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Info for Chefs and Restaurants

We receive occasional enquiries from chefs and restaurant owners asking what we grow, if we would supply them, and if we will custom grow for them.

Currently we supply Rocket Bakery and Fixed Coffee on a consistent basis. We have had other restaurants on the roll but we were finding sales calls and the inconsistent demand, meaning multiple deliveries from Portugal Cove into downtown, sometimes two a day, was resulting in too great a loss of productive farming time. This is a small operation, one full-time and one part-time person making everything happen. We just couldn’t afford the delivery times and fuel to keep up with the restaurant demand when we had no trouble selling everything at the Farmer’s Market.

All that being said, we understand the importance of serving your customers fresh, locally produced food, and we would like to help you do that.

There’s not a lot being produced yet this year, but we are proposing that once production ramps up, we can let interested chefs know, either by email or they can check a website or facebook posting to see what is being harvested that week. They can call us or send an email to farmer@murraymeadows.com requesting what they would like and within 24 hours, we can have it delivered to your restaurant by Murray’s Floral Boutique for a $17 fee.

You will find our prices reasonable and a our quality excellent. We wont sell you produce unless is is perfect.

If you are interested, let us know by email (farmer@murraymeadows.ca)  and we will let you know when this program will be ready to go. In the meantime, feel free to come early to the St. John’s Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings and buy up as much as you’d like from us and the other great farmers from around St. John’s! You can keep track of what we’re up to by liking us at facebook.com/murryameadowsfarm

For an idea of what will be available, see below:

Spring/Early Summer Selection
Green or red lettuce head
Salad blend
Radish
Onion
Cabbage
Curly kale
Baby red kale
Parsley
Cilantro
Arugula
Summer
selection
Beets
Fava beans
Carrots
Broccoli
Lettuce head
Salad blend
Radish
Onion
Cabbage
Curly kale
Parsley
Cilantro
Chives
Leeks
Swiss chard
Green Beans
Late/Summer Fall Selection
Tomatoes
Peppers
Cucumbers
Beets
Zucchini
Butternut Squash
Pumpkin
Carrots
Broccoli
Lettuce head
Salad blend
Radish
Onion
Cabbage
Curly kale
Parsley
Cilantro
Chives
Leeks
Green Beans
Leeks


The 2014 Season Begins!

What a winter. Boy are we glad its over! Well, we think its over, isn’t it? Hard to tell today.

In the middle of our Christmas vacation in BC, we got word and pictures of our collapsed greenhouses. It was devastating news. Immediately upon our return, we began removing the destroyed pieces and replacing them with new parts, purchased and assembled with wonderful help from Fixed Coffee and Baking and their customers, Murray’s Horticultural Services and the Murray family.

One year to the day that we first put plastic on them, we put new plastic on the newly assembled frames. It was a calm sunny and warm day. It felt good to be back where we left off. Then, a few days later, the first forecasts came in for that huge March storm. On the night of the storm, we removed snow from the sides and sadly, cut the new plastic off one house before it collapsed in the gusts.  We realized just how vulnerable our structures are. We now have them strapped together and to the ground which is reducing their shaking in the strong winds. We plan to remove the plastic in the late fall and hopefully reuse it in the spring. We will also remove it in the event of a hurricane or post-tropical storm.

So far so good and now there are plants it the ground! One house is full of kale, another of lettuce, Napa cabbage, and seeded with radishes, arugula and baby kale. The next one will be planted up next week, and a small recycled fourth house is up that will also be planted up in the next couple of weeks, or as soon as the weather warms a little!!!

 

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Other projects this Spring included a new and improved wind-fence across the field to protect both crops and greenhouses…its unsightly rope guy lines should be covered in Scarlet Runner Beans this summer. And, a fifth recycled greenhouse is also slowly being assembled, hopefully done by mid May, in order to grow trellised tomatoes and cucumbers.

We learned a lot last year, our first year growing vegetables at this scale,  and it feels great putting those lessons in place this year to improve our efficiency and increase our output. No more kale shortages!


