Farm Life Local Vegetables and Berries

Sunny Skies

The change has been brutal: from a cold and blustery start to spring, we’ve suddenly shifted to talavera blue skies and sun-baked days worthy of an all-inclusive trip to Punta Cana. We’re not complaining – sunshine is what we need, but it feels like we’ve had to turn on a dime, racing against the clock to install our irrigation system – drip hose here, aspersion sprinklers there – as we pray to the rain gods to fill the pond to the brim so we can take water off our worry list. The spring- and rain-fed pond is our very own ‘renewable resource’: it generally starts out full and is gradually drained as the season progresses, a mere puddle come September, that is then replenished during the fall and winter months. It’s a never-ending cycle. Meanwhile, field plantings continue apace – tomatoes last week; corn, eggplants, cucumbers and zucchini this week.

Irrigation en action - Irrigation at Work

Fournil du Capitaine Levain, Pains - BreadsTo those of you interested in the sourdough breads of Ghislain Despatie and Céline Richard, our bakers have launched their website – it provides a nice overview of their breads, the organic grains they use and delivery logistics. We are happy to support their endeavour, as it is not often one comes across artisanal bread of such good quality. Mark your calendars – 2016 vegetable baskets begin in less than 3 weeks, on Wednesday, June 15. We’re looking forward to seeing you all soon.