Saturday, July 4, 2009

A Great Success!

On Thursday, we delivered our first vegetable boxes.  At 8AM, Jonny and I were in the field harvesting lettuce, swiss chard, kale, baby turnips, new broccoli flowers, an assortment of herbs, garlic scapes, onions, snow and snap peas, and rhubarb.  
What an amazing feeling; collecting the fruits of our labour, knowing how much care and time we put into these delicate items and that someone is going to enjoy them and feel healthier for doing so.
Not only that but it was a pretty good workout!  I'm proud of the tightness in my hamstrings!  All in a day's work.

Once the boxes were packed, our mentor headed out on her 23-box route and we took our six boxes to the road.  We dropped off two in Embrun, 1 in Limoges and 3 in Ottawa.  By the time we were finished and heading home, it was 8:30.  We had enough energy to make a salad and watch an episode of South Park before hitting the hay.  Our mentor was delivering to families in one town but had to make two trips and didn't get home until 9pm.  She's 47 and way more hard-core than we are.

Friday was our first market day.  Harvesting was less intense but we were rushed for time and didn't get a chance to eat much.  After setting up the table and tent, I bought us Thai Food from a neighbouring stall and we took turns eating in the car while the others manned the table.  We were the only certified organic farmers at the market.  We ended up spending more money than we made but I don't have to go grocery shopping again for a while and I'm happy to support the local businesses!  The rain kept many people at home but there were a few fish who didn't mind the weather and kept us busy for the most part.  Another long day but a feeling of satisfaction and excitement for the second half of the season.  On Monday, we'll be back to weeding (a never-ending endeavor), planting more lettuce seedlings out in the field, and preparing the back of the greenhouse floor for late tomatoes, eggplants and cucumbers.  I can't believe we're halfway through our first year as farmers.  

I hope everyone had a fantastic Canada Day!!!

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