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  • Succulent spring greens in our Cornish veg boxes

    Posted on February 26th, 2016 charlotte No comments

    In all our veg boxes : –
    springgreens-camelcsa-260216*spring greens
    *bean sprouts
    *onions
    leeks (Restharrow Farm, Trebetherick)
    parsnips (Restharrow)
    beetroot (Restharrow)
    potatoes (Burlerrow Farm, St Mabyn)

    Standard boxes also have:-
    extra potatoes
    *winter squash ‘uchiki kuri’
    *spring onions
    *purple sprouting broccoli

    * = grown to organic principles
    Please wash all vegetables and fruit. All produce grown by Camel CSA unless otherwise indicated.

    Try these spring greens dishes on Camel CSA’s recipes page:-
    Spring greens with lemon dressing
    Leeks with greens

  • It’s time to… get rid of perennial weeds (the organic way)

    Posted on March 18th, 2014 charlotte No comments

    Back-breaking work! Our volunteer work group spent Sunday morning digging out dock weed roots. The docks had been struggling to survive under a weed-suppressing layer of black plastic laid down a year ago.

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    Grateful thanks to the deep-digging team – Callum, Cath, Charlotte, Emily, Jane, Mark M, Mark N and Mike.

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  • Fresh Cornish tomatoes in Camel CSA’s weekly veg box

    Posted on September 7th, 2012 charlotte No comments

    Our veg boxes are bursting with beautiful tomatoes cultivated on our plot in north Cornwall. Their flavour is particularly good this year. We cultivate them in our polytunnels alongside aubergines, sweet peppers, cucumbers, basil and chillies.

    All Camel CSA’s veg boxes this week will have: –
    tomatoes (Camel CSA) 
    * sweet peppers (Camel CSA)
    * aubergines (Camel CSA)
    cucumbers (Camel CSA /Mark Norman, Bodmin)
    runner beans (Mark Norman)
    * mixed salad bag – lettuce, mustard, rocket, pak choi (Camel CSA)
    * onions / shallots (Camel CSA)
    kale (Camel CSA)
    potatoes (Burlerrow Farm, St Mabyn)

    Standard boxes will also have: –
    extra potatoes
    * chard (Camel CSA)
    * basil (Camel CSA)
    * courgettes (Mark Norman)
    * cauliflower (Restharrow Farm, Trebetherick)

    * = grown to organic principles

  • Lots of cucumbers in our weekly vegetable boxes

    Posted on August 30th, 2012 charlotte No comments

    All Camel CSA’s veg boxes this week will have: –
    mixed salad bag – oak leaf lettuce, red mustard, rocket, pak choi (Camel CSA)
    cucumbers (Camel CSA)
    * sweet peppers (Camel CSA)
    tomatoes (Camel CSA)
    celery (St Kew Harvest)
    * onions (Camel CSA)
    Swiss chard / spinach (Camel CSA)
    courgettes (Mark Norman)
    potatoes (Burlerrow Farm, St Mabyn)

    Standard boxes will also have: –
    extra potatoes
    * garlic (Camel CSA)
    * runner beans (Mark Norman)
    aubergines (Camel CSA)
    * basil / parsley (Camel CSA)

    * = grown to organic principles

  • What we’re getting in our vegetable boxes

    Posted on August 21st, 2009 charlotte No comments

    We can expect to find some tomatoes and a cauliflower among the contents of this week’s veg boxes.

    tomatoesThese vegetables come from Richard Hore, our new supplier at Rest Harrow, Trebetherick (between Daymer Bay and Rock).  They’re not grown to organic principles, but are freshly picked and have clocked up few food miles – barely five in fact.

    The potatoes and onions are our own contribution to the harvest.  They’ve been grown by our volunteers on Camel Community Supported Agriculture’s two-acre plot at St Kew Highway. 

    Our expert growers are providing the rest of the box contents.  Salad bags – Jane Mellowship, cucumber and curly parsley – Jeremy Brown, celery – Mark Norman. 

    See this week’s Recipe No 8 – Braised celery

  • How we’re securing veg supply

    Posted on August 20th, 2009 charlotte No comments

    Camel Community Supported Agriculture is starting to source vegetables from outside suppliers.  Up until now the contents of our weekly veg boxes have come from our own site at St Kew Highway and from our three expert growers.

    camel-csa 09-08-09Our business plan allows us to buy in up to 40% of box contents over the course of a year, but during the rest of Year Zero we may have to increase that proportion.  Provided our bid for external funding is successful, this should not need to happen in the future.

    This new move has led to some debate among members.  It’s proved impossible to source sufficient organic vegetable supplies within a 30-mile radius.  However we are in contact with some reliable small-scale local suppliers whose vegetables are not grown to organic principles.

    Compromise

    So we have a dilemma.  Do we insist on organically-grown vegetables that could come from afar or do we buy local vegetables that may not be organic?

    Either way, we have to compromise: either by clocking up extra food miles or temporarily abandoning our organic food-growing principles.

    We’ve been sounding out the views of members at our recent volunteering sessions and over the ether.  The response has been interesting.

    weeding-camel-csa 09-08-09With a couple of exceptions, members feel they would rather eat local food that is not strictly organic provided it comes from within our own immediate community in north Cornwall.  They don’t like the idea of clocking up food miles by using suppliers who are some distance away – maybe as far as east Devon. 

    Local food

    Ideally, the membership would like to source organic veg locally but realise this is not practicable in the short term.  They say they’d rather keep our veg box scheme going over the winter months and use the opportunity to start building up important local networks of small vegetable growers.  

    Some responses from our members: –  

    “Very happy with that – a pragmatic response to a short term problem.”

     

    “We would definitely support the option of buying in local non-organic veg over shipping it in from further afield or taking a box holiday.” 

     

    “Buy from local, especially small-scale local, rather than organic from further afield if necessary (fewer food miles).”

     

    “We’d be happy with local produce even if not totally organic rather than shipping it in.”

    Green manure

    weeding-carrots-camel csa 14-08-09 Our volunteer teams have been busy weeding row after row of carrots.  We’ve also begun the laborious task of pulling up the plastic mulch from the disused strawberry beds in preparation for sowing a crop of green manure. 

    Thanks to Sunday’s volunteers – expert growers Jeremy and Mark N, helped by Carmen, Charlotte, Danny, Ian, Kitty, Mike H and Mike S, plus Finn aged five and three-year-old Keira.  

    A special mention to Steve, who singlehandedly weeded a whole 29-metre-long carrot bed on Friday.  Trish masterminded the packing of the boxes along with pickers Charlotte, Mike H and Penny. 

    Watch our latest video: Camel CSA – Our first harvest