When the Mustard Seed Co-op unveiled their plan for an affordable, socially conscious grocery store in the heart of downtown, it created quite a buzz. This weekend, co-founder Graham Cubbit plans on giving back to the community with a helpful Perogie-growing workshop this Saturday at the Hamilton Farmers’ Market.
“Part of what makes our co-op great,” says Cubitt, “is that you’re a part owner. Food is an intimate part of us, and you can make decisions to impact that. That’s why we hold events like the “Plant-a-Perogie” initiative. It’s also important for us to reclaim the Farmers’ Market’s image following the violent brawl earlier this winter.”
Staff insist that garden-fresh perogies are far superior to processed perogies. “When I eat a perogie, I want to know the conditions it
was raised in,” says Emma Cubitt, Graham’s wife and co-op partner. “Was it in a tiny container? Was it doused in pesticides?” That’s the advantage of growing them yourself.”
The workshop will run from 8am – noon at the Hamilton Farmers’ Market, on Saturday, March 23rd. To become part of the Mustard Seed Co-op, visit http://mustardseed.coop/ Below is a helpful guide to growing your own perogies.
The Mustard Seed’s Quick Step-by-Step Guide:
- Choosing Perogies – make sure they’re organic perogies. You can find them in specialty
grocery stores. It’s best to use a local farmer’s perogies, because they’ll be more adapted to your climate and soil conditions.
- Preparing the Perogies – Cut them into two inch chunks. It doesn’t have to be pretty. Make sure you cut them a day in advance so they build a protective skin. This will shield them from mold.
- Preparing the soil – Fortunately, perogies grow in most soils, although they thrive in the 5.0-5.8 pH range. Make sure the soil is loosely packed, allowing for those tendrils to suck up all the nutrients from the soil.
- Planting the Perogies – Planting perogies is an art. Dig down 4 to 5 feet, dropping the cuttings with the rounded end towards to East. Keep them 18.5 inches apart. Using a sifter, gently fill in the hole with soil. This should take about 4-5 hours if done properly.
- Growing the Perogies – water once every few days.
- Harvesting – They are ready to harvest with the flowers turn blood-red. Take care of the thorns, and start salivating!