Wile's Lake Farm Market & Bakery Farm Market




WelcomeFarm MarketMarket KitchenRecipesBakeryOur FarmersGarden Centre & GreenhousesEventsClassesGardening GuideElspeth's Radio BitsMarket NewsletterContact Us

Subscribe to Market News!
Email:

Welcome - Wile's Lake Farm Market Newsletter
eNewsletter issue 196 | October 13, 2010

The flaming beauty of autumn colour is covering the Maritimes this week, and the undisputed star is the sugar maple, whose leaves turn a dazzling crimson as fall progresses.  Red maple and birch also contribute to the spectacle.  Here on the east coast fall tours for color are popular because of the wonderful show our hardwoods display—but from the east coast to the west coast—Canada is truly a spectacular country.  New Brunswick’s agricultural vistas are enhanced by the majestic autumn colors, and in the Eastern Townships of Quebec the scenery gets more spectacular as the mountains rise before you. In Ontario head north through apple country to Georgian Bay, and as you cross the Canadian Shield into Manitoba the forest landscape gives way to amber waves of grain. Wherever you go in autumn it’s Colorful in Canada -- this land is our land—no wonder we love it!

In This Issue:
APPLES BY THE BUSHEL
PRODUCE PICKS
FINISHING TOUCHCES-GARDENING COURSE
TERRIFIC TULIPS & OTHER BULBS
CLOSING FOR THE SEASON
ALL HALLOW'S EVE

line

APPLES BY THE BUSHEL

            “Pick” at least one apple a day—it’s part of a healthy diet!  Crunch an apple, enjoy a bowl of apple sauce, quench your thirst with apple cider or juice---try apples in a dessert or main course—there are thousands of ways to incorporate apples in your diet! Here at the Market this week one of the stars in the apple line up is the Burgundy Apple---known for its rich burgundy color, crisp texture and juicy flesh.  Burgundy is similar in size to a MacIntosh—perfect for eating out of hand. Although not a new variety, it’s a first timer at the Market!  This unique variety is grown in the Annapolis Valley by Josh Oulton and Patricia Bishop.  Burgundy Red—we’ve made it our “pick” this week!

            With the abundant apple harvest in the Annapolis Valley right now there are so many wonderful varieties available.  Of course, Gravensteins are ending here, just when they should. We recommend eating apples when they come into season—and the next big favourite is Cortland.  Hard, crunchy, and beautifully colored---with a flesh as white as snow!  Honeycrisp is proving to be a favourite and is especially good right now.  Those who appreciate some of the older favourites will want to try Cox Orange---tasting superb this week.  Our list keeps growing and growing, including MacIntosh, Ginger Gold, Gala, and Russet.  Pick a peck or two this week—there’s one to suit every taste.

line

PRODUCE PICKS

            Apples aren’t the only crop we’re featuring this week----the vegetable harvest is bountiful and we have a good supply of beets.  For many years pickled beets have been a favourite, and if you didn’t have time in the summer to put down a few jars, fall is the perfect time.  Stop in to the Market and get your supply of beets.    Cranberries are another crop coming on strong this week—this little berry is so healthy and so versatile---it freezes beautifully for later use.

line

FINISHING TOUCHCES-GARDENING COURSE

            Our last gardening course for the season is scheduled for Wednesday, October 20th, and you guessed it folks—“Putting Your Garden to Bed for Winter” is packed with helpful information on what to do with your perennials, shrubs and rose bushes so they are ready for the winter months ahead.  We will cover topics like winter protection, mulching, pruning (or not) and a few other interesting topics.  Bridgewater Parks and Recreation handles the registration—give them a call. This is the course for those gardeners who don’t know where to start---join us and watch your Fall Garden IQ soar!!!!

line

TERRIFIC TULIPS & OTHER BULBS

The first frost touched down here at the Market on October 11th, Monday morning---very evident on our roof as Market gang arrived at 7:30 am to start their day.  We have been so fortunate that the summer flowers have lasted well into October this year—there are containers and beds that are still putting on a spectacular show.  Their days are numbered—and it’s time to start bringing plants inside that you may want to over winter.  Be sure to give them a spray of insecticidal soap to avoid introducing insects to your house plants.

