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  • Cornish strawberries and home-made pickle in this week’s veg boxes

    Posted on May 17th, 2012 charlotte 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)
    strawberries (Growfair)
    * Swiss chard (Camel CSA)
    * homemade Camel CSA pickle – sweet apple and ginger, runner bean or sweet cucumber

  • How Camel CSA deals with veg gluts and surpluses

    Posted on October 18th, 2011 charlotte No comments

    I love autumn. And there’s no better time of year to be involved in a community agriculture project.

    The veg boxes are bursting with our own-grown Cornish produce – including delicacies like raddichio and fresh borlotti beans.

    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.

    The green tomato and apple chutney is being made with our surplus produce – using unripe tomatoes from the polytunnel, apples from our adopted orchard and onions and garlic from our dry store.

    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.