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Following the sun

Posted 8/20/2017

Sunflowers on a Sunday-pre solar eclipse Sunflowers on a Sunday-pre solar eclipse Very last minute before the Sunday farmers market in Cedar, I walked (quickly) out to the fields to harvest some of these 'greenburst' sunflowers. Given all the excitement about tomorrow's solar eclipse, I wondered--what would it look like to see a time lapse of the sunflowers during this cosmic coincidence? That thought was quickly dropped with the reality check that I have no time lapse photographic capability, and gosh-not much time before the market to feed the pigs, get the irrigation cycling, and finish up the market truck packing. I decided that the entire month of August felt a little too close to a 'path of totality' to borrow again, from tomorrow's much anticipated eclipse event.

 

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2017 Pig shares

Posted 7/21/2017

Large Black pigs under summer shadeLarge Black pigs under summer shadeThe little large blacks as pictured back in a previous posting in May, are more than a little larger now.

Here they are in July, finishing up their Sunday brunch...Though not in so many words, or grunts, they have let us know they are enjoying our oversized cucumbers and zucchini, their fresh rotation field, and today's summer rainfall.

All that to say, we are blessed with happy, healthy pigs and enjoy our time on the farm with them!

You and your family will want to get in touch and secure your 2017 pig share soon. With a $150 deposit, you can enjoy a full freezer of Green Fire Farm pork, cut and wrapped to your specification this fall and winter.

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In a pickle

Posted 7/13/2017

Here they come...ready for your brine jars and best vinegars. The 2017 pickling cucumber harvest at Green Fire Farm is underway! Come see us at the Esquimalt Market on Thursdays or Cedar Market on Sundays to select your favourite sizes and quantity, or pre-order 20 pounds with an email.

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Salad days of summer...

Posted 6/26/2017

Almost a week into summer, and we are moving into a sunny stretch with prime growing conditions for annual vegetables crops. With the irrigation system working at full capacity, we are breathing a few sighs of relief and working steadily to try and keep pace. These 'little gem' mini romaines are the pride of our lettuce crops. They are sizing up for harvest now, and we hope to bring these tasty and crisp delights to your salad bowls straight through those hot summer days of July and August.


irresistible...

Posted 6/8/2017

the first bite of our 2017 strawberries... we've been waiting, watching, and weeding these delights, and now they are here!
first taste of strawberries 2017first taste of strawberries 2017

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Slug on boot

Posted 5/14/2017

OK, last post highlighted a sunny afternoon, but the slug I found on my boot yesterday morning tells a more accurate tale of how little sun we've seen this spring. I've been practicing that little mind trick of looking for a 'sunnier side' to whatever the weather and other spring start-up challenges might bring, so in this case--at least the slug was not IN the boot.  Slug on bootSlug on boot

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Little 'Large Blacks'

Posted 5/4/2017

It was sunny and warm today for the little 'Large Black' piglets' first day exploring the grass and clover patches inside their electric fence training pen...
little 'large black' piglet on grasslittle 'large black' piglet on grass

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Join us at the Esquimalt Farmers Market-April 27!

Posted 4/25/2017

EFM announcement APRIL 27EFM announcement APRIL 27

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Welcome Berkshire-Blacks!

Posted 4/7/2017

We are enjoying the happy grunts of five, healthy Berkshire-Black piglets on the farm! Soon as they are out of the barn, most are snout-down rooting up some tall fescue. Spot here, seems just as curious about what I am up to as I am about whether she will be easily trained to the electric fencing ...
Berkshire-Black piglets day 1Berkshire-Black piglets day 1

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Completed bottom heat bench 2.0

Posted 3/20/2017

Two hours later, the second bottom-heat greenhouse bench was completely covered in zucchini and tomatoes to be.....First flats on the new hot bench!First flats on the new hot bench!

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