October 2, 2012

Locally grown organic produce

This summer we decided to introduce our kids to the joys of planting an edible garden.  They have enjoyed a season of running outside and picking fruits and vegetables to munch on at all hours of the day.  Somehow, I thought by the time fall rolled around, there wouldn’t be much produce left in our little plot.  No so!   This morning JD and I went to harvest some of the last fruits and vegetables in our garden.  Here are some pictures of our yield.  Now this is what I call fresh locally grown organic produce!





“It is like the seed put in the soil – the more one sows, the greater the harvest.”

by Orison Swett Marden


  1. He is so cute. The veggies looks so delicious and vibrant.

  2. Looks wonderful!

  3. Great pictures and great post! Being from Toronto my food choices used to be very limited by what grocery stores and supermarkets had to offer. After years of consuming mostly tasteless produce I love getting now my weekly box with a CSA share of fresh organic veggies and fruits here in the city. Apart from garden and field produce I usually get some fresh eggs as well as some cheese from local farmers. There’s some meat available, too. It saves me time and effort needed for grocery shopping, it gets me delicious, seasonal and locally produced food, and my family enjoys simple and healthy dishes according to recipes that arrive in the box, too.

    • Thanks Heather! I used to get a CSA delivery with my friends at work, but that was years ago. I’ve been open for years to have a CSA delivered to our local community but there doesn’t seem to be a lot of interest so far 🙁 In the meantime, we’ve been expanding our little plot. On a plus note, my kids picked the last of their swiss chard to serve for Thanksgiving dinner yesterday, how cool is that?!? 🙂

  4. Goof for you… for introducing your children to organic produce. That’s rad! Especially since some children don’t realize that it’s grown in the ground; they see it at the grocery store, and sadly that’s all some kids know about where produce comes from. And the other thing that’s even better, health-wise is of course, when you buy organic you’re not eating GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) food that is chock full of chemicals, which we both know is poison.

    I blog about parties (catering and event planning related topics) and recently wrote an article where I cited GMO’s but mainly featured information about the global food scandal; You Don’t Have to Be Rich to Waste Food: The Global Food Waste Scandal & What You Can Do With Leftover Food After Your Party. What I found out was definitely interesting, especially for ANYONE with a strong sense of right and wrong (making our food suppliers accountable, because most people are in the dark about what they’re actually putting into their body) and a strong desire to stay healthy. Because the bottom line these days pretty much is, if what you buy isn’t labeled “organic”, then it’s no telling what kind of chemicals you’re eating.

    What’s this all about? Like usual, money. The bottom line: it’s all about certain farmers (who are getting rich by consenting to grow GMO food), and the companies and agencies who pay them who are getting richer, all while they slowly kill us and make many of us sterile. What is REALLY going on is absolutely alarming!

    You’re doing the right thing. I’m proud of you!
    PS I’m a SITStah… Happy Belated SITS Day!

    • Hey Carlo, thanks for the information about GMOs. I grew up in the Caribbean watching my grandparents grow and consume their own food. These are values that I always knew I wanted to pass on to my kids and this year I was able to start that tradition in an intentional way that my toddlers can understand. Hubby and I want our kids to be good stewards of their world and they’ll only learn how to do that if we provide them with age appropriate opportunities to do so. This year it was planting a family garden, next year….!

  5. yummy, good for you and local grown. Yes!!! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop. xo

  6. Yummy and healthy.

  7. Congrats on your SITS Day, Char! Lovely photos of your produce and little one. 🙂

  8. Congratulations for your special day 🙂

  9. what a beautiful bounty!

  10. Beautiful pictures, and your vegetables look so healthy and scrumptious. Visiting from SITS.

  11. Being a mom is the hardest most rewarding job in the world. Believe it or not, I miss those days of sleepless night with little ones. Glad the hubs is back and you were able to catch up on some sleep. Happy SITS Day!

  12. So colourful and healthy,yum 🙂

  13. Happy SITS day – and great work on the veggies 🙂

  14. Have a very Happy SITS DAY!

  15. Happy SITS day! What beautiful photos! I’ve loved having a garden of our own as well – the kids really get into weeding and harvesting! It’s so much fun.

    • That’s awesome! Any tips on veggies that you’re kids really liked from their garden? I’m thinking of expanding our plot next year since it was such a big hit this year.

  16. Awesome and what a wonderful skill to teach your children!

  17. What a bounty! So glad that you got to enjoy the fruits (and vegetables1) of your labor. My mom has a garden, but it didn’t work out so well this year. A woodchuck got to everything and only left her a few things. : (

    Well, congratulations on your SITS Day! I hope you’re enjoying your day! : )

  18. Nice and fresh. Yum…

  19. Congrats on your SITS day! Enjoy the limelight!

    Your photos are amazing and your toddlers are adorable! I just stopped by from SITS to say hello; hope you find time to do the same.

  20. Happy SITS Day, I am a big fan of eating organic and seasonal foods. It’s easy for me being in the San Francisco Bay Area!

  21. Yum! We love raspberries.

    • So does my family Amber. My husband doesn’t come into the house at the end of the work day without picking a handful of raspberries to share with everyone.

