CSA Autumn Share 2014 - Week #3 (16 April/18-19 April)


THIRD WEEK OF THE AUTUMN SHAREYou can see by the photo that the sun has been shining these past days.  The Autumn crops are loving the warms days and cool nights while the summer crops are starting to finish.  We are picking our last crop of beans and the tomatoes are starting to give way to late season blight.  There are still sweet capsicums and another planting of sweet corn.  The melons and watermelons have finished and the cucumbers are almost done as well.  The Autumn crops will begin to take over the box with more basic crops, silver beet, spinach, and root crops.

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

French Beans Broccoli Celery Chinese Cabbage Coriander Cucumbers Lettuce Pumpkin Red Onions Radishes Rocket Sweet Potatoes Thyme Tomatoes Japanese Turnips

Extras Eggplant Peas Pimiento de Padrons Zucchini

RECIPE SUGGESTIONS Green Beans, Peas, Pink Grapefruit and Coriander - This is a salad my daughter made for us.  Very quick and delicious! Creamy Pumpkin Soup Mashed Sweet Potato with a twist Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges with Spicy Feta and Coriander Roasted Japanese Turnips and Their Balsamic Greens - This recipe is an internet find- 10 minute prep and 20 minute cooking time. Hearty Pumpkin Soup


We are so grateful for the harvests that are continuing - While some of the crops in the box we continue to plant, many of the items in the box in Autumn were sown awhile ago.  Through the cool Spring, the hot, dry summer and the early Autumn these plants have grown. This is our last bean crop of the season.  The tomatoes and cucumbers are also in their last weeks.  Coming up though are more members of the Brassica family - Cauliflower, cabbages, turnips, more broccoli, romanesco broccoli and different kale varieties.

This is our first sweet potato crop.  Sweet Potatoes are filled with nutrients especially Vit A, Vit C, calcium, potassium and iron.Autumn is the time when we plan for next season- which cover crops to plant to ensure the nutrients in the soil are replenished, where to rotate crops, which crops to grow.   It is a great time to reflect on what has worked and what we can do better. If you have any  suggestions, please let us know.

Our best bet on the harvest for next week - beet root, sweet corn, lettuce, basil, tomatoes, cucumbers, radish, spinach, potatoes, carrots

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.

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