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Our focus is on heirloom and open-pollinated varieties and local seed sources. We never use synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides in our
growing practices. Our goal is to provide a diverse mix of seasonal vegetables from week-to-week, including many familiar vegetables and some less
familiar, specialty varieties.
Below is a library of the vegetables we grow. Some variation from this is guaranteed due to seed availability, growing conditions, farmer interest and customer demand. Take a look:
Gai lan (Brassica oleracea)
Looks similar to broccoli with green flower heads at the top, which are considered sweet. The surrounding leaves have the sharpness and tang of chard or pac choi and are usually eaten as a leaf vegetable. High in beta-carotene, and contains folate, vitamin E, iron and calcium.
Garlic: Elephant (Allium ampeloprasum L.)
Elephant garlic is actually not a true garlic and is more closely related to the leek. Bulbs are very large and can weigh over a pound. A single clove of elephant garlic can be as large as a whole bulb of ordinary garlic. In terms of flavour, elephant garlic is to garlic what leeks are to onions. It has a very mild, sweet and subtle flavour.
Garlic: Leningrad (Allium ophioscorodon)
Leningrad is hot and strong. It has excellent spicy flavour, is easy to grow and has a long storage life. Leningrad is a Porcelain hardneck variety and is listed in the Seeds of Diversity Canada catalogue of heritage varieties as endangered and very hard to find.
Garlic: Musica (Allium ophioscorodon)
A Porcelain hardneck variety with a fine white (sometimes blushed mauve) and rather glossy skin. The flavour is sweet and pungent. Very hot when eaten raw. Music is an Italian variety brought to Canada by Al Music (a former tobacco farmer) in the 1980's.
Garlic: Persian Star (Allium ophioscorodon)
Also known as Samarkand - a purple stripe hardneck variety. Elegant flavour, and beautiful looking. The outer bulb wrapper is sometimes smooth white but the inner wrappers are purple streaked. Persian Star is listed in the Seeds of Diversity Canada catalogue of heritage varieties as endangered and hard to find.
Garlic: Russian Red (Allium ophioscorodon)
The Doukhobors, a communal pacifistic religious sect of Russian origin, introduced this garlic cultivar to British Columbia in the late 1800s. A Rocambole hardneck variety with a strong garlic flavor and a warm sweet aftertaste.
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