Its almost Christmas, are you prepared?  Are you looking for some larger quantities of produce to help you through the season?  We might be able to help.  We could do up 5lbs bags of fingerling potatoes, sweet potatoes, beets, parsnips and carrots.  We also have leeks and squash we can prepare in larger quantities.   If there is anything you are in need of for the holidays please let us know.

 

We are looking forward to a little break over the holidays, and to allow some regrowth for the greens.  We are looking forward to December 21st, the shortest day of the year.  We dread mid October to Mid January when we are at the shortest days.   We will be happy once the days start to get longer, even though they are still getting shorter.    The plants will start to grow with the increased amount of day light.  

Did you know that most plants need at least 10 hours of daylight to grow?  It is more the short days then the cold days that slow the plants down.  The cold also slows them down some as well but not as much as the short days.

 
Beside the driveway, almost level

We have kept busy the last couple days with the side effects from the rain.  Our water table must be very high, as we have had water coming in the well (which is located in the house).  With this happening we did not wash the greens for Thursdays pickup.  For the safety of our valued customers, and for our peace of mind we want to make sure our drinking water is safe.   We are having it tested to make sure.  Everything should hopefully be back to normal by the end of the week.

 


The calm after the storm

With operating a farm we have to have our water tested at least twice a year.  We are due to have it done in the spring, but don’t mind getting it done earlier.  We don’t think there is anything to be concerned about, it is still clear.  We are surprised there is no red from the soil in it.  We would rather be over cautious, and ensure everything is safe.  We have bottled water we are using for everything now. 

We have learned that we have an artesian well.  I have never heard of  this before, so incase there are others that do not know what it is here we go.

 

“An artesian well is a pumpless water source that uses pipes to allow underground water that is under pressure to rise to the surface. This type of well seems to defy gravity because the pressure that builds up between layers of rock gets relieved when the water finds a path to the open air. In addition, the water has been naturally filtered because it passes through porous rock as it seeps into the Earth to reach the aquifer, which is the underground water source. For centuries, people have drilled artesian wells to drink filtered water that doesn't need to be manually or mechanically hauled up from the depths.”    http://www.wisegeek.org/what-is-an-artesian-well.htm

We have always had nice clean and good drinking water.  We do have a natural spring on our property as well.  It is located at one of the lower spots on the property.  So now we are wondering if there is another spring or not.    We didn’t want to learn about the artisan well during the heavy rains, but its nice to know now.  We will be more prepared for flooding in the future if we suspect water tables are already high.  We are happy to report that other than a wet basement we have no damage.  Things are drying out nicely and it has been well disinfected now.

We had the Culinary Institute of Canada Students out for a tour last week.  The original tour was cancelled due to the snow day the previous week.  We have all the first year students come out for a tour each year.    We are looking forward to having a few of the Chef’s that we supply come out over the holidays for a tour as well. 

December is still a busy month for us.  We will be looking to complete our seed order over the holidays.  We will have to consider the dropping dollar as we do order in the majority of our seeds from US companies.

We hope the rest of the month remains uneventful and very peaceful for us and of course for you. 

Don’t forget to check back regularly for new recipe ideas.   We will look to do a recap of the highlights (good and bad) in the next little bit.