Certified Tasty

  Everything is “Growing as Planned” at Canara Farm, since our last visit the bees have begun to help pollinate the tomatoes & the plants are really starting to develop and we even saw the very first fruit appearing amongst the leaves. The Strawberry plants which are growing under netting outside of the tunnels have shown signs of their first flowers so we should get a lovely later crop of organic strawberries of in some really tasty gourmet varieties (Gariguette , Marai Des Bois & Manille). Also outside the tunnels we are seeing a small amount of herbs beginning to appear above ground these include borage & lavender.       In Tunnel 3 our heirloom radish crop are looking stunning, Pete is planning on picking these tomorrow as using biodynamical farming methods to help restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony.           We also have a steady level of our gourmet Organic Lizard Salad leaves, when you plate up with Lizard Leaves you can be confident that the leaves have been grown naturally with no chemical insecticides, fungicides, weed-killers and no artificial fertilizers. Both Lizard Leaves and Canara Farm are certified organic by the Soil Association, the most rigorous of the organic certification bodies. Tweet...

Summer Fruits

This fantastic weather in Cornwall has coincided with the start of the early season Summer fruits from Europe, this week we are seeing good levels of peaches, nectarines, apricots and the always popular flat (or doughnut peach). Flat peaches are smaller and flatter than a regular peach. Their skin is yellow and red, and they are usually less fuzzy than ordinary peaches. Their flesh is also a lot firmer, sweeter and more fragrant than a regular peach. The inside of the peach is more pale in appearance. The flat peach has many other names  including Saturn Peach, doughnut peach, paraguayo peach, pan tao peach, saucer peach, belly-up peach, UFO peach, flat peach, or hat peach. Tweet...

Stunning new product

In the fridge this morning we have these wonderful looking Strasberries. The Strasberry is a combination of the words “raspberry” and “strawberry”. It refers to a strawberry that has the genetic make-up of a strawberry, but the small size and deeply positioned seeds that give the appearance of a strawberry-raspberry hybrid. The Strasberry variety is almost 100 years old and still grown because of its unique taste and special appearance. A Dutch grower named Hans de Jongh  started selling the Strasberry in 1996. However, due to the difficult growing circumstances and smaller yield compared to the “normal” strawberry, it still is a specialty product not grown by many. There is only a very small yield from the Strasberry plant so availability is limited, but it is worth trying this unique fruit. Tweet...
What’s in the box?

What’s in the box?

Today at Canara Farm there was a very unusual box delivered, inside the box were several hundred bees. The bees will be released into our Tomato tunnel & will help to pollinate our tomato crop. As you can see from the photograph the tomato crop is already starting to flower so with a little help from the bees we will soon be offering our first 100% Organic (Soil Association Certified) crop of Heritage Tomatoes.                 Tweet...