New for 2016

San Pancho sunset Happy New Year!!

Like a brilliant sunset, we find joy in the close of this, 2015 and the dawn of a new year to come.  Nothing has really changed, as one day rolls into the next, each moment seemingly inseparable from the next, and yet, it is through our minds, our perceptions that we realize the passage of time.  It is all in our minds.  And so I choose to look forward to this new Year as an opportunity to be and do in a new way.  So I dawn with a new look for our site, which grows as we do.

And I choose to send out a sincere thank you to all who have chosen to expand their knowledge of the natural world, of their place in it of their own creation, and their power in making a difference to connect back to mother earth, to their food, to rejuvenate their health, to empower their own journey to relearn one of the most fundamental aspects of life on earth – growing one’s own food and diving into biodiversity. Congratulations on your successes in 2015!

I look forward to speaking with you all in the times to come and hope that your steps this year will be in truth to your missions in life, that your words will ring from the depths of your being and that you shine the light of your intentions to brighten the world around you for the good of all.

From everyone here on the farm, thank you

Denise, Jeff and family

Hello winter…

Hi there; finally the winter winds blow and just in time.  I think we can all agree that we have been very spoiled this year by the weather.  There were grasshoppers but no mosquitos to speak of, hot weather that benefited many crops and a state of dryness that did not.  All in all I am thankful for the year, its crops and abundance in spite of everything.  I am always amazed at how a handful of seeds can yield an abundance of produce.  We have a cellar full of potatoes, many Jerusalem artichokes and a bushel of cucumber seed.  So thanks nature. Thank you soil and thank you weather.

The garlic was finally nestled in the ground as well in a record late time into November…that has never happened before. And I have not got the tally but it is into the thousands again.  It is cozy beneath a bed of straw and awaiting the return of warm weather come spring.  I am happy to have culinary garlic to share with all the chefs that have been after it for years.  Soon I will be out with my wares, approaching restaurants with my potatoes and garlic.

As there is never a dull moment around here, I will be soon starting the cleaning and packaging of seeds for the coming season.  Thank you all for following us and our farm,

Sincerely,

Denise

New Varieties for 2015

Hi;

There are some new varieties grown out for 2015.  They are listed below.

Peas – Corne de Belier, Penners Russian Sugar, Suttons Harbinger (reintroduced), Amplissimo Viktorianskii, and kids crazy peas.

Beans – Royal Burgandy, Mostaller Wild Goose, Black Coco, Dragon Tongue (aka Horticultural Bean), Landreths Russian, Giant red Tarka, Coco Rubico, Vieux Flippe, Agassazi pinto.

Lentils – reintroducing Ethiopian Lentils

Turnip – Swede Osgarde, and Turnip beets for greens and kimchi

Swiss Chard – Fordhook Giant

Beets – Fuer Kugel – a giant sweet beet from Germany with red and white zones.  Exceptional and at least 6″ around.  Very tasty

Corn – Double Standard bicolor sweet, Painted Mountain sweet corn (multicolored), Gills golden sweet, and Dakota Black Popcorn are available.

Onions – Bernie’s Red, Red Zeppelin type, Yellow Globe, Jaune de Paille, Prince type, Perennial Bunching onions, Noord Bloedrode, and others

Trees and berry shrubs

Chokecherry available again

Scotch Pine for landscaping

Norway spruce – fast growing and beautiful, huge cones

5 Needle Pine – apologies, I have yet to identify this one.

 

Garlic, Jerusalem Artichokes and Potatoes ready now

Hi everyone;

The garlic is harvested and ready to go. They are $4 each head or $3.50 if you order 15 or more.  Let me know as soon as possible if you want any as I am planting it out soon and then availability will be limited.

Have these varieties:  Polish Jenn, Ukrainian Mavniv, Ukrainian Hot, Mr. Kastelic, Gido Krupa, Les Pudar, Korean, Purple Glazer, Chinese purple, Marlene’s, Pink skin softneck, Purple skin softneck, Hutterite Purple, Jumbo Sicilian Softneck, BC Sicilian, Early Portugese Softneck, California organic softneck, Porcelain, Silverskin early, Red Russian, German Red, Dan’s Russian, Dan’s sicilian, Luchka, and more

We have spuds for sale to eat…you can decide what to do with them from there.  I have quite a few and as currently we have all the varieties we had before plus Caribou, Larette Fingerling, Red Cloud (limited availability), Peruvian purple (landrace variety), Emmers purple, Alta Blush, and others, and so if you are looking for something special, ask and I might have it.  I would prefer to send them out now before winter.  $5 for 10 or $3/lb for large orders.

