CSA Summer Share 2015-Week #8 (25 February/27-28 February)

CSA SUMMER SHARE WEEK #8 In addition to a very full harvest day, we did an application of Biodynamic 500 last night and Biodynamic 501 this morning.  Back to back applications of bd500 and bd501 can help invigorate plants at the end of their growing cycle.  We are hoping this helps them to ward off insect attacks.There may be caterpillars in the corn.  This is un-sprayed corn and the caterpillars like it as much as we do. They are usually only in the top of the ear.  You can simply cut that off and enjoy the rest.

We have had several members let us know how the box is working for them and send through recipes that they have enjoyed.  We really appreciate the feedback (as we start planning for next season in April) and the tested recipes are a great addition to our newsletter!  Please email or talk to us on the farm. We really do want to know what you are enjoying and what you find more challenging to work with.

I was happy to see that the capsicums are starting to turn red and yellow - sweet capsicums are on the way!  The fruit have been on the plants for a long time waiting to turn.  Some have been sunburned, others eaten by caterpillars.  There are still lots of capsicums there - and some are huge.  Seeing them changing colour is exciting.

Pumpkins - we will start to harvest a few varieties of pumpkin next week.  And the first crop of Autumn broccoli looks only about two to three weeks away from harvest.  The long sunsets are a sign that the seasons are changing and seasonal eating is too.

Farm Pick Up times are Friday 2-5pm and Saturday 8-11am.  Pick up is available at other times by appointment only. 

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
Beans Carrots Cherry Tomatoes Chilies Celery Coriander Corn Cucumbers Lettuce Onions Potatoes Tomatoes Zucchini

EXTRAS Basil Capsicum 'Pimiento de Padrons' Eggplant Kale Squash

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.