Stu's Blog ....
Saturday, September 20th, 2014
Great news from the Farm! We have been very successful in crossing a Bear Claw Tomato with a Cherokee tomato, resulting in a Hybrid I am calling Solanum lycopersicon Bear Claw x Cherokee. The parents are both rare, heirloom varieties of tomatoes. The Bear Claw is a rare cultivar and is part of the Seeds of Diversity's program to preserve biodiversity The new tomato has the purple colour of the Cherokee but has the enhanced size and low acidity associated with the Bear Claw. This new hybrid is in high demand at high end restaurants and we hope to provide some of this new product through seed saving to our customers next year. Please let me know if you would like to participate in further endeavours to maintain and enhance our bio-diversity. Pictured below are Bear Claws (left and top), Cherokees (extreme right) and the new hybrid (centre).
Monday, September 8th, 2014
Today's harvest included several 'bear Claw' tomatoes, a rare heritage variety. The fruit pictured above tipped the scales at just under a full pound!
Friday, August 22nd, 2014
Come on out to the Anderson Family Farm museum in Lively, The farmers market takes place Wednesdays from 4-8 pm. Enjoy the live bands and pick-up some local organic fresh veggies, hot food, and community spirit.
The big event Rock The Farm will take place on Saturday Sept 13. Last year's event drew between 5 and 8 thousand participants. Enjoy the many family oriented events through-out the day. I hope to see you there.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Hi folks! I am pleased to introduce you to the McGrows Farms staff team. Pictured from left to right are Seth Boulard, Donna Fleming, Dylan Whitmell, & Jessie Nieforth.
Dylan is the newest member of our team and comes to us with an Agricultural background. He is enthusiastic and a real go-getter.
Jesse started working on the farm when he was just 11. This is his 5th year on the farm. He is fully trained and his area of expertise is the operation and maintenance of our farm equipment.
Donna started with us earlier this spring and enjoys weeding, sowing seed, and helping with transplanting. She loves to get dirty and is an inspiration to the other team members.
Seth started with us in early April when he was 14. He is an excellent seed sower and transplanting expert. His attention to detail is admirable.
I am very proud of our team and all of us can get many routine farm tasks done in short order. Come on out to the farm and meet us. We're here to provide you with organic, locally grown, and fresh picked vegetables.
July 17, 2014
I've hired a new young student who's very interested in the farm, He's very excited and enthusiastic to get some experience in Agriculture, My other students have offered their help to teach, train, and mentor our new team member.
My brother Steve and I took my good friend John and my nephew Scott out to Onaping lake to have a vacation for a week, Also our employee Seth came with us and it was an interesting experience.
Seth caught a 2 Lb bass off the dock and I caught a 6 lb bass. Also we got three 3 lb pickerel on the last day. It was really relaxing to get away from the farm for a bit and enjoy some time with everyone involved !
Tuesday, July 1st, 2014
Happy Canada Day!
I am now a Family Farm Member of the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario and now have access to a multitude of resources and contacts Ontario wide. This will help me better service and be a more effective member of the Sudbury Food Policy Council, representing urban and rural agriculture.
Tuesday, June 17th
The Penage Road Women's Institute group came out to McGrows for a tour last Thursday. The ladies seemed interested and pleased with what they saw and learned.
Tuesday, June 17th, 2014
This video speaks to me ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=z5SWP2C_q2g
Thursday, June 5th, 2014
Listen to my interview with Markus Schwabe about 'Planting the Morning North Garden' - http://www.cbc.ca/morningnorth/past-episodes/2014/05/30/planting-the-morning-north-garden
Thursday, May 8th, 2014
As part of my involvement with the Greater Sudbury Food Policy and Earthcare Sudbury we now have a Food Map showing where you can obtain supplies of local food in our community. Farm-gate sales means you can purchase food directly from your local farmer. Please feel free to share this info with friends and family and help support your local farmers. Click here to view the Earthcare Sudbury Food Access map.
McGrows Farms & Gardens
Our mission is to provide our customers with top quality, locally produced, fresh picked, and organically grown produce. In addition to this we sell organic vegetable starts and an assortment of annual bedding plants. We do this in a sustainable way without the use of pesticides, chemically engineered fertilizers, or genetically modified seeds.
Our team consists of a retired horticulturist, two high school students, a graduate from Sir Sanford Fleming in sustainable agriculture, and a farm manager. We feel it is important to have the youth of today engaged, employed, and learning new skills.
We encourage our customers to come out to the farm, meet our team, tour the farm, and purchase some of our delicious high quality products. To further reach out to the consumer we also market our products through the Eat Local Sudbury co-operative and will be participating in the Anderson Farm farmers market in late July and August.
To develop a sense of community involvement, we are board members of the Sudbury Horticultural Society and Eat Local Sudbury co-operative, and participate as a voting member of the Greater Sudbury Food Policy Council, representing urban agriculture.
Watch this column for an
ever-changing list of organic, local, and fresh picked produce and plants available at McGrows Farms this 2015 season.....
Organic mineralizing fertilizer - Carbonatite
10 lb. bags - $19.95 Now $15!