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eNewsletter Issue 316 | July 30, 2014

Summer in the Maritimes means vacations for many folks.  It’s a time of year when the rhythm of our lives change.  Many of us are now enjoying fresh fruits and vegetables grown in our own gardens or fields by local farmers.  Ice cream melting on a fresh berry pie, cucumber salad, crisp green lettuce and radish from your garden—just a few of the tasty delights we enjoy in July.  Yes, even local peas, beans, carrots and potatoes in hodge podge—summer menus are more relaxed and many meals move outdoors.  Fill your shopping basket at our Market this week with fresh local produce.

In This Issue:
FRESH PRODUCE
CLOSE TO HOME DINNER
FLOWERING SHRUB OF THE WEEK-HYDRANGEAS
FEATURED PERENNIAL
ELSPETH'S GARDEN CLASSROOM
RECIPE OF THE WEEK
SQUASHTASTIC FESTIVAL
HELP WANTED
SUMMER INSPIRATION

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FRESH PRODUCE

Our Market shelves are bursting with loads of fresh local produce, and this week we add Valley raspberries and cherries to our ever increasing selection—two delicious and easy take along summertime snacks!  Now is the time we should all be filling up on Hodge Podge—we have all the Fixins.  Of course, summers not complete without cucumber salad and Peter’s cukes are now in full production----stock up for sandwiches, cucumber salad, and of course, pickling!

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CLOSE TO HOME DINNER

The third annual Close to Home Dinner, part of the Growing Green Festival will be held in our Market Greenhouse on Thursday, August 21 at 6pm.  The buffet style meal provided by Matthew Krizan of Mateus Bistro is a mixed grill including goat.  Tickets are $35.00 each and are available at the Market.

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FLOWERING SHRUB OF THE WEEK-HYDRANGEAS

There’s no better way to add late summer to fall color in your garden than with the spectacular Hydrangea family---they offer a long bloom season and the ability to change bloom color. Reaching various heights and differing sunlight requirements—drop in and see which one is right for your garden.

 "Endless Summer Blushing Bride” -- offers pure white flowers with pink at the tip and reblooms on old and new growth.

 “Vanilla Strawberry” – features enormous pointed flower heads starting out white then changing to pink, then red and reaching 6 to 7 feet in height—Magnificent!

 “Fire and Ice” – the creamy blooms in summer turn pink at midsummer then red in the fall.

 “Annabelle” –large white blooms are great for drying.  This one blooms from July to October, growing to 4 feet it is recommended for shady spots.

 “Pinky Winky”—hardy, medium height specimens whose blooms open white and change to pink.  Buy one Pinky Winky and get the second for 30% off.

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FEATURED PERENNIAL

Russian Sage

With its airy purple flower spikes and upright stems, Russian Sage provides color from midsummer to fall. As a member of the mint family the leaves are aromatic and its size makes it a stately specimen for your perennial garden—reaching heights between 3 and 5 feet.

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ELSPETH'S GARDEN CLASSROOM

Questions—yes, we answer lots of questions from gardeners. Elspeth delights in helping folks, so send along your tough questions. This week the question is:

How can I control tomato blight?

There are two types of blight, on is early and the other is a late blight which can affect tomatoes.

Early blight is caused by a fungus and can affect all parts of the tomato plant, including leaves, stems and fruit, causing lower leaves to yellow and drop, dark spots on the lower leaves and stem and spotted fruit.  It appears early to mid-season and often after a rainfall or in humid weather.  The plants may not die but will be weakened and produce fewer fruit.  The best way to deal with this fungus is prevention through crop rotation and staking plants to ensure good air circulation.  Spray weekly and after each rain with a biofungicide or copper spray available here at the Market.

Late Blight is caused by a wind borne fungus particularly in rainy and windy conditions and rapidly spreads in humid conditions.  It can be identified by grey areas on the leaves which turn to mold on the underside of the leaves.  This can spread rapidly through the garden.  Late Blight must be detected early to save the crop.  Infected plant material should be immediately removed and bagged or burned.  The remaining crop should be treated with a fungicide containing copper.  Plant tomatoes in a different location each year because spores can overwinter in the soil.

Elspeth

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RECIPE OF THE WEEK

                                 TZATZIKI SAUCE

Refreshing as a dip or with grilled meats, this recipe uses our fresh field cucumbers.

 INGREDIENTS:

2 cups greek yogurt

1 cup diced seeded or grated cucumbers

2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 Tbsp chopped fresh dill (can use less dried dill)

Salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients.  Chill if possible before using, allowing flavours mingle. Yields 3 cups.

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SQUASHTASTIC FESTIVAL

A new one of a kind festival coming to the Market this September!  We’re aiming to elevate the lowly squash to new heights in both culinary and artistic events.  It promises to be tons of Fall Family Fun.  Here’s a quick peek of what to look forward to:

  • Recipe contest
  • Black Box Competition
  • Squash Games and activities

More information is coming soon to our Facebook page and the Progress Bulletin.

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HELP WANTED

We are looking for a creative person to assist us with our Squashtastic Festival in September.  It is our aim to elevate the lowly squash to new heights by creating a special one of a kind squash art installation at a site in Bridgewater.  Examples can be viewed at www.germany.info under the Ludwigsburg  Pumpkin Festival.  Contact us at the Market if you are keen to show your creativity in this unique display

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SUMMER INSPIRATION

As the warm summer afternoons give way to the evening campfires, the clothesline fills with drying towels and swimsuits, and the boats are tied up and the bikes are parked for the night—the smell of toasting marshmallows settles over the yard.  Family and friends sit together, listening to the crack and pop of the fire, counting the stars as they appear in the night sky.  Somewhere close by the loon heads home for the night, and another summer day comes to a close.  Its summertime in the Maritimes---don’t let it pass you by.

Happy Summertime Everyone---Mary

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