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Welcome - Wile's Lake Farm Market Newsletter
Summer Days | July 5, 2017

In This Issue:
Market Musing
Slugs
Time for Deadheading
Herb Bounty
New Products
Picnics
We have Milkweed
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Market Musing

We held our Canada Day pancake breakfast on July 1, our first rainy breakfast in 25 years.  We love this event as it truly is a community gathering and a way for us to give back.  This year the Wileville Fire Department and Servant’s Heart Mission helped with serving coffee and making pancakes.  The fire department raised almost $500.00 from the donations.  Thanks to everyone who made donations.

Across the county there were numerous events that reflect the rich traditions of celebration.  We love these events and those who visit us love to participate and catch a glimpse of what makes us what we are.  This is what helps entice people to move here and “create a life they love”!

In just a few weeks Tina Hennigar will start her 150 Tour of Canada telling people about the great opportunities that exist in Lunenburg County and the wonderful lifestyle that awaits people who move here.  Watch the video that gives the background to the tour.

We will all benefit from having more people move here –  people to fill our schools, buy our housing, increase the talent pool of potential employees for the businesses that are seeking people and add to the vibrancy of our rural villages and communities. 

Each of us, in our own small way can be part of the welcoming community we can be.  Chat with someone you don’t know at the local store or community event, it is such a simple gesture that makes a difference.

During the summer let’s all make a point to go the extra mile and welcome all visitors, they may become our new neighbours!

Elspeth

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Slugs

The wet weather can bring out hungry slugs ready to munch on your crops.  Slugs especially enjoy beans, lettuce, cabbage and tomato plants.  Signs to look for are irregularly shaped holes in the leaves, and trails of slimy residue in the soil.

These critters are easy to trap.  You can simply lay boards down on the soil overnight and flip them over in the morning to collect them or place dishes of beer or other sweet bait just under soil level.  You can discourage them with a sprinkle of rough products around the garden like coffee grounds, diatomaceous earth or egg shells.  We  also carry a Safer slug bait. 

 

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Time for Deadheading

Removing the spent blossoms from annuals prevents energy going into seed production to ensure lots of blooming all season.  You can pinch them off with your fingers or use a pair of scissors or pruners.

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Herb Bounty

We now have fresh herbs bagged up and ready to go.  At this stage of the season variety changes daily.

It is the time to start doing some cutting back your in your kitchen herb garden.  Cutting back not only encourages growth it also provides inspiration in the kitchen.  Mint is growing particularly well this season. Here are a couple of ways to use the aromatic leaves.

  • Mince some and mix with your morning berries
  • Spearmint and Mojito mint are great in beverages and to flavor water.  Muddle 5-10 big leaves pour hot water and steep fo 5-10 minutes for a mint tea.
  • Chop some up as an addition to salad. 
  • Peas and mint make an excellent combination.  Try adding some chopped mint to sautéed peas.

Check out Sweet Valley Herbs website for more great ideas 

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New Products

We are now carrying  the Canada Collection of artisan loose tea blends blended by The Tea Brewery in Mahone Bay.  Green, Black and Herbal varieties available

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Picnics

Planning an adventure!  We can have your picnic lunch ready for you to pick up on your way.  Give us a call to place your order.

 

 

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We have Milkweed

We have Milkweed plants ready to go.  These first year plants are from seeds provided by the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute and will flower next year.  This Milkweed is critical for Monarch Butterfly growth.

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