FIFTH WEEK OF THE AUTUMN SHARE Week#30 of our CSA season! WOW. With an early frost, the "summer" crops are done. The kale and carrots are sweeter for the drop in temperature and there are sweet potato fingers. We love these wrapped in aluminium foil and cooked in the fire!!
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
Broccoli Carrots Celery Chinese Cabbage Kale Leeks Parsley Parsnips Pumpkin Spinach Sweet Potato Fingers
Extras Sugar Snap Peas Radish
We had our first frost of the season on Thursday night...a bit unexpectedly as last year it came in late May. Luckily we had begun to protect some of the younger plantings with plastic cloches. Unfortunately, we had not protected the more mature lettuce plantings for the upcoming weeks. We lost most of the lettuce planting for this week and the next few weeks.
The frost killed the basil - That is why the Friday boxes did not receive any. It also burned the zucchini, capsicum, eggplant and tomato crops. We were expecting to lose those soon...but were hoping for a few more weeks.
The sweet corn is small but still very tasty! We pick it right before the van leaves on Wednesday and Friday afternoon and recommend eating it on the day you collect your box. It is lovely lightly steamed or made into a salsa with garlic, chilies, lime and parsley or coriander.
As we move fully into Autumn, the boxes include all of those crops that are frost hardy...and some that are sweeter for the frost such as kale, cabbage and carrots! If you never thought you liked kale before, try it again now that it has been frosted and is freshly picked!
Our final crop of sweet potatoes was also burned by the frost. We are curing the large tubers so that they will store for coming weeks. This week, you have the slender tubers...the ones you would never find in the grocery store. These are so tasty and easy to prepare! We lightly scrub them and then roll them in aluminium foil and throw them in the fire or slice them into rounds and add them to soups and curries or put them whole into the oven and roast them until they are toasted on the outside. These sweet potato fingers are gorgeous!
Another crop of broccoli is heading up and we can see the first signs of cauliflower heads forming. there is green and purple cabbage, fennel, silver beet, and more varieties of kale to come. Our best bet for some of the items in next weeks box...beetroot, carrots, potatoes, silver beet, coriander, onions, broccoli.
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 note – Photo is of a full share box.