© Guardian photo by Steve Sharratt
Gardener Jim Baldwin chats with American visitors June Jones, left, and Ann Card, who visited the one-acre organic garden at the Macphail Homestead in Orwell.
ORWELL — Jim Baldwin can’t wait for this weekend.
And if all goes well, he’s hoping his “Veggiefest” at the Macphail Homestead will see every last crop in the organic garden here sold during the 70-Mile Yard Sale.
“We have a great crop and I just hope people stop by and enjoy what we have to offer,’’ says Baldwin, the master gardener at the homestead and former residence of Sir Andrew Macphail.
The Homestead “veggiefest” is part of the 70-Mile Yard Sale that goes this weekend and encompasses more than 100 sites throughout southeastern P.E.I.
This is the first year the Homestead introduced an organic garden as part of its mandate to champion agricultural triumphs experienced by the original owner who was an author, experimenter and professor of medicine.
Baldwin says the one-acre Macphail Garden got lots of great help this year from Vesey’s Seeds, which provided around $2,000 in seeds and equipment, and the Antique Tractor Club that did the spring tilling.
“We had a terrific growing season and now have 90 rows of vegetables to choose from.”
The Homestead offers both a “we” pick and a “u” pick service and many families have already paid visits to the site to allow children to experience the harvest.
“Kids love digging for potatoes or pulling up carrots,’’ said Baldwin, who toils in the garden most days picking off bugs and watering plants.
A cornucopia of veggies from beets to chard to onions and carrots will be ready for purchase or harvesting this weekend.
The Homestead, which is normally open Tuesday to Saturday, and closed Sundays and Mondays, will be open the entire weekend from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the yard sale.
Tours and the tea room are closed for the season.