Hello everybody. Welcome to Foodie60. I am sure most of you’ll have not visited a farm, so I highly recommend you to visit one. You will have a time of your life. Kick off you leather boots and high heels and wear some rustic clothes for a farm. Last week on an early cold beautiful Sunday morning I drove to Caledon, Ontario. The journey was breathtaking. The farm houses were beautiful and better than the ones I have seen in Mississauga. Smaller roads, trees branches covering the blue sky like in the movies. Every house had acres of farmland behind them, with cattle on one side and horses on other. It was a 50 minutes’ drive from Mississauga. Finally reached the farm “MULBERRY MOON FARM”. To be honest, I chose this farm because of its unique and magical name. Alex and his fiancée Kim, the proud owners of this beautiful farm, have been farming since 2009. As their name, the place was magical. As soon as I parked my car, Alex came and welcomed us to his farm. We chatted a bit talking about myself and about himself. Alex grew up on a farm in Eastern Europe with his grandfather. All his life he admired farming and the lifestyle of farmers. He has a background in architecture which he left to fulfil his dream to be a farmer. They have two interns helping them. They are have 11 Berkshire piglets (4 months old), 100 Rhode Island hens. They grow Beans, Beets, Bok Choy, Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Eggs, Garlic, Herbs, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lettuce, Meat Products, Onions, Peppers, Potatoes, Preserves, Pumpkins, Radishes, Salad Mix, Spinach, Squash, Sweet Corn, Sweet Peas, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes, Turnips, Zucchini.
A day at Mulberry moon farm starts at 6 in the morning with healthy breakfast. From around 7am to noon its work and work with no breaks. They feed their piglets with a dry mash of all cereals they get from a neighboring farmer. It consists of oats, barley, wheat, corn, rye and water. After they are fed, they are let out only under supervision as they are still young. They feed the chicken a bit late after 11am for all of them to lay the eggs and let them come out of their coop in their own time. They collect the eggs just before noon. Beside their farm is a small green house for their herbs and other small plants. After a two-hour break for lunch they get back to planting more vegetables, killing and removing weed, every few days they plant new vegetables. They have a bio degradable black plastic mulch film to kill the weeds. They cover the weed area with the black plastic, blocking sunlight completely for about a month, thus killing all the weeds. Then they clean the area and plant fresh vegetables. The farmers also use a non-biodegradable white fabric sheet which is placed over the farms after the seeds are sown to avoid weeds or any other pests from destroying the vegetable plants. We visited the Berkshire piglets and fed them. Also fed the chickens and fetched the eggs. The manure he uses is compost from a neighboring farmer that makes all natural compost with animal feaces and vegetables. Majority of their produce is bought by the CSA and restaurants in Orangeville. They have a small stand at their farm which lets you purchase everything that available at a great deal. His answer about any government policies seemed small. Alex said that most farmers are okay with the new Liberal government. Their only concern is the preserve the farmlands. He continued by that that most of good farmlands are been turned in gravel pits. Preserving farmlands should be the major concern for the country as our basic necessity begins with farmlands and farmers. Everything at the Mulberry Moon Farm is fresh and organic. Hope Alex and Kim continue their amazing work. Everyone should visit a farm. Know where your food comes from, know what you eat.