Did you know that this week is Organic week? Every week is organic week in our house and I love that there is a growing movement to bring not only organic, but local, fresh produce to the forefront of our minds, even if it is for only 1 week.
So what exactly is Organic Week? Well it is the “largest annual celebration of organic food, farming and products across the country” There are celebrations going on all over the country and you can get involved too. Click here to see if there is an event going on in your neighborhood.
We have a lot to be thankful for in Canada. The awareness of eating organic, local produce is on the rise and as more communities take up the task and grow their own we can all benefit from a locally sustained food supply that is not only caring for our local farmers but also caring for our bodies. Organic farming is becoming more and more popular with new farms pop up all over Canada.
“Organic food is the most regulated in Canada, offering Canadians a healthy source of food that isn’t just good for our health, but also good for the health of our environment” Organicweek.ca
Since moving to Ontario I have been inspired to plant my own garden and grow my own organic produce. This was our first year planting any kind of crops and I have been amazed at the produce that we have been able to grow.
Here is a list of what we planted this year:
What did I learn from planting these particular crops? Well I learnt that cucumbers will take over your garden! I was shocked how they just all of a sudden started to run riot – but boy were they a great crop! We were able to pick probably over 50 cucumbers over the summer, and give lots away to friends. The tomatoes are finally coming in and they also have taken over the garden. The taste is amazing! I cannot quite describe to you how wonderful and fresh and succulent they taste, I had forgotten a tomato could taste that way!
What didn’t work for us were the watermelons, they didn’t even try to grow. I planted them twice and both times they refused to grow. Our peas, although a very small crop were sweet and tender and my children loved being able to pop them open and eat them right out of the shells.
So, get involved if you can, share this post and maybe try your own garden next year. It really isn’t as complicated as I thought it would be and its so satisfying knowing that you grew something in your own garden and that you can literally walk outside and pick your produce for lunch or dinner, making your carbon footprint as small as it can be.
Do you have your own garden that you grow? I would love to hear about your produce, leave me a comment as I’m planning my garden for next year.