This Quesnel kid always gets excited that I can play in the dirt so early in the year. Getting ready to extend our hoop house. Look out for a truckload of peppers at the market this summer!
We're excited to be bringing our first carrots to the Kamloops Farmers Market tomorrow! Also featuring sugar snap peas, salad turnips, beets, head lettuce, salad greens, spinach and more...
We are well on our way to getting set up at our new farm location. We are now farming next to the South Thompson River and just a short bike ride away from Chase. Another big change for us from last year is that we now have Jasper, our 7 month old, farming along with us. So far he seems to be enjoying getting his face covered in this good dirt we are farming. More updates on our progress will follow. We hope to see you and some friends at the Saturday Kamloops Farmer's Market soon.
I’ve been looking forward to this day since we put
in our seed order in those dark days of winter. Sitting around the kitchen table with
hot cups of tea and the seed catalogues scattered about, the glossy pictures and vivid
descriptions gave us hope that we would once again be out in the field with the sun
on our faces and our hands in the dirt. Now however, seeds in hand with snow still
on the ground, the reality kicks in. From here our pace of life picks up. Our snowy
adventures and relaxed evenings with books come to an end and are replaced with
endless trays of seedlings, rototilling, transplanting, weeding, and harvesting our
The days of sleeping in come to an end when the farmers markets begin. We will
stay up late to bag the rest of the greens and wake up in darkness to pack all of
the vegetables into the station wagon. When the first customers begin to arrive,
I will remember why we missed out on sleep and my sore back will fade into the
background of the festive market atmosphere. When a regular customer comes to
our stand and squeals with joy when she see’s the first carrot harvest of the year,
I feel proud. When a young mother arrives with her kids, I get a thrill when they
choose the vegetables that they want to eat that day and skip off munching on
cucumbers and salad turnips. I only begin to notice my own tiredness at the end of
the day as I share gardening tips with an older man who brings in his giant Walla
Walla onions for me to look at as I pack up the stall.
For now, Ian and I contemplate the onion seeds sitting in front of us. We lightly
debate what to do next. Do we dig out the potting mix, find the seeding trays under
the piles of supplies and equipment, and prepare the greenhouse? Or do we wait just
one more week? One more week of dreaming and scheming about life and farming.
We are past the half way point of August, fall is just around the corner, and I can happily report that the farm we started this spring is producing station wagon loads of beautiful and tasty veggies. It has been a real pleasure to meet so many supportive people in the area and to become a part of the local food community.
We had a really good time at our first attendance of the Vernon Farmers Market this week. People were happy to see us there and we had nice sunny weather before all this rain started. We will now be attending the Monday market in Vernon regularly and look forward to seeing you there.
Tomatoes are ready, and the weather is clearing so come and get your tomato plants from us at the Shuswap Farm & Craft Market tomorrow morning. We'll also have a limited supply of kale, greens, and basil plants.
Big day on the farm today! Was great to have a couple friends over to help out with the planting. We now have onions, spinach, tatsoi, beets, lettuce, peas, broccoli, kale, carrots, mixed baby greens, radishes, and salad turnips in the ground and growing. We hope to see you all soon at the markets!