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Autumn at Seaway Farms

Seaway Farms Harvest Time Gardening Blog

The hot days of summer have passed and Fall is upon us. The signs are all around with the brilliant colours on the trees, shorter days, and crisp mornings. Some of the nicest days in the garden are in September and October.  It is hard to believe...


There is nothing like bringing back the memories of summer than by opening a jar of freshly preserved tomatoes on a cold winter’s day. Not only are tomatoes a good source of vitamin a, c, b6, potassium, niacin, and folate, but they taste...


Salvias and Sedums show their Beauty in the Autumn Garden. In autumn most annuals are putting on their final show. The morning glories have recovered from the summer drought and are climbing fences and gates with all the resilience of nature. Chrysanthemums, the belles of the...


Roma and other varieties of field tomatoes are available late in the summer to early Fall.  A ripe field tomato should be firm, though not rock-hard, and have a slightly supple quality to its surface; it should feel heavy for its size. Avoid any sign of mould or bruising. The occasional small surface cracks at the bottom of a tomato won’t affect its quality. Store at room temperature, away from direct sunlight, to prevent uneven ripening. Available July-October.


For Halloween pumpkins, look for a sturdy stem, well-rounded shape and one that will stand properly, but is not too heavy (thin walls are easier to carry). For cooking, small pie pumpkins are best. Look for a firm, smooth orange skin with a heavy feel for its size. Avoid cracks and bruises, which can bring on premature deterioration. Small to medium sizes are best for kitchen use because of their finer texture and flavour.  Available in the Autumn.  Also available: squash & gourds.


Modern cultivated chrysanthemums are showier than their wild relatives. The flower heads occur in various forms, and can be daisy-like or decorative, like pompons or buttons.  Full early sun, at least 5-6 hours daily. Well-drained soil suggested. Available in the Spring & Fall. Learn more about Fall mums >


Garlic is a staple of many world cuisines, and are known to have many health benefits. Grown right her at the farm, Garlic is available July – December at our Garden Centre. Garlic Scapes, an Asian delicacy is available in the summer months. Read More > Cooking with Garlic Scapes


Look for a plump, heavy unwrinkled vegetable that feels quite firm to the touch. It’s harvested ripe and best eaten soon after purchase. Traditional Mediterranean dishes include eggplant parmigiana, ratatouille, moussaka, eggplant stuffed with rice, or hot and sour Spanish eggplant. Available Aug-Oct.


Kale, also known as leaf cabbage and grown right here at Seaway Farms! They have green or purple leaves, in which the central leaves do not form a head. Kale freezes well and tastes sweeter and more flavourful after being exposed to a frost. Tender kale greens can provide an intense addition to salads, particularly when combined with other such strongly flavoured ingredients as dry-roasted peanuts, soy sauce-roasted almonds, red capsicum flakes, or a sesame-based dressing.  Late Summer-Autumn.