeping. Zandra Zalucky will be once again managing Cultivating Opportunities, an on-farm employment program for adults with mental illness. And Paolo Lavalle, of Frall Foods, will be offering organic veg to the community through his CSA.

Interested in Volunteering?

Throughout the farming season, we'll be welcoming volunteers on the farm from May-October, every Sunday, 7:30am-3:30pm. If you're interested in helping out on the farm this season, please email

Roasted Garlic

2 whole garlic bulbs
2 Tbsp olive oil
Preheat the oven to 425 F
Cut off the tops (pointed end) of the garlic bulbs
Place both bulbs on aluminum foil. Drizzle with oil and salt, and wrap the aluminum tightly
Bake in the oven for 40 minutes. The garlic should be soft.