Posted on May 17th, 2012 No comments
As the “hungry gap” continues, we’re getting inventive. Each standard box has a punnet of strawberries and a jar of the pickle Camel CSA members made from surplus veg last autumn.
Apart from that, we’re relying on new season salad leaves, beetroot and turnip grown in our polytunnels. Also more freshly-picked Cornish asparagus, and bean sprouts from our expert grower Mark Norman.
All the boxes will have: -
new potatoes (Growfair)
Cornish asparagus (Lower Croan, Sladesbridge)
* beetroot bunch (Camel CSA)
* turnip bunches (Camel CSA)
* salad bag (Camel CSA)
* sprouted mung beans (Mark Norman)
Standard boxes will have: -
extra new potatoes (Growfair)
* Swiss chard (Camel CSA)
* homemade Camel CSA pickle – sweet apple and ginger, runner bean or sweet cucumber
Posted on October 18th, 2011 No comments
I love autumn. And there’s no better time of year to be involved in a community agriculture project.
At this moment my kitchen is filling with a tantalising spicy aroma - a mix of allspice, ginger, pepper, brown sugar, vinegar - coming from a large pan of chutney bubbling on the stove.
Other Camel CSA members are also busy making pickles and preserves from other vegetables. Henrietta has a garage full of runner bean chutney, turnip pickle and tomato marmalade. Cath’s about to start producing chilli oil (oh boy, do we have a glut of chillis!)
We’re not doing anything new, of course. Preserving is a traditional way of using up fruit and veg surpluses that helps provide some variety in the winter months and during the “hungry gap” in spring.
So look out for all these delicious goodies as they start appearing from Christmas onwards in our weekly veg boxes.