Gardener’s Journal

CSA 13 / the circle of life is more like a straight line?

PICK UP SUNDAY AFTERNOON at The Bus Stop Theatre 4pm – 8pm 
  LET ME KNOW IF YOU CAN’T MAKE SUNDAY before 2pm on Sunday and I will bring your veggies to you or a mutually agreeable location.
AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE
WATERMELONS $5 dollars
TOMATOES   THE DEAL CONTINUES 10 pounds for $15
Honey (6 sm 12 regular)
Blackberry freezer jam $ 6 / 5 dollars if you return your jar
Free Range Unwashed Eggs $ 4
Mead2015 ( sparkling only ) $ 12
Gingerbeer $ 5
Whole Frozen & Fresh Ethical and Free Range Chickens $ 4 per pound
Floral Arrangements $5
Good to GO ORGANICS:
TOMATOES !!!!
HOT SWEET PEPPERS
CARROTS
LETTUCE
NEW ZEALAND SPINACH
CHARDS
TURNIP
KALE
BEETS
RADISH
BASIL
PARSLEY
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It’s time for the meat kings, the breed of broiler chickens we’ve raised… to die, they’ve had a good life…. a simple life…. not all that long a life…. but they’ve pecked about, flapped their wings, cocked their heads, shaken a tail feather or two and gotten used to their bedtime song: “you’re next in line sleepy chicken”.
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Their appointment at the slaughter house is 8am Monday morning, halfways across the province. This means I will not be able to stay in town Sunday night and deliver to cafes or other locations on Monday morning, so be in touch if you are not able to make it to the BST on Sundays evening.
SO THIS WEEK ONLY let me know if you’d like a whole fresh chicken delivered to you this week on Wednesday, whatever is unclaimed by Tuesday will be frozen but remain available to you for purchase. These birds are smaller than the first batch roughly 7 pounds each dressed (which means without feathers or innards, before your imagination starts a grotesque fashion show), but they are every bit as tasty. If you are interested in reserving a bird for a future week, such as Thanksgiving you can also let me know how big a bird you’d be looking for and we’ll tag it for you now.
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That brings me to my weekly reflection; is life like a circle?… or is it more of a tangent? and is the answer a matter of perspective? One may say we are all connected, we are forever ebbing and flowing, we are born to diapers and return to diapers, we eat from the earth and then return to it….. Another might say, you are on your life’s path and it’s not good to double back, you plant the seed, you water the plant and you eat the fruit…. who saves their seeds? Who is not changed by each passing season …and though winter returns we continue to grow.
When I started this CSA project I thought: 9 months, start to finish. This week marks the beginning of the end; counting down the last 5 boxes. Now that the fall is here and the beds are being turned over for their winter crop rotation I wonder who’s interested in another whirl around the sun, no promises, just curious.
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CSA 12 / Down by the Bay & Low Hanging Fruit

FARMHOLDERS
                     COME AROUND BACK
PICK UP SUNDAY AFTERNOON at (2268 MAITLAND) the
the BACK OF THE Bus Stop Theatre 4pm – 8pm 
  Delivery of unpicked upped produce to the following locations on Monday Morning
Kane & Robie
Cafe Cempoal
Windsor & Oxford
Duncan Street Coop
The Other Bean
OR   Join Us this EVENING AND SATURDAY for the CAN IT PARTY and get your veg straight from the garden that grew it.
AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE
WATERMELONS $5 dollars
TOMATOES !!!!!   🍅🍅🍅🍅  THE DEALS CONTINUE 10 pounds for 15 dollars  or 25 pounds for 30 dollars
Honey (6 sm 12 regular)
Blackberry freezer jam $ 6 / 5 dollars if you return your jar
Free Range Unwashed Eggs $ 4
Mead2015 ( sparkling only ) $ 12
Gingerbeer $ 5
Whole Frozen Ethical and Free Range Chickens $ 4 per pound
Floral Arrangements $5
UPDATE
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Down by the Bay…. Where the watermelons grow….. back to my home I dare not go…. for if I do the HRM official will say: ” I never saw a farmer blasting Sarah Harmer” …. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0fE4tm5VZk

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Sometimes when the fruit comes it comes too heavy, and it weighs down the whole plant.
This week we are picking those burdened branches, hoping to lighten the weight while we the rest ripens….
Do you ever feel you are getting picked on because you are easy to pick on?
unnamed-2.jpgI got in trouble last week for pulling up on the sidewalk…. it’s how I’d loaded the 25 boxes into the theatre… the cops caught me, they weren’t happy and confused as I explained that while yes 2203 Gottingen was my mailing address, but yes, I was indeed a farmer from rural nova scotia, and though I had just knocked the front facade of the theatre with the nose of my car I was also the property manager of the building, and despite not having properly stamped and signed registration papers also the owner of the vehicle with the now slightly scuffed bumper….

