Weekly Farm Update 23 August 2012

Hi everyone

A family of tui’s have found out that our ornamental cherry tree just outside our living room door has started flowering.  Last Sunday I was thinking to myself, walking past that the tree should start showing its colours soon and now three days later it has.  Amazing that the birds have discovered it so fast as well! Every time I am so amazed how nature works, how intricate it is and how well it all fits together, … and how little we know!  Last Monday before the rain, Matt and Albert worked until it was too dark to see what they were doing and planted some 4 beds of fresh green vegetable seedlings. Just in time before yet another burst of rain was coming down and just in time to save the transplants from becoming too old to be planted out.  Great, as it ensures us that things will keep on ticking over.

We are enjoying new life on the farm with our first lot of chicks from our incubator and 2 young calves we bought from our organic dairy farmer around the corner.  Talking about eggs, the chickens are starting to make us feel proud again, after (in our view) a long holiday off laying eggs, and I will contact CSA members on the waiting list soon to see if they are still keen.  

Today is a wonderful sunny day and after some sowing in the greenhouse in the morning (where it is always a pleasure to be) it is time to tell you what to find in your weekly CSA baskets:

Fruit Share: 1.5 kg Braeburn Apples, 500 Grams of Kiwifruit and 750 Grams of navel Oranges.

Small Veggie Share: 1.1 kg of Agria Potatoes, 550-650 grams of Beetroot, either 1 Cabbage/Cauli or Broccoli, 2 bulbs of Florence Fennel and 1 bag of Salad Mix.

Large Veggie Share:  1.1 kg of Agria Potatoes, 550-650 grams of Beetroot, either 1 Cabbage/Cauli or Broccoli, 2 bulbs of Florence Fennel, 1 large or 2 small Sugar Loaf Chicories, 1 bag of Spinach or Rocket, 170 Grams of Pak Choy, 1 kg of Pumpkin, 1 bag of Salad Mix and a herb bag with either Parsley or Rapini, sweet Mint and a Sprig of Bay Leaves.

Enjoy,

Josje and the CSA farm Team.

For your agenda: Sunday 30 september Farm Day 10 am - 3pm.