An Italian Garden

One of our lovely customers, Diane Bruni, connected us with her parents, Gina and Pasquale who have been gardening this plot of land for 60! years. We have the incredible fortune of planting a rather giant garden this summer in the most beautiful soil and dreamy space. We’ve somehow managed to get almost everything in the ground – here are a few pics.

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Prairie Boy Angels

This week has been a challenging one but we are feeling more optimistic…kinda like we are “winning” again. We have been watering round the clock. The latest planting of beans is germinating, the tomatoes are doing really well, we’ve saved some squashes, cukes, and watermelons from complete bug annihilation, the lettuces are growing and perking up, the pride chard is bouncing back etc. We bought a water pump so we can water the plants at a much faster rate which is really helping and last but not least we were visited by some Prairie Boy Angels. The “girls” showed up this long weekend with a passion for weed killing & tomato mulching like we’ve never seen before. We cannot express the deep gratitude we have for all your hard work, sweat, and company. We will hopefully express it better with tomatoes in August. Thank you Stacey, Christine and Emily for everything. We are touched by your efforts and well timed help. Mwah x 1000. And thanks to Tico for swooping in and helping with the moonlight harvest. Tomorrow is Tuesday. Market day & CSA pick up/delivery day. Our favourite day of the week.

Prairie Boy Angels

Vive Montreal! dinner pics

A giant Merci to everyone who came out to the Depanneur for our last dinner. It was a great night filled with some serious heavy hitting food. Classic, Canadian, Old School, comfort food.

Also thanks to Scotch Mountain Meats & Sanagans Meat Locker for the various versions of Pork, Sunrise Organics for the turnips and cider glazing, Marc Pierce for making the cheese curds, to the fine restaurants in Montreal that inspired the evening…and to the Quebecois who keep these recipes alive.

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The MenuWild Mushroom and Wild Rice Tourtierettes with Red Cabbage Slaw
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Sugar Shack Beans with Smoked Onions and Maple Syrup
Bacon, Sausages, and Roasted Pork Shoulder
Cider Glazed Turnips
Fairmont Bagel Chips
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Maple Pets-De-Soeurs (nuns farts) with Marc’s homemade Cheese Curds

Cuban markets

I’ve always been fascinated with markets whenever  traveling. They are always such a hub of activity and creativity. On a recent trip, I noticed there was a lot more food in Havana than in the past. More markets and vendors which was very nice to see. The produce there is essentially organic as they don’t have the same access to pesticides and herbicides as the rest of the world…which is a happy accident i suppose.

The other thing i noticed on this trip was the design of things in the market. We are forever trying to think of interesting and affordable ways of displaying and distributing our produce, with minimal environmental impact and I was very inspired by Cuban ingenuity. Necessity is the mother of invention after all.

Here are some images from markets and street vendors in Havana.

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New pics

As the summer rolls forward, we just wanted to share a few pics from the last few weeks. It has been really busy and also alot of fun. We’ve made so many new friends this summer and are having such a great time talking about and eating great healthy food.
Special Shout Outs to:
   • Mark and Joyce from Sunrise Organics for their mentorship, wisdom and patience with us.
   • Len Senater from The Depanneur , our new neighbourhood food hotspot where we are a part of “interesting food things” happening.
• Everyone who has been a part of the experiment and experience we call Prairie Boy. You continually inspire and encourage us. 
Sincere Thanks,
Grant and Lainie

Grant bragging
Lainie’s gigantic farming hat
Prairie Boy Food Terminal
Garlic Angel, Mark Grahlman
Kelli Grahlman, Son of Garlic Angel
Carrots, being carrots
Nosey Cherry Tomato
Siamese Cherry Tomatoes
Beautiful Sunflower