Sunday, August 14, 2011

The week in review

We picked a lot of peaches this past week.
We sold a lot of peaches this past week.

We picked a lot of tomatoes this past week.
We sold a lot of tomatoes this past week.

That alone would be a pretty good summary of our week here at Thiessen Farms.
But of course a lot more happened as well.
We also picked beans, zucchini & summer squash, cucumbers, eggplant, peppers, beets, kohlrabi, basil, nectarines, blackberries and flowers.
We hoed & weeded, seeded, planted & transplanted, mulched, suckered & tied, watered, sprayed, washed & packed, fixed broken equipment & machinery, loaded trucks, delivered to restaurants, went to markets, and prepared CSA boxes for pick up.
We even got to see family who were visiting from Calgary & Winnipeg.

The days were long & the nights short - but it's August, and what we expect.
August is the culmination of our year - the harvest that we have worked for.

Here are some pictures to illustrate our week...

A lot of tomatoes to sell at 1 market.
Different kinds of eggplant
The blackberry jungle

 fixing ? the rotten jitney platform

It was an interesting week at our farmers' markets ...

Tuesday began well. Shoppers came early & sales were brisk. A few showers hardly slowed things down, but the showers became rain, and the rain turned into a torrential downpour. But East York customers are die-hard farmers' market supporters and our sales ended up okay for the day. We did lose a lot of baskets & containers though, as all our produce is packed in cardboard.
The best part of the rain was that it also happened back at the farm - not as much as in Toronto but enough to benefit the fruit trees and certainly the vegetables. And of course the weeds loved it!

Thursday at North York was much drier - but much windier. Most of the day was spent serving customers with one hand & hanging on to our canopy with the other - very tiring, but we only lost a few bags and some signs. Sales again were quite good.

Our final market of the week in Georgetown was incredible - perfect weather and terrific sales. It was our best market of the year so far. We came home with only a few herbs, a small basket of plums and some tomatoes - everything else was sold. 


  1. Hi Ron,

    Have you guys heard of this rumour:

  2. Thanks for the link Chris,
    Another vendor this week at market talked about these increased fees - that was the first we'd heard about it. I guess we'll soon find out if it's just a rumour or fact.