Just checking in!

There is just never enough time to keep this page updated! So much on the go all the time. Here is a shot of our market table from last week. Its looking great and the vegetables keep coming!This week, we just might have green bell peppers!

Don’t forget to sign up for our weekly email so you can order your vegetables for pick up at Murray’s Garden Centre or the St. John’s Farmer’s Market! Send an email to farmer@murraymeadows.ca asking to be added to the farm list!


No produce available this week!

I will not be at the Farmers’ Market this week :(

Blame the weather! The lull in production I’ve been fearing has arrived. We’ve harvest most of the protected produce, now what is coming is the produce planted outside…the weather hasn’t been too conducive to fast growing so we have to wait. This week looks good though and I’m hoping we will be back on the go next week.

Have a great week and please send lots of good vibes to the little lettuces and kales!

If you would like to get on the email list and be given first dibs on our produce (kale), send an email to farmer@murraymeadows.ca and we will set it aside for you to pick up at Murray’s Garden Centre or the St. John’s Farmer’s Market.


Getting caught up

Its been a busy week here at Murray Meadows. We hired some help yesterday and got a lot done! Things were stressfully behind due to a broken tiller, delayed fertilizer and wet weather. Beds are fertilized, tilled, and many of them seeded with radishes, beets, beans, corn, chard, spinach and arugula. Other beds got the lettuce and kale transplants, lots of kale with more to go in!

More tomatoes have been transplanted into the hoophouses, as well as bell peppers. Zucchini have also been transplanted outside but the cool temperatures and the windy days have taken their toll. We’re going to reseed some today to replace the dead ones.

We were at the first St. John’s Farmer’s Market of the year with our pals from Seed to Spoon; we sold out in three hours! It was great fun too. We’ll be back this Saturday; come say hi!

As these first few harvests have come, we have been able to reflect and see what has worked, and what hasn’t. For example, people love kale, grow more kale next year! But not to worry, lots of kale being planted now and later, and we hope to harvest kale to Christmas!

I will be emailing everyone on the email list this evening with availability for this weekend and will set aside anything you would like to be picked up at Murray’s Garden Centre or the St. John’s Farmer’s Market. If you would like to be on the list, email: farmer@murraymeadows.ca


Finally an update, Facebook is just too convienient!

Its been a busy month for sure but being held back a bit. I’ve started planting lettuce and seeded beets radishes and arugula outside, but the weather is staying pretty cool. I’m hoping to start transplanting tomatoes into the coldframes soon too. Come on Newfoundland! Warm back up!

It hasn’t just been the weather holding me up though, organic fertilizer is being held up on the mainland, but I hear it is now waiting for the ferry. My tiller also broke while trying to break up some packed ground. Fortunately is was just some bolts and a bit of a bend that has been fixed. The special bolts are in the mail.

Soooo, with any luck, I’ll be back on track and trying to keep up with the demand. There are hundreds of tomatoes getting bigger and stronger and waiting patiently to be put in the ground. As well, hundreds of lettuce plants growing under lights will be enjoying the outdoors soon. Speaking of lettuce, if I do say so myself, the mixed salad greens we are growing are stunning and delicious.

Some great restaurants in town are using our produce and raving about it. Rocket Bakery has been really supportive of our venture since we first met one of the owners, Kelly Mansell back when we were here in 2011 for a visit. They can’t keep up with the demand for their kale salad. Hungry Heart Cafe was really pleased with their arugula, and Fixed Coffee and Bakery, a great busy little cafe is striving to source as much as possible from local sources. It is great to be a part of that. Check them out if you haven’t already and ask for something with a bit o’ Murray Meadows in it!

If you are interested in getting some produce before I have enough to offer at general sale on a regular basis, send an email to farmer@murraymeadows.ca and I’ll let you know when and what is available!

Tomatoes! Lots of Tomatoes!

Tomatoes! Lots of Tomatoes!

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