  22. Congrats on being featured at SITS today! have been enjoying looking around your blog. It’s always great to meet other Canadian bloggers, and yours is really well done! Enjoy your day 🙂

  23. Look how vibrant and colorful these fruits and veggies are! What a fun and healthy way to have family time. Stopping by from SITS!

  24. Love, love, love fresh produce. Nothing better than getting it straight from the source either. Yum!

    And congrats on your SITS Day! I hope it’s a great day!

  25. I love your colorful pictures! We grew tomatoes this year, and peppers, too. My kids loved looking for ripe tomatoes to pick! They taste so much better than store-bought.

    • I wholeheartedly agree about the taste Ginny! I hope your peppers did well. We planted hungarian sweet peppers but they didn’t do as well as everything else.

  26. Hopping over from SITS! 🙂 Looks like a wonderful harvest indeed! Wish I thought my soil would cooperate! 🙂 I used to have a garden as a child, and (though it was a lot of work) the food was delicious! Maybe one of these days I’ll be able to convince my hubby to at least let me have a herb window box or something. 🙂 Congrats on the harvest and the SITS day! 🙂 Take care!

    • A herb window box is a great idea Julie, how can he say no to that! 🙂

      • Hopefully he can’t! LOL 🙂 I almost got one before, but I’m not sure where in the house would be the best location for one since our windows are in interesting locations. I will have to look and see how well they’d do in our kitchen (it’s in the rear of the house, so not much sun). We shall see! 🙂

        • Keep me posted on the adventures of your herb window box Julie. Hey maybe window hanging planters are the way to go, or even a plant wall! There are some cool ideas on Pintrest!

          • Thanks for the imput! I’ll check it out. If they can thrive on indirect light, my kitchen windows get plenty, so we shall see. 🙂 Just gotta research it out a little more before I do the investment. I have always wanted to grow my own herbs, but I’m a bit chicken starting plant projects if the plants are fussy because I’m so afraid I’ll kill them. LOL 🙂 I would also love a patio tomato plant…One of these days… I guess I’ll just have to look for the hardy varieties! 😀

          • You’re going to do a great job with your herb and tomato planters, I believe in you Julie! Keep me posted. 🙂

  27. So much fun to reap the rewards of your own garden. Happy SITS day.

  28. We love gardening, but this year’s was such a disappointment thanks to periods of intense rain and chill interspersed with periods of high heat and drought that we’re thinking of plopping down a pool instead next year. Or just taking back that part of the back yard for play. Luckily, we had a reasonably priced local organic farm share option that filled the void!

    Happy SITS Day!

    • The weather last season was definitely wacky Christa. I hope next year will be better for your garden whether you choose to use the entire space or just a portion of it.

  29. Not just yummy — gorgeous!

    Congratulations on your SITS day. I hope it’s a great day for you.

  30. Stopping by from SITs. Love you blog!

  31. Looks delicious! Already decided on what you’re going to make with it?

    • The raspberries and tomatoes have already been eaten for after school snacks yesterday. The swiss chard will be for dinner tonight. We love it steamed with olive oil, salt and pepper.

  32. Looks SO delicious and what a handsome little man!

  33. Happy SITS Day! Looks like you got a lot of great produce from your garden!!

  34. My garden was a bit of a flop this year. I just can’t seem to get the hang of gardening Below the Mason Dixon Line. I might sign up for produce delivery instead… it’s got to be less expensive that planting a garden with so little yield!

    Happy SITS Day!

    • Lol! That was me a few years ago, the only difference has been how eager my kids are to water etc. They’ve reminded me to take care of the garden when I’ve continuously forgotten. I used to do organic produce delivery with some work friends back when I worked crazy hours and it’s a great alternative!

  35. Hi Char! Saw you on SITS today…and now I want to come over for dinner. They say we eat with our eyes, and those photographs of the organic produce are beautiful!

  36. Happy SITS Day! Your little one is such a cutie. We are lucky enough to have a fresh produce market made up of local organic producers. Thank Goodness because I can’t grow anything to save my life.

  37. Lovely colours are those flowers edible?

    • No they aren’t Steve, but it’s not often our roses are blooming so late in the season, so baby boy and I decided to pick some to make a bouquet in our home.

  38. One day I too will have a garden one day. I procrastinate though. Seems like hard work, but I’m sure with great benefits.

    • It it hard work to clear out the plot but once you plant your fruits and veggies, the only thing you have to focus on is watering and weeding. 🙂

  39. Looks delicious and so fresh, I have finally found a blog topic that I can love unreservedly!

  40. Wow, the colors are absolutely beautiful and it looks like you had a great harvest!

  41. What gorgeous produce! Good for you!

    • Thanks Evelyn! I started it as a part of my homeschooling with my kids in the spring, teaching them about food and where it comes from and eventually the lesson evolved into a food plot. Sometimes you’ve got to go with the flow, right! 🙂

  42. Love the colours, especially of the fruits!!

    Mines up as well at AussiePomm – Melbourne and a Footy Grand Final

    Have a great day!!

  43. I recently joined our local CSA and I love it- I regret not signing up sooner- organic veggies are so delicious

  44. Isn’t it wonderful? I love gathering my food from my own back yard. Your little one is a cutie 🙂

  45. what lovely colorful, fresh, healthy looking stuff.

  46. YUM!!!!!

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