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Pickling Cukes!

The Farm is a-buzz with visions of pickles, and the time is now for making them.  Pickling cukes are crawling out of their beds and into the rows, lending their spiny green skins to harvesting hands, revealing cool cucumbery flesh…  but more so they are ready for pickling!

Did you know? Pickles are loaded with Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Potassium, and are a good source of dietary fiber (the skins!).  The combination of hydrating flesh with fibery skins containing silica, K , Magnesium and other minerals make for an awesome, and nutritious snack.

Mmm, Mmm.  Pickles, gherkins, baby dills.  In a sandwich, on a stick, or by the jar full!  These days a majority of pickles are store bought and available in countless vinegar-based varieties.  You may have tried your hand at preserving your own or had a generous friend pass on a home-canned jar.  Ever had a sour or brined pickle?  I remember a kosher deli in the neighbourhood I grew up in, I’d order a bowl of soup, and most of all enjoy the never ending bowl of  brined pickles and beets on the counter – YUM!  Fermented pickles are easy to make and offer the additional benefits of fermented foods – contributing to a healthy digestive system for starters.

This week the farm has two opportunities for you to engage with Pickling Cukes!  Come on over to the Saturday market for pickling cukes, fresh garlic and herbs, in addition to the many other farm fresh offerings.  Extra special this week is a free Fermentation Demonstration at the Saturday market!  Explore further with the popular Food Preservation by Fermentation workshop on the evening of August 17th.  Join Chef Andrea Potter as she guides participants to create cucumber pickles, sauerkraut, and demonstrate kimchi making (check out the previous blog post about  Growing Seasons workshops or http://fermentaugust2011.eventbrite.com/ to register).

To avoid finding yourself in a pickle, come learn how to make your own – see you at the farm!


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We had our first big Friday harvest today in preparation for our farm gate sale. Ever wonder what it takes to get all that farm-fresh produce ready for market? Check it out!

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This Saturday September 11th, visit the Old Barn Community Centre on the UBC Point Grey campus for their 4th Annual Barn Raising! This free event runs from 1pm-5pm and will feature the return of the Artisans Market, the Stanley Park Carriage Rides, the Mountain Men and face painters.

The UBC Farm will be at the event selling farm-fresh, local produce from your neighbourhood farm. Stop by our table to find out more about the UBC Farm and how you can get involved!

New activities to this year’s Barn Raising line up include:

  • Paws Squad Agility Dog Show,
  • A BMX Stunt Show
  • Blackthorn Band
  • Country Fair games and
  • Dunk tank!

Be sure to come over to The Old Barn and take part in the celebration and excitement! The Old Barn Community Centre is located at 6308 Thunderbird Boulevard (Map & Directions).

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Lots of fresh veggies for sale at the festival!

Please join us on Saturday August 21st for our Summer Harvest Festival at the UBC Farm from 9:00am-1:00pm. The summer harvest is in full swing, so what better time to come and celebrate with us here at the farm! In addition to our Saturday Farm Market, featuring UBC Farm produce and a variety of other vendors, we have a number of activities lined up for the day including:

  • U-Pick Blackberries – $2/pint, empty pints and donation jar located in market area from 9:00am-1:00pm
  • Free bike tune-ups by the AMS Bike Co-op from 9:00am – 1:00pm
  • Free 30 minute Farm Tours @ 9:30am, 11:00am, 12:00pm
  • Face painting, coloring, carrot fortune telling from 10:00am – 1:00pm
  • Yoga under the poplars with Kristi @ 10:00am – 11:00am
  • Performance by the Mozart School of Music @ 11:00am-11:30am
  • Food Preservation Demo – Pickling and Fermenting with local chef Andrea Potter @ 11:30-12:00pm
  • Information regarding the UBC Farm Organic Farming Practicum

Feel free to print out our Summer Harvest Festival poster (PDF) to help us get the word out about the festival, and click here for a google map indicating blackberry picking locations at the farm. See you at the festival!

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the ladies basking in the attention of many visitors

Please join us this Saturday, June 19th during our Saturday Farm Market for our Family Day at the Farm Festival! In addition to our regular offerings of local, organic produce and a variety of other vendors, the UBC Farm will be hosting several fun family activities for the young and old alike. Activities will include farm biodiversity tours, farm friendly children’s storytelling, face painting and other kids activities. The market opens at 9:00am, with festival activities starting at 10:00am, and the schedule is as follows:

Farm Biodiversity Tours – Come learn about life on the farm. Cows, chickens, bees and soil organisms are important members of the farm family. Attend one of these tours to learn a little bit about animal life at the farm. Tours start at 10:00am, 10:30am, 11:00am – Please meet on the hill above the market area near the picnic tables. 

Children’s Book Readings – Veronica from Barefoot Books will  be doing several readings throughout the day. Barefoot Books offers many children’s books inspired by stories about people and the natural world around them. Book reading times will be at 10:30am, 11:30am and 12:00pm.

