Growing Organic Vegetables in Winter on PEI – A Visit to the Schurman Family Farm

Growing Organic Vegetables in Winter on PEI – A Visit to the Schurman Family Farm

Rows of Beefsteak Tomatoes at the Schurman Family Farm, Spring Valley, PEI

Winter 2015 has been a true old-fashioned winter for PEI. Blizzard after blizzard has left the Island buried under mountains of snow. In fact, more than 500cm has fallen – that’s over 16 feet of snow this winter!

Along a rural country road in PEI, April 2015

As I write this posting in early April, most of the snow, unfortunately, is still around (and more keeps accumulating) so it’s going to be a long time before PEI sees any plants growing outside in the rich red soil for which our Island is known. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t vegetables growing on PEI – even in the dead of winter.

Ingredients

  • 8.8 oz (250g) bowtie pasta
  • salt
  • 1½ tsp cooking oil
  • 2 tbsp onion soup mix
  • boiling water
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped English cucumber
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes or halved cherry/grape tomatoes
  • ½ cup chopped red onion
  • 2 tbsp sliced black olives (optional)
  • 3½ oz cubed feta cheese
  • 1½ – 2 tbsp shredded Parmesan, Romano, and Asiago cheese mix
  • Fresh parsley (optional)
Read the whole recipe on My Island Bistro Kitchen