Pastured Pork Packs

Pasture Raised Pork - VerticalAt Honeydew Gardens we take great care in raising our animals humanely.

Our animals are raised on pasture, with daily access to fresh air and sunshine, allowed to indulge in their natural foraging instincts, supplemented with non-gmo feed and kitchen & garden scraps.

Try our Pastured Pork Pack, which includes a variety of cuts, or individual pork cuts are also available.

Very limited quantities of pepperoni, bacon and hams are also available. (Please inquire for current availability.)

Sausage comes in 3 gluten free flavors:

Maple Breakfast Mild Italian Bratwurst

It is government inspected and professionally cut and wrapped.

To order, please call 250-505-9455, email us, or reach . . . → Read More: Pastured Pork Packs

2018 Herb Collection

2018 Herb Collection Card

Our increasing selection of both culinary and medicinal herbs are grown without the use of chemical pesticides or fertilizers. Create a kitchen garden, or interplant throughout the garden as companions to the rest of your plants!

Perennial/Biennial Herbs:

Bergamot Catmint – Faassen’s Chives & Garlic Chives Clary Sage Fo-ti Hyssop – Blue Flowered Horehound Lemon Balm – Quedlinburger Niederliegende Lovage Mint – Chocolate, Sweet Pear, Peppermint, Apple Oregano – Greek, Golden Parsley – Giant of Italy, Triple Curled Thyme – Creeping, Orange Scented Valarian Winter Savory Yarrow – Cerise Queen

Annual Herbs:

Basil – Superbo, Genovese, Thai, Borage – White flowered, Blue flowered Cilantro – Santo Dill . . . → Read More: 2018 Herb Collection

2018 Veggie Start Collection

2018 Veggie Start Collection Card

All our veggie starts are grown without the use of synthetic or chemical pesticides or fertilizers. They are started from seed right here at Honeydew Headquarters.

Get a head start in your garden with our healthy veggies starts.

Edible Annual Vegetables:

Asian Greens – Tatsoi, Red Giant Mustard, Altor

Broccoli – Green Sprouting, Rapini

Cabbage – Jersey Wakefield, Golden Acre, Copenhagen Market

Cauliflower – Early Snowball

Cucumbers – Lemon, Double Yield, Suyo Long, Straight Eight

Fennel – Selma Fino

Kale – Red Russian

Leeks – King Richard

Lettuce – Parris Island Cos, Grandpa Admire’s, Allstar Mix

Melons – Minnesota Midget, Honey Rock, Hale’s Best Jumbo

Pac . . . → Read More: 2018 Veggie Start Collection

2018 Edible Perennial Collection

2018 Edible Perennial Collection CardWe’re pretty jazzed about growing good food. Besides from the relaxing and mood boosting benefits, the obvious benefit of fresh, zero mile food is just too much to resist.

And with just a little bit of space, it’s easy to grow many food producing plants that return every year. This year’s varieties are easy to grow, and most can be grown even in small gardens and urban settings.

2018′s Food Forest Collection includes .

Asparagus – Jersey Knight

Blueberry – Razz, Sweetheart, Reka, Chandler

Cherry – Romeo, Juliet, Cupid, Valentine

Grapes – Canadice

Haskap – Tundra, Honey Bee

Kiwi – Issai (self pollinating)

Raspberry – Purple, Honeydew . . . → Read More: 2018 Edible Perennial Collection

Farm Fresh Eggs

egg basket

Well, the ladies are starting to lay pretty good. Our gorgeous flock of Buff Orpingtons are pretty laid back and happy with their lifestyle….

I mean, who wouldn’t like to hang out with their friends all day, playing in the grass and sun, eating bugs and generally having a great time? Right?

They have been raised on organic feed since day one. Eggs are $5/dz, available daily. :-) So if you are in the Nelson to Castlegar area and are looking to buy yummy eggs, give us a shout at fresh@honeydewgardens.ca

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Basil Pesto

basilI just love that time of year when fresh herbs are ready to eat. I pine away all winter for basil pesto especially. If you grow lots of basil, you can always double your batch and freeze some pesto, but honestly, in our house that usually involves a little white lie of the “nope, it’s all gone” variety.

A large leaf variety of basil is good to use. Genovese or Large Leaf are good varieties, but for flavor variance you can try adding lemon, thai, cinnamon or other basils. Basil is a very tender annual, and loves sun. Grow it in a nice hot spot in your garden, or in containers, . . . → Read More: Basil Pesto

Lovage

lovageLovage (Levisticum officinale)

Height: 36 – 72″ / Spread: 18″ / Perennial to zone 2

I have to admit it, I love lovage. It’s a very hardy perennial, easily surviving in my zone 2b garden. Historically, it was a popular garden plant. It’s appearance in modern gardens is rare, and I do believe this should change. I love the fact that lovage is sun/part shade plant, as it happily sits in the background, living life to the fullest in all its stature, leaving more room for the super sun loving plants in the garden. It does not appear to be bothered by pests in the garden.

It will grow very tall . . . → Read More: Lovage

Heirloom Varieties and One Little Question...

heirloom tomatoesThe definition of heirloom in terms of plant varieties is debated. Often, a fruit, veggie or flower plant variety that has been grown unchanged for at least 50 years is defined as a heirloom variety. Some consider 100 years the criteria. Some suggest varieties prior to commercial hybridization began, in the early 1950′s. Heirlooms are open pollinated varieties, but not all open pollinated varieties are heirloom. Regardless, by nature, many of these varieties are tried and true and valued for their traits.

It is said that many heirloom varieties either have become extinct or are at risk of extinction. Monocropping and the mechanization that is common in today’s agriculture, and . . . → Read More: Heirloom Varieties and One Little Question…

This Year's Veggie Patch

pineapple mintSo another spring, another garden on it’s way….and it’s about time.  I’m ready. In fact, things are already really starting to grow around here. :-)

Garden plans have been laid, seedlings have been started and supplies are coming in!

How Exciting!

Probably one of my favorite winter tasks is planning the garden and picking out which seed varieties I will grow. I have a thing for variety. For surprise. For color. My biggest problem, really, is narrowing it down to the few selections that will end up in the greenhouse and in the gardens!

So, many plants, so little time. Right? So, in the . . . → Read More: This Year’s Garden Patch

Food Growing Summit 2014

harvest9aug11As many of you know, I’m a huge advocate of growing your own food, and/or supporting your local food producers. That’s why I was so excited when I learned about this upcoming event…

The Food Growing Summit 2014 is a free tele-summit taking place March 3-7, that has an amazing line-up of farmers, backyard food growers and food activists who have joined up to share loads of information and to inspire and guide you to grow food this spring. No experience necessary!

Please, click on this link to get more info and meet the co-ordinators of this awesome event! Be sure to check out the speakers’ schedule, as there are so . . . → Read More: Food Growing Summit 2014