WHAT IS INTEGRATED
Integrated Pest Management is a holistic method of pest control that creates a controlled ecosystem that favors crops and deters pests. IPM manages the entire plant ecosystem by benefiting the soil, water, pollinators, beneficial insects, the farm workers, and of course the crops!
The first strawberries of the season have long been seen as a rite of passage into the freedom that summer brings to Ontario. These juicy, luscious and sweet berries are still the most popular fruit we sell at Muddy Crops and retain the title of "The Queen of Fruit".
WILD VS CULTIVATED
Blueberries are native to North America and come in two varities: "low bush" and "high bush". At Muddy Crops, we provide both of these varities during the July and August months.
Contrary to popular belief, being organic is not just about pesticides. Organic farming was originally defined as a biodiverse, self-sustaining system that served the local community.
In a nutshell, the term "organic" really stands for a holistic system of farming. That's why, while a lot of our produce isn't certified organic, we know that all of our farms strive to embrace these principles.
(See Integrated Pest Management for more info).
GARDEN, SNAP &
During pea season, there is a lot of confusion about which pea varieties are which and how they are eaten.
THE MELON MYTH:
TO TAP OR NOT
Can you tell a good melon by thumping? In a nutshell, not really and definitely not by itself. Studies have shown that ripe and overripe melons will produce the same sound (yep, they have actually studied melon acoustics), so you need to also give it a squeeze from end to end. Overripe melons will be spongier while a good melon should have a little give.
ONTARIO vs CHINESE
Ontario garlic, when in season, is the freshest garlic you can get, whereas Chinese garlic is typically in storage for several months before it gets to your pantry. Our massive cloves have a flavour profile that is simply lacking in the soft-neck Chinese varieties; however, it's not just the freshness, size and flavour that make it cost more.
At Muddy Crops, it is important to us that we provide you with the highest quality, fresh-picked Ontario produce. However, it is also important that you continue to practice food safety once you bring your fruit and vegetables home in order to enjoy them to their full potential.