It’s with a bit of mixed feelings that I announce that we are officially selling our place. We’ve been wavering back and forth all summer about this. The main (and probably only) reason for selling is that we are planning on moving back to Southern Ontario. Both my and my wife’s families are there and we’ve known in the back of our minds that moving back there in the future was a distinct possibility. This past season farming here in Ottawa has been a wonderful experience. If I could move all of our family here, rather than us moving there I would do it in a second. I think the market opportunity for a small vegetable farm in Ottawa is fabulous. I’m a bit scared of the thought of starting the same thing up near London, Ontario where there are far more vegetable farms already and less people overall. But, I think with the right perseverance and planning it can be done.
We’re also going to be very sad to leave behind all the great friends that we’ve made over the past decade living in Ottawa. The consolation for me at least is that I expect to be doing a significant amount of non-farming work in the Ottawa area for some time to come. I would even consider traveling back to Ottawa occasionally for work in order to make starting a farm near London a real possibility
In other news, we’ve been getting a couple light frosts over the past 2 weeks and that has been a good thing for many of the fall crops. The cabbage and carrots have been tasting fabulous. I have been having some difficulty in deciding what should go into the CSA boxes the last 2 weeks mainly because there are just so many different things to choose from. I am trying to balance between giving too much of 1 thing and too many different things (and not enough of any). Feedback on this is welcome.
Tonight we are expecting -1 C and the long term forcast has nights of -2 C in the near future. I’m not really sure where things like beets and carrots get damaged by frost, but I’m starting to think of getting everything out and into the cold room. The cold room is still only 8 C, but in the next couple of weeks the temperature should start to drop in there.
This morning I took out the rest of the potatoes:
I could have easily planted 5 times as many. I stopped bringing them to the market in August already and I’ve only been giving the CSA boxes potatoes every other week. I guess I didn’t expect them to be as popular as they are.
Oh, another bit if news is that I stopped going to both markets (Stittsville and Carleton Place) because we were busy getting the house and yard cleaned up. Instead I decided to expand the CSA shares for the last 4 weeks. I’ve added 2 new families who will be getting a decent sized box of veggies for the fall weeks.
Finally, here’s a picture of the chickens in their new digs. They are now making their way through the garden in the areas where crops are done. right now their cleaning up around the asparagus and finishing off any leftover zucchini and squash.