It may be a chilly, drizzly day here in Abbotsford but the sun is always shining at Tuscan Farm Gardens at the North end of Mt. Lehman road. Well… the proverbial sun that is. If you are looking for a bright spot in your day, head down there to meander the immaculate, lavender focused gardens. Enjoy the serene atmosphere of the apothecary as you browse the selection of hand-made natural soaps and wellness products, many of which are made from herbs grown on the property. Relax with a lavender latte on the patio. Chat with the bright and knowledgable owner, Patricia, and her cheery assistant, Emily.
I am proud to tell you that I have been hired by Patricia, to help establish an organic market garden on the grounds. It’s a step up from the rustic surroundings at the original One Love field, but certainly a welcome change. There is still a down to earth ambiance with a focus on the beauty of nature… and to boot, there are bathroom facilities and a warm shop. Fancy!!
So, to get to the point, we are harvesting our first greens of the season. We have beautiful bunching spinach which has that sweet tender taste, indicative of the early spring harvest. Spinach does not get any better than this. Also we have some colourful braising greens, a beautiful lettuce mix, young and wild arugula micro style greens, chives and rhubarb. The shop is open from 11am today until 4pm. Quantities are limited and if you show up between 2pm and 3pm, I will be there to give you a little tour and perhaps pick some more greens for you… just like old times!
I look forward to seeing you there,