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/ …. 3 years ago my gardens were behind the Theatre, a greenhouse, and raised garden beds that I expanded by 10 feet a year, a pond, there was a fire pit (before they were banned) and art, places to sit, it was open to the public and a little urban oasis complete with koi fish, raspberries and mint. This is the third time this year I’ve been ordered by the city to clean this lot of dumped garbage and debris….. So that’s why pick-ups will be out back… this the photo the bylaw officer sent me, just in case you get lost or harassed by city officials on your way around back 😛
backlot What’s up ORGANICS:
TOMATOES !!
POTATOES
PEPPERS
CARROTS
ONIONS
PANSIES
LETTUCE
NEW ZEALAND SPINACH
CHARDS
TURNIP
BEETS
RADISH
BASIL

CSA 11 / SALSA

FARMHOLDERS
BACK to BASICS
PICK UP SUNDAY AFTERNOON at the Bus Stop Theatre 4pm – 8pm
  Delivery of unpicked up produce to the following locations on Monday Morning
Kane & Robie
Cafe Cempoal
Windsor & Oxford
Duncan Street Coop
The Other Bean
JARS JARS JARS JARS JARS JARS JARS JARS BRING ME YOUR JARS and join us for the CAN IT PARTY
AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE TOMATOES !!!!!🍅DEALS DEALS DEALS 2 dollars per pound OR 10 pounds for 15 dollars, 25 pounds for 30 dollars
Honey (6 sm 12 regular)
Blackberries $ 4 / pint
Blackberry freezer jam $ 6 / 5 dollars if you return your jar
Free Range Unwashed Eggs $ 4
Mead2015 $ 12
Gingerbeer $ 5
Whole Frozen Ethical and Free Range Chickens $ 4
Floral Arrangements $7
UPDATE
 
When god gives you lemons… you’re supposed to manifest sugar and make refreshing lemonade.

 

When the glorious ground gives you too many tomatoes, peppers (hot and sweet), onions and basil, it’s time to chop ………. and manifest corn-chips. ….. Hint: this weeks delivery will make you several pounds of salsa.
My weekly reflection is that I’ve been feeling I’m pretty bummed about being almost done… well 11/17. The golden epoch has passed, there is now more stuff maturing than budding, and faster than I wanted it to….. is this middle age?
The truth is that I’m up in the wee hours after picking chopping and canning an almost unfathomable amount of tomatoes…. Please help me, PLEASE PURCHASE TOMATOES… everyone talks about how hard it must be to grow food, the truth is that the hardest part is when the fruit comes in abundance and then you don’t know what to do with it all…. the irony of the harder you work the more you have the less it’s worth….

ALSO, It’s the Halifax Fringe Festival so take in a show with your veggie pick up and get out to see all the best.
What’s up ORGANICS:
TOMATOES !!
PEPPERS
CARROTS
GARLIC !!
PANSIES
CHARDS
TURNIP
BEETS
RADISH
BASIL

CSA 10 / I’ve always liked mason jars

VeggieEaters,
BRING BACK YOUR JARS / it’s canning time.
If you have your wooden box or plastic pail at home bring it your delivery location
BASICS
PICK UP SUNDAY AFTERNOON – MONDAY
An email will be sent to tell you when your goods have been delivered
(Delivery between 2-4pm on Sunday)
DELIVERY LOCATIONS:

Kane & Robie
Cafe Cempoal
Windsor & Oxford
Duncan Street Coop
The Other Bean
UPDATE
You may remember theInline image 1 story of the ducks or have heard that Frank quacked all the time? He was an unhappy duck, very unhappy. Well, long story short: We thought we’d kill Frank, but everyone that visited got really attached…… So now he lives at the petting zoo just down the way at the Dutchman’s cheese farm, You should go visit him there…. Frank gets a happy ending, go figure.
The thing is back, and it’s eating the chickens. Actually, it just eats the head, and then it isn’t able to get the body out the freaking tiny hole it slithered in through. Frank was something of a watchduck and without him to cry-wolf the chickens more vulnerable.
I was recently made aware that my emails to you may be taking up a fair bit of space because of pictures and their file size. I’ll attempt to reduce the file size and have also been posting the updates on the website as well so you can delete the emails and still check out the pictures there instead.
Been thinking about the wisdom of past generations, reading Helen and Scott Nearing. Thinking about how we pass wisdom down, and if a youtube video can suffice where a Grandma, Aunt or neighbour would have in been. Gonna have a canning party this month if you’re interested in coming to help put the summer in jars let me know. This song may inspire you too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nb-0ZCqga48

