What we've been up to this week:
We've been well into the swing of Autumn planting this last week. So far we've planted broad beans, many different types of broccoli (including purple sprouting and Romanesco), purple brussels sprouts, colourful cauliflowers, cabbages, kohlrabi and an Asian cabbage called Tokyo Bekana. This coming week we'll be planting out some spinach and silver beet, green peas, snow peas and sugarsnap peas, more parsley, some onions and fennel. New crops going in all the time.
We have had some great feedback about the apples that have been in the last couple of boxes, so I went up to Logan Brae and had a chat to Sam this morning and picked up some more. He said the reason they are so much more full of flavour (than the same varieties from the supermarket) is that he ripens them on the tree for longer. They don't have to be cold stored, transported long distances or kept in artificial environments. They are just picked at peak ripeness and then sold soon after. If you're ever in Blackheath when they're open it's well worth a visit. They have a very picturesque spot, and it's one of the last apple orchards left on the Shipley Plateau. Check out their website at www.loganbrae.com.au. They are also on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/loganbraeorchard/.
A huge congratulations goes to Alex and the Black Cockatoo Sourdough family. They welcomed a baby boy into the world last week and as a result, there won't be any bread this week. He will, however, bake for us next week. Can't wait. We miss his bread already! If you want to see what they are up to, or see a very sweet picture of their little one, they are on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/blackcockatoosourdough/.
This week's box:
This week's box will be a bit of a mix as things are ready at different times and we transition out of our first lots of tomatoes etc.
Zucchini - mix of colours and shapes as usual
Eggplant OR capsicum - still slow to ripen
Asian greens - looking great at the moment, enjoying the cooler weather
Carrots - a mix of orange and purple bunches
Lettuce - frilly green lettuce
Broccoli or squash or beans or basil or kohlrabi or tomatoes
Chilli - lots of birdseye and jalapeños
Apples - Royal Gala from Logan Brae
Don't forget you can sign up for Autumn at www.providencehillproduce.com/shop. Also, if you missed the blog post about volunteering opportunities have a look at https://www.providencehillproduce.com/blog/2017/3/7/volunteering. Note: volunteering is only available for Autumn customers.
Hope you enjoy this week's box.
Edwina and Ebony