Great helpers always welcome

Hi all,

I feel guilty about not having written the newsletter yesterday, but I lost my sunglasses earlier this week while harvesting apples (must have gotten stuck somewhere behind a branch) and I am trying to cope without them, which is completely silly as the intense light gives me immense headaches. Luckily it’s all gone this morning and I am happy back in the ‘driver’s’ seat writing yesterday's newsletter today.

This new Autumn season is starting well with a new pick up point in Palmerston North (thanks Cindy), and two wonderful helpers in Masterton. We have 2 regulars, Ian and Antoinette who come and work for their produce.   Ian has been coming for quite some time now and last year helped prune the orchard. This year’s he is coming earlier in the week and, together with Antoinette, has become Frank’s big helpers in garden. This seems to take a major load off Frank’s shoulders as harvesting for 80 shares, some restaurants and the market is getting pretty big! Frank is now able to free up space (especially in his mind) to do more of the planning and organizing.   Although it is just the middle of February, we need to be organised now for winter! Crops do take a long time to grow..

Thank you so much to all of you who have already paid their Autumn Sub in full. A reminder for those of you who pay with automatic payments, please check your weekly amount as prices have gone up slightly.

Juice 

To those of us who are addicted to our juice, I am pleased to let you know that this morning Matt and Frank are picking up the new batch of apple juice fresh from the press. Next week we will give you this week’s and next week’s juice.

Meat 

I have dispatched most of the meat shares that were bought through our online shop. We have processed it through the Greytown butcher this time and I think he has done a very fine job: nicely vacuum and good sized packets.  Some differently named and I myself have to work out what certain things are.  There is still heaps available (all frozen now) and just let me know if you are keen. I can do half sized shares as well, if that is preferred.

We are going away!

This coming week Frank and I are going on a long awaited trip –just the two of us (our second week away in 9 years!) and while Matt is looking after the CSA and the garden, our oldest children are looking after the chickens and the young seedlings in the nursery. If there are any issues please email Matt on CSA@wefs.co.nz or contact him on his cell phone (021 033 7181).

Matt will be introducing the free-potatoes shares this week. Everyone who has indicated that he/she like a potato free share will receive named bags. Please bear with us if we have not got it right straight away, or if I missed you as a potato free subscriber. Please let me know.

Your CSA shares this week:

Fruit share: 500-500 grams of Plums, 600-700 grams of nectarines and 1.3 kg New Season Apples

Small Veggie Share: 400 grams of carrots, 1 Lettuce, 1 kg of Courgette, 600 grams of tomatoes and 1 pak choy.

Large Veggie Share: 400 grams of carrots, 1 Lettuce, 1 kg of Courgette, 600 grams of tomatoes and 1 pak choy, 2 kohl rabi, 1 cucumber, a bag of Red Russian kale 250 grams of Beans and a bunch of basil.

Did you know that Red Russian kale leaves are great as a chip/crisp?.  Wash the leaves (take of thick stems), dry them tussle them in olive oil and salt. Place on baking papered baking tray with bake in hot oven for 15-20 minutes or so, turn around for another 5 minutes.

It’s the year of the courgette/zucchini! Although I sew way less zucchini plants this year the fruit just does not stop growing.  An easy recipe I find is courgette soup where I brown onion and garlic in a pan, add cut up courgette. When soft add bouillon. Bring to boil for 5 minutes or so. Place in kitchen machine and whiz it all up with some extra mustard and pepper and salt to taste.  Pour in bowls, sprinkle with grated cheese (parmsan). Very easy and nice hot or cold!

Have a great week,

Josje and the farm team