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Something New for McBride's Organic Farm

This fall, we start a partnership with Greg and Crystal Simms of "The Kitchen Garden Farm". We (Doug and Sharon) have been wondering how we could keep on farming and gardening , but be able to ease up a little on the time and work involved. Greg and Crystal have been looking to grow their market garden business and a place to "set roots".  Read more...


Read the McBride's Organic Farm Daily

Each day the McBride's Organic Farm Daily points you to the latest news on mattters of your health and organic foods. Our content aggregator comes from the sources that we follow on Twitter. Today's issue comes to you from more than 500 contributors.


Vegans Go Glam

Veganism has been edging into the mainstream for years now, coaxed along by superstar believers like Bill Clinton and Beyoncé. But lately, as plant-based eating has blossomed and gained followers, influential vegans are laboring to supplant its dowdy, spartan image with a new look: glamorous, prosperous, sexy and epidermally beaming with health.
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Record Growth in Organic Farming

Organic farms are a novelty no longer. There are more than 14,000 of them in the U.S. these days. Nor are they insignificant in the food market. Last year, the top 10 states in organic sales collectively earned $5.5 billion, according to a Department of Agriculture census.
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Five of the Best Natural and Organic Fertilizers

Many chemical fertilizers contain more than triple the amount of minerals that your fruit and veg actually need. Most of us aren’t growing food for sale; so don’t need turbo-charged chemical fertilizers. Here are five of the best.

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20 Foods that will Supercharge your Brain

Simply put, your brain likes to eat. And it likes powerful fuel: quality fats, antioxidants, and small, steady amounts of the best carbs. See which foods are grown or offered at McBride's Organic Farm.

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US Beet Case Preserves Victory for Farmers and Environment Over Monsanto

As a result, previous court rulings in favor of farmers and conservation advocates will remain, including the order requiring the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to prepare a rigorous review of the impacts of GE sugar beets, engineered to be resistant to Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, before deciding whether to again allow their future commercial use.

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Root Cellar Resurgence

“The next logical step after local food is some kind of at-home facility for storing that food, especially if you want to make use of the local harvest at this time of the year,” explains Steve Maxwell, co-author with Jennifer MacKenzie of The Complete Root Cellar Book: Building Plans, Uses and 100 Recipes.

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Farmville Vs. Real Farms

Your friends play along at work and at home. Can 60 million people be wrong? Compare the ubiquitous Facebook game with the reality of farming with this side-by-side comparison.

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Pumpkin Skin May Scare Away Germs

The skin of that pumpkin you carve into a Jack-o'-Lantern to scare away ghosts and goblins on Halloween contains a substance that could put a scare into microbes that cause millions of cases of yeast infections in adults and infants each year. That's the conclusion of a study.

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Would you pay more $ for fresh produce to know your farmer?

Whether you answer that question or not, Our Locale is a great jump off site to explore and learn more about sustainable agriculture. Our Locale is, "a place for people supporting local food and local wine."


101 Fast Recipes for Grilling

Here, in all its' summer glory, are 101 grilling ideas begging to be tried. A vast majority take less time to prepare and grill than it takes to watch your coals turn white. (If you use gas, they’re still almost as fast as heating up the grill.) Some of them feature ingredients like corn, eggplant and tomatoes. There are also suggestions for foods that not everybody thinks of putting on the grill.

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McBride's Organic Farm Eclipses Twilight Saga with Bountiful Garlic Harvest

Vampire love stories may be the rage in the theatre but our love story for garlic will have Bella and Edward running for the hills of Caledon.

Our story begins last fall when we planted 25 rows of garlic and continued through the spring with our scape harvest in June. Our bountiful scape harvest had us busy in the McBride kitchen perfecting our scape pesto and hummus recipes while experimenting with a few soup recipes that paired our scapes with our cilantro and our potatoes. If you were lucky enough to try our scapes while they lasted you will have a good idea as to how our 2010 crop of garlic will taste. In a word, excellent!

Our haul is now air-drying in the barn. While we are now offering our garlic at the Markets they will reach their peak flavor as August approaches.


Take Our Jobs!?! My experience as a farm worker

What happens when you take a city girl from Chicago and drop her off in Oro-Medonte? Having heard the stories about how her mother's family picked beets and cotton one journalist tells you how she fared visiting her agricultural roots.

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Are You a Locavore? Eat Healthier with a 100-Mile Diet

It's been five years since both those terms were created. Since then people from all walks of life have been eating locally to lessen their carbon footprint. An added benefit to the 100-mile diet is that you get to learn more about your community as you explore where to buy local produce.