Heather’s Norland – early large, red skin, white flesh, all purpose

Red Norland – early medium to large, red skin, white flesh, productive and all purpose

Cherry red – Early, medium red skin, round and white flesh, all use, great for new potatoes

Warba (1933) – mottled white skin with deeper pink eyes, moist white flesh, fairly early, all use.  A German potato with great flavor.

Sangre – Mid season medium sized, dark red skin, slightly elongated, white flesh, baking, boiling, uses

Sante – mid season, white skinned, dry fleshed firm potato.  Medium yields, good all purpose baker.

Danish – from the world traveler.  A white skinned, medium sized, white flesh tuber which is slightly dry.  Good producers, great flavor.

Irish Cobbler – since the late 1800’s this has been around in recorded history.  This somewhat flattish yellow skinned, yellow moist fleshed potatoe is a standby in any potato salad recipe.  Good yields, taste and good storage qualities.  Somewhat prone to scab.

Ukrainian – A white skin, white to yellow fleshed moist potato, slightly flat, but more rounded than Irish Cobbler.  Good storage, baking and other uses.  Great for pyrogy use.

Carola – a midseason, German yellow fleshed, white skinned type with good moist flesh of excellent taste.  Limited quantities.

Purple Chief – early deep red/purple skinned, white moist fleshed potato.  Good keeper and good yields.

Onaway- a fairly new addition to the potato family, this is a white skinned, white to yellow fleshed moist early potato with good yields.  Used for all baking, boiling and new potato use.

Nordonna – Grown as a replacement for Norland, it has slightly higher yields of round red skinned, medium sized, white fleshed tubers than Red Norland.  Good disease resistance and slightly more keeping capacity.

Shepody – Mid-season, white skin and flesh, large sized oblong tubers of great quality and keeping ability.  Some disease resistance.  Good yields.

Pink Fir Apple (Pink Finger) – early high yields of fingerling potatoes, pink skin and creamy yellow flesh.  Grown for over 100 years.

Caribe – early excellent yields of purple skinned, oblong, medium to large sized white fleshed tubers, store excellent, multi-use and medium moist tasty flesh.

Yellow Finger – mid-season to late, abundant yields of finger shaped and sized tubers, some growing large, skin is yellow as is the moist, almost waxy flesh that is absolutely the best for oven roasted Italian potatoes.  They never need peeling and are tasty and sweet.

Fianna – From the world traveler.  It was bred in Denmark. This smooth oval tuber is white skinned and dry white fleshed, with medium size and medium yields.  Grown to be a French fry potato since it does not absorb a lot of fat.

Timo – From the world traveler during his visit to Finland.  Timo is also known as Hankkijan Timo.  It is a well loved favorite there.  It is early and produces well.  It has white skin and slightly yellow moist flesh, and that is why it tastes great.

Ada’s White –  From the seasoned traveler, this is another find from a local grower who has had it in her family forever.  Ada’s white is oblonged, mid-season, and white skinned, almost brown, like a baker.  The flesh is white and light.

India white – Mid-season, oblong, medium sized, multi-use potatoes.  White  thin skin and moist white flesh.

Nooksack – An Aboriginal landrace variety of brown skinned white fleshed medium moist baker.  Moister than a russet.  Good yields of medium to large tubers.

Toolas – From the world traveler.  It is a small to medium sized fairly round white thin skinned potato with white moist to waxy flesh.  Medium yields.

Green Mountain – a late season potato but worth growing for the huge yields of large, oblong tubers of excellent disease resistance and storage qualities.  Makes great fries.

Agria – early season, yellow skin and flesh, moist large sized potatoes for all uses. It is one of the best tasting early potatoes.

Luke’s Bush Cobbler – a bush variant of Irish cobbler for smaller garden spaces.  Good yields, similar characteristics otherwise to Irish Cobbler.

