As we welcome another change of season here at Sunrise Gardens we hope this newsletter finds you well and in good health.
The summer seems to have passed quickly, as time does when there is plenty to keep us busy. We’ve enjoyed very good weather for growing, though on the cooler side for the most part. At the time of writing this, we have yet to get frost but are looking at a risk of it within the next couple days.
The season extension greenhouses continue to provide a bounty of fresh greens and tomatoes. We have a late crop of beets, radish and carrots growing in there as well. The greenhouses will continue to produce well into October, until we prep the beds for winter and put it all to rest by November.
There are a few crops yet to come in, such as summer squash, potatoes, onions, beets and carrots. We are leaving the celery harvest until after a touch of cold so that the celery flavour is even better…with over 500 celery planted this year we look forward to delicious celery stalks and leaves for soups, stews and all things savoury until Winter Solstice, if all goes well.
Our winter squash are currently curing in the cold frame for another week or so and our garlic is already well cured and in storage. Garlic will be planted in the first week of October for the 2021 season.
We have been busy dehydrating any greens that have not sold at the market, to be sold this fall and winter as super nutritious dried mixed greens (beet tops, chard, parsley, celery leaf, spinach) to easily be added to soups, sauces, baking and smoothies. We will also have dehydrated raspberries, Saskatoon berries, garlic scape salt, and herbs available over the fall and winter as well.
Even as we prepare to finish up the 2020 season we are already dreaming of next spring and of what 2021 might look like for us…we will be offering a CSA/farm box program and are considering the possibility of adding a market or two to our schedule. There is a need to diversify how we are able to reach our customers and we look forward to creating more opportunities to grow healthy soil, producing delicious and nutritious produce with an abundance of love and meaningful relationships.