June 16, 2013
We're putting our backs into weed control this week, given the rains we had! Produce that will be seen at market this week at our stand will include: scallion, rhubarb, dill, cilantro, micro greens, pea greens, salad mix, parsley, sunflower greens, and green garlic.
May 28, 2013
The first week of lots of garden fresh produce is upon us! Come on down and treat yourself to fresh spinach, rhubarb, scallion, sunflower greens, potatoes, pea greens. Sign up for our electronic mailing list above and get a 10% discount on our produce at the Saskatoon Farmers' Market all summer!
May is seeing the production of pea greens galore, and lots of live plants! Live plants include mint, catnip, sunchokes, basil, rhubarb, and other live plants coming on-stream. Green onion will be coming on stream late May. Come down and check out the beautiful quality of our labours!
About Wally's Urban Market Garden
20 years ago, we (Wally and Gail) began farming on an acre-sized plot outside of Saskatoon, adjacent to the South Saskatchewan river, 40 miles north of Saskatoon. After six years farming our rural site, we realized there was a better living to be made growing multiple crops intensively in the city. We sold our farm and became urban growers. While some have been skeptical that growing three crops a year in Saskatoon is too labour-intensive, this is much less work than mechanized, large-scale farming. We used to have a tractor to hill potatoes and cultivate, but we find it's more efficient to do things by hand. Other than a rototiller, all we need is a push-type seeder and a few hand tools.
City growing also provides a more controlled environment, with fewer pests, better wind protection and a longer growing season. We are producing 10-15 different crops. Our volumes are low compared to conventional farming, but we sell high-quality organic products at sustainable profit margins.
About SPIN Farming
The SPIN method is our rigorously developed small-scale agricultural production system, based on our continued success in downsizing and growing on sub-acre plots. It emphasizes minimal mechanization and maximum fiscal discipline and planning. Click here to learn more about SPIN Farming.