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”

Wild Apples – The best things in life are free!

Most of us know that apples grow wild all over the landscape of most of the Maritimes. We buy apples from the store or from an orchard this is a good way to support local growers and is nice because the fruit is convenient, plump, sweet, and uniform and has a predictable flavour… The wild apple on the other hand is another story, it needs … Continue reading Wild Apples – The best things in life are free!

Garlic 101: How to grow, harvest, store, and enjoy your own garlic

It’s garlic season! Our favorite time of year. Below are some basics to get started on growing, harvesting, and storing your own garlic. Garlic adds a punch to meals year-round, has strong medicinal qualities (great for preventing colds!), and is so easy to grow! Plus – growing garlic can be a big money saver as you begin to build your own garlic supply. 1. CHOOSING … Continue reading Garlic 101: How to grow, harvest, store, and enjoy your own garlic

Meal Planning 101

Ah, January. The time of new year’s resolutions. One common resolution I’ve been hearing a lot lately is, “This year I’m going to plan my meals!” Food waste is a big environmental issue.  According to a recent study, $27 billion of Canadian food is wasted every year. $27 billion!   This represents farming inputs that didn’t have to be used, food miles that didn’t need … Continue reading Meal Planning 101

Ready, Set, Build! Your 3-Bin Composter

There’s nothing like a simple building project to make you feel like a well-accomplished and super productive human:) And over the past couple of weeks we’ve had no short of simple building projects- the primary ones being a number of 3-bin composting units for our community garden friends across the city. Although composting can be done in a whole host of containers, it sometimes gets tricky in … Continue reading Ready, Set, Build! Your 3-Bin Composter

Preparing Your Root Cellar

As the weather cools off, it’s time to prepare your root cellar for winter.  If you’re new to root cellaring, here are a few posts we’ve written over the past two years: Root Cellar Basics Root Cellar Workshop Root Cellar: Building Materials Root cellars are relatively low maintenance. But there are a few things that should be done to prepare your root cellar for the … Continue reading Preparing Your Root Cellar

How to Keep Your CSA or Market Veggies Fresh All Week

This year, my husband and I bought into a whole CSA share,  which gives us a lot of veggies to deal with every week.  It kind of reminds me of when we used to make our weekly visits to the farmers market when you had to wait for Saturday – you come home excited about all the gorgeous produce, and then you quickly realize you … Continue reading How to Keep Your CSA or Market Veggies Fresh All Week

When is My Favourite Produce in Season?

It’s canning season again, folks, and this year it comes even earlier than usual. Now that summer’s heat has arrived, the farmers markets are starting to get full of delicious produce, and we here in the office have been pouring over canning and preserving cookbooks to dream about the delicious food we’re going to put away this summer! (If you want a refresher on the … Continue reading When is My Favourite Produce in Season?

Root Cellars: Building materials and using what you have

This spring we embarked on transforming part of our office basement into a root cellar, and now that September’s here, it’s time to start thinking about filling it up with produce. It’s nice to see a project through to the very end and be able to start using it for its intended purpose, even though it was a very handy space this summer to store … Continue reading Root Cellars: Building materials and using what you have