CSA Autumn Share 2013 - Week #8 (20 April to 26 April)


WHAT’S IN THE BOXThe following are the items being harvested this coming week.  Items and quantities in your box may vary depending on your harvest day and the total harvest of each crop.  The boxes are completely governed by what is ripe and ready for harvest and how much of it there is.  We endeavour to divide the harvest fairly.

NOTES ON STORING THE HARVEST Please check out our Vegetable & Fruit page on the website to find tips on maximizing the life of your veggies.

NOTES ON THE SHARE Basil - A bunch of tops in every box.  There are some leaves showing signs of colder weather...black spots. Bok Choy - Harvesting bunches of tender baby bok choy. Beans - This is our last bean planting for the season - and as it is getting cooler, we are unsure of the amount of beans that will be ready for harvest. We hope to get some in every box. The varieties are the yellow 'Cherokee Wax' and green 'Strike'. Broccoli – We have three varieties being harvested - 'DeCiccio', small, sweet side shoots which can be used stem to floret, 'Belfast' very tight medium size heads and 'Marathon' which have large heads.  Expect a few heads in every box.  There may be green cabbage moth caterpillars...although we have only seen a few while harvesting. Carrots – Big bunches of mixed baby carrots.  You can roast or steam these whole. Varieties include 'Atomic Red', 'Deep Purple' and 'Solar Yellow'. Cauliflower - The plantings of 'Green Macerata' and 'Sicily Purple' cauliflower are beginning to produce heads ready for harvest.  Expect a head over the next three to four weeks. Chillies - We will include chillies in your box if you request them.  Please email us if you would like them. Garlic – Bulb or two in every box. Leeks - 'American Flag' Parsley - Harvesting curly and Italian flat leaf Potatoes - 'Pontiac' or Nicola' Pumpkin – Harvesting 'Anna Swartz' and 'Queensland Blue'.  'Anna Swartz' is a buttercup variety which is drier and more flavourful.  This is delicious in soups and curries. Baby Rocket - Tender and young Silverbeet - 'Red Ruby' Spinach – 'Long Standing Bloomsdale'

ROTATING As the farm transitions into Autumn, the warm weather crops are finishing.  While they are still producing, we will harvest them and rotate them through the boxes.  If you have received these in the past two weeks, you may not see them again until next season. Patty Pan Squash – 'Jaune Et Verte' - scallop, small, round summer squash.  Delicious baked, grilled or stir fried. Pimiento de Padrons – These sometimes hot, sometimes not chillies are a wonderful entree...enjoyed by child and adult! Zucchini– 'Nero de Milano' and 'Romanesco'.  We are also harvesting 'Golden Crookneck', a summer squash.

NOTES ON WHAT'S GROWING With many areas of the farm tilled now and awaiting the germination of cover crops, cold weather crops are dominating the landscape.  The next planting of broccoli is heading up and we are harvesting the first of the cauliflower.  We are trialing three varieties of cauliflower - green, purple and white.   Many "greens" are glowing against the cloudy skies - Silverbeet, Spinach, Bok choys, Mustards, Rocket, Raddichio, Lettuce, Tatsoi, Kale and Fennel (not a green but the feathery tops look great!).  There are different varieties of turnips growing, more parsnips, radishes, carrots and beet root.  And the Kol Rabi's are beginning to plump up.  And there are also many small pea pods on the planting of snow peas.  They may be ready for harvest next week.  The last remaining warm weather crop will be our final planting of sweet corn which has tasseled and is full of ears.  We are hoping that they do finish their developing.  While the remainder of the warm weather crops are succumbing to powdery mildew, the cold weather crops are thriving.

We have taken a photo essay of what's growing and will be posting that on the website in the next few days.  If you receive the newsletter, it will come to you directly.

FARM TOURS The farm is open from 8am-11am on Saturdays for members to walk around and see your food growing.  Each week the landscape changes as crops grow, are harvested and then tilled in.  Please email us if you need directions. If you are not a member and would like to tour the farm, please join our mailing list (box in the right hand margin) to be informed of the next farm open day.

SEASONAL EATING - SHARING INSPIRATION Please keep sharing your inspirations.  True seasonal eating has lost its definition, due partly to the fact that the grocery stores and fruit and vegetable shops seem to have everything, all the time.  It is great to be a part of the re-awakening of eating with the season and I am enjoying compiling what that looks like for so many different families.

RECIPE SUGGESTIONS Spinach and Chicken Curry Blue Cheese, Proscuitto and Rocket Bruschetta Bok Choy, Broccoli and Chicken in a Spiced Sauce We will be adding two soup recipes at the beginning of the week. One with spinach or silver beet and the other with pumpkin.  You can find those on the home page of the website  or search by key ingredient on our website recipe page.