CSA Autumn Share 2014 - Week #8 (21 May/23-24 May)


EIGHTH WEEK OF THE AUTUMN SHARE This week on the farm we've been taking advantage of the possibility of coming rains to get out cover crops in the ground. We use our cover crops as a green manure to feed the soil. This provided more nutrients for the soil and crops in the coming months. It's always exciting to see the green winter blanket grow and protect our soil from wind, erosion, and nutrient loss from the rain.

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 Bok Choy Broccoli Cabbage Capsicum Coriander Fennel Potatoes Onions Radish Sweet Corn Turnips

Extras Cauliflower Eggplant Lettuce Peas Silverbeet

RECIPE SUGGESTIONS Fennel and Radish Salad Bok Choy Salad Pasta with Broccoli and Lemon Basil Sauce Roasted Japanese Turnips & their Balsamic Greens Roasted Cauliflower with Cumin, Coriander and Almonds Broccoli and Parmesan Fritters

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In preparing large areas of the farm for cover cropping, we have pulled out the last of the Summer/Autumn crop of Capsicum and Eggplant.  We seed these for next season in the greenhouse in late July and hope to begin harvesting in January 2015!

Our best bet on what will be in the box next week... parsnips, pumpkin, silver beet, leeks, broccoli, kale, sweet potato, celery and cauliflower.

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 before Saturday 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!

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Please note – Photo is a randomly selected full share box.