we’ve got your tomatoes, and more…

Check out these photos collaged from Summer market days. The farm stand has an amazing diversity:

  • Leafy greens and diversity salad.
  • New garlic and onions – some braided!
  • Yes, tomatoes are out – farmers have them in every colour and size. Heirloom tomatoes. Other nightshades as well – lots of pepper, hot pepper, eggplants, potatoes and even okra.
  • Gourd family abound – cukes and zukes, and winter squash too!
    • Bitter melon and luffa: Bitter melon and eggs stirfry is our favourite way to prepare, and this recipe looks good and simple. Luffa or loofah, yes as in the spongy scrubber luffa, is edible and delicious when young, and simple to prepare, as in this and silky luffa recipe with tofu.

Raw honey from Capital Bees! Have 500g and 1 litre jars.

Jam from Nanabush Food Forest – new varieties!

AND – we reuse the glass parts of all jars – honey, jam, ferments, oil, etc. Bring them back to the Chi Garden table where they are gladly accepted.


August Farm Stand Bountiful and Beautiful

August seems some of the hottest days yet this year. According to forecast, August 7th will be hot and humid (feel like 40C?!).

Well, thanks to the heat and farmers’ labour of love, we are seeing super bountiful farm stand Sundays.

Flat Earth Farm – lamb and maple syrup. Check out their online shop.

Capital Bees – certified natually grown raw honey (find them at Chi Garden table)

7 Hues EcoFarm – Ferme aux sept couleurs – Curly Endive (Chicory), Fresh garlic, Pink Celery, Purple Napa Cabbage, Sweet and hot peppers, Beans, Kangua magic melon, Zucchini, Green Onions, Water Spinach, Beets.

Nellai Farms – onions, fresh young celery stalks, bush beans, jalapeño peppers and fragrant genova Basil.

Earth and Heart Organics is on social media! Go ahead and give them a like. They have potatoes, pepper (hot ones too!), and squash ready.

Cadence Ecological Farm has cucamelons (picture below!), cucumber, zucchini, kale, sweet peppers, hot peppers, okra, carrots, beets, and lots of microgreens! The garlic is still drying, but will be available soon!

Nanabushi Food Forests – excellent low-sugar jam from forest-grown fruits and berries (at Chi Garden table). 

Chi Garden has specialty veggies and ferments, and mushroom oil. August specialty:

– Heirloom snap beans – Specialty pole beans developed 500 years ago in NE China near Siberia. They are dongbei youdou – snap beans (not stringless French beans) and horticulturally they are common beans – Phaseolus vulgaris var. chinensis Hort. They were developed for their protein-rich (20%!), fleshy, tender, and snappy pods, and need longer cooking – minimum of 10 minutes above 100 Celcius to rid of antinutrients found in all common beans.

– Garlic chive scape (a once-a-year treat) – sweet, tender, wonderful on its own stir-fried, and goes well with any protein.

– Diversity salad with edible flowers. First flush of Japanese squash – kabocha. First harvest of bitter melon!

Hope you are keeping cool and see you on Sundays

Farmers at Just Food Farm Stand