            As we complete our garden clean up chores—our thoughts turn to bulb planting. Begin by selecting quality bulbs—look for bulbs that are unblemished and ones that feel heavy.  Healthy bulbs look smooth and feel firm, its ok if they’re missing their papery tunics.  Our selection is tops, especially our daffodils---which are deer resistant.  Crocus, fritillaria, snowdrops and hyacinths also often escape the ravages of the deer. Always put dusting of bonemeal in the hole when planting and remember to use a perennial fertilizer around the bulbs when the shoots come up next spring.  After your bulbs have bloomed it’s a good idea to fertilize again—it helps them store nutrients for the following years bloom.

            Pay particular attention to bulb bloom times—aim for a long sequence of bloom by selecting a variety of bulbs that bloom through the year.  When you select a range of early spring bloomers as well as midspring, early-summer, and later-summer bulbs, you should enjoy waves of ongoing color.  The snowdrops will be the first bulb to bloom when the snow banks melt away, followed by crocus, early tulips and daffodils.  Fritillaria show up next and the last to bloom is the showy, stately allium. Daffodils also have a varied bloom time—early, mid season, or late. It’s possible to have daffodils in bloom for several months.

            Gardeners passionate about bulbs consider them an investment, like perennials.  They will bloom for many years, offsetting the initial cost needed to provide a powerful display.  The exception is certain tulip varieties which need to be replaced every 3-4 years.

line

CLOSING FOR THE SEASON

            Our last day of business this year will be Sunday, November 7th at 6 pm.  We will have a closing party on Friday, November 5 starting at 5:30 pm.  Folks will be pleased to hear we will repeat our “dessert party” theme.  More details about this later, but reserve the date and bring a friend.  We’ll make it all worthwhile!

 

            For those who want to stock up your freezer for the winter months, get your bread order in early.  Orders must be picked up by Friday, November 5. 

line

ALL HALLOW'S EVE

            It only comes once a year, so go all out to bewitch your friends and neighbors.  Here at the Market we enjoy adding to everyone’s Halloween FUN with our extra special decorating touches and festive ideas.  Watch for them in the next few weeks. For your jack o lantern, get the pick of the patch--- pick your pumpkin now.  Or use the pumpkins cousins to make glowing squash-o-lanterns.  Did you know that jack o lanterns were popular in Ireland and Scotland hundreds of years ago, but they were made with turnips! Irish immigrants modified this tradition when they came to America because pumpkins were far more plentiful.

 

            Scraping frost off the windshield, wood smoke in the air, shorter days—they’re all signaling the change of season.  Won’t be long before we move indoors for the winter days ahead—but don’t let fabulous fall days pass you by.  Mother Nature is at her best right now--make time for one last outdoor picnic, a long relaxing walk down a wooded trail, a few quiet moments in your garden.

 

Happy Fall Everyone----Mary

line

Subscribe Today!

We send out two types of newsletters - weekly e-newsletters during the summer months and hard copy newsletters in the spring.  We invite you to subscribe to our e-newsletter. Please read our privacy policy.

Email address:

Past Market Newsletters

Please select from the following list to view recent past newsletters, or click here to view the full Market Newsletter archive.

In Full Spring
Opening Wednesday March 28, 2018
Opening Soon March 21, 2018
All About Bulbs October 11 2017
Apple Edition October 4, 2017

top ^

WELCOMEFARM MARKET RECIPES BAKERY MARKET KITCHEN OUR FARMERSGARDEN CENTRE EVENTS CLASSESGARDENING GUIDEELSPETH'S RADIO BITSMARKET NEWSLETTERCONTACT© 2018 WILE'S LAKE FARM MARKET, WILEVILE NOVA SCOTIA