Seasonal Produce

Respect for local ecology and a willingness to co-operate with nature are the basic principles of Thistlecroft. We are human beings and have human ways of doing the things of human objective, but we try to avoid dominating nature in the process.

Gardens at Thistlecroft are cultivated by hand, using low tech methods. We have a small Kabota tractor that we sometimes use to reshape garden beds or break dense patches of grass. It has been of incredible assistance when moving heavy awkward loads. Someday we hope to train Banjo the Donkey to pull a load, but until then we rely on wheelbarrows, hand-tools and our own physical labour.

 


Squash plants in the foreground with asparagus ferns behind.

Assorted tomatoes.

We use home-made compost to fertilize the soil (composted chicken, sheep and donkey manure), and brew home-made herbal teas to encourage the plants to thrive. It takes many years to build healthy, fertile soil and only one season to deplete it. We judge our soil health based upon how well our plants grow, and also by what types of weeds are growing in the area. While we don't use chemical or pre-manufactured products in our gardens, we do amend the soil with natural products, such as coffee grinds and tea leaves, citrus peels, crushed eggshells, and wood ash.

We also plant things strategically, one year planting beans (which naturally capture air-born nitrogen and transform it into an earth based nitrogen), for the benefit of plants the following year. We expect soil health and fertility to fluctuate from year to year, but our aim is to steadily increase the richness and diversity of the soil, making the earth in our area a more suitable home for a wider variety of vegetables.
For disease control, we rotate our garden beds and crops on a 3-4 year cycle, incorporate companion plants to encourage healthier growth and repel pests, and practice field hygiene by disposing of diseased or afflicted plant matter by burning it, excluding all parts from our usual waste-recovery system.

There are organic products on the market to help with disease, moulds, and insects but we value co-operation with nature, rather than a dominance or obliteration of nature. Some problems aren't really problems, and make no difference to the end products. Especially when it comes to insects, most are a normal and vital part of ecology, and they do little more than aesthetic damages. Other pests, such as garlic leek moth, we must respond to quickly, knowing from experience that the damages can be devastating.

Shitake mushroom grown on maple logs.
 
2017 Produce Availability


This is an approximation of when things are grown at Thistlecroft. It does not reflect actual availablity.

 

 

Farm Boutique Open May to October, 24/7!

845 Galway Road, Kinmount, Ontario

 

Eggs - Chicken
Eggs - Duck
Chicken
Duck
Garlic
Seasonal Produce

Wool Products
Wood Products
Iron Products
Felted Products
Craft Shows



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farmers (at) thistlecroft.ca