CSA Autumn Share 2014 - Week #11 (11 June/ 13-14 June)


ELEVENTH WEEK OF THE AUTUMN SHARE We have finished writing the survey to help us understand your families vegetable needs and also gain more insight into how we can grow better.  We thank you in advance for taking the five minutes to complete it. This will be emailed in the next few days.

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.  We envisage that many of the vegetables you are receiving this week will last for two weeks with careful attention to storing upon arrival. Although we do wash all the greens after harvest, we are washing to take the heat out of the plants and wash away some surface dirt, not to prepare them for consumption.  We also spray a seaweed/herb brew about every ten days.  While this will not harm you, it does have a taste. We do suggest washing your produce prior to eating.

WHAT’S IN THE BOX The following are the items harvested this 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 endeavor to divide the harvest fairly. 1/4 share: 5-7 items   1/2 share: 8-10 items   Full Share: 10-12 items

Beetroot Carrots Leeks Parsnips Potatoes Pumpkin English Spinach Tatsoi
Extras Broccoli Bok Choy Capsicum Cauliflower Fennel Rocket Peas

RECIPE SUGGESTIONS Pumpkin and Spinach Curry - This curry has a wonderful full flavoured taste and comes from Sala Kanna at Veggie Belly. Spicy Roasted Parsnip Soup Tatsoi and Cabbage Stir Fry Beet and Carrot Salad Spinach and Feta Pie

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FARM PICK UP SCHEDULE To accommodate those picking up their Mountain View Farm milk, Farm Pick Up times are Friday afternoon from 2pm-5pm and Saturday mornings from 8am-11am. Please contact us if you need to arrange to pick your vegetables up outside of these times. Please remember to transfer your vegetables into a box or bag and leave the crate on the farm - Thank you!

NEWS FROM THE FARM We have long wanted to incorporate chickens into our farm management plan.  With the increase of snails in our leafy crops, Peter has devised and is in the process of making a chicken trailer that is the same width as one of our planting beds.  The chickens will hopefully be safe from the many foxes that frequent our property while they free range through the spent vegetable beds, eating leftover greens, snails, slugs and other critters.  We hope that this will not only increase the soil fertility, it will also increase the quality of the organic produce we are growing.With our season coming to an end, we will be filling your boxes with everything we have left growing.  We envisage that much of this produce will last for a few weeks. This week there are big bags of spinach.

Our best bet on what’s to come in the next two weeks - Broccoli, Romanesco Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, Red Cabbage, Kale, Onions, Parsnips, Potatoes, Pumpkin, Silverbeet (Baby and full size), Spinach, Turnips. We have lettuce, mesclun and braising mix planted - we just do not know if it will be ready for harvest.  We also have Brussel Sprouts which may make it...

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Please note – Photo is a randomly selected full share box with the addition of a whole pumpkin.  The full shares received about 1/3 of that pumpkin.