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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Introducing The New (to us) Tractor

So we got a new tractor. We desperately needed one, especially at this time of year when the tilling needs to be done. It will also come in handy later with weeding. With the generous and knowledgeable help of our dear friend Mark Grahlman from Sunrise Organics,  we acquired a 1956 Ford 600. It’s almost as old as the both of us combined. ok, ok, not quite but it’s certainly older than each of us by a long shot. It has been beautifully maintained and restored. Grant tilled yesterday and texted me “greatest tractor ever!” so it must be doing a good job. It has lovely lines and beautiful design elements that are unlike anything made these days. We promise to look after it and  do our best to see it is running in 2056. Here are a few pics.

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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

 

Letters to the Editor?

One of our main reasons for growing food is that we LOVE to cook and eat and yet, ironically,  it feels like we havn’t had any time to cook or eat lately.  The lowest we’ve “sunk” recently was me spoon feeding take out roti to Grant as we drove back to the farm at 11pm. The opposite of “slow food”. hehe
We’ve since promised each other to make more time to cook and eat together and with friends or at least leave the other some leftovers.
In contrast to us eating take out in the car, we have been receiving amazing and sometimes hilarious feedback, pics, texts and recipes from everyone. It is so inspiring to hear and see what everyone has been cooking up with the veg we grew. It’s making me hungry just thinking about it. Here are some samples from the last few weeks. 
 Grilled Tomatillo Salsa
 “Thanks for the beets, lettuce and garlic fronds… sauteed the beet greens last night. SO delicious! Having the beets roasted on the BBQ tonight. The butter lettuce is yummy with simple oil and vinegar dressing. We are spoiled…” 
“daddy i met a real farmer”
“just picked up the beets. I left ten bucks under the green bucket at the bottom right of your back stairs”
“farmer lainie and her mister – wow. what an abundance of joy you dropped off at my house . thank you thank you thank you. good eatin xx”
 Lasagna using zucchini and eggplant instead of noodles
“Made an indulgent breakfast: squash blossom and pecorino-fresco frittata with garden herbs. Thank you Prairie Boy and MonforteDairy”
 “awesome basket”
 BBQ roasted beets and jalapenos

“i just unpacked the crate and it was like a treasure chest of goodies…i can’t wait to start using and experimenting…it’s truly a bounty of riches”
Mixed greens, green and yellow beans, anchovies, capers, roasted beets and bbq’d salmon kebobs

 Zucchini and Squash Blossoms with basil and peccorino Pizza

Thanks you everyone for sharing your enthusiasm and dinners with us. – Grant and Lainie xo

10 days in pictures

It’s been a crazy 10 days filled with harvesting, cleaning, drying, growing, delivering, friends. visiting, dinners, sunburn, mosquito bites, laughter, tears, helping, sharing and some serious cases of weed back. Self diagnosis of sore back from weeding. Here is a peak into our last hard, rewarding, busy 10 days. -Lainie
 Free Farm newbies Lisa and Julian
 Julian in the neighbours’ Soy at sunset
 Julian picking beans
 
friends coming for dinner
 sweaty farmer Grant
Grant, Jim and Olen harvesting garlic
 Jim and Olen Lesson 1: cleaning garlic and putting dirt in bucket
 First veg boxes/stockings for delivery
 Espelette Peppers from Spain
 Ripening
 Ah Houston, we have a Tomato problem
Squashes
 Big A** Heirloom Tomato
 Zucchini Blossoms-new and old
 Corns – something has been knocking down stalks
 Crookneck Squash
 Baby Watermelon
 Green Tomatillos
 Cylindra Beets
 Fennel
Rainbow Swiss Chard