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Welcome - Wile's Lake Farm Market Newsletter
Harvest Time | September 13, 2017

In This Issue:
Market Musing
Bulbs
Valley Apples
Pears
Squash Bugs
Extending the season
SQUASHTASTIC
SQUASHTASTIC

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Market Musing

Gravenstein apples, red swamp maples, school buses and cool mornings are all signs of fall to me.  We have all been asking where the summer went.  I know for sure where it went!  I hope you were all able to use the summer for some relaxation and rejuvenation.  Like many who work in seasonal businesses, winter is my time.

Already we are planning for next year’s greenhouse planting with an order deadline just several weeks away.  Within a week we will have ordered our garden centre inventory; in fact, our greenhouse pots and soil are already ordered.  It is little wonder that the days and months fly by as we are always working months ahead.

Our next big event is Squashtastic!  The celebration we started several years ago to “elevate the lowly squash to culinary and artistic heights”.  We build interesting and creative art pieces here at the Market and in other locations.  We will have “something” at the Best Western Bridgewater Hotel and we will be part of the Scarecrow Festival in Mahone Bay.  We will be at the Afterglow Art Festival creating a public art piece on Saturday, September 30 between 6-8 pm.  Come by and help create this year’s treasure!

We are participating with Bridgewater and Pentz Elementary Schools to “Nourish Your Roots”.  This is a fundraiser for the schools using locally produced and sourced produce.  You will be able to purchase a box of produce from the school with the profits from the sales going to the school.  We are very excited to be the supplier and curator of the Nourish Boxes.  Watch for more information in our newsletter, on our Facebook site and from local students in these two schools.

Remember apple season is upon us and we are well supplied with the most beautiful Graventstein apples I have seen for several years.  The weather gods were on the side of apple producers this year with just the right amount of rain and sunshine at the critical times.

Elspeth

 

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Bulbs

 

 Do you love those first beautiful spring flowers? Our bulbs have arrived. Now is the time for planting the colourful narcissus, tulips, crocus and hyacinth. We also carry some spectacular frilly fritillaria and majestic allium. Need some planting advice check out Ruigrok Flowerbulbs

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Valley Apples

Many of our customers have been waiting for that juicy, crispy, sour bite of the first Gravensteins.  We have Valley Gravensteins and Sunrise apples available in 10 lb bags for $10.00.  Sunrise are an early apple that is a bit sweeter and softer than the hard Gravs, best for fresh eating rather than cooking. 

Try this recipe courtesy of Nourish Nova Scotia.

Apple and Carrot Coleslaw              

½ head cabbage

2 carrots, peeled

1 crisp apple

1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

4 Tbsp Mayonnaise or plain yogurt

1 Tbsp sugar

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

2 Tbsp mixed seeds (pumpkin, sunflower)

Peel outer layer from cabbage and remove core.  Finely shred the cabbage and the carrot using a knife, grater or food processor.  Wash and dice the apple.  Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

In a small bowl combine remaining ingredients.  Pour over cabbage, carrots, apple and toss to coat.  Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour before serving, or up to 6 hours.  Coleslaw will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Top with seeds before serving.

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Pears

 

Valley Clapp pears are now available in the Market. These early pears are great for eating and canning but do not store well.

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Squash Bugs

We have had several reports of squash bug infestations. These critters feed on the sap of the squash  and pumpkin plants causing them to brown, wilt and die. They lay their reddish eggs on the undersides of the leaves. The young nymphs are grey with black legs and as adults grow to ½ inch long.  It is critical to catch these pests before a major infestation. The eggs were laid earlier in the summer when the squash were beginning to send out vines. The adults emerge 4-6 weeks later - about now! Not much you can do now but prevent them from showing up next year.

As with any diseased plant material whether from bugs or blight it should be removed and destroyed as these pests can over winter in the debris.

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Extending the season

Now is the time to watch out for early frost warnings if you want to extend your growing season for tender tomatoes, peppers, squash pumpkins and late seeded crops of beans. 

Row covers can be as simple as sheets or old tablecloths or a DIY project of pvc pipe and floating row cover material.

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SQUASHTASTIC

Save the dates!
Sept 30-Oct 1

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SQUASHTASTIC

Join us in celebrating everything squash!

Saturday, September 30 from 11-2 and Sunday October 1 from 2-4 we will be sampling a delicious  Roasted Butternut Squash Red Curry and demonstrating winter squash preparation and cooking techniques.

New this year, we will have prepared squash recipes ready to purchase for Take Home Meals. 

The always popular photo ops with our spectacular Squash Art are available all day. 

It will be a SQUASTASTIC weekend!

 

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Past Market Newsletters

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

Apple Edition October 4, 2017
SQUASHTASTIC Edition September 27, 2017
Harvest Time September 13, 2017
Easing into Autumn August 30, 2017
Garden Glory Aug 16,2017

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