Pumpkin Recipes: From Soup and Pie to Brownies

Isn’t it thoughtful of the seasons to allow pumpkin to be ready, just in time for Thanksgiving? But seriously, pumpkin and other orange squash like hubbard or butternut taste great in everything from soups to breads to brownies…and of course, pumpkin pie. Now is the time of year to buy those lovely little pumpkins or other squashes, and use them in a multitude of wonderful … Continue reading Pumpkin Recipes: From Soup and Pie to Brownies

In a Pickle? Try These Recipes

Love pickles? Fortunately for you, you can now learn to make pickles in the comfort of your own home, using hours you might otherwise use raking leaves, doing laundry or other frustrating and unrewarding activities not resulting in delicious preserved edible product. If you need tips on preserving, check out our posts Canning 101 and Canning 201, or download our guide How to Can Your … Continue reading In a Pickle? Try These Recipes

Canning Recipes

Looking for new ways to try out your canning skills? Here are some recipes we’ve been making. For a complete canning how-to, check out our posts Canning 101 and Canning 201, or download our guide How to Can Your Harvest. RHUBARB KETCHUP 4 cups rhubarb, diced2 med onion, diced3/4 cup cider vinegar3/4 cup packed brown sugar3/4 cup cane sugar1 can tomato – 28 oz1 tsp … Continue reading Canning Recipes

How to Build A Cold Frame

Well folks, it’s that time of year again when gardens are flourishing with the bounties of the early and late spring plantings and I am beginning to plan for my first attempt at season succession. A cold frame has been heavily considered to help extend the seasons in my garden throughout the colder months. Cold frames, in essence, can be made from various items – … Continue reading How to Build A Cold Frame

Make the Most of Your Herb Garden

There’s nothing nicer than having access to a few pots of fresh herbs growing in your kitchen, and a big basil or oregano plant in the garden – we love being able to add fresh herbs to our cooking at a moment’s whimsy. And if you have a few plants outside that grow really well (or if you get big bunches of herbs from your … Continue reading Make the Most of Your Herb Garden

Eating Local Produce in February

It’s February and I’m thinking about that question for food-lovers in northern climes: how do we continue to eat healthy, local food through the winter months?

I thought I’d take this opportunity to chime in and share some perspectives (and lessons learned) on the topic of root cellaring from our windswept hilltop in Pipers Glen, Cape Breton. Here, we operate a small market garden and strive to have year-round access to as great a diversity of vegetables possible. Continue reading “Eating Local Produce in February”

HOW TO GROW HUGE LEMONS INDOORS

Written by guest blogger, Kimberlee Bastien from The Old Walsh Farm in Coverdale, New Brunswick. I have a secret to share about lemon trees. They don’t just produce delicious lemons. They also produce tiny, delicate white blossoms that give off the most delectable, sweet, citrusy floral perfume. And despite what you may have read online in other articles, in my experience, they are EASY to … Continue reading HOW TO GROW HUGE LEMONS INDOORS

Making Healthy Eating Fun!

We all know that it’s important to eat healthy food. Nutritious food choices give us energy and make us feel good. Food packed with nutrients and vitamins is an essential building block that helps young bodies grow and young brains develop, and can reduce our risk of a long list of diseases. So why is it that, in 2014, only 39.5% of Canadians reported (to … Continue reading Making Healthy Eating Fun!

How to Extend Your Garden Season With Cold Frames

Up here in Cape Breton, spring is just a tease. Cold frames are an excellent backyard strategy for gaining a few weeks on food production, either in the spring or late fall. Last fall, this handy tip sheet was compiled to support a cold frame building workshop hosted by Leonard Vassalo at Blue Heron Farm in Gardiner Mines. We built three cold frames, which were donated … Continue reading How to Extend Your Garden Season With Cold Frames