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Amazing Summer Growth

Posted on by Tim Livingstone

We are seeing some amazing summer growth.  We the best cabbage we have ever had and lots of it too.  We also have some very interesting new varieties of fall and winter cabbage including savoy cabbage and a variety from Romania called Varsa Rosie.

We have a huge number of summer squash, Zucchini and cucumbers plus lots of broccoli and cauliflower.  The plants are back on their feet after Arthur and they are trying to make up for lost time!

We also have a great bean crop and are just finishing up picking the peas.  We tried shell peas for the first time this year and have borrowed a pea sheller.  We are hoping to send shelled peas in your boxes this week and would love to hear what you think of them.

We now have a good supply of whole chicken.  Many of the birds are smaller this time but we are raising some to a larger size for later in the season for those who like the large family size birds.

 

Our biggest challenge this year has been finding good reliable help.  Our foreman for the last 5 years was unable to return due to health issues.  We had lots of applications but few Canadians seem ready to work all day in the hot summer sun nor do Canadians have a general knowledge of growing and harvesting vegetables.  Every year we turn down offers from Jamaicans and Filipinos who want to work for us so that we can support the local people but we are having second thoughts for the future.   We have started to offer piece work for some crops which works better for us but the picker has to be pretty good to make much money at it.  

There has been a lot of negative press about the foreign worker program in Canada, but  I'm beginning to see why so many farmers rely on the system.   


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