This morning I had a HUGE surprise when I was woken up by my brother at 6:30am to go volunteer at a local organic farm. For those who don’t know Geoff, this is not the first time I’ve been woken up by him this early in the morning… but I am more accustomed to it being after a late night at the bar!
Fresh City Farms focuses on providing organic, local, customized and affordable produce that can be delivered straight to your home. They work with organic farmers as well as harvest their own fruits and vegetables at their local farm in Downsview Park, Toronto, Ontario.
Geoff and I got down and dirty boxing hundreds of fresh produce containers with a wide array of food. This week, Fresh City Farms featured:
Vegetables: carrots, turnip, parsnip, tomatoes, potatoes, bok choy, cucumbers, broccoli, onions, shallots, kale, lettuce, swiss chard, snow peas, pea sprouts, sunflower sprouts, sweet potatoes, peppers, a variety of herbs
- Fruit: apples, bananas, blueberries, oranges, grapefruit, avocado, pears, pineapple
- Bread: spelt, rye, baguette
- Eggs: chicken, duck
As the weather warms up I’m excited to start going into the fields and begin learning about the planting, growing and harvesting processes. We all know how important diet is for our health but we seldom take the time to think about where our food has come from and the time and labor that goes into growing the produce.
For example, it takes approximately 3-5 minutes to eat a medium-sized apple. Conversely, it takes approximately 3 months (May- July) for the apple to be harvested, not to mention over 5 years to grow the apple tree from a seedling and many hours of laboring to bring the seedling to a fruit-bearing tree. Try growing a garden, it’s a lot of work!
For all the hard work that my brother and I put in this morning, we were rewarded with an abundance of organic fruits and vegetables which we immediately ate and enjoyed!
For more information about how to “Get Your Box” or inquiries about volunteering, please visit http://www.freshcityfarms.com.