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Green Croft Gardens News

Happy Holidays to all 

and we wish you a Happy ,Healthy New Year!


What’s happening on the farm?

It has been quiet lately, Philip our youngest moved out two weeks ago and is living in Kelowna with his girlfriend Holly. You may see him and Holly helping at the markets sometimes. Our daughter Jenny moved into our upstairs apartment and is still helping us for two days a week and working the rest of the week at the Cliff’s Bistro in Enderby. Thomas is looking for a new job, he is ready to take on a new challenge. So now we are cooking for just Wolf and me, and if you have ever been at the farm in the summer with usually 8 or more at the table you would think its not the same place, however everyone will be home for Christmas which is nice! 

We have time now to reflect on this past last year and plan the crops, make a budget, fix things around the farm and house, plan all the events for next year, read books, relax and take some time off,..... yes we will do that !!


The Farm Animals

My flock of sheep is smaller now with 7 adult ewes and 4 ewe lambs that I am keeping. We got a new young ram from Herman Drescher in Ashton Creek this fall and are expecting the first lambs in April, everyone is happy and healthy and looking cosy in their wooly coats. My goats are all bred to have kids in March so I am drying(stop milking them) them off now. Ivy and Star have been milking for almost two years. It will be fun to have baby goats this spring. The chickens have a great new chicken house and my new young hens (50 of them) will soon start laying eggs I hope. We just installed a light on a timer to convince them it is closer to spring then Christmas. All our turkeys are gone and the ducks are celebrating because they have a roomy duck barn now with no harassment. The horses had a busy year teaching my riding students and I am always amazed how they will take care of the kids or just challenge them or me enough to learn new skills. My green horses will get some extra attention this winter and spring, so they can have new riding partners next summer.


We still have 4 markets before Christmas 

       Dec 14 and 21

          2.30 pm - 6 pm at the Coldstream Woman Institute Hall across        

       from the elementary school.


       Dec 17                                                  

          9 am - 1 pm at the Parkinson Rec. Center


           Dec  23     

       2 pm - 5.30 pm at the Enderby Seniors Citizen Complex


Products Available for December...

Rainbow carrots, carrots, savoy cabbage, red cabbage, green cabbage, red and yellow onions, shallots, green kale,  radicchio, Chinese Cabbage(suey choi), leeks, yellow and red potatoes, beets, sunchokes, parsley root, parsnips and garlic.

  

Special Sale!!!   Juicing Carrots  25 lb bags for only $ 15



Try this recipe with your Christmas Turkey Dinner


Braised Red Cabbage


1kg (2.2lb) red cabbage

50g (2oz) fat  ( butter, oil, lard, etc.)

2 apples

1tbs sugar

6tbs red wine vinegar

salt to taste

1 bay leaf

1 clove

liquid(water, wine, stock)



Remove outer leaves of cabbage. Quarter and core the cabbage and slice finely into strips.

Chop onions.

Peel, core and chop apples.

In a large casserole dish or heavy pot heat fat and add onion, apples and sugar and sautee until onions are glassy but not brown.

Add shredded cabbage and toss.

Add vinegar and spices and liquid.

Cook at low to medium heat  ca. 1hour ( it tends to be better if you give it more time and also may be made ahead)  Check liquid




Home made Christmas Gifts!

Felting Workshops @ the Farm

Sunday, December 18, 1- 4 pm 


This workshop, will teach you how to make a molded piece like slippers or a bowl

Cost is $ 40 per person, this includes wool and all materials to make your felt.


Please sign up by email greencroftgardens@mybcdc.ca  or call 250 838-6581










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