If you weren’t looking at the calendar this week you might be tempted to conclude spring had arrived. With daily highs into the double digits breaking temperature records all week and the frost out of the ground for the second time this winter the outdoors seem to call. We took advantage of the rather unseasonably warm weather to catch up on a bit of fall garlic planting we hadn’t gotten to before the freeze up back in November.
More seasonably cold temperatures are set to come back soon, but in the greenhouses we still get to enjoy the warmth and the spring like growing conditions now that we have more than ten hours of sunlight per day. If only the clouds would leave us for a while. It hasn't been a cold winter, but it has been cloudy through most of December and January further reducing what little sunlight we get that time of year. We are thankful for the sunny days we have had this week.
We are busy planting. We have been seeding in the greenhouse for months already now and continue seeding onions while also transplanting lettuce, bok choi, arugula, spinach, and green onions into the high tunnels and our new greenhouse. We are also using the additional space to try growing an early crop of peas and radishes. Stay tuned for the results. Our fall planted spinach, arugula, and baby kale are yielding more every week so look for them at market.
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Nith Valley Organics is committed to sustainable agriculture.
We are currently in the process of transitioning to organic, and were excited to have our first
certified organic produce hit the market in the fall of 2014.
We continue to also produce vegetables on transitional land to
accommodate expansion but as always all our vegetables are grown
in accordance with the principles of organic agriculture.
In 2016 everything was certified organic except strawberries, beets and carrots.
We anticipate being fully transitioned in 2017.
We had something close to 20 acres in vegetable production for the 2016 season,
and are planning on about the same for 2017.
For more information about the farm, read the About Us page.
Join us for our fifth season as a CSA! We offer several share options — choose between two sizes of boxed share for pickup at any of our markets, on-farm (with the option of ordering eggs, as well), or at selected neighbourhood locations, or enjoy the freedom of our full-choice model with pickup at our various Aberfoyle and Waterloo Square farmers' markets! For more information visit our CSA page. For more information on CSAs, please visit the Oxford County local CSA page.
During the summer, we attend four markets each week. We are at Montgomery’s Inn in Etobicoke Wednesday afternoons from 2–6, Uptown Market in Waterloo Square on Thursday afternoons from 3–7, and at the Brampton Farmers Market on Saturday mornings from 7–1. In the winter we sell at both the Montgomery’s Inn market, and the Stop's Farmers' market at Wychwood barns, and our products are also available year-round at the farm.
See our Calendar for market dates, and CSA pickup dates.