What We Grow

tahtsai_sm Greens We grow bulk lettuce, head lettuce, spinach and arugula for salad, as well as cut greens for our specialty salad mixes. We also grow kale, collards, and chard for bunching.We love to grow salad, and we love to make it taste good. Since there are so many types of tastebuds in this city, we make a few different specialty mixes to suit every preference. We love learning what our regulars’ favourites are.
Saladmixsaladmix_bulk_sm Our Salad MixesUrban Potluck Mix: A seasonal mix, always changing a little. Our most robust salad, usually made without lettuce. A base of baby kale, baby chard or spinach, arugula, plus seasonal additions of: something spicy; something mild and wild; something unexpected (beet sprouts, for example) and edible flowers when they are blooming. It’s our favourite, and the one we most often sell to restaurants.City Lights Mix: A delicate texture, with spicy highlights. Lettuce base, with spicy mustard greens and cress for flavour. Nasturtium flowers give it visual interest and a little kick.

Delicate Mix: For those who enjoy an interesting mixed salad without the heat. Lettuce, spinach, kale, chard, and a variety of mild Asian greens like mizuna and tsah tsoi.

eggs_greens_sm Stir Fry Mix: This mix is harvested a little later than baby greens, but when it’s still more tender than cooking greens. You get more nutrients in slightly larger leaves, along with marble sized miniature beets and turnips and kale tops (similar to sprouting broccoli). Some people eat it as a salad; some use it for stir frying. We love it with our eggs in the morning.
IMG_5328 Other VegetablesWe grow a mixture of vegetables for our CSA and farmer’s market, including: Radishes, Turnips, Beets, Carrots, Potatoes, Scallions, Leeks, Snap peas, Green Beans, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Summer Squash, Winter Squash. When we select our seeds, we aim for the tastiest varieties we can find!
nw_herbs_scapes Herbs We always have garlic at the market. In the early spring, we have green garlic shoots. In the early summer, we have the tender garlic scapes and by the end of August our garlic bulbs are ready by the bulb or by the braid. We also have a mix of other culinary herbs: Cilantro, Parsely, Chives, Basil, Rosemary, Thyme, Oregano and Sorrel. If you have a special meal in mind and want to order herbs from us, send us an email a couple days before the market.
nw_fruit_sm FruitThis year we recently acquired a new yard with some lovely fig trees. Watch for our fresh figs at the market the end of August or order ahead of time. They go fast! We also grow: Strawberries, Raspberries, Blackberries, Apples, Plums and Pears at the market. At the end of the season, our CSA customers will receive homemade jams, jellies or other fruit preserves.
nw_starts Plant startsThis year find our plant starts at the Compost Education Centre Plant Sale on Saturday May 11th, from 10am – 2pm. We sell a mix of vegetable starts, including heritage tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, peppers and basil, as well as herbs and flowers to attract pollinators or beneficial insects to your vegetable garden.