It's hard to believe we're almost half-way through Summer season.
We have learnt so much over the last 12 weeks and have big plans to increase production over winter so that we can work towards providing 80 local families with weekly boxes by Spring.
Over Autumn and Winter seasons we will be providing the opportunity to exchange volunteer hours for your weekly box. A number of people have expressed interest in this. For those with kids, you are more than welcome to bring them along, as long as you feel they will be able to follow the garden 'rules' (namely, walking on the paths and not picking the produce!). If you're interested in this, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. We'll put you on the list!
On Friday, we had 25 visitors to Providence Hill as part of the Slow Food Blue Mountains Summer Harvest Festival. We had a wonderful day talking about 'Steps to Self-Sufficiency', finishing with lunch with some produce from the market garden. It was a real joy to share some of the things we've learnt so far and some of the mistakes we've made too.
At the start of the Autumn season we are also hoping to have an open day for box customers so that you and your families can see where your food is coming from. We'd love to meet you and show you around the garden.
This week's box
Tomato - not ripening as fast in the cooler weather, but we'll pick a mix of slicing and cherry
Cucumber - slowing down with the cooler weather, but plenty of flowers and baby cucumbers developing. I'm sure they've loved the rain
Zucchini - mix of colours again
Turnip or radish - don't throw out the leaves! Did you know you can use spicy radish leaves in pesto and the Japanese Turnip leaves can be used like spinach?
Mixed greens - mix of Asian greens, kale and rocket
Corn OR baby fennel OR spring onion - running low on these 3 crops, we know to plant more next Spring!
Eggplant OR Capsicum OR Beans - eggplant glut still not quite here. They're ripening really slowly. Capsicums have had a bit of end rot from the uneven rain/watering and beans are just coming in.
Apples - this week we are featuring some beautiful apples from just up the hill at Logan Brae in Blackheath.