How well do you know your greens?

September has been tempestuous in many ways for us, not the least for the weather! All seasons in one day.  And yippee, today (Friday) it is stunning once again and we are ready for the Spring Blossom Farm Day tomorrow.  With regards to the blossoms, this week is actually better than last week as last week there was not much happening yet.  I think looking back at last year and this year, we can definitely assume that the last weekend of September is THE day for a spring blossom day.  When organizing the day a number of weeks ago, I was thinking it could be earlier this year due to the mild winter we have experienced, but it looks that it did not affect the start of the blossoms much at all. So, without much more a-do:

2nd Annual Spring Farm Day, tomorrow Saturday 28 September, 11 am start.

Tomorrow we are welcoming everyone wanting to see for them selves what we and the CSA are all about. The weather forecast is still for some showers but we hope they stay away long enough. If you are thinking of joining us for the day please bring your wellies, a rain/warm jacket and an umbrella.

As our toilet facilities are somewhat meagre (long drop) I suggest those with small children to stop at Henley Lake at Te Ore Ore Road just outside of Masterton and before you hit 38 Te Ore Ore Bideford Road – our Bio Gro Organic certification sign is on the gate.  Drive through to the back or along the driveway where you can park. 

We look forward to seeing you all!

Taste competition “How well do you know your healthy greens?”

The farm visit by the chefs two weeks ago gave me some inspiration for a fun farm day event. We will harvest and exhibit a range of our green vegetables and see how many you can identify.  A winner will be drawn from the right entries and win a CSA voucher worth $50.00. Winner to be announced in next week's newsletter/blog on our website and facebook page.

Program for the farm day

11 am -12.30 pm Start with a welcome and followed by an orchard walk through the apple and cherry blocks

12.30  Lunch (BYO) and taste competition “ How well do you know your healthy greens?”

1 pm Presentation of a permaculture project done by 3 students from Wellington with some great ideas for our farm

1.45 – 3 pm Market garden taste tour    

3 pm Finish 

School visitors

Yesterday we welcomed class 3 from the Steiner School in Belmont to our market garden and orchard, and Frank was able to practice his communication skills on 28 8-9 year olds with their teacher and a group of helpful parents.  I sometimes (Frank might say: often) critique him, saying that he is too technical when explaining what we do and this was his chance to practice his talk on children.  I always enjoy listening to Frank during farm days and presentations as the passion in him just takes over and it all seems to flow and make sense in so many ways. Great to have two opportunities in ONE week!  Lucky me.

An unexpected visitor

Frank thought he had seen it all in the garden/ orchard with regards to intruders in the garden: pukeko’s, rabbits, hares, birds, slugs and snails. But this week he noticed a much larger creature sneaking away in the newly planted potato block. The next day he asked me to come too, to make sure he had seen it alright. But there was nothing to be seen.  We are maturing in age, and we are both noticing that our eyes are not always the same anymore. Anyway, when Frank was back Wednesday morning to check on his potato block, there it was again, a black pig. Frank got a Harry our friend in to deal with the animal. According to Harry, the pig was well fed and its stomach contained lots of kale!!

For some more inspiration check out the following link:

podcast.radionz.co.nz/ted/ted-20130922-1606-ted_radio_hour_food_matters-048.mp3

Others say: “This is terrific.  a great listen.  promise you won't regret it.  Here is the wisdom.  You won't find it in agronomy technocrats.”

In your CSA shares this week:

Fruit Share:  1.5 kg Apples and 800 grams of Pears

Small Veggie Share: 1 kg Potatoes or 350-450 grams of Beetroot, a Celeriac or Green Cabbage, a bag of Salad Mix, 350-450 grams of Leeks or Beetroot.

Large Veggie Share: 1 kg Potatoes or 350-450 grams of Beetroot, a Celeriac or Green Cabbage, a bag of Salad Mix, 350-450 grams of Leeks or Beetroot, a bunch of baby Carrots, 500 grams of Beetroot, a bunch of Rapini or a bag of Spinach, a bag of Mizuna greens and 2 Pak Choy.

Healthy Eating,

Frank, Josje and the farm team.