Yes, it's been awhile since the last update. A lot of water has passed under the bridge (and for some people, with the recent rains, over the bridge). Fortunately for us, we have very sandy soil. This is fortunate this time of year, as we can get back on the ground quickly after a wet week. Not so much in times of drought.
So what's happening? In the greenhouses, we still have greens, but they are transitioning to summer crops. As little as two weeks ago, we were growing bok choi, lettuce, arugula, spicy mix, radishes, green onions and snow peas in the ground of our slightly heated or totally unheated, but covered, spaces. Most of those are on their way out by now: the radishes are done (something we tried for the first time this year), the spicy mix is done (we did only one planting and it doesn't last like spinach); the bok choi has one, maybe two weeks left; the green onions and snow peas are just starting to get ready for harvest. We'll try to keep the others going even as they get replaced with tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers. The tricky part this time of year is getting enough field crops going in time to pick up where the greenhouse greens left off.
As you can see from the pictures, we've put in some peppers by now. This is on ground that was in spinach, bok choi and arugula just two weeks ago. And we've just started our greenhouse tomatoes, on ground that had radishes and bok choi last week. We don't get the full benefit of greenhouse tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers, but we also don't need to burn much propane as the greens can mostly take a light frost (-5C), so the thermostat is set that low in February.
And in the field, things are moving apace. Last week's rain did slow us down some, but by now we have our onions in their raised beds - beds covered in white plastic mulch to keep them from overheating too fast, and to keep the weeds down. We typically put a cover crop - clover, peas, and grass - between our raised beds. This year we're delaying planting the cover crop between the onion beds and planting radishes and greens between the beds, to take advantage of having a few beds ready for early planting, while we get the rest of the land ready.
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Nith Valley Organics is committed to sustainable agriculture.
We are currently in the process of transitioning to organic, and were excited to have our first
certified organic produce hit the market in the fall of 2014.
We continue to also produce vegetables on transitional land to
accommodate expansion but as always all our vegetables are grown
in accordance with the principles of organic agriculture.
In 2016 everything was certified organic except strawberries, beets and carrots.
We anticipate being fully transitioned in 2017.
We had something close to 20 acres in vegetable production for the 2016 season,
and are planning on about the same for 2017.
For more information about the farm, read the About Us page.
Join us for our fifth season as a CSA! We offer several share options — choose between two sizes of boxed share for pickup at any of our markets, on-farm (with the option of ordering eggs, as well), or at selected neighbourhood locations, or enjoy the freedom of our full-choice model with pickup at our the Uptown Waterloo farmers' market! For more information visit our CSA page. For more information on CSAs, please visit the Oxford County local CSA page.
During the summer, we attend four markets each week. We are at Montgomery’s Inn in Etobicoke Wednesday afternoons from 2–6, Uptown Market in Waterloo Square on Thursday afternoons from 3–7, and at the Brampton Farmers Market and Stop's Farmer's market on Saturday mornings from 7–1. In the winter we sell at both the Montgomery’s Inn market, and the Stop's Farmers' market at Wychwood barns, and our products are also available year-round at the farm.
See our Calendar for market dates, and CSA pickup dates.