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Deliciously edible green tomatoes

Hello folks, in your shares this week you will have the opportunity to try out GREEN TOMTOES. To clear up some uncertainty about the healthiness of eating them, we wanted to share some tips and tricks.

Tomatoes, just like other members of the family solanaceae (potatoes, peppers, eggplant etc) contain solanine. Solanine can be harmful to humans in large amounts, but an adult can still eat approximately 13 perfectly green and perfectly unripe tomatoes and still be considered safe (note that this number would be much smaller for kids). Ripe tomatoes also contain solanine, but much less, so you’d need to eat about 29 kg before it became dangerous…although it seems more debatable what the danger really is at that point!

With context taken into account, there are still ways to decrease solanine content in unripe tomatoes, as well as increase deliciousness of the fruit! Check out this website with 167 recipes for green tomatoes, everything from green ketchup and relishes to casseroles and cobblers!

My personal favorite is a simple roasted green tomato salsa verde, which can be eaten with corn tortillas, cheese and a protein of your choosing in the wintertime, delicious! And yes, I may add some peppers from that potted up hot pepper in the background. Fun fact, they’re perennial (just not outdoors in Ontario)!

So have fun and tell us about your favorite green tomato dish!

Horses and drivers in training

The days of sun this week have given us the chance to work more with Flora and Marcus, the new power-houses (horses) of the farm. The goal for the summer is to have the team, which is both of the horses as well as the driver, cultivating rest areas of the garden where we can plant cover crops to continue feeding the soil during the season.

It’s really fun to see the horses get into the groove of working, they blow through their noses and set into a good walking pace together. These horses want to do work, and it’s a really amazing thing to see them listening well to their driver, Cory, and following commands in formation. It’s a bit of a process to acclimatize the horses to the farm and get them used to working again after a few years of a relaxed life, but it’s been going well, and ultimately we’re building a team in the process, the horses and the driver. “Good work team,” Cory says as Flora and Marcus head into the next garden bed.

Spring…?

Snow-covered currant bushes

Yes, this is what we woke up to this at Saugeen River, and there were a few “Merry Christmases” going around. Luckily, if you take a step through that greenhouse door you’re transported right into spring, it’s like going into another dimension. Seedlings are looking wonderful and we’re potting up tomatoes and peppers like crazy (SO many varieties to look forward to).

Potting up parsley

It has been a longer spring, it’s true, but we’re prepared and ready to to spring into things when it does arrive, which should be in the next week or so! Beds for peas were made in the fall, so we can plant as soon as the ground dries up a little. Yes, you can start dreaming of spring food, we definitely are!

First lettuces and onions!