Live from Oro-Medonte! McBride's Organic Farm Now Online!

Our NEW website is up and running and we hope that you find it informative yet fun. Your comments will only help us to serve you better. Check our produce section to see what we have available and when. Plan your dinner by perusing our recipe section and revisit the farm by visiting our photo gallery. We'll have more to offer in cyberspace in the weeks and months ahead.

Back on Earth we are working the earth seven days a week to provide you with the freshest produce available. We're keeping our fingers crossed but 2010 is shaping up to be a great year. Our planting schedule is weeks ahead of last year's pace and we are now into our second month of offering our customers our delicious salad mixes. Sign up for our weekly email to see what veggies we have harvested on Friday to sell to you at the markets on Saturday.


The Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 of Produce

Certain types of organic produce can reduce the amount of toxins you consume on a daily basis by as much as 80 percent. A new report issued by the President’s Cancer Panel in the United States recommends eating produce without pesticides to reduce your risk of getting cancer and other diseases.

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Eight Reasons to Eat Local Foods

Eating local foods is better for you, for the environment, and for your taste buds. Here are the top eight big, umbrella-style reasons you should eat more local foods.

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May Day! May Day! What's in the Ground at McBride's Organic Farm

May is here and the flowers are abloom even without the April showers. The absence of moisture meant that we were busy laying down our irrigation system in April as well as planting the first of our lettuce varieties that go into our delicious salad mixes. The carrots, parsnips, spinach and onions are all in-ground and sprouts can be seen while others are still germinating. The garlic is coming along fine and the scapes should be available come mid-June. The peas are in, the leeks will be planted and the greenhouse is full of tomato plants awaiting the last chance of frost before going into the ground.

The cows have been out to pasture for the last couple of weeks and they seem to be enjoying the fresh grown grass and the increased mobility that the warmth provides - they are no longer staying close to the barn.

For those with a natural sweet tooth, the rhubarb plants have been divided, the strawberry plants are looking strong and the raspberry bushes are already budding. We are still nursing a few blueberry shrubs that we hope will produce in the next year or two - if the birds don't get to the fruit before we do.

There is a lot more to go into the ground in the coming weeks and we will keep you apprised of our progress and update you when the first of this year's crops come out of the ground.


5 Ways to Use Eggshells in Your Garden

A normal person looks at an egg and thinks "omelet" or "frittata". A gardener looks at an egg and thinks, "Yes! Eggshells!"

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Organic Farming Methods Enhance Soil Organic Matter

With the aim of influencing Canada's policy makers, Dr. Derek Lynch of the Nova Scotia Agricultural College has published a paper, "The Environmental Impacts of Organic Agriculture", which compiles North American based organic research in one persuasive document.

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Program Gives 'Gleaners' a New Perspective on Farming

"I visited a few farms in the Marin Master Gardener training program, but I'd never actually worked on a farm," said Annie Spiegelman. "It was exciting for me to experience what a farmer goes through 24 hours a day. Homeowners like me may think it's hard to grow a couple of tomatoes, but that's just fun. These crops were the farmers' livelihood. That was a new perspective for me."

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Biodynamic Farming isn't just a Technique, it's Grounded in a Philosophy

After Mike Grgich introduced organic farming to his Rutherford, California, winery in 2000, the vintner didn't get the results he had hoped for. So Grgich Hills Estate turned to biodynamics. "When someone switches from conventional to organics, their mindset as a farmer - when they've been using chemicals for years - is, 'The (market) climate and the wineries want organic, I'll do organic,'" says vineyard manager David Bos. "Biodynamics says, 'How can I heal the soil, and how can I make these vines healthier?'"

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China to have 5% Share in World Organic Food Market

China will become a nation with high organic food consumption while its volume of organic food production and export will increase at a fast rate over the next decade. At present, the international organic food market is enjoying annual growth of between 20 and 30 percent, and China is expected to become the fourth largest consumer of organic food in the world, with organic food expected to occupy between 1 percent and 1.5 percent of China's entire food market.

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Organic Dairy Manure May Offer High Quality Fertilizer Option

Dairy cows that produce USDA-certified organic milk also produce manure that may gradually replenish soil nutrients and potentially reduce the flow of agricultural pollutants to nearby water sources, according to findings by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and colleagues. Cows on organic dairy farms generally consume forage feeds cultivated on soils that are fertilized with manure and compost rather than manufactured fertilizers. This organic management, in turn, may significantly affect how easily nutrients are converted in soil into forms readily taken up by crops.

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