CSA Autumn Share 2014 - Week #4 (23 April/25-26 April)


WEEK FOUR OF THE AUTUMN SHARE Many of the "summer" crops are finishing this week.  With the cold and moist nights, these crops succumb to powdery mildew and/or late season blight. Enjoy this week as we transition further into Autumn.

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

Basil French Beans Beetroot Broccoli Carrots Cucumbers Lettuce Brown Onions Potatoes Tomatoes Zucchini

Extras Red Bok Choy Eggplant Mustard Greens Peas Radishes Silver beet

RECIPE SUGGESTIONS Vegetable Pesto Pasta Roasted Beetroot, Carrots and Potatoes Bok Choy, Brocolli and Chicken in a Spiced Sauce


The brassica plantings are growing well and looking very healthy.  The next two broccoli plantings are looking like they will mature at the same time.  This means that we may have a surplus of broccoli and then have a bigger gap until the final planting is ready for harvest.  We try very hard in our planning to ensure this does not happen but some varieties respond to the season differently than expected. We are seeing signs of the cauliflower planting forming heads.  It may still be weeks away but good to see it doing its thing.  There is green cabbage heading as well.  Our Autumn kale planting is glowing and will appear next week in the boxes.We are planning the crop rotation for next year and tailoring the winter cover crops to best suit the food crop being planted in that location next year.  Large areas of our farm are dormant for the winter, protected with these green manure crops which feed the soil life and provide valuable hummus to help build our sandy soil.  The garlic has sprouted, as have the broad beans.  And there is purple sprouting broccoli and fennel in the field growing for the Spring.  We are very lucky in this area to be able to harvest 12 months of the year!!

If you have any crop suggestions for next year, please email us now.

A farm internship position has become available from 1 May - 30 June.  If you or someone you know is interested in small scale micro farming/ biodynamics/ permaculture/ thriving CSA's/ home scale, four season sustainable vegetable production, please check our website for a full description of our internship program.

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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Please note – Photo is of a full share box.