I made low tunnel hoops with 1/2″ EMT using a home-made jig of screws and boards and a pitch fork to finish the bend.
Click here for CSA info (opens as a .pdf): CSA2015
Chefs and restaurateurs interested in Murray Meadows Farm produce can reach Brian at 689-0775 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your needs. We usually deliver into St. John’s on Mondays and Thursdays.
One option interested chefs may be interested in is an assorted box of our best produce, delivered weekly or twice weekly, in $100 increments. These can be customized in conjunction with what we are harvesting at the time. Below is what we plan to be growing and harvesting through the season…
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!!!
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!
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 email@example.com asking to be added to the farm list!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will set it aside for you to pick up at Murray’s Garden Centre or the St. John’s Farmer’s Market.
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: email@example.com