Who’s in the garden? Ages 1 to 4 years old – at every session
What’s This? A Seed’s Story Ages 3 to 7 years old – at 10:30am
The Gigantic Turnip Ages 3 to 7 years old – at 11:30am
The Three Billy Goats Gruff Ages 3 to 7 years old – at 12:30pm

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Please join us this Saturday, June 12th for our first Saturday Farm Market

What: The UBC Farm Market – selling local, organically-grown produce from the idyllic setting of a comlete working farm right in the city. Featuring a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, berries, herbs, and flowers plus eggs from our free-range hens.
When: 9:00am – 1:00pm, every Saturday through October, rain or shine
Where: at the UBC Farm, 6182 South Campus Road (see our contact page for directions)

Welcome back dedicated market goers! We hope you are as excited as we are for the 2010 market season to start. It’s shaping up to be another exciting, fun-filled year at the farm, and we hope you’ll join us this weekend and many more.

The name of the game this week is greens greens greens! We are very excited to offer an amazing assortment of green leafy veggies at market this week, including arugula, mizuna, ruby streaks, kale, chard, and spinach. Also – excellent supplies of our ever-popular salad mix – get it in the early season before the heat causes it to become scarce. Read on below for a full list of what to expect on the stands tomorrow. Our fresh herbs are also growing like mad, so it’s time to get creative in the kitchen! New this season – mixed herb bunches! At market this week we will have an ‘Italian Herb’ medley including oregano rosemary and thyme, as well as a ‘Hearty Herb’ medley including oregano, sage, thyme and savory.

Unfortunately our young hens are not quite laying yet, so there will be no eggs at market this week. However, we anticipate having them soon – stay tuned! This season, we are also excited to announce that we’ll be be hosting weekly pubic tours at the markets; see below for details. In addition to the general tour this week, our resident bee expert Alan Garr will be doing a bee hive opening at 11:30am. We also have about 10 other vendors joining us for our opening market offering a variety of products – see the link below to an interactive map listing who will be here. Please read on below for details – see you at the Farm!

Market details:

  • Payment information: Cash is the preferred (and quickest!) method of payment at the market. We are unable to process Interac or credit card transactions. We’ll accept cheque payment for purchases over $30. Many vendors only accept cash, so make sure you are prepared for the day!
  • Parking: Please park outside the farm gate in the lot or along South Campus Road. Three spots in our parking lot are reserved for persons of limited mobility. As parking space is limited, it’s even better if you can carpool, bus, bike or walk to the farm! See our website for directions. Please drive carefully along South Campus Road and watch for pedestrians, children and cyclists! Bike racks are available inside of the farm gates.
  • Plastic bag charge: In order to reduce our consumption of plastic and lessen the ecological footprint of our market, we charge customers 10 cents per plastic produce bag used. (This charge is for the tear-off roll bags and not for pre-bagged items). We encourage you to bring your plastic produce bags back and reuse them and let our cashiers know this. Thanks for your support in this effort!
  • Bring your own shopping bags! In addition to reusing your produce bags, please make sure to bring your own shopping bags to pack your purchases in and take them home. We will gladly accept donations of clean, used grocery bags to have on hand.
  • Eggs: No Eggs this week! When the hens start to lay (in the next couple of weeks), egg quantities will be limited (the hens can only produce so much!) and so we will continue our limit of one dozen eggs per family.
  • Line-ups: We operate on a first-come, first serve basis, therefore line-ups may take 30 minutes or more when the market first opens at 9am. Please visit us after 10:00am for much faster service. Some specialty items such as eggs and berries may be sold out, but we maintain a great selection of veggies all through the morning We greatly appreciate your patience with this matter!
  • Farm Tours: This season we will be offering UBC Farm tours to the public at 11:00am each Saturday. Please meet on the hill above the market by the picnic tables five minutes to 11:00. Tours will be approximately 30 minutes in length and are by donation. *Saturday Farm Tours tours are intended for individual market customers; organized groups interested in tours need to book tours ahead of time with farm staff by emailing farmteam@interchange.ubc.ca

UBC Farm produce available this week:

Herbs – Chives, Rosemary, Thyme, Oregano, Sage, Lovage, Mint, Anise Hyssop, Tarragon, Savory, plus herb medley bunches
Flower Bouquets
Lettuce heads – Drunken Woman, Marvel of Four Seasons varieties
Radishes – Sora variety
Ruby Streaks
Salad mix
Spinach – Bunched
Spinach – Bagged
Swiss Chard

Also at the market :

This season we have attempted to expand our vendor base, so please help us support these local producers! We are using a great new online market support system which allows us to share with you an interactive market map to view who will be attending the market each week and what you can expect them to be selling! Please check back each week to see what other goodies you can set your eye on!

Also at the markets this season, a Vancouver based non-profit group with UBC connections – the Southeast Asian Archaeologists (SAA) – will be collecting donations to help rebuild a Cambodian university badly damaged in that country’s wars. Visit their stall from 10am-1pm each week to drop off items, and see their flier (PDF) for a full list of donations sought.

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