If you are looking for fresh herbs to spice up your cooking, Sun Moon Gardens at Mansfield Heritage Farm has a full variety of organically grown herbs and vegetables at the Alliston Rurban Farmer's Market every weekend.
This is the first year Davis Hignett has been bringing his produce to the market and customers are responding favourable to his offerings. From vegetable seedlings to fresh herbs ready to be used, everything comes right from the farm.
“We have an organic farm,” Davis explained. “We grow a wide variety of vegetables, herbs, and greens – a lot of lettuces, spinach, kale, and that sort of thing. We're an all natural farm. We don't spray any chemicals – no pesticides, not herbicides, no fungicides. All the fertilizers we use are all farm made. We use the fertility of the forest to bring into our fields. We really have a two-acre garden.”
The farm in Mansfield uses a technique called companion planting. This is when you grow different vegetables next to each other.
“Companion planting is when you pair up two different kinds of plants,” Davis explained. “For example, if I used tomato and lettuce, the tomato will grow higher and shade the lettuce. That lets the lettuce grow a little longer and it will taste better. We do the same thing with herbs. We'll mix in herbs and onions, and different plants that bugs don't like, and we'll place them close to some of our more vulnerable plants to deter insects.”
Many customers appreciate the seedlings that are available. As very small plants, you can take them home and replant in your own garden and enjoy the benefits when they mature.
As an organic farm, all the produce and herbs are free from any kind of chemicals and are fully natural and have a very fresh appearance and taste.
They also have a variety of pickles and preserves made from the vegetables grown right on the farm.
Davis brings his fresh herbs and vegetables to the Alliston Rurban Farmer's Market every Saturday.
The market is open on Saturday's from 8:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Brian Lockhart, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, New Tecumseth Times