Winter?

Winter came earlier than expected this year! That means it’s time to start going over notes and spreadsheets and working out crop plans and a seed order for next season. This year was very hot and dry, which was great for some crops but made others more difficult to grow well. Who knows what next season will bring! Below are some images of this years harvests and CSA shares, if you would like to see more you can check out our Instagram account @hoppyfieldsfarm

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It's full on summer at the farm!

It's been a crazy season so far! With the early, hot, dry weather I decided to scrap a lot of transplants for crops that would have enjoyed a cool, wet spring, and instead plant lots of extra crops that like the heat (tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, etc). So far, that seems to have been a good idea!

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Purple sweet peppers!

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Sungold cherry tomatoes!

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I have also started to sell produce at the Elora Farmers Market. Come visit us in Bissell Park every Saturday from 9am-1pm!

Finally, my first small batch (experimenting with different ideas this year) of broilers (the term for chickens raised for meat) is almost ready! So far they all seem pretty happy with my set up, I have them patrolling the perimeter of the vegetable patch in portable pens that I move every day, so they've always got lots of weeds and bugs to snack on. If you would like to pre-order a chicken, send me an email! The first batch will be ready on August 9th. 

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The tunnel is up!

The earth finally thawed enough to get ground screws in and finish setting up the tunnel (kind of like a portable greenhouse)! This will be filled with transplants from the solar powered greenhouse for the next few weeks while they grow big enough to move to the field, and as it empties out it will be planted with heirloom tomatoes and peppers to give them extra heat through the summer.

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2018 Crop Plan Finalized!

After spending the past few months reviewing notes from previous years, building spreadsheets, and going through every seed catalogue we could get our hands on, we have finalized our crop plan for the coming season! This means we can give you an idea of what we plan to offer each week in the CSA shares, although this will never be exact, mostly due to unpredictable weather conditions. 

Weeks 1 & 2-arugula, spinach, kale, radish, salad turnip, baby bok choy, snap peas, oregano, dill

Week 3-cabbage, broccoli, kale, swiss chard, carrots, spring mix, beans, radish, green onion, herbs

Week 4-cauliflower, cucumber, cabbage, salad turnip, beans, carrots, kohlrabi, beets, lettuce, green onion, herbs

Week 5-cherry tomatoes, summer squash, fennel, kohlrabi, beans, cucumber, garlic scapes, lettuce, herbs

Week 6-cherry tomatoes, beets, cucumber, garlic scapes, summer squash, fennel, lettuce, kale, herbs

Week 7-heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, summer squash, lettuce, kale, beets, kohlrabi, broccoli, herbs

Week 8-heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, summer squash, carrots, beets, beans, cauliflower, kohlrabi, lettuce, herbs

Week 9-heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, summer squash, carrots, beans, sweet peppers, tomatillos, kale, herbs

Week 10-heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, summer squash, sweet peppers, eggplant, melons, fresh garlic, kale, herbs

Week 11-heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, summer squash, sweet peppers, eggplant, melons, swiss chard, potatoes, herbs

Week 12-heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, summer squash, sweet peppers, melons, onions, kale, lettuce, potatoes, herbs

Week 13-heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, summer squash, sweet peppers, hot peppers, melons, onions, lettuce, herbs

Week 14-heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, summer squash, hot peppers, tomatillos, ground cherries, lettuce, kale, herbs

Week 15-heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, summer squash, hot peppers, tomatillos, ground cherries, swiss chard, sweet corn, potatoes, herbs

Week 16-heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, summer squash, hot peppers, eggplant, leeks, beans, potatoes, lettuce, herbs

Week 17-heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, summer squash, eggplant, leeks, sweet corn, potatoes, kale, herbs

Week 18-heirloom tomatoes, eggplant, sweet peppers, hot peppers, leeks, sweet potato, kale, beans, cucumber, summer squash, herbs

Week 19-heirloom tomatoes, eggplant, sweet peppers, hot peppers, leeks, sweet potatoes, kale, beans, sweet peas, swiss chard, herbs

Week 20-parsnip, carrot, radish, salad turnip, beets, leeks, lettuce, kale, sweet peas, herbs

Week 21-parsnip, carrot, radish, salad turnip, beets, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, winter squash, sweet peas, herbs

Week 22-PUMPKIN PICKING!! cabbage, broccoli, fennel, kale, beets, spinach, arugula, winter squash, lettuce, herbs

Week 23-cabbage, cauliflower, fennel, kale, carrots, spinach, arugula, winter squash, beets, celery root, herbs

Week 24-brussel sprouts, beets, carrots, winter radish, salad turnip, spinach, arugula, kale, celery root, herbs

Week 25-brussel sprouts, beets, carrots, winter radish, salad turnip, spinach, arugula, kale, celery root, cabbage, herbs

Garlic!

We got our garlic crop planted before the first snow of the season! In northern climates, garlic is grown as a winter annual, planted in the late fall so it can set roots before the ground freezes and it goes dormant. This way it rests for the winter, begins growing in the spring, and is harvested in late July or early August. We are trying out 5 different varieties; music, deerfield, korean purple, georgian fire, and russian red.

 

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