Farm Update

June 30, 2016

Well, things have been too busy around here to even document our first season of strawberries. We picked somewhere around 1600 litres, which was enough to keep several people busy part time, and closer to full time on Fridays, as we prepared for the two weekend markets - and Saturday farm gate sales. The season is over for now. We got off to an early start due to having used row cover instead of straw on part of the patch.

Greenhouses are now full of plants (in the ground, not in trays), and we're starting to see the result. We still have bok choi growing among and around the peppers and tomatoe. Our first peppers are sizing up, but not showing any hint of ripening (they taunt us so). And our first tomatoes are just starting to show a little colour. It looks like we may have ripe tomatoes in small quantities within the next two weeks.

We do have something red - radishes. They've been going awhile now, and we expect to keep them going, albeit at a slower rate, through the entire summer. The newer bolt tolerant varieties can take the heat.

This year, for a change, the garlic crop is looking good. We planted it all in (used) raised beds last fall, and then put straw on top for improved insulation through the winter. The raised beds and straw pretty nearly eliminated the weed problem we've seen in some previous years. And we had a good rate of emergence this spring. We've harvested all the scapes, and are starting into the bulbs. Now we get to see how the yield actually is.

New this year, we planted some savoy cabbage. It's looking healthy enough, but not yet showing any signs of heading. Once it does, we'll see how popular it is before deciding how much to grow next year.

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About the Farm

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 should be certified organic except strawberries. We anticipate being fully transitioned in 2017. We had 13 acres in vegetable production for the 2014 season, and are planning on about 16 for 2016.
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 various Aberfoyle and Waterloo Square farmers' markets! 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, Aberfoyle Farmers’ Market south of Guelph on Saturday mornings from 8–1., and at the Brampton Farmers 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.

Last modified: July 09, 2016