CSA SUMMER SHARE WEEK #2We would really like to hear how the box is working for you, what produce you like, what is harder to know what to do with and what meals were a highlight in your house. If you are picking your box up, please do share with us. If your box is delivered and you are home, please chat a bit with Belinda or Peter.
NOTES ON WHAT'S GROWING Another 40 degree day this week has caused our lettuce planting for this week to bolt - go to seed. There is no lettuce in the boxes this week. There is another planting for next week which looks fine. It also sun scalded capsicums and apples, burned half of a new celery planting, burned parsnip babies and caused much of the fennel to bolt. We have harvested what fennel did not bolt and it is in the boxes this week. We try not to put things like fennel in the box two weeks in a row but if we did not harvest it now, we would have lost the planting. We have included a great recipe for a warm dip that is really good.
Heavy rain was forecasted for much of last week and while we received some rain, we did not receive what we thought. We spent time pruning the field tomatoes to try and give them good airflow to make it through the wet and the humidity. The field tomatoes are starting to ripen and the plants look good. The rain came today, Tuesday and as I write this, it is pouring. We tried to get most of the harvesting done early and then spent the afternoon weeding the pumpkin crop. There are many small pumpkins forming and the plants look healthy!
We welcomed a new work share volunteer this week, Paul. Paul is from this area and has spent the past months wwoofing on interesting farms up north. We really enjoy the diversity the work share volunteers and interns bring to our farm and are also very thankful for their help.
There are boxes of cucumbers and zucchini available for preserving. If you are interested, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
You can search our recipes by looking for the key ingredients on our website recipe page.
Please note - Photo is a randomly selected full share box.