fresh, local food everyday!

July 15th, 2014

If I could only keep the kids from eating straight from the garden we might be able to make a dish this week! Well, that is a stretch. The whole purpose behind growing your own food is to pick it fresh and eat it right away. This is what they do and they enjoy it, that’s for sure.

We have been eating from the garden, Swiss chard, beet tops, arugula, cucumbers, zucchini, lettuce, peas, beans and of course Kale. The Kale plant is the largest producer of all, just keep picking until the fall. :)

Most recently I pulled whatever lettuce I had growing, and am in the process of re-planting from seed. I am thinking to add some mixed lettuce, spinach and more arugula. Our garden is a nice addition to all the fresh Ontario produce that we have available locally. The movement for local food is growing, enjoy it while it lasts!

Eat fresh*eat local*eat healthy

Stacey Fokas

Bumble Bee’s

June 16th, 2014

The Bumble Bee is one of the most beautiful bee’s that we have visiting our backyard garden these days. Nicoletta is out taking pictures almost every day to capture the gardens progress. She caught this beauty on our chives and wanted me to share it with you.

Photo Credit- Nicoletta Fokas

Gardens are magical places where the food we grow heavily relies on on pollination, organic soil, organic fertilizers, clean air, unpolluted rain that keeps producing the purest food for us year after year. It amazes me how fast globally we have been able to upset the way we grow food today by use of GMO’s, and the trouble with toxic chemicals used to treat food that is not really real.

Food labeling is important I agree, however if we give the right to add GMO’s on the food labels, does this mean it is ok? Not many people are in touch with the ramifications of GMO food production and how it harms our bee’s and butterflies let alone what it is doing to us and our children. Food allergies, food sensitivities, and gastro issues and food intolerance’s to wheat, soy and corn. GMO food production should be banned. Simple.

Nicoletta is on of millions of children who rely on us to take care of them wholeheartedly. It starts with going back to the way things used to be, small Organic food production, support for local food and the right to have our food grown with a conscience.

Get the kids in touch with their food, how easy it is to grow and how quickly a plant produces food “right in your own backyard!”

Stacey and Nico

Photo Credit- Nicoletta Fokas


7th Day of Planting! My job is done…

June 6th, 2014

…not really :) Gather a little rain, pour on some sunshine and pull a few weeds is what is left to do.

However the planting is now done, less the eggplant that was gratuitously eaten by some animal last night! Arrrgg…however this can be re-planted at this time of year.

I thought my 7th day of planting I would plant something new, unique and interesting. The truth is that this plant is not new by any stretch of the imagination, it is having a comeback!

Heritage plants are making their way back into our gardens, as are Organic varieties. I truly believe this is the time bring life back in our food by protecting our food sources from the past and realize that the “original organic plants and seeds” should take center stage when it comes to our food production.

I have planted Heirloom Green Zebra Tomatoes and Heirloom Black Krim Tomatoes! I cannot wait to see how beautiful they are and how delicious they will taste. I am like a kid in a candy store when it comes to my fresh food :) . The Black Crim originated from the Isle of Krim (the Black Sea), near the Crimean Peninsula of Ukraine.

And for fun I planted two pots loaded with my favourite herbs!

This weekend would be a great time to start planting your garden! Some of us get lucky and produce enough food to share with our family and friends and some of us grow enough to supplement our weekly needs. Either way growing your own food has it’s rewards.

However you decide to grow your garden this year just remember-one plant feeds many!

I always say “everything I need is right in my own backyard” local does not get any more local than this.

Enjoy the warm weekend weather,