Hot off the press and available for the Christmas Holiday season! Two wall calendars, one featuring some of the adorable Kricklewood Farm Barnyard Babies and the other featuring the beautiful Sunflower Fields! $20 each with part of the proceeds going to help out Mel’s Farm All Animal Rescue (where Emma and Daisy came from)! To order complete the form on our Calendars page.
This recipe comes compliments of Wendy Banks from Wendy’s Country Market in Lyndhurst, Ontario. This is a hearty cold weather stew that combines lots of root vegetables and local pork for a satisfying belly-filling dish.
Yesterday was the harvest of the Sunflower Field! We have about 30 acres total so it was almost a full day of work with the combine and other equipment. It sure feels good to have it done for another year. A neighbour once told me he didn’t have a decent night’s sleep all summer until his crop was off the field and in the silo!
We’re almost ready to harvest this year’s crop of Sunflowers so we can make more of our Kricklewood Farm Cold Pressed Sunflower Oil! This is what the field looks like now: the seeds are maturing and the heads are getting heavier and ‘bowing down’. Within a week or two we’ll have the combine come in and do the harvest and store the seed in the silo, ready for pressing! We have about 30 acres planted this year so looking forward to seeing our yield.
Pumpkins are one of those things that we grow just for fun, and the fun really kicks in when it comes time to harvesting them. You never really know how much you have until the foliage starts to die back or after a heavy frost. We usually plant a variety of shapes and colours and sizes and this year was no exception. One of my old favourites is ‘Vif d’Etampes’ which I also call the Cinderella pumpkin because of its short squatty shape. It is a deep reddish orange and always stands out. We also try a couple of white varieties and this year a green and orange striped version called ‘Kakai’. And course a few old standards like ‘Howden’ and ‘Connecticut’ are included. We’ll use some, sell a few, give away some more and whatever is left will be a feast for the goats and pigs in a few weeks!
We won’t be harvesting our sunflowers for another month or so but September is the time to celebrate the harvest and we’ll be at several events this month doing just that! On September 12th we’ll be in Almonte for the Harvest Food and Drink event, on September 13th we’ll be in Beckwith Park for the Lanark County Harvest Festival and on September 26th we’ll be in Gananoque for the Feast of the Fields Harvest Festival. More details can be found on our Events and Markets page.
We had an amazing turnout on Sunday at our Sunflower Festival to Benefit Mel’s Farm All Animal Rescue. Thanks to everyone who came out! We raised a lot of money for the rescue (still counting but looks like at least $2500) so we’re happy. Thank you to Helen McKay who took these great photos and Kat Durant (Kat Durant Photography) for providing them to us! Thank you to all the sponsors and vendors and volunteers that made it all happen!
Of course, we need to thank all the hard working volunteers who made the day possible:
And the vendors who came out on their usual day off:
and the sponsors who helped make the event a success:
It was an amazing success and we are looking forward to doing it all over again next year!
We’re almost ready for this Sunday’s Sunflower Festival Benefit for Mel’s Farm! We have lots of amazing market vendors, a silent auction table, barnyard tours, a BBQ, Ice cream, face painting, pet portraits and of course the sunflower fields! The fun starts at 11:00 and runs until 4:00. The weather girl (thanks Teri) told me that we will have perfect weather for the day too! Here are a few of the things that you will see!
We had some great light for shooting the sunflower field last night. I usually prefer early morning or evening light when the sun is rising or setting and when you have cloud cover like this the colours just pop. Shortly after this shot was taken the skies opened up for a good shower.