May in Review + June Goals on the Homestead

May in Review + June Goals on the Homestead

As my fellow farmers will know, things get crazy once the seeds hit the soil. Our garden is in full bloom. We have greens for the farmers market every week. Other fresh bounty I’ve enjoyed this month has included rhubarb, strawberries, herbs, and asparagus. Right now we’re planting our corn outdoors, drinking strawberry kombucha, weeding, and working the farmers market every week. Highlights of the month: Visiting with my sister, who is here from Ontario Fresh strawberries with my toddler Celebrating our May long weekend (Victoria Day in Canada) with extended family A month with Mr. M done school New room mates […]

10 surprising reasons we have grown to enjoy having ducks on the homestead. | www.growingwildroots.com

10 Reasons to Keep Ducks on the Homestead

Over the past two years we have started to keep ducks on the homestead. We had always been chicken people—they’re a little more mainstream, but my husband wanted to try something new. While we still have chickens, ducks have become a valuable part of our farm. Here are ten reasons, as told by my husband, that we’ll keep ducks around. 10 Reasons to Keep Ducks on the Homestead 1. Pest control Ducks have an insatiable appetite for bugs and grubs making them a great organic choice for pest control in the garden. They nose their bills through the top inch of soil […]

Using these 5 Happy Habits for Shopping at the Farmers Market can help make your visit both pleasant and successful.

5 Happy Habits for Shopping at a Farmers Market

As spring rolls on our little farm gears up in preparation for weekly farmers markets. Going to the market is one of my personal favourite tasks. I enjoy chatting with customers, sampling the fantastic wares from other stalls, and generally soaking in the atmosphere. The vast majority of all shoppers that I get to meet are enjoyable to interact with. However, some customers bring an attitude or approach that is particularly helpful during the busy market hours. Here are some of the ways that my favourite customers interact with their local market and its vendors. 5 Happy Habits for Shopping at a Farmers […]

A Gingham Giraffe and The Plaid Peach Shop—A Review and Giveaway

A Gingham Giraffe and The Plaid Peach Shop {+ Giveaway!}

Everyone I know is having babies at the moment. With lots of babies comes lots of baby showers, but I always struggle to find gifts that are both ethical and cute (because as unfortunate as it is, not everyone wants cloth diapers). Needless to say, I was excited to stumble across The Plaid Peach. This Etsy shop sells toys and children’s clothing that are hand crafted in the United States. Ruth, the owner of The Plaid Peach, originally created her first tiny baby vest from from a cherished plaid shirt that had belonged to her grandfather. An idea was born and today she specializes in creating lovable new items from […]