March 01. 2009

Green Croft Gardens News

What’s happening on the Farm?
We still have a lot of snow about 2.5 feet and at this time we are probably a whole 4 weeks behind our normal spring season. It will be interesting to see if we will catch up to our regular growing season.
Three of our goats had their kids within a few days, it was very cold with the coldest night at –22. We lost one little goat but all the others, five in total, are all happy and are getting very playful. We are enjoying having great goats milk again and it is plenty for us so I am making delicious yoghurt. The sheep should start lambing end of March and into middle of April but at this time they look like they will take their time maybe waiting for better weather.
It is hard to imagine that we will grow vegetables in two months. Our first market is Saturday April 4th in Kelowna. That’s only a month away……what will we bring is the big question right now.
I guess I can always bring my wool products, I think even plants will not be ready by then.
Wolf is starting the first seedlings this weekend, we delayed our seeding because there is just too much snow and it is still too cold.
As you know from last newsletter Wolf is working over the winter at Fieldstone Granary in Armstrong as technical advice manager and he is very happy because all the machinery is working well and they can start cleaning grain again. He is proud to tell you their mill has one of the highest standards and will be a real show case.
Watch out for their open house this year, it will be announced soon. Fieldstone Granary will be at the Seed Swap in Enderby selling green manure seeds and home flour mills.
Check out their website www.fieldstonegranary.ca
We are for the 13th season a wwoof host and had our first wwoofer (traveler who helps for room and board) the last week of February. Jo was from Brighton, England and we really enjoyed her visit. Check out the wwoof website www.wwoof.ca
This month we do most of our seeding in trays for transplants like lettuce, salad mix, corn salad, miners lettuce, leeks, onions, celeriac, celery, cabbage, broccoli, tomatoes, peppers, and herbs plus some flowers. We also hope to prune all our raspberries and fruit trees, clean the barns, move the compost, clean up and getting organized for the upcoming growing season.
Produce for Sale
Still a little Parsnips, celeriac (celery root), sunchokes (Jerusalem artichokes), beets, dried basil and dried hot peppers.
Recipes of the Month
Green Sauce
This sauce is a tradition in some parts of Germany and they say Goethe loved his mothers green sauce. The first written recipe is from 1860. The sauce should have at least 7 different green herbs. Experiment which mix of herbs you like best and start your own family tradition.
You need:
100g fresh herbs
Parsley, chives, sorrel, dill, chervil, borage, cress, lemon balm, lovage, if you don’t have enough herbs use some spinach, cornsalad or arugula.
1 small onion
3 hard boiled eggs
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
2Tbsp olive or sunflower oil
1tsp dijon mustard
250g sour cream
150g yoghurt
1 pinch of salt, sugar and pepper
Wash herbs and drain, hard boil eggs, peel and take out egg yolks, mix egg yolks with mustard and oil till smooth, then add sour cream and yoghurt.
Chop egg whites, herbs and onion finely and mix into the sauce, add vinegar or lemon juice, more mustard, salt, pepper and sugar to taste.
Let rest in refrigerator for one hour.
Serve with potatoes, steamed vegetables or as a dip.

Icelandic Lamb skins
We got our beautiful and soft lambskins tanned and are selling them for $ 120 each.
You can choose from colours white, black and brown.
New this season!
Wool products
We are offering
• Beautiful Icelandic raw fleece from our summer shearing in multi colours $ 25 per fleece
• Wool bats for spinning, felting $2 per oz
• Roving for easy spinning, hooking and felting $2 per oz
• Hand spun wool in many colours for $4 - 4.50 per oz
• Handmade cozy slippers, hats and scarves.

Where are we selling this Month?

We will be selling at the:

Seed Swap and Sale, at AL Fortune High School in Enderby
Saturday March 7, 2009 9am – 3pm

and

Kelowna Seed Swap
March 14, 2009, 10 am
Rutland Centennial Hall, 180 Rutland Rd. North



You can also come to buy at the farm call or email to make an appointment greengdn@junction.net

Call 250-838-6581

SHUSWAP SEED SAVERS SEED SWAP & SALE
For the 15th year the Seed Savers are planning their event for March 7,2009 from 10 AM to 3 PM. The Seed Swap and Sale will be held at the A.L.Fortune School, 500 Bass Avenue, Enderby.
There will be over 30 vendors with Heritage Seeds, vegetables, baking, wood art, honey, soap, wool products, worm castings, unique items from driftwood and much more. The vendors for coffee, tea and juice offer a discount for those who bring their own cup.
There will be a Silent Auction (bids will close at 2 pm), a raw food demonstration, and a demonstation of grinding grain. Displays will be by the Shuswap Seed Savers, Okanagan North 4-H Club, Eat Local Group, Kingfisher Interpretive Centre, Seeds of Diversity, and USC Canada.
In the theatre two films "Hijacked Future" and "Gardens of Destiny, the Organic Way" will be shown. Dr. Warren Bell will talk on the "Future of Food" taking nourishment in the 21st Century. Sarah Bradshaw will be "Introducing the Shuswap Seed Bank", and Afke Zonderland will talk about "Garden to Dinner plate" a harvest for wellness.
The Seed Savers encourage everyone who has saved seeds to bring them for the Seed Swap table. They want to see the tables overflowing with seeds again as they did last year.  If you can save seeds (especially Heritage seeds)  from just one plant you are helping to preserve the gardens of the future!!
Admission to the event is $3 for adults; and free for students and children.
For more information call 250-832-2355 or 250-838-6581


How to get to the seed Swap?
• Turn east on Knight Ave
• (Flashing Green)
• Turn left on Evergreen St.
• Go over Railroad
• Turn left on Brickyard Rd
• Go to Bass Ave.
• Turn Right on Bass Ave.
• Pass Hardware Store
A.L.Fortune School on the right

Interesting Events

Hi, folks - can you please share this with all the foodies you know! This is such an incredible opportunity. Dr. Shiva is one of my heroes.

OKANAGAN COLLEGE PRESENTS:

Dr. Vandana Shiva
March 10th at 8 p.m. in the Mary Irwin Theater,

Rotary Centre 421 Cawston Av., Kelowna

Tickets are free • Limited Seating
Dr. Vandana Shiva is a world-renowned environmental
leader and thinker. Director of the Research Foundation on Science, Technology, and Ecology, she is the author of many books, including:
Water Wars; Privatization,Pollution, and Profit

Manifestos on the Future of Food and Seed

SHUSWAP FOOD ACTION Presents:
A SENSE OF WONDER
On Sunday, March 8th, bring your toonie at 2pm to the Salmar Classic where Shuswap Food Action will screen two new films.
The world premiere of the Green Thumb Garden Project documentary will preceed 'A SENSE of WONDER'.  This film tells the story of environmentalist Rachel Carson.


For more information see:

www.falklandgreencorner.blogspot.com
www.wildlearning.blogspot.com

or contact Monique at mrichoux@telus.net 




The Farmers and Organizers of the Kootenay Grain CSA
Would like to invite you to join their Grain CSA.

Dear 2008 Grain CSA Shareholders and Prospective 2009 Shareholders,

We have finalized our decisions regarding the size, composition, and cost of each 2009 Kootenay Grain CSA share. Attached to this email, please find an order form for your share. Also, along with this form, we have included an explanation of how our CSA works, how you will make a difference by choosing to support local farmers, and why several changes have been made to the nature of this year's share.

If you would like to become a member of the 2009 Kootenay Grain CSA, please print the attached order form, fill it out, and mail it, along with your cheque, to the address provided.

Anyone who is interested in this opportunity email me and I will forward the order form and more info greengdn@junction.net



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