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  • Seasonal local food recipe No.161: Delia’s celery soup with blue cheese

    Posted on September 17th, 2012 charlotte No comments

    Cornish blue cheese works beautifully in this flavourful recipe from Delia Smith. The celery in our veg boxes this week comes from St Kew Harvest, whose artisan bread would be delicious with this soup.

    Serves 6

    Preparation time: 10 minutes
    Cooking time: 45 minutes

    450g celery (1 large head, trimmed weight)
    150g blue cheese, rind removed and crumbled
    50g butter
    1 potato (about 200g), peeled and diced
    1 small onion, finely chopped
    570 ml vegetable stock 
    150 ml single cream
    salt and freshly milled black pepper

    First of all separate the stalks of celery from the base and trim, reserving the leaves for a garnish. Scrub them in cold water, drain them, then slice across into thinnish slices. Now in a large saucepan melt the butter and stir in the celery, the chopped potato and the onion. Stir everything around to get a good coating of butter, then put a lid on the pan and, keeping the heat at minimum, allow the vegetables to sweat for 10 minutes to release their juices. Then uncover, pour in the stock and bring it up to simmering point.

    Cover again and cook gently for 30 minutes: after that test that the vegetables are tender and, if not, re-cover and continue to cook until they are. Next remove the pan from the heat and stir in the cream, then liquidise the soup along with the crumbled cheese until it is quite smooth. Return the soup to the rinsed-out pan and re-heat very gently. Taste and season with salt and pepper.

  • St Kew Harvest leeks in this week’s veg boxes

    Posted on April 13th, 2012 charlotte No comments

    We’ve another excellent selection of veg in this week’s boxes, including leeks from Jeremy Brown at St Kew Harvest Farm Shop and first of the rhubarb from our expert grower Mark Norman’s plot in Bodmin.

    All small and standard veg boxes have: –
    potatoes (Burlerrow Farm, St Mabyn)
    * leeks (St Kew Harvest)
    onions (Camel CSA)
    * carrots (Camel CSA)
    parsnips (Camel CSA)
    * Swiss chard (Camel CSA)
    * parsley (Camel CSA)

    Standard boxes also have: – 
    extra potatoes (Burlerrow Farm, St Mabyn)
    rhubarb (Mark Norman, Bodmin) 
    * radishes (Camel CSA)
    * beetroot (Camel CSA)

    * = grown to organic principles


  • Come to Camel CSA’s Apple Day

    Posted on October 16th, 2010 charlotte No comments

    We’re all set for our annual apple juicing event. The apples are picked and the presses prepared.

    It’s all happening tomorrow – Sunday 17 October – between 10am and 12.30pm. You’ll find us on Camel CSA’s vegetable plot behind St Kew Harvest Farm Shop at St Kew Highway in north Cornwall.

    Our fest follows the success of last year’s event which involved lots of families. It’s just one of many Apple Day events taking place across the country.

    Everyone will be able to join in washing, cutting up, crushing and pressing the apples. You’ll also have the opportunity to taste the different varieties.

    In exchange for your efforts you’ll be rewarded with a fair share of the juice, either to drink on the spot or take away with you. Please bring a plastic container if you intend to take some home, as it freezes well. 

    It promises to be another warm, sunny Cornish autumn day, so do call by.

  • Cornish apples in our weekly veg boxes

    Posted on October 15th, 2010 charlotte No comments

    It’s apple harvesting time in north Cornwall! All the veg boxes contain a bag of delicious Lord Hindlip apples from our adopted orchard in St Mabyn.

    This unusual old English dessert variety can be stored in the bag in a cool place for a couple of weeks or eaten straightaway.

    We’re looking forward to this Sunday when the rest of our bumper apple harvest will be crushed and pressed at our annual apple juicing fest.

    You’ll also find a large spaghetti squash in each of this week’s boxes. The name derives from the cooked flesh. This resembles spaghetti when you pull a fork lengthwise through it to separate the strands.

    Spaghetti squash are a novelty as they’re quite difficult to get hold of in the UK. So be grateful that Jeremy Brown of St Kew Harvest Farm Shop has grown these to go in our boxes of locally-produced food.

    This week’s small boxes have:
    * apples – Lord Hindlip (Camel CSA)
    * carrots (Camel CSA)
    * spaghetti squash (St Kew Harvest)
    * calabrese (St Kew Harvest)
    * celeriac (St Kew Harvest)
    potatoes (Benbole Farm)

    Standard boxes have all the above as well as extra potatoes and:
    * garlic (Camel CSA)
    parsnips (Rest Harrow Farm, Trebetherick)
    cauliflower (Rest Harrow Farm, Trebetherick)

    * = grown to organic principles

  • Tender leek and pancetta risotto

    Posted on August 15th, 2010 charlotte No comments

    The tender baby leeks in this week’s standard veg boxes deserved special treatment.

    What better than a risotto of leeks and pancetta from Nigel Slater’s latest book Tender?

    The leeks and the mixed French beans that accompanied them were cultivated by one of Camel CSA’s expert growers, Jeremy Brown of St Kew Harvest.

  • We’ve passed another milestone

    Posted on February 13th, 2010 charlotte No comments

    Our picking and packing team prepared a total of 30 seasonal veg boxes for our members this week – an all-time record.  Plus the box we’re offering in a prize draw at the St Mabyn Pre-School Valentine Brunch.

    A further milestone was reached.  For the first time, all the contents of the boxes were bought in from other growers.

    The fact that we’re buying in such a high proportion of the weekly vegetable box contents at this time of year may seem like an admission of defeat.  But this is far from the case.

