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Still smiling despite the cold weather

December 3, 2023

Our growers and volunteers wrapped up warm in the freezing temperatures and were full of winter cheer as they picked and packed the vegetables this week.

The butternut squashes in the boxes are from Mark Norman, one of our dedicated paid growers, who has his own one-acre vegetable plot on the edge of Bodmin.

In all the weekly veg boxes:-
*leeks
*spring onions
*coriander
*butternut squash (Mark Norman, Bodmin)
*parsnips (Mark Norman)
savoy cabbage (Trerair Farm, St Eval)
potatoes ‘Wilja’ (Trerair)

Standard boxes also have:
*mixed salad leaves
*beetroot or mooli
*sprouted mung beans

* = grown to organic principles.  Please wash all veg thoroughly  
Produce grown by Camel CSA, unless indicated otherwise 

We’re all ready for the colder weather

November 26, 2023

As winter begins to bite and the days get shorter, there’s nothing to beat the taste and texture of healthy fresh green veg grown in the shelter of our polytunnels.

Deliveries as usual to homes and pick-up points are by Mervyn Walker on his e-bike and Mark Norman in his electric van.

In all the weekly veg boxes:
*spring onions
*winter squash
*turnips
leeks Trerair Farm, St Eval)
purple cauliflower (Trerair)
purple sprouting broccoli (Trerair)
potatoes ‘Wilja’ (Trerair)

Standard boxes also have:
*mixed salad leaves
*kalettes
*dried olive green lentils (Hodmedod’s)

* = grown to organic principles.  Please wash all veg thoroughly  
Produce grown by Camel CSA, unless indicated otherwise 

People power ensures our community growing enterprise continues to thrive

November 19, 2023

Volunteering is at the heart of our success. We’re so fortunate to have several regular teams of volunteers who sow, grow and bring in the harvest, guided by our professional growers. They work hard to ensure that our organic principles are upheld and nature left unharmed.

In all the weekly veg boxes:
*celeriac
*carrots
*varied squash
*onions
red cabbage (Trerair Farm, St Eval)
purple sprouting broccoli (Trerair Farm)
potatoes ‘Wilja’ (Trerair Farm)

Standard boxes also have:
*pakchoi
*mixed salad leaves or parsley
*apples (Mark Norman, Bodmin)

* = grown to organic principles.  Please wash all veg thoroughly  
Produce grown by Camel CSA, unless indicated otherwise 

Harvesting kale in a Cornish gale

November 12, 2023

Our growers and volunteers had to brave really tricky weather conditions this week. Several days of wild Cornish weather brought us a mix of strong winds, heavy rain, hail, sunshine, showers and spectacular rainbows.

In all the veg boxes:
*Black Tuscan kale (cavolo nero)
*daikon (mooli)
*carrots
*squash
*mixed salad leaves or coriander
purple sprouting broccoli (Trerair Farm, St Eval)
potatoes ‘Wilja’ (Trerair Farm)

Standard boxes also have:
*chillies
*onions
*parsnips (Mark Norman, Bodmin)

* = grown to organic principles.  Please wash all veg thoroughly  
Produce grown by Camel CSA, unless indicated otherwise 

We’re having to adapt to more extreme weather events

November 5, 2023

As Storm Ciaran raged across Cornwall the safest place for our volunteers and growers was inside the packing shed, out of the wind and rain.

Thankfully our polytunnels stood firm and we avoided serious damage across the veg growing site. We’re all being forced to adapt to more damaging weather extremes from extended drought to fierce wind speeds and intense rainfall.

In all this week’s veg shares:
*pumpkins ‘Jack Be Little’
*garlic
*coriander
*leeks (Mark Norman, Bodmin)
purple sprouting broccoli (Trerair Farm, St Eval)
romanesco cauliflower (Trerair)
potatoes ‘Wilja’ (Trerair Farm)

Standard boxes also have:
*carrots
*mixed salad leaves
*cooking apples

* = grown to organic principles.  Please wash all veg thoroughly  
Produce grown by Camel CSA, unless indicated otherwise 

Eat your Halloween pumpkin and save waste

October 31, 2023

For Halloween this year we’ve grown lots of Jack Be Little pumpkins instead of the giant Jack-o’-Lantern variety. The mini ones look amazing when painted and decorated AND they’re much tastier to eat than carving pumpkins.

However we have also grown just a few Jack o’ Lantern pumpkins for children to carve.

