Fig and Clover

May 12, 2014

Last year we were sad to say goodbye to our friend Randy Pearson.  He had run Fresh Beginnings Farm for several years, and had sold us amazing rhubarb and raspberries (among other crops) for our home delivery boxes.  Life changes called him to the Okanagan and truly our loss is Summerland’s gain. Before he left, […]

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Optimism, Spring, and Joel Salatin

April 2, 2014

Last Saturday Stacee (Three Oaks), Heather (Northbrook), and several more of the Saanich Organics crowd headed to town to hear Joel Salatin speak.  We were inspired by this groundbreaker of the alternative food system.  Salatin is the owner of Polyface Farm and author of several books.  He is an independent minded, passionate, principled, funny, life-loving, […]

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Taking Back the Seed!!

March 2, 2014

A few weeks ago, I found myself at the Organic Seed Alliance conference at Oregon State University. As I listened to the keynote, I had tears in my eyes. As I looked across the room, to the 430 other plant breeders and farmers, I saw more than a few damp eyes. It was a pivotal […]

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Feeling a little…under the weather

February 24, 2014

Rachel was lamenting that, unlike the kids, we can’t enjoy the magic of the snow on the farm.  “Snow Day” for us means watching the greenhouses with a furrowed brow, and then trudging out to knock off the accumulating snow (a long and heavy job).  It means walking the fence line to shake snow off […]

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Lessons Learned at the Wheel

February 21, 2014

As most of you know, at the end of 2013 we said good bye to Tim, our long serving delivery guy.  Before hiring a permanent replacement, Robin, Rachel and I thought it would be a good idea to do the job ourselves for a few weeks and see what we could learn.  Tuesday it was […]

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Frozen! but not giving up

December 9, 2013

We’re facing some challenges for our weekly harvest because of the freezing temperatures.  Literally, we had to pry frozen rutabagas out of the ground this afternoon and chip off the frozen soil around them.  There were jokes that a frozen solid rutabaga can be used as a weapon of mass destruction. The veggies are thawing […]

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From the Saanich Organics Test Kitchen: Sunchokes two ways

November 25, 2013

We did our first big sunchoke harvest today in preparation for Tuesdays boxes. We always get pretty excited at a first harvest, and we’re keen to try each vegetable in a new way for supper that night.  Our conundrum was: roasted or fried? So we tried both, and we’re they ever different!  Im a fan […]

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Seed Saving 2013

October 7, 2013

Hi everyone!  Lisa here – and I just wanted to share with you some seedy news from the 2013 season.  Think way back and try to remember… that sunny fall weather, no not this week or the week before, but before these cool temps, and the rain(!) set in…well I know it’s hard ; ) […]

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One Week Away!

September 8, 2013

We’re a week out from the social event of the season… the Cooler Party!  And we have late breaking news:  the dinner will be prepared by the incomparable chef Amy Loewen, with bartending by her charming husband Vince. Yesterday’s market table had, perhaps, the widest variety we’ve ever had on one market stand, so Amy […]

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Cooler Party

August 21, 2013

On September 15 we are, indeed, going to throw a party much cooler than most.  It’ll be a long table dinner with food grown on-site and deliciously prepared by executive chef Alain Leger.  We are so grateful to Alain, to the good folks at Spinnakers (think truffles for dessert), and especially to our friend Doug […]

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Great Price on Blueberries?

August 1, 2013

It’s that week in the middle of blueberry season when the conventional berries from the mainland flood in, and the price plummets.  This week they’re at Thrifty’s for $8.88 for a 5 lb box.  My berries are, well, shall we say, significantly more expensive than that ($4.50/lb for bulk orders or $3/lb U-Pick). When asked […]

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Blawberry Jam

July 28, 2013

Much to my delight, last summer my son said he wanted to make jam with me.  I asked if he wanted to make strawberry or blueberry (those being the two fruits we had in abundance).  In true Jackson style, he answered “Both!”  and Blawberry jam was born.  I repeated the experiment last night, and so […]

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Market Psychology

July 17, 2013

Farmers markets are great.  We love them.  We love them so much we sell at three of them (Moss St Market, James Bay Market, and now the Victoria Public Market at the Hudson).   But not all markets are created equal, and although markets are great for connecting with our customers and our farming community, […]

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World Food Prize Awarded to Guess Who!?

June 25, 2013

Last week, the winners of the World Food Prize were announced.  Also called “the Nobel Prize of food,” this award has been handed out every year since 1987 to “outstanding individuals who have made vital contributions to improving the quality, quantity or availability of food throughout the world,” according to the website of the foundation. […]

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It’s Zero Plastic Week

June 14, 2013

It’s important.  The longer we use plastic, the more we start to see the long-term ramifications of this material.  From thousands of dead albatrosses on Midway Island (see here and here) to concerns for human health (see here), the evidence is increasingly clear: we have to start weaning ourselves.  But it’s a challenge.  Plastic is […]

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Weed Dating

June 8, 2013

Drag to Reposition Event Photo Saanich Organics and Sea Bluff Farm want you to find love! June 8th, 2-4pm 565 Wootton Rd, Victoria Think speed dating for gardening and foodie types. If you’re single or are wanting to meet like minded folks, there’s nothing like hoeing a row with someone to find out what they […]

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Farmer Mom. Sometimes it Works

June 6, 2013

Those of you who know me (Heather) know that two things I love very much, my family and the farm, often compete for my attention.  This is another way of saying that for the past 10 years (since my first son was born), guilt has been a very familiar feeling.  I always feel like I’m […]

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Planting with Kids

May 29, 2013

Michelle and I (Heather) spent much of last week at Keating Elementary as their “farmers in residence”.  We worked with 17 classes, or 400 kids, to plant about a dozen different vegetables. The first challenge was coming up with recommendations for crops that wouldn’t be producing their best while the kids are out for summer […]

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