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Bees, butterflies and birds are welcome partners in the gardens.

We create and improve habitat for our wild neighbours through the use of pollinator gardens and the planting of native tree and shrubs.

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A hummingbird moth enjoys the nectar of chive flowers

We use no synthetic fertilizer, herbicides or insecticides on the farm.

Our growing methods encourage soil health. We rely on compost, minerals and no-till growing methods to feed our soil biology.

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Starting the season in the mobile coop. Chickens are loving the fresh grass.

Each summer sees a different group of livestock moving across the pasture to enhance the soil biology and diversity.

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Polka Dot Hen Produce

It can be hard these days to find food you can trust. 

We are all looking for food that will best nourish our bodies while least harming the environment. Food that hasn’t been sitting on a truck for days on end while its nutrients diminish to nothing.

We had the same difficulty finding the delicious fresh vegetables that we grew up eating, so we started growing our own. 

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Summer squash thriving in the no-till garden at Bird’s Nest Garden Farm

 

We are entering our 28th year of growing vegetables from seed to plate, proudly entering our fifth year of selling those vegetables to our local community. 

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Erin Gundy sells fresh produce at her Polka Dot Hen Produce stand every Friday at the Wiarton Farmers’ Market.

As you see, we are passionate about bringing our freshly harvested produce to market to share with you.

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We also love to EAT here at the homestead. So if you have questions on the best way to prepare our fresh local produce, just ask! We cook and eat everything we sell. We are happy to share what we’ve learned. Check out the recipes on this site for a start!

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To Market

Erin Gundy selling tomato plants at the Wiarton Farmers Market May 20 2016
First day for Polka Dot Hen Produce at the Wiarton Farmers Market. We sold tomato seedlings, herb divisions and herb bundles. Glad I had my helper/photographer along!

 

Our First Market Day

The weather was perfect.

The customers were engaged.

The other vendors were welcoming.

What a nice start to our season.

Spring was definitely in the air, so many folks at the Wiarton Farmers Market were ready to talk gardening. It was really fun to geek out on the heirloom tomatoes. Customers were interested, or at least very kind, and let me prattle on about the wonders of Saint Pierre, Cherokee Purple and Matt’s Wild Cherry. I also learned some great new tips for using catnip and lemon balm. I could have easily spent all my earnings with the other vendors at the market. Vending next to the chocolatier…deadly. And so good. I will have to pace myself.

However, there was quite the wind-up before this long-anticipated day. So many things to learn, so many things to consider. Where to start? Continue reading “To Market”

Thankfulness

So here we are on the verge of Thanksgiving. We have so many things to be thankful for, even though we can get caught up in the day-to-day whirlwind of life: school, chickens, garden work, cleaning up to host family for the holiday.

I’ve slowed down enough for a quick reflection here, just before I dash to meet the bus. If a picture is worth a thousand words, here are a few thousand words of gratitude from our homestead to yours.

Peter and Talia Allemang
Daddy and daughter celebrate another season of dance completed. My Hearts.

 

Black German Shephard
The dog I always dreamed of…even though she can be a dork at times. She’s a great companion to my new work.

 

Broody chicken on nest box
Chickens give us healthy eggs and meat while they improve our soil. They are also very entertaining. Henny Penny, pictured above, finally got to brood a clutch of eggs and be a momma to an Icelandic chick.

 

Hoop house at Polka Dot Hen Produce Bruce Peninsula
The hoop house. Building it was a huge undertaking, but the benefits of this protected growing environment are phenomenal. We have just scratched the surface. I’m already planning for next season.

 

Vegetable cooler at DeJong Acres farm store Polka Dot Hen Produce
Nothing can compare to doing work that you truly believe in. This was a great season of learning for me. Thank you to everyone who bought our veggies this year at DeJong Acres. I’d love to hear from you!

Wishing you a very happy Thanksgiving this weekend…or in November…or both!