More than 15 million large pumpkins go to waste every year, carved but not eaten, according to the Eat Your Pumpkin campaign from Hubbub. That’s enough for 95 million meals! 

In all this week’s veg shares:
*pumpkins ‘Jack Be Little’ or Jack o’ Lantern
*onions
*apples
*carrots or beetroot
*cavolo nero or rhubarb chard
purple sprouting broccoli (Trerair Farm, St Eval)
potatoes ‘Wilja’ (Trerair Farm)

Standard boxes also have:
*beetroot
*Any two out of: cucumber / French beans / tomatoes / chillies / sweet peppers

* = grown to organic principles.  Please wash all veg thoroughly  
Produce grown by Camel CSA, unless indicated otherwise 

Vibrant autumn colours in the weekly veg boxes

October 22, 2023

We’re marvelling at the glowing jewel-like colours in the vegetable boxes this week – from red chillies to green peppers to orange-skinned squash to purple cauliflower. Don’t you just love this seasonal autumn bounty?

In all this week’s veg shares:
*sweet pepper / chilli combo
*squash ‘Uchiki Kuri’ or ‘Green Hokkaido’
*carrots
*coriander
*cavolo nero or rhubarb chard
purple cauliflower (Trerair Farm, St Eval)
potatoes ‘Picasso’ or ‘Wilja’ (Trerair Farm)

Standard boxes also have:
*mixed salad leaves
*cucumber / French beans / tomatoes / cooking apples

* = grown to organic principles.  Please wash all veg thoroughly  
Produce grown by Camel CSA, unless indicated otherwise 

Pumpkins and squashes harvested and stored

October 16, 2023

We’re now looking forward to Halloween and getting ready for winter. The growing team have sorted all the remainder of the squashes and pumpkins and laid them out to ‘cure’ on pallets.

The ones that are already cured have gone into our insulated cool store, where there’ll soon be hundreds ready to go in the veg boxes over the coming weeks.

In all this week’s veg shares:
*’Sweet Dumpling’ squash
*big bunch of basil
*tomatoes or *French beans
*aubergine
*pepper
*onions
calabrese (Trerair Farm, St Eval)
potatoes ‘Picasso’ or ‘Wilja’ (Trerair Farm)

Standard boxes also have:
*carrots or beetroot
*mixed salad leaves
*cucumber

* = grown to organic principles.  Please wash all veg thoroughly  
Produce grown by Camel CSA, unless indicated otherwise 

Pumpkin and squash harvest gets underway at Camel CSA

October 8, 2023

We’ve begun harvesting hundreds of pumpkins and squashes. They’re now ‘curing’ outdoors on pallets before going into our new cool store and into the veg boxes over the winter months.

We grow quite a variety and they have such romantic-sounding names like Jack-Be-Little, Crown Prince, Uchiki Kuri, Green Haikkido, Buttercup and Sweet Dumpling.

In all this week’s veg shares:
*aubergine
*green pepper
*French beans or *beetroot
*kale or chard
*cucumber or *courgettes or *French beans
*leeks (Mark Norman, Bodmin)
potatoes ‘Picasso’ or ‘Wilja’ (Trerair Farm, St Eval)

Standard boxes also have:
*runner beans or *French beans
*rocket or mixed lettuce leaves
*tomatoes
*apples (Mark Norman)

* = grown to organic principles.  Please wash all veg thoroughly  
Produce grown by Camel CSA, unless indicated otherwise 

Growers and volunteers enjoy a break before veg box deliveries begin

October 2, 2023

Crib time for our dedicated picking and packing team every Friday morning provides a very welcome break before we start delivering the veg boxes. It’s always at exactly 11am and this week we all had traditional Cornish saffron cake (from Barnecutt’s in Wadebridge of course!)

We’re getting to that point in the growing season in Cornwall when the summer crops like cucumbers, courgettes and runner beans are gradually coming to an end and we look forward to more brassicas and root vegetables in the boxes.

Meanwhile the tomatoes, peppers and aubergines keep on coming. As usual any surplus green tomatoes will be made into chutney to include in our bumper veg boxes over Christmas.

In all this week’s veg shares:
*tomatoes
*aubergine
*carrots
*green pepper
*onions
*radishes or *French beans or *cucumber or *courgettes
potatoes ‘Picasso’ (Trerair Farm, St Eval)

Standard boxes also have:
*runner beans or *French beans
*cucumber
*courgettes (Mark Norman, Bodmin)

* = grown to organic principles.  Please wash all veg thoroughly  
Produce grown by Camel CSA, unless indicated otherwise 

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