Monday, 30 July 2012

Harvest #6 - July 29th, 2012

The Harvest Board says it all, courtesy of Ms. Jess, volunteer extraordinaire!

Showcase bin with some feathery fennel 
Romaine, tempting the hens
Shares waiting for their holders
Shareholder Showcase: Blas (longtime ICF supporter)

Of Note: No harvest next Sunday due to long weekend, will resume Sunday, August 12th.

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Harvest #5 - July 22, 2012

Howdy, howdy.

Every week has a few new items and a few staples. This week's NKOTB are the beautiful dill and succulent wa wa sai (sui choi) cabbage. The former is great with salmon and the latter, grilled on a bbq (oil, teriyaki, salt & pepper), makes a lovely side to accompany the fish.

In the share:
  • Head Lettuce, Lovelock or Romaine
  • Kohlrabi, Kolibri 
  • Collard Greens, Champion
  • Dill, Bouquet
  • Sui Choi Cabbage, Wa wa sai
  • Kale, Redbor
Here's are some images from today's harvest. Modeling courtesy of the Drill.
Wa wa sai, makes a good jar of kimchi

Kolibri, killing it!

Love(ly)lock Lettuce

Kohlrabi profiles continue

Brassicas are sick

Beautiful bounty

Monday, 16 July 2012

Sunset Tomatoes

Last year, we had a tomato fiasco. It hurt. We were pretty enthusiastic and had about 15-20 varieties going all at once, in one yard. Then, collapse. Disease spread early and quick and wiped them all out. But quick as knives in a fork shop, we did some reflecting over the winter and switched up our strategies. Now we have fewer varieties in more yards.

The following pics are from one of our sites in the Sunset neighbourhood. It's a little oven of a backyard and gets full sun, beauty soil too. We're putting our hearts on the line again this year for some sun-kissed tomatoes! Inshallah.

Beds weeded and ready for action back in late spring
Idle hands are bad news, so weeds must be good news.

Post weeding, staking in progress
Hells ya Rosalind!

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Cat blog posting, round 2

Due to high demand, we will continue to dedicate blog posts to Cats in the Gardens as they emerge. This particular incident unfolded quite spontaneously and somewhat unfavorably for the once-a-week-farmer. Of note: look who elbows his (her?) way into the spotlight as well - kohlrabi. Typical.

And for those readers whose appetite for on-line feline adventures is not satiated from these images, here's a feast in the making.

Harvest #4 - July 15, 2012

Lots of images from today's harvest. Cauliflower looked great, first round of kohlrabi(!) and some beautiful Lovelock lettuce. The shares are beginning to fill out in volume and variety and the season is just getting going!

Claire taking care of business
Galen's prep skills in action, sans chaussures

Farm Van

Le Marche is a wonderful host, delicious coffees too.
Showcase Bin
Display cauliflower, a perfect specimen
And the goods per item:
Radishes, Easter Egg mix
Swiss Chard, Rainbow
Kale, Russian Red
Cauliflower, Snow Crown
Kohlrabi, Kongo
Lettuce, Lovelock
Lettuce, Romaine (Conquistador)
Oregano, Greek

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Weekly progress

Plants dig heat and sunshine. Here are a few highlights from this week's hard work in the gardens around Vancouver...actually, full disclosure, these photos are from gardens across the street from each other in the beautiful, and fertile, Mount Pleasant neighbourhood.

Intern Claire back in action, showcasing some cauliflower.
Just organic matter, microbes and love in this soil.
Farmer Cam tending the tomatoes.
Looking forward to a good harvest tomorrow and seeing our lovely shareholders at the Marche.

Sunday, 8 July 2012

King of the Kohlrabi Jungle

To continue with last season's 'Kohlrabi Profiles'

Introducing Moochie

Coming soon, interns Galen (aka Gai lan) and Rosalind's 'Cats in the Garden' blog, not to be confused with their rival.

Harvest #3 - July 8, 2012

Apologies for the delay between postings...

Today's harvest had a slow start thanks to Peter (& Katie!). The whole ICF crew was fortunate enough to attend Peter & Katie's magical wedding. Unfortunately, we suffered 2 casualties: Claire, we hope you find your bike and are glad you got home in one piece; and Mills, we hope your golf game this afternoon did not suffer from your enthusiasm on the dance floor. Here's a nice picture captured by Camil.

The lovely couple
And here are the veggies of the week. Of special note, the extraordinarily large Romaine lettuce.
Romaine, Conquistador
Kale, Redbor
Scallions, Kincho
Radishes, Ping Pong
Garlic Scapes
Fresh Mint
And one more harvest picture
Lady Scapes
Thanks again for helping with the post-wedding harvest.