Saturday, May 7, 2011

It is that time again....

I wake up in the morning and what do I see...

It is that time again, Farmers' Market Season is here!

We did a booth featuring our lettuce and bean seeds as well as some extra tomato transplants. Here is dd Kait with df Karine, who sheltered us from the rain in her baking booth.

Helpful children were helpful. Happy children were happy.

Happy customers were happy too.

Nothing like scoring some heritage open pollinated tomato transplants for the homestead.

We'll be there again next week, 8am til noon on Saturday. Hopefully the weather will be nicer, less chilling wind and rain, more warmth!! Oh, please, more warmth!

If you would like a listing of the transplant varieties that are available, just comment here or email us at cmmother {at} gmail {dot} com . TTFN

Friday, April 15, 2011

Not so Itty Bitty Now

I have a seed problem, they started out so small and cute. Then they grew. And needed more space. Oh my.

It wouldn't really be a problem but it has been SO cold and our last frost date is a good month away yet.

This year's tomato seedlings are not going to be seedlings by the time they can be planted out. I'll be lucky if they aren't fruiting at this rate.

That's what I get for forgoing the commercial seedling mix and planting in straight homegrown compost. My giddy aunts.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

City Chickens

Our local town council does not currently allow for chickens or for bees. We would like to see that change. So if you are from Creston BC and would like to join us in this endeavor let us know!

You can leave a comment, and/or join the Facebook group, 'Creston Urban Chickens & Bees' and let's get Creston flowing with eggs and honey ;-)

Monday, March 21, 2011

Another Creston Seedy Event

The Kootenay Local Agricultural Society will be hosting its AGM at the COTR greenhouse classroom, Sunday March 27 from 1-3pm.

I've been asked to bring the seeds and set up a table at the after-meeting open house.

For more information see the KLAS website.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Creston Seedy Saturday 2011

In keeping with our low-carbon mandate we loaded up the bike trailer and headed off to Seedy Saturday. So much more pleasant to stroll along pushing the bike chatting with my eldest daughter than to rush off in the van, parking is easier too.

We got our two tables all set up and were thrilled to be beside Dan McMurray. He had a couple ideas for us and we traded a few seeds before the doors were open. We offered our bean seeds either loose or prepackaged. They made a very attractive display.

During the presentation on seed saving we took a break and Kait pulled out her knitting.

It was very informative to talk to the various people who attended. it was so nice to meet so many interesting people!!! We can see definite trends in what people are looking for and many ways that we can improve our offerings. Thanks for all the great ideas folks :o)

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If you are attending a Seedy event as a vendor you might appreciate these ideas that I need to mark down to remember for our next event:
-our float was actually large enough, no problems with making change
-we need a better sign, time to get more official
-having enough of our seed list printed up so we could give one to everyone was great
-having two tables thinly spread out made it easier for people to browse
-having a person for each of the tables instead of only me helped too
-pack liquids! We avoid plastic and should have packed our own drinks, thankfully we were able to get tap water in real glass glasses from the coffee shop on-site
-points to us for having tape to share, paper tape ;-)
-pictures of the beans in green stage, the lettuce, and the tomatoes would help, a lot
-taste everything, make notes, be ready to share, recipes maybe

Thursday, March 10, 2011

We are hard at work getting ready for Seedy Saturday day after next. Thank heavens for children who are curious and hard working :o) They find this quite interesting. Here three of them are busy picking through the beans seed by seed making sure each one is lovely. When we say our seeds are Hand Processed we really mean it.

All of the beans are being offered loose, the tomato seeds and lettuce seeds have been packaged into envelopes. All of the seeds have been germination tested and the seed list has been edited to reflect exactly what we will be offering this weekend.

We'll be busy tomorrow finishing off the beans, dusting off the display trays, and getting the last details attended to.

I can't wait for Saturday! Hope to see you there!!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Beans, beans and more beans

We had a little photo shoot with the bean seeds today. Eventually we'll have a colour catalogue but until that far off day...

Cannellini (pole):
Pea Bean (pole):
Fortex Fillet (green pole):
Pencil Pod Black Wax (yellow bush):
Stokkeivits (pole):
Black Coco (bush):
Soep Boon (bush):
Contender (green bush):
Ruckle (bush):
Ethiopian Lentils (bush):
Persian Lima (pole):
Small White (bush):
Black Turtle (bush):
Fin de Bagnols (green bush):
Italian Steak Beans (pole):
Taylor Horticultural (bush):
Jacob's Cattle (bush):
Dolloff (pole):
Ireland Creek Annie's (bush):
Black Garbanzo Beans (bush):
Orca (bush):

Current seed list can be found HERE.

Monday, February 7, 2011

And we are back....

After a very busy year the seeds are in, cleaned, sorted, and ready to go. To see our listing of what is available CLICK HERE.
Orders can be emailed, or you can check us out at Seedy Saturday on March 11th 1-4 pm at the New Life Christian Church, 1821 Elm Street.

Off to do some more garden planning.....