CSA Autumn Share 2014 - Week #13 (25 June/ 27-28 June)


THIRTEENTH WEEK OF THE AUTUMN SHARE This is the last week of our 39 week CSA season.  Thank you for your support of our farm and for supporting small scale, local agriculture!

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

Baby Asian Greens Beetroot Broccoli Cauliflower Coriander Leeks Kale Parsnips Pumpkin Silver beet TurnipsExtras Romanesco Broccoli Carrots Lettuce Radishes Peas

RECIPE SUGGESTIONS Pumpkin and Autumn Green Cannelloni  Winter Asian Green Salad - I have taken this basics of this recipe, added roasted pumpkin and tamari toasted seeds for a delicious winter salad Warm Kale and Roasted Pumpkin Salad

For more recipe ideas, search by key ingredient on our recipe database.

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!


While harvesting the broccoli today, I thought how grateful I was to the past three seasons.  This final broccoli planting being ready for these last weeks of the CSA was not an accident.  We have planned all 39 weeks of the CSA, trying to know when to seed crops based on past season notes.  Although we can fine tune our planning, and are trying to for next year, I was pretty happy to have exactly one head of broccoli for every Wednesday box this week, ripe and ready for harvest...seeded over 17 weeks ago. Each week there is a bit of worry...a bit of hope...a bit of disappointment...a sense of achievement...great gratitude.  We really try to ensure the boxes are diverse and filled with high quality produce.  We worry that there is not enough, there is too much, it is too bug eaten or too split.  We hope something will be ready in time, something will slow down a bit, members will be satisfied.  We are disappointed with the wind, the sun, the heat, the cold, the pests.  We have a great sense of achievement looking at the full boxes lining the packing shed and thinking of all of the collective effort that went into producing those vegetables. We are very thankful to the earth, the rain, the sun, the efforts of all of those working with us on the farm and the support of our members!

With the fine tuning comes a better understand of the timing of crops...our brussel sprouts will be ready in about three weeks...my children are not going to be happy about having 100 feet of brussels just for us! Fine tuning also involves a better understanding of the crops families like to eat and how to rotate all of the crops for a 39 week season through our 3 acres of growing space. We spend Winter planning and buying seeds.

Thank you for the your support of our farm.  We wish you a happy winter. Until Spring...the days are getting longer already!Follow us on instagram and facebook.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.