Elly Finlayson operates a vegetable, microgreen and garlic farm at Railway Creek Farm south of the hamlet of Cooper, and only six minutes north of Madoc. Part of the farm is nestled between the old Bay of Quinte Railway line and the creek named Railway Creek. Elly has grown veggies and garlic since 1993.
In 2020, the veggie market gardens beds were brought back into production after several years of regenerating the soil, and the biological life within. All veggies are grown naturally using non-toxic methods, such as amending soil with compost, incorporating cover cropping, manure teas all the while minimizing tillage. Elly likes to grow all kinds of vegetables such as lettuce, arugula, napa cabbage, kale, beans as well as roots crops such as sweet carrots, beets and daikon radishes etc. Summer and Winter Squash, tomatoes and peppers and much more will be available.
Delicious microgreens are available every two weeks by ordering online at the RCF-Veggie Store . You have two days to place our order (Wednesday and Thursday) in the current week for next day pick up/delivery (Friday).. You must select a pick up location. Currently the locations are Madoc Oats & Honey at 3pm on Friday, Kirkland Heritage Farm at 4pm on Friday, Unconventional Moose at 4:30pm on Friday, sometimes at the 7/62 Brewery at 6pm on Fridays and of course anytime after 2 pm at the farm on Friday or Saturday. Home delivery is also an option.
Order dates in 2023 are as follow:
Feb 15-16 for Friday Feb 17 pick up.
March 1-2 for Friday March 3 pick up.
March 15-16 for Friday March 17 pick up
March 29-30 for Friday March 31 pick up
April 12-13 for Friday April 14 pick up
April 26-27 for Friday April 28 pick up.
To find our more about the fresh local vegetable delivery program and to become a member, please go the online store to find out more and to sign up. By becoming a member, you will receive the bi-weekly notification with the direct link to the online store. We offer A La Carte shopping experience which means you get to choose what to buy, how often and how much!
Railway Creek Farm is not just about vegetables, it is also specialize in garlic!!!
Elly has over 20 kinds of garlic from several varieties, Rocambole, Porcelain, Purple Stripes and Creoles that all grow beautifully on on her well drained sandy loam soil. These garlic are well adapted to her zone 3 growing conditions. From these twenty plus kinds of garlic, gardeners and eaters can choose for all their culinary needs. Please check out her website. Store will open late August after curing is completed. sign up to get to get notification and an early view of all the varieties and plan your garden. Visit railwaycreekfarm.ca.
Elly focuses mainly on marketing garlic at Garlic Festivals, Agricultural Fairs and events focused on local food sustainability.
She attends Madoc Farmers Market as often as she can and the Belleville Farmer’s Market occasionally in the fall.
updated: February 2023