CSA 9 / I say Tomatoes

Dearest FARMHOLDERS
BASICS
PICK UP SUNDAY AFTERNOON – MONDAY EVENING
An email will be sent to tell you when your goods have been delivered  (Delivery between 2-4pm on Sunday)
Kane & Robie
Cafe Cempoal
Windsor & Oxford
Duncan Street Coop
The Other Bean
Following this email I will send out a notice about tabs and let you know where I have you on my list of delivery locations.
Thanks for being understanding about “the under construction” nature of our protocol.
AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE
Honey (6 sm 12 regular)
Tomatoes $ 2 / per
Blackberries $ 4 / pint
Blackberry freezer jam $ 6 / 5 dollars if you return your jar
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Whole Frozen Chickens $ 4 per pound
UPDATE
It turns out the delivery to your local cafe or neighbourhood hub house is easier than having you all come to me, so we will continue to offer these services ! Hooray for accidental efficiencies!
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In the past I’ve been letting each location group know when their delivery has been made I will continue to do this. I know it’s a tad less personal so this picture from the festival catalogue was included to
assure you this is still a family operation.
The festival was a wild success I’ve attached little audio excerpts from one of the projects I was collaborating on called Living Landscape.
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What’s up ORGANICS:
TOMATOES !!
POTATOES
PEPPERS
BLACKBERRIES !!
GARLIC !!
PANSIES
CARROTS
ZUCCHUNI
CHARDS
TURNIP
LETTUCE
PARSLEY
SAGE

CSA 8 is gonna be late

Dearest CSA Members,

As I feared the boxes are going to be bit late. Realistically I’m not gonna make into town until Monday evening. I can leave your box or of produce at Bass River General, Kane Street in the North End, Cafe Cempoal on Agricola, or the Other Bean by 3pm on MONDAY….. or  given these extraneous circumstances deliver straight to your door on Monday evening.
!!!!!! IMPORTANT : PLEASE please pretty please; to receive a box  this week you must respond to this email with either a stated location of your preference or your home address.
A MILLION THANKS FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING !!! also if you come to the festival and you want to take your veggies home with you on Sunday that is totally do-able
CSA 8 will include. Listed in terms availability:
KALE
BASIL
POTATOES
PEPPERS
BLACKBERRIES
GARLIC
TOMATOES
PANSIES
CARROTS
ZUCCHINI
CHARDS
TURNIP
LETTUCE
So… no picture this week  you’ll have to come see for yourself: buy your tickets online or at the door : www.whiterabbitarts.ca
The gardeners wrote you this poem:
Mycelial moon
Spreading roots
Grounded in the now

CSA 7 / FARM FULL

SUNDAY BST 2:30pm -7pm  MONDAY PICK UPS @ The Other Bean on Quinpoole or Cafe Cempoal on Agricola

As much as you are expecting more negative & skeptical reports about bugs and drought… and while neither has subsided, the gardens have provided. Thank goodness.
Over the past week the land has hosted roughly 30 people. The folks are all working hard on creating and curating beautiful moments and scared spaces. If you haven’t bought your tickets yet do: www.whiterabbitarts.ca
This coming week the gardens will be tended to not by me but by two good friends andCSA member Silas and Erica. I am grateful to get to spend the coming days with them and the rest of the artists coming up for the Metamorphosis Project.
I fear that next week my newsletter will contain even less insight and that I may need to bump our Sunday pickup to the evening if not Monday…. as we will be cooking pancakes for a few hundred and recovering from our Saturday night festivities. heads upz and thanks in advance for your understanding.
WHAT’S FRESH
This week everyone is  getting:
Potatoes
Kale
Swiss Chard
Zuccinni
.. and as you are now probably very used to… Basil.
Foxes will receive additionally an assortment of:
Peppers
Sage
Tomatoes
Cucumbers
New Zealand Spinach
Mixed Berry Cups
Beets
& Turnip
Sincerely,
Farmer Clare