Ph: 519 338 5381  •  Fx: 519 338 5537

News

Strawberries and Peas

We are now picking strawberries, a week ahead of schedule! We are also picking peas, romaine and leaf lettuce, spinach, and green onions.

Hanging Baskets, Vegetable Plants, and Flowers

After a long winter of isolation, we welcome an early spring! Our hanging baskets are showing color, making it easier to choose the perfect combo. Vegetable garden plants and seeds are selling fast, do not wait until the May 24 weekend to source your favorite varieties! 

Fall of 2020

As the 2020 growing season draws to a close, we pause to reflect on a year such as none of us has seen before. We have been greatly blessed, and are deeply grateful to our loyal customers who found their way to our doors through road construction and COVID restrictions! We thank you all and hope to serve you again in 2021. 

To all gardeners who are already thinking of spring planting time- we are working on putting together a detailed spring plants list. We will send it to you by email if you are interested in a preview. 

None of us knows what lies ahead, yet we wish to-

The God of harvest praise;

In loud thanksgiving raise,

Hand, heart and voice;

The valleys smile and sing,

Forests and mountains ring,

The plains their tribute bring,

The streams rejoice.

 

The God of harvest praise;

Hearts, hands and voices raise,

With sweet accord;

From field to garner throng,

Bearing your sheaves along,

And in your harvest song,

Praise ye the Lord! 

Pumpkins and sweet potatoes

From the Elmira Produce Auction we have local apples, pepper squash and fall mums!

Here is a list of the fresh produce in our farm market Sept 28-Oct 10: 

  • turnips
  • pumpkins
  • mini straw bales
  • fall mums
  • sweet potatoes
  • field tomatoes
  • acorn/pepper squash
  • butternut squash
  • Cortland apples
  • Gala apples
  • Silken apples
  • carrots 
  • beets
  • zucchini
  • cabbage
  • cooking onions
  • Spanish onions
  • potatoes, now in 50 lb bags
  • broccoli 
  • cauliflower
  • local garlic
  • sweet bell peppers
  • gourds

Butter Tarts, Banana Bread, and Pebbles Frozen Dinners

With the coming of June and warmer weather, the first vegetables of the season are harvested. Asparagus and rhubarb have a short season, so enjoy while the locally grown products are available! We have begun cutting spinach this weekend, and expect strawberries, green onions, and lettuce to be ready before the middle of June. Fresh local radishes are in now.

We also offer baking on weekends, from Pebbles  Restaurant in Durham.

NEW in June- Pebbles Frozen Dinners

Tomatoes are here!

Grown close to Harriston, these greenhouse tomatoes are immensely popular. This is not your typical imported greenhouse tomato. Try them and taste the difference!

Even with greenhouses and acres of vegetables, we find we cannot grow everything ourselves. What we do not grow here is sourced at the Elmira Produce Auction.

Is Steckle's Garden Center Open?

The short answer is yes- but it isn't business as usual.

Although we are in a period of uncertainty this spring due to COVID-19, the plants we started back in the winter are actively growing, and will soon be ready for a new home. 

Our market and greenhouses are open now, but with restrictions similar to what the grocery stores have. We are limiting the number of people inside the building at any one time. We expect visitors to practice physical distancing, and have reconfigured greenhouse benching to help enable it, if everyone follows the guidelines. We are also limiting entry to only 2 people from one household.

Come with a list of your needs, and do your best to keep your visit brief, out of consideration for those waiting. We thank you for your patience! This too shall pass.

If you prefer to pick up your plants at the entrance, give us a call or email with your order, and we will get it ready for next morning pickup. 

Thanksgiving Song

Praise to God, immortal praise,
For the love that crowns our days;
Bounteous source of every joy,
Let Thy praise our tongues employ.

Flocks that whiten all the plain;
Yellow sheaves of ripened grain;
Clouds that drop their fattening dews,
Suns that temperate warmth diffuse.

All that spring with bounteous hand
Scatters o’er the smiling land;
All that liberal autumn pours
From her rich o’erflowing stores.

These to Thee, my God, we owe,
Source whence all our blessings flow;
And for these my soul shall raise
Grateful vows and solemn praise.

Yet, should rising whirlwinds tear
From its stem the ripening ear;
Should the fig tree’s blasted shoot
Drop her green untimely fruit,

Should the vine put forth no more,
Nor the olive yield her store;
Though the sickening flocks should fall,
And the herds desert the stall,

Yet to Thee my soul shall raise
Grateful vows and solemn praise;
And, when every blessing’s flown
Love Thee for Thyself alone.

