It's difficult to write about berries when it's so cold out. And we're all still talking about ice hockey anyhow. I might as well just enjoy the last game tomorrow and then I'll talk berries...
Tomorrow may be game 7 but more importantly, it is the first Wednesday Farmer's Market of the season. With this cooler weather, there are lots of lovely greens (and much more) available at the market. Add a salad to eat with your pizza while you watch the game!
The Grower's Guide, found in "The Comox Valley Echo" is now out. It is a wonderful resource for finding all the valley farms; what products are available, when and where to buy them. There is food bounty in the Comox Valley for sure. No need to shop further than your nearest farm.
May tomorow bring the silver of the cup and the gold of the sun to start ripening the berries.
The fields are alive with bees. A delightful sight and sound to a berry growers senses. I guess it took a little sun and heat to lure them out. We are sure glad to they are back.
Besides bees buzzing there is the buzz of the saw as the farmer and sons build a brooder for turkey poults. The farm was supposed to welcome turkey poults tomorrow but because of the postal strike they will not be coming. Who would have thought growing poultry would be affected by Canada Post? Wait we will for their safe and speedy delivery soon. Their brooder is ready and waiting. Growing turkeys is a first for Windhover and there is much anticipation.
Most of the vegetables are now planted. Just a few cucumber transplants to put in and a couple squash plants that were a little behind. The field is greening up quickly--mostly with weeds but we're on top of those with hoes and strong hands! Everything is so very green right now. It will be such a delight to see the first colour of red and blue on the berry plants next month.
The Comox Valley Farmer's Market opens on Wednesdays beginning June 15. Now we can eat fresh, local products mid-week. Be sure to visit.
Until next week,
There has been action in the Windhover fields. It is the end of May and the planting of raspberries and strawberries is complete. Hurray! It was a little damp out there but that means we don't have to put the irrigation system into high gear yet. The berries are currently setting down roots in their new beds, preparing to grow for a fruitful season. The blueberries, years ahead in growth, look on with heighty maturity at the newbies beside them! I would say we are about 6 weeks away from tasting the first berries. That means there is six weeks to eat the remaining berries from last season in the freezer. And six more weeks to avoid the strawberries from the south tempting us in the grocery store. We can do that! The reward of delayed gratification for something better is worth it!
Next up is to finish planting a vegetable garden, squeezing this and that between the row upon row of berries. And then we sit back and watch everything grow. Or not sitting and not watching but back to weeding and mowing and mulching. And the waiting...
Check back in a week for more farm news.