Last week saw the start of our summer season. It was a huge week and while we made some big errors on Monday, we learned from it on Wednesday and had a much smoother run. Boxes contained potatoes, tomatoes, cucumber (lemon and Lebanese), zucchini, corn, kale, leek, fennel, herbs, chills and a few other bits and pieces.
Being a part of a local agricultural startup venture always has its risks as there are so many variables, but the benefits are there too - unless you grow your own food it is hard to buy food that has been picked fresh within 24 hours of delivery, or to be able to buy non-GMO, open-pollinated, heirloom varieties. It also encourages sustainable seasonal eating as you're only eating what can be grown at that time of year. The food has not been refrigerated or cold-stored, nor has it been transported hundreds or thousands of kilometres. We hope that you are able to taste this in our produce. Thank you for partnering with us as local producers - despite Monday's large box hiccups, we hope to give you a great season that will make you want to join us for the next.
This week in your box, you can expect to receive a mix of the following veggies:
Spaghetti Squash looks a bit like a melon but is popular in the paleo/low carb/grain-free worlds as an alternative to spaghetti. To cook this veg we recommend putting it cut-side up in the oven covered with substantial amounts of butter, salt and pepper and then baking for about 45 minutes until the flesh can be scraped with a fork to become spaghetti-like.
Amish Deer Tongue Lettuce is an interesting heirloom variety that can be used as a salad lettuce or as a spinach alternative. Let us know what you think as it's one we'd like to keep growing for its versatility.
Tomatoes are something we have grown a lot of, so we'll be putting a mix of slicing and cherry varieties in this week.
Cucumbers are growing well at the moment so there will be Lebanese varieties in most boxes, with a few lemon cucumbers here and there. Lemon cucumbers may have confused some of you last week - they look like a lemon but are, in fact, a lovely sweet cucumber. Our kids love them.
Zucchini crop has had some powdery mildew so haven't been as productive as we liked. We have given them lots of love so we're hoping to be picking larger volumes in the next few weeks. We'll pick what we can this week.
Pumpkins will go in this week's large boxes. Small boxes will get pumpkin in a few weeks when we have more available.
Baby leaf mix or kale
Blackberries picked from our property - they grow wild around the dam
Eggplant OR Capsicum in large boxes - they have taken much longer to ripen this season than previous years.
Mini gourmet onions are a bit of a treat this week from our friends at Epicurean Harvest. These guys supply to 5 star restaurants across Sydney and they grow absolutely beautiful stuff.
Japanese 'Hakurei' Turnips are another treat this week from Epicurean Harvest. Ours are only a few weeks away but we wanted to give you some of these to try in the mean time. They can be used like a radish, thinly sliced in a salad (but we think they're even better than a radish), or you could roast them like a turnip. This is a really exciting and versatile veg that you won't find in shops.
We hope you enjoy Week 2 boxes.
Please feel free to email if you have any feedback for us. We are keen to make this work both for us as producers and you and your families as consumers.
Thanks again for supporting us as we begin our journey to provide local, seasonal, organically-grown, sustainable food for the Blue Mountains community.
Edwina and Ebony