Category Archives: Produce

Winter 2013/14

snow carrotsOur SARE experiment carrots are keeping us going throughout the winter months. A hard November frost meant the loss of our greens.

carrot harvestHarvesting is done using a spading fork, but without lifting the soil –  minimizing soil disturbance.

marketThey are a big hit at the winter farmers market and Food Coop

carrot compareOne thing we are noticing with these late season carrots in the difference in size and shape… the one on the left is a no-till carrot. The one on the right is from the tilled bed.

soil bucketIts time to take our last soil samples from the four experiment beds…

soil samplesWe are testing for caton exchange, organic matter and nutrients such as phosphorous and potassium. Other factors we will be analyzing for our experiment results include yields, hours of labor, worm count, moisture content and temperature.

mulch in barrowThese late season beds missed out on all the cover cropping we did in October, so we’re covering them with mulch generated from the garden to protect the soil.

mulch on bed

September 2013

carrot bedIn our test beds – the late season carrots are thriving…

carrot shoulders carrots harvested

doug and garyDoug Collins agrees!  Taking time from his job at WSU he came with his family (on bikes) to interview us for an article he’s writing on organic no-till… see the finished article on our press page

cornflower seedsSeeds are forming on the pretty blue cornflowers…

cornflowers   edible flowersWe’ve had fun with our other edible flowers: calendular and borage…

floral salad mix….adding them to our salad mixes

market 1Our other harvest moon crops include, garlic, tomatoes,

market 2kale, cauliflower, cabbage, leeks, bulb fennel, lettuce, zucchini,

market 3beets….  these colorful beauties are Chioggias

market 5pac choi, bok choi and cucumbers… pickling, slicing and the ever popular lemon varieties

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market4and carrots, of course…

ninaAll these delicious veggies take time to harvest. A big thank you to Nina who helped out with picking all summer!

August 2013

carrot damageAn interesting development in the experiment beds… we are noticing a lot of damage from rust fly and wire worms in the tilled bed. Significantly more than the no-till bed. So it looks like our overall yields will be higher in the no-till bed. Its strange that tillage is often recommended as a pest control! Clearly in our case, tilling has disturbed a natural eco-system that would normally contain predators for these pests.

edie beansThe garden is looking abundant…  our wwoofer, Edie took these beautiful photos

edie brassicas edie cabbages edie carrots edie sunflower edie view 2 edie view edie zuc edieThanks Edie!

marketWe have tons of gorgeous produce for market… for our first time inside the new Brickworks building in town.

Through Mikaela’s Lens….

One of our June wwoofers Mikaela not only proved herself to be a master harvester, bean planter and quack grass eliminator she also has a wonderful photographer’s eye… here is her blog post.

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Washing and sink area…

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The trusty Japanese hoe…

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The lovely Amy…

chard

The most beautiful Rainbow Chard…

beans

Cute beans that were planted by yours truly….

bee

Faux Honey Bee…

poppies

Poppies!

goats

Cheeky Goats! (temporary guests at Talking Horse Farm)

cabbage

Red Cabbages, Red Pac Choi, Green Cabbages, Green Pac Choi…

mikaela pizza

Beatin’ the sourdough…

gary oven

…for Gary the Pizza master and his cob oven!

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Organic Sourdough (hand kneaded), farm-harvested arugula (that day), Amy’s secret sauce, organic local goat cheese, roasted garlic and red onions. Yum…!

October 2012

As the fall begins its time to cover the bare soil with cover crops. Soil is not soil without plants growing in it. Mostly we are using a mix of clovers and vetches with rye in the paths between the beds.

fava beans

In two of our experiment beds however, we are sowing fava beans.

heather cauli

The garden is yielding plenty of crops, like these stunning cauliflowers picked up by our 2011 intern Heather. She’s working at Lacrover a local farm who are collaborating with Sweet Earth Farm on a westside CSA.

basil

The fragrant Basil (one of the only plants in the green house) is at its peak.

tomatoes

Teaming up perfectly with these heirloom tomatoes to make a mediterranean sauce fit for the first clay-oven fired pizza…

pizza oven

pizza

September 2012

blackberry drawing

Its blackberry time…

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… and time for our annual trip to the beach to gather seaweed from the shore for making a compost tea.

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Seaweeds are rich in nutrients that plants (and people) benefit from hugely.

seaweed sunset

Luckily, we are surrounded by the Puget Sound and her abundant offerings.

squash

Abundant offerings in the garden too… its been a great year for our crops.

tomatoes in field

The long summer has been wonderful for the tomatoes.

tomato on vine

Beaverlodge Slicers, Black Prince, Brandywines, Persimmons.

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Beans and leeks.

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Fall Brassicas.

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Over wintering carrots and lemon balm.

farmers market

A bountiful harvest at San Juan Island Farmers Market.

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Other buyers this season include San Juan Island Food Coop, Duck Soup Inn, Pablitos, Deb Nolan Catering, The Coho and Cafe Demeter. Thank you for your support!

kirsten and amy

Another huge thank you goes to our intern Kirsten, who leaves us at the end of September.

kirsten blackberries

She worked hard all season on scything, bed prep, planting, weeding and harvesting both cultivated and wild seasonal treasures…

blackberries

May your future be fruitful and bright!

June 2012

salad mix bed

This year’s crop for our two year SARE funded experiment is mixed salad greens and lettuce. We are growing, arugula, kale, mizuna, giant red mustard, tatsoi, sorrel and persian cress in eight foot beds. Comparing two no-till beds with two tilled beds… more about this experiment to be published soon…