This week's boxes will contain a few of the same veggies as last week and will again feature the delicious blackberries that grow on our property (as a tasty weed).
Here's the list for Week 3:
Tomato - this week we will be including quite a few tomatoes, so if you have a good tomato kasundi or chutney recipe, it might be worth pulling it out this week.
Cucumber - again, a mix of lemon and Lebanese cucumbers.
Zucchini - mix of green, grey, yellow, costata (ribbed) and tomboncino.
Carrot bunch - we are really excited to be putting in carrots this week. While they are seen as a pretty simple veg, a lot of time and effort goes into prepping the beds, using a broadfork to aerate the soil, seeding, watering, thinning, weeding, and waiting. This week there will be a colourful heirloom mix, purple dragon and Paris market carrots. Also, if you've never used carrot tops before, don't waste them. Try putting them in a pesto, snipping the leaves into a salad with some roast veg, topping soups or casseroles or blanching and serving with toasted nuts and garlic oil.
Pumpkins or corn - we know to plant many more corn and pumpkin for next summer season. Had some lack of germination due to underwatering and we have been trying the Three Sisters companion planting method, which we probably won't choose to do again due to ease of harvesting.
Capsicum, eggplant or broccoli - major pest attacks on broccoli, so there's not much at the moment. Can't wait for Autumn and Winter brassicas. Eggplants are slowly ripening and hopefully in the next few weeks we will have a glut. Capsicums have been developing a bit of blossom end rot, so we'll need to work on this.
Rocket - deliciously spicy in salads or wilted into pasta sauces or sautéed with other veggies.
Purslane - a wild foraged green that grows as a weed in our garden. It's highly nutritious and can be eaten steamed or sautéed. It can also be eaten raw in salads or as a garnish.
Melon or blackberries - we had some self-sown rockmelons grow in the market garden that have ripened, so this week some boxes will get melon and some will get blackberries.
Epicurean Harvest onions - these were enjoyed last week, so we thought we'd put them in again. Don't forget to use the tops like spring onions as well.