We are fast approaching the Summer Solstice and there is plenty of news to share with you all at this time.
A new season of field crops have been planted or will be very shortly…we have seeded beets, peas and beans plus have planted our seedlings of celery, spaghetti squash and onions. For the first time in 15 years we’ve decided to plant a strawberry patch which will take until next year to completely fill in but we are anticipating some snack time during field work and walks through the garden. We’ve also planted some 400 new raspberry canes. The old crop was producing less and less, as they tend to do over time. They will take a couple of years to reach peak production so are an exercise in patience, as most of gardening is. The Saskatoon bushes are bursting with berries this year! Thankfully, we’ve managed to miss getting the late spring frost that landed at many of the surrounding areas. We are planning on having the patch open to U-Pick for a couple of weeks in July, stay tuned for a short newsletter update in early July on when berry picking begins. We also have an early crop of garlic coming out of the greenhouse in July so visit us at the Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market if you’d like fresh garlic a month early (who wouldn’t?!).
As we mentioned in the last newsletter, our Summer Gathering is being held on Sunday, June 23. We will begin at 11am with a farm tour, then will provide a light lunch of soup and salad from 12:30 to 1:30. We will enjoy a walk in the forest from 1:30 to approximately 3pm. Please come prepared for mosquitoes, they have been especially numerous this spring! We have room to be out of the rain should that happen and will continue with some of the tour regardless of weather conditions … another benefit of gardening in the greenhouses! Please email us and let us know you are coming, so we know how much lunch to prepare. We are looking forward to seeing everyone who can make it!
Dawn is presenting a workshop on composting, including how to do it and why you want to, at the George Pegg Botanical Gardens http://www.pegggarden.org/ on Wednesday, July 3. She will also be offering a Microgreens workshop here at the farm on Monday, July 15 at 6pm. Please check out our Facebook page for event information or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
May we all be blessed with a fruitful summer!