Tuesday, December 2, 2008


The breezy Fall days are gone and now we face the chills of December. When I think about the warmer days of summer, I realize that we learned a lot about managing a small vegetable garden. We had the chance to experiment with produce we had never grown before. What an experience. Fresh, vibrant, sweet or hot - the flavors were exploding with each bite. It was a pleasing experience, but a lot of work!

My family can still enjoy the garden fresh flavors of summer at diner time - Italian Tomato Sauce -amazing stuff -I know I am gong to run out. Dill Pickles that have a bit of a kick, frozen Peppers, Yellow Beans or Squash. Enough variety to enjoy through the cold winter months.

Hope you had a chance to store some summer freshness yourselves.

Next...on to dreaming about next years garden......if you have any requests, please let me know.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Where did the time go?

I can not believe it is almost the end of October... where did the time go?

We had a great growing season however Septembers' cooler weather and rain wrapped things up in the garden quickly. Tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers were all done. Squash was still growning, and we were hoping produce would mature before frost hit but it was not as plentiful as planned.

So, now the stand is packed away, and we are busy trying to clean up the garden. We have had a plentiful Thanksgiving and many things to be grateful for, like good times with family and friends.

Remember to enjoy the Fall Colors and have a glorious season.

Friday, September 5, 2008

September Already!

We come from a long line of small garden farmers who believe that foods grown and cared for with love and picked at their peak taste better than those foods produced by volume and picked to ship great distances.... And so far, it seems we are right!!

We have cherry tomatoes and carrots that are just so incredible! The flavor is so bright. The low acid tomatoes we planted, Golden Girl, have been a great variety! sweet and juicy. Unfortunately, I think people are not attracted to the colour, yellow or orange. I guess it is just something about tomatoes are supposed to be RED. Give them a try, you'll be surprised.

Anyway the yellow beans were a great success, sweet and juicy - even right off the plant. We have a few left but they are really at the end of their season. Spaghetti squash and Cucumbers are almost at the end of their run to.

Just starting now we have a great crop of Roma tomatoes and various Sweet Peppers. We have already been making tomato sauce for the winter - this is just soooooo good!!!- like a rose sauce less the heavy cream or wine and even our 5 year old loves it!. If you are looking to make sauce, these tomatoes and peppers are the ones you need - No Spray, fresh and sweet.

We also have hot peppers, Kung Pao and Jalapenos that pack a punch and are necessary for any really good sauce. Our beef steak tomatoes and red beauty peppers are just starting to get ripe.

Latter down the road we should have some butternut squash - sooooo.. tasty with red onion, red potato and olive oil, maybe some basil, oregano and salt. Sorry but the zucchinis have already been spoken for (bread and pasta).

And hopefully in October we will have a few pumpkins for sale, unless our son picks them all early and we have pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin seeds and fall pumpkin display.

If you have a chance, let us know which vegetables you liked best and would like to see again. Maybe you could even suggest some new ones for next year. So far we have a request for Beets and Garlic.

Enjoy your fall!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

What's in the field?

we have Vegetables ............
Corn - Peaches and Cream
Japanese Eggplant
Onion - Spanish, Red
Peas - Snap, Sweet
Peppers Hot- Hungarian Hot Wax, Kung Pao,
Peppers Sweet -
Squash - Butternut, Spaghetti, Acorn
Tomatoes - Cherry, Roma,
Water Melon
Yellow Beans

and Herbs

basil - Italian, Sweet
bay Leaf
parsley -curly and a flat.

and Fruit .....


Fall 2008 new plantings:

Garlic - music


Cobblestone Market Garden is a small no spray vegetable garden located in Paris Ontario. We are starting out with very little experience, but a lot of perseverance as of spring 2008. The work crew includes 3 optimistic individuals, each bringing special skills and abilities to the operation.

The crops have flourished with all the rain and yields per plant are high. Attracting customers however has been a bit of a dilemma. Paris does not have a Farmer's Market, and the stand at the roadside has not been enough to slow down potential customers. Maybe the blog will help!

We would love to see this business grow over the next few years.