INN THE PINES grows a wide assortment of vegetables, including (but not limited to): lettuce, red and white onions, beets, peas, green and yellow beans, swiss chard, more than thirty varieties of heirloom tomatoes, potatoes, radishes, turnips, peppers, zucchinis, squash, sweet corn, carrots, celery and garlic.
Freshness is very important to us so vegetable planting is staggered to provide a continuous supply. We pick early each morning and, if we run out of a certain item, we can sometimes pick a second time, depending on ripeness and availability.
If it is very early in the season, we will sometimes purchase certain vegetables from greenhouses before our field grown vegetables are ready. We always go to a local growers to assure freshness.
We do not visit or purchase produce from the Toronto Food Terminal.
For information about what comes into season when, please visit Ontario’s Grow Guide.
Did you know..?
- Heirloom tomatoes are, by popular definition, grown from plants that have been around for 50 years or more. This isn’t to say the plant itself has been around for 50 years, but the seeds have been handed down from generation to generation, which is where the term “heirloom” comes from.
- This means that if you plant the seed from an heirloom tomato, you’ll get a plant identical to the parent.
- Tomatoes are technically a fruit, not a vegetable!
- Heirloom tomatoes are almost always indeterminate; this means they continue to produce fruit until killed by frost. Determinate varieties will usually only produce for a few weeks and then die.
- At INN THE PINES, we sell more than 30 varieties of heirloom tomatoes! Contact us to find out more.
- The United States is the leading corn-growing country, with about 40% of earth’s production.
- Corn has always been used as a food source, but is now becoming an increasingly important natural fuel source.
- An ear of corn averages 800 kernels in 16 rows.
- A pound of corn consists of approximately 1,300 kernels.