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What’s On at the Saturday Farmers Market in November

A behind-the-scenes look at how vendors at Evergreen Brick Works use greenhouses to continue the growing season into the winter.

Sosnicki Farms Greenhouse
Top image caption: Greenhouse at Sosnicki Organics | @sosnickiorganic on Instagram

Published on October 27, 2021

As we begin to enter the colder months, greenhouses offer farmers the ability to extend the length of their growing season. They give plants an optimal environment to grow in, even when temperatures outside drop below freezing.

Greenhouse farming refers to the activity of growing plants or crops in a structure that is made out of transparent material. This allows the interior of the greenhouse to be exposed to sunlight, making it significantly warmer than the external temperature. These structures are commonly used in controlled-environment agriculture (CEA) and can be used to grow vegetables, flowers, blub plants, seedlings, and more! 

Greenhouses not only help to extend the growing season but are also beneficial to farmers in many other ways including pest prevention, weather protection, customization, and allowing for the growth of out-of-season produce. They also can help farmers to utilize resources more efficiently, creating less waste, thus producing bigger profits.

A couple market updates for this month 

November 13 is our last outdoor market! We’re moving back inside for the winter season starting November 20. 

This year, the market will take place in the Young Welcome Centre and BMO Atrium.

Indoor farmers market space at Evergreen Brick Works

How farm vendors use their greenhouses to extend the growing season

Sosnicki Organics 

Sosnicki Organics says that their greenhouse crops are doing spectacular this season. They have three greenhouses which they’ve amended with their field soil and their compost, and use them like big covered gardens. Bok choy, hakurei turnips, arugula, salad mix, and tatsoi are grown in the houses.

The Sosnicki Organics team mentions that the winter radish harvest has been great and that they’re seeing amazing volume on these root vegetables.  Their greenhouses have allowed them to grow crops such as tomatoes from June until November (they’ve even had heirlooms until December before!). 

Joyfully Organic Farm 

Joyfully Organic Farm is motivated by the ability to extend the local food season. This is why they call farming in the winter – ‘hardball’. Warning: Not for the faint at heart, but those that play often experience symptoms of feeling like a superhero.

We will be honest, we do some wild thing to pull it off which are sometimes wildly hard, but when we succeed it gives back to us some wildly beautiful views and very appreciative customers.
The Joyfully Organic Team (via Instagram)

Reyes Farms

Reyes Farms finished up building their greenhouse last winter. This greenhouse was used to grow vegetables for their own family to eat. They were excited to try to grow tomato seedlings, salad mixes, and their favourite – kale! We're excited to see what they have growing for us this winter.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Looking to learn more about what's in season at the market right now? 

Visit Foodland Ontario’s Availability Guide or speak to your local farmer at the market!