Anna Barbauld 1743-1825

Fall Mums

Summer is almost over. Tomatoes are still in season, as well as apples, Bartlett pears, broccoli, cauliflower, squash, carrots, and beets, and much more. We offer mini straw bales, corn stalk bundles, gourds, and pumpkins, plus fall mums and grasses.  

Fresh asparagus

Despite the wintry weather in April, the first asparagus is now big enough to harvest. Enjoy this spring vegetable during the short time it is available! Planting time is here, for both flowers and vegetables. Visit our greenhouse for your bedding plants, while supplies last! 

Free Range Chicken

Our chickens range freely around the farm buildings all summer, even venturing into the field to glean the fallen grains dropped by harvesting equipment. This diet, combined with the exercise, creates a firm, flavorful bird.    

Thanksgiving

...For the Lord thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills;

a land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig trees, and pomegranates; a land of oil olive, and honey; 

a land wherein thou shalt eat bread without scarceness, thou shalt not lack any thing in it; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills thou mayest dig brass.

When thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shalt bless the Lord thy God for the good land which he hath given thee.

Deuteronomy 8:7-10 KJV

Once more we have been greatly, richly blessed. Despite a challenging growing season, there has been an ample harvest, for which we are thankful.  

We greatly appreciate the support of all our loyal customers and look forward to meeting you all next spring! 

July

We are picking beans, peas, zucchini, carrots and beets. Lettuce, spinach and green onions are harvested every few days, along with white Spanish onions. Other local growers are supplying us with broccoli, cauliflower, peppers, greenhouse tomatoes, raspberries and blueberries. We expect our cucumbers to be ready for picking by the third week of July, with field tomatoes following soon.  

Fresh Strawberries

We have begun picking strawberries, along with lettuce, spinach, and green onions. Summer is here! 

Planting Time

Once we are past the middle of April, and our ground is dry enough to work, we want to plant our Bubblegum petunias. We have found that these flowers perform best if they experience several frosts. The plants are green, so we inter plant with pansies for immediate color. This frost tolerance allows us to plant our beds before our spring rush, and Bubblegums have consistently outperformed any other petunia we have ever tried. They need no deadheading, as is standard with Supertunias and spreading petunias, and will bloom long into fall after other summer flowers have given up. One Bubblegum petunia can grow to four or six feet wide! 

Thanksgiving

The God of harvest praise,
In loud thanksgivings, raise
Hand, heart, and voice;
The valleys laugh and sing,
Forests and mountains ring,
The plains their tribute bring,
The streams rejoice.

The God of harvest praise;
Hands, hearts, and voices raise
With one accord;
From field to garner throng,
Bearing your sheaves along;
And in your harvest song,
Bless ye the Lord.

James Montgomery 1771-1854

Family Favourite

Our family loves this quick and easy salad. Chop cauliflower and broccoli, and stir in Feiges Gourmet German Caesar dressing. Very simple and very good! To make it even better, add a little chopped onion, some shredded or cubed cheese, and real bacon bits. Enjoy! 

Bedding plants and hanging baskets

Flowers of all types and colors are coming into bloom. Happy gardeners wander the aisles of our greenhouses, and leave with their arms full of treasures! Although we offer hanging baskets all summer, the next few weeks are the ideal time to choose from the widest selection of colors and textures.  

Spring Planting

We plow the fields, and scatter
The good seed on the land,
But it is fed and watered
By God’s almighty hand;
He sends the snow in winter,
The warmth to swell the grain,
The breezes and the sunshine,
And soft refreshing rain.

Refrain:

All good gifts around us
Are sent from heaven above,
Then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord
For all His love.

by Matthias Claudius

September 3

We are excited to offer our chicken again, at our farm market. Boneless skinless breasts, split wings, drums and thighs, are vacuum packed in manageable sizes. We also have bagged backs and necks for soup stock. We continue to have whole chickens available, with this year's average size being about 7 lbs.

To experience chicken with flavor, try homegrown. Our birds grow up in the barnyard, running in and out as they please, and feeding on their choice of grass, grains, or whatever bugs and beetles they can catch.

We offer all our uncured meats frozen. Maybe we are too particular, but we feel the handling of raw meats poses a risk of contaminating our fresh vegetables and fruits, especially our greens.     

Sourced from other Ontario farms...

In our store we are also offering produce we do not grow ourselves; raspberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, peaches, cauliflower, broccoli, kale, cabbage, garlic, greenhouse tomatoes and peppers, and more. Three times a week we take our lettuce and onions to the Elmira Produce Auction Co-op where wholesale lots of local produce are sold by live auction. This co-op allows us to market our surplus to stores and farm markets, and source the products we do not grow ourselves from other local producers, all in one location.