    In the UK, community supported agriculture comes in many different shapes and sizes.  There’s no “right” or “wrong” way of doing it.

    As a not-for-profit organisation we rely totally at present on the goodwill of our members, who make up our volunteer workforce.  This will change as we expand and if we are successful in our funding bids to the Lottery and the Local Action Group.

    As we’re working on less than two acres, we’re not in a position to grow large-scale main crops which need constant rotation like potatoes and winter brassicas.  Instead we are concentrating on “high-value” seasonal crops which would be either too expensive to buy in or do not travel well.


    As a CSA, we’re committed to building up partnerships between farmers and the local community, enabling farmers to sell direct to the public, and providing other mutual benefits.  So that’s why we’re happy to include varying proportions of vegetables in our boxes from small-scale, local growers.

    The Camel CSA approach is very much community-led.  It’s organised democratically. Every member has a say in how our project is run.

    The core management group is responsible for all the main decisions.  Under the guidance of our three volunteer expert growers, it works out what to grow, how we grow it, what goes in the boxes, what we charge our members and who should supply us. 

    All our own onions and shallots – in store since last summer – have been used up at long last.  The remaining parsnips, artichokes and carrots are again well and truly frozen into the ground.

    So the carrots, curly kale, onions, purple sprouting broccoli, swede and Brussels sprouts (complete with sprout top!) in this week’s boxes come from Richard Hore at Rest Harrow Farm, Trebetherick.  

    Richard and his family, who cultivate 30 acres close to the relatively mild climes of the Camel estuary, have done us proud this winter.

    The winter salad bag was supplied by Jeremy Brown, one of Camel CSA’s expert growers.  It contains a selection of baby leaves such as pak choi, watercress, mustard, rocket and spinach from his polytunnels behind St Kew Harvest Farm Shop at St Kew Highway.

    The potatoes were grown by Colin and James Mutton of Burlerrow Farm, St Mabyn.

  • It’s jolly juicing time

    Posted on October 21st, 2009 charlotte No comments

    We’ve located not just one but two fruit crushers and presses so we’re looking forward to Camel CSA’s apple juicing event this Sunday.

    apple-harvest-camel csa 18-10-09All members and their families are very welcome – children particularly so.  Just come to our site behind St Kew Harvest Farm Shop between 10 a.m and 1 p.m.

    Everyone will be able to have a hand in washing, cutting up, crushing and pressing the apples.

    Please bring a clean plastic container to put the juice in.  You can either keep it in the fridge and drink it within 48 hours or freeze it in the container.

    Wanted – more apples

    We picked loads of apples last week in St Mabyn.  Thanks to Anne, Callum, Caroline, Charlotte, Kitty, Mark M, Mark N, Mike H, Mike S, Robert and Tess.   

    The best of the fruit is going in this week’s share of the harvest.  The remainder will be turned into juice.

    apples-lord-hindlip-camel-csa 18-10-09However we could do with some more.  The crushing and pressing process uses up a lot of fruit!  Around 20 lbs (10kg) of apples are needed to produce a gallon (4.5 litres) of juice.

    So if if you know of any surplus apples going spare, please get in touch.  Even better, bring them along with you.

    Click here to find out more about Vigo’s traditional fruit crushers and presses.

  • Children join the beanfeast

    Posted on August 29th, 2009 charlotte 2 comments

    Three of Camel CSA’s youngest members contributed their own homegrown veg to this week’s boxes.

    beanfeast-camel csa 28-08-09Lilac (8), Willow (7) and four-year-old August grew all the runner beans and some of the courgettes.

    Core group member Antonina, co-owner of St Kew Harvest Farm Shop, explains:

    “Lilac, Willow and August wanted to share their harvest grown at their home at St Kew. 


    So I paid them £8.60 for lots of runner beans and courgettes and three large marrows which they have grown from seed all by themselves. 


    They’ve been following our blog, and got concerned about the beans being eaten!”

  • Bring out your bungees!

    Posted on August 10th, 2009 charlotte No comments

    www.puffins.com/bandbuddies.htmlPostal workers have been under fire for littering the ground with unwanted red rubber bands.  But at Camel CSA we’re looking for as many as we can get.

    Our picking and packing team urgently needs rubber bands for bunching up spring onions, chard, parsley and other such delicacies to go in our veg boxes.

    So if you know of any postboxes where they get discarded, or have a small stash lying around at home or in the office, please drop them in for us at St Kew Harvest farm shop.

    BBC News came up with 10 uses for a red rubber band but makes no mention of veg boxes.  Pity.

  • This week’s share of the harvest

    Posted on July 30th, 2009 charlotte No comments

    Members of Camel Community Supported Agriculture can expect to find up to a dozen freshly-harvested vegetables in their boxes this week.

    Camel CSA 30-07-09The beetroot, onions, radishes, turnips and Swiss chard have been cultivated on our own site at St Kew Highway.

    Camel CSA’s expert growing team are providing the remainder of the box contents from their own plots.

    Mark Norman has grown the courgettes, which feature in Camel CSA’s Recipe No 5 – Courgette frittata, at his site on the outskirts of Bodmin.   He has also supplied the new potatoes, which are Marfona variety.  The British Potato Council says these have an almost “buttery” flavour and a smooth waxy texture.

    Jane and Gav Mellowship are supplying large and small mixed salad bags from their plot on the coast at New Polzeath.

    Jeremy Brown has produced the parsley, spinach and cucumbers on his land behind St Kew Harvest Farm Shop.

    Watch our latest video: Camel CSA – Our first harvest