Goodbye to the apples and yeah to asparagus!

Are you missing our apples yet?  I bet you don’t. There is something to be said about eating seasonal and to eat crops outside their season, either means it has been stored in a (sometimes expensive) chiller or it’s been imported from the other side of the world. It is very handy to be able to store for a period of time as in our temepate climate there is not much fresh to harvest and we all still neeed to eat. Prefarably somewhat natural, with no additives etc to make it still look as if it is eatable. Whatever the story, it always lacks the taste and cruncyness of pure seasonal produce due to storage or due to being picked very early (too early)in order to make is shippable. Sometimes things have to be added to make it ripen appropriately on time for it to be in the shops too. I can remember a time when there were no apples for sale from November to February. These days our new generation believes apples and other fruit and/or crops are harvested every week year round!!!

Today is 17 years to the day that we started to plant our first olive trees on our Tauherenikau site. I remember because it was also our daughter Renske’s first birthday. She turned 18 today. It was hot, 28 degrees Celcius. Frank on our little Kubota tractor and me filling the earlier dug holes with little trees. Our newly bought property was an empty paddock of 18 acres with no plant or tree in sight and thus no shade to hide under. Now, 17 year later, we enjoy being here so much, our house permaculturaly positioned in the middle of the site and trees and plants have grown around us, embracing us warmly. It’s like we are in a forest glade together with hundreds of birds (there were none to be heard at the time). That is on a calm day; today is one of the other side of the spectrum: high winds and its pouring down with rain. The plastic is already torn off the greenhouse (happended in last week’s storm) and the new plastic is not yet on, so we do not have to worry about that being ruined today.  The shelterbelt trees give us enormous protection from wind and rain and we are now in our own little micro climate, on extreme days it is still pretty full on. The birthday cake will have to wait to tomorrow, when we can enjoy it outside in the warm sun and celebrate this new milestone.

Spring CSA Season coming to an end soon!

This year is going so fast. For most of you this I week 11. Two more CSA weeks to go this spring.  Next week I plan to send out invoices for the summer CSA. If you are going away over summer please let us know at least a few days beforehand so we can adjust our harvesting accordingly. I will also roll over or credit those weeks that you are going to be away.

Your CSA shares this week:

Fruit Share: 1 kg each of kiwifruit and oranges

Small Veggie Share: 1.2 kg of Potatoes (or pumpkin or kale for the potato free shares), over 200 grams of Asparagus, 150 grams of Salad Mix, a bunch of baby Carrots, and 220 grams of Silverbeet or 1 large Leek.

Large Veggie Share: 1.2 kg of Potatoes (or pumpkin or kale for the potato free shares), over 200 grams of Asparagus, 150 grams of Salad Mix, a bunch of baby Carrots, and 220 grams of Silverbeet or 1 large Leek, either 200 grams of Bak Choy or a bunch of Rapini, 150 grams of red Russian Kale, 400-500 grams of Beetroot, 250 grams of Baby Fennel and a bunch of Parsely.

Considering last week was a bit poor (due to the weather we had to stop harvesting), we think we did a pretty good job this week,

Enjoy,

Frank and Josje