Red Thumb – deep red skin, white fleshed tubers of medium size, definitely fat thumb shaped and mid-season.  Medium yields.

Chieftain – early red skin white flesh, great yielding potato one of the better keepers for an early potato.  Standby for early boiled eating and new potato taste.

Bintje – 1910. A late white skinned, white fleshed, medium dry baking, boiling potato with exceptional keeping qualities and good disease resistance.

Red Pontiac – A mid-season, deep red skinned, white moist fleshed tuber, good storage and yields.

All Red – medium to late maturing.  These potatoes are as the name implies, a cheery red color inside and out.  Keeps during cooking so you can make wonderful mashed potatoes for Valentine’s day without the need for poisoning food color!

Yukon Gold – medium maturing.  Yukon gold is a yellow skin, yellow tasty flesh, moist waxy potato of great quality and production.  Makes quite large tubers sometimes. Developed in Guelph and released in 1966.

Oma’s Saskatchewan White – obtained in 2009 from a decendent of a German Immigrant who brought these white skinned, smooth tubers from the old country.  They are mid-season, white fleshed and fairly moist with good storage abilities.

Red Cloud – a mid-season, white fluffy fleshed red-skin round potato which makes heavenly light baked potatoes.  Good storage.

Egyptian White – obtained from a seasoned traveler who loves collecting rare varieties.  This white skin, white flesh tuber is abundant and mid-season.  It keeps well.  Tubers are slightly oblong and good for all uses.

Red Gold – Mid-season, medium red skin and golden flesh, moist and good yields and flavor.

Wendy’s Purple – from the seasoned traveler, these potatoes are a variety grown by his neighbor Wendy for many years.  They are purple skinned, oblong and white fleshed, with good disease resistance and performance in all soil types.  Medium sized and medium moist.

Chaleur – Early producer, white skin and flesh.  Potatoes are round to oval, comparable to a Yukon gold.  It was developed for French fry use.

All Purple – also called All Blue.  This one is inside and out a purple/blue which can be hard to find in moist soil.  The tubers are quite large, and make a great mix for potato salads.  More antioxidants exist in potatoes with deep flesh colors. So eat your vitamins.

Early Ohio – early season White potato with white creamy flesh.  Slightly on the dry side.  Yields are good and they keep well.

Roko – mid-season bright red skin and white flesh.  Used for all purposes.  It is high yielding and stores excellent.

 

Jerusalem artichokes – $5 per 5 tubers, or $3 a pound if you want 5 lbs. or more.  Limited availability.  I have all the kinds I had before

New videos and information

Hi everyone;

I wanted to let you know about our farm sister site where we list any extra produce we have for sale.  It is at http://hillanddalefarm.wordpress.com  I have posted 2 videos on the relationship between diet and disease and I think everyone should see them and see the science for themselves.  I am an advocate of taking your own health in your hands and bucking the medical oversights and problems with this barbaric system of health care we embrace.  It is not in our best interests and there is massive unnecessary human suffering as a result.  I live on a farm.  I have as much or more indoctrination as other people towards the westernized view of eating.  I would like to relate these new but old findings about food and human health. It is scientific, it makes sense.  See for yourself.  Afterall it is your life and your body.  Just don’t accept carte blanche anything the media or your doctor tells you.

We are not selling potatoes for seed.  But you can purchase potatoes to eat or do whatever you want with them.  The list is basically the same as last time.  Thanks,

Denise

Also GARLIC is available now.  Limited quantites.  Get it soon as we sell out.  $4 a head.  Plant before Sept 10.  KINDS:  Hutterite Purple, Ukrainian Mavniv, Polish Jenn, Purple skin silver, Pink Skin Silver, BC Sicilian, California Organic Sicilian, Hutterite white, Chinese Purple, Korean Purple, Jumbo Silverskin organic, Les Pudar, Procelain, Gido Krupa, Mr. Kastelics, Marlene’s and a few others.

Stop Bill C-18

Here is the petition to stop bill C-18.  Please read information about it at the National farmer’s Union site at http://www.nfu.ca or through Seeds of Diversity Canada at http://www.seeds.ca

Right to Save Seeds Petition

C-18 — A Corporate Agri-business Promotion Act

Thanks for ensuring that your kids still have the right to grow their own food.

Denise