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  • Beautiful winter vegetables in our boxes this week

    Posted on December 18th, 2016 charlotte No comments
    In all our veg boxes:-
    turnips-camel csa*turnips
    *green coriander
    *kale ‘black Tuscan’ (Camel CSA) or curly kale (Restharrow Farm, Trebetherick)
    leeks (Restharrow)
    parsnips (Restharrrow)
    potatoes – ‘Wilja’ (Restharrow)
    Standard boxes also have:-
    extra potatoes
    *brussels sprouts or sprouting broccoli
    cauliflower (Restharrow)
    red cabbage (Restharrow)
    * = grown to organic principles
    All produce grown by Camel CSA unless otherwise indicated. Please wash all vegetables and fruit.
    Try these delicious leek dishes on Camel CSA’s recipe page: –
    Leeks with greens
    Leek and cheddar cheese crumble
  • Seasonal recipe No 21 – Root vegetable stew

    Posted on November 20th, 2009 Trish No comments

    This really tasty recipe comes from Riverford Organic Vegetables. It works just as well without the turnips – just add a bit more of the other roots.

    Preparation Time: 20 minutesroot vegetable stew-camel csa 20-11-09
    Cooking Time: 1 hour

    Serves: 4

    2 large onions, chopped
    2 garlic cloves, crushed
    250g puy lentils, rinsed
    3 tbsp oil
    2 tsp coriander seeds
    2 tsp cumin seeds
    250g carrots, peeled and cut into 2cm chunks
    250g turnips, peeled and chopped
    250g swede, peeled and chopped
    250g parsnips, peeled and chopped
    900ml vegetable stock
    1 x 400g tinned chopped tomatoes
    salt and pepper

    Saute the onion in hot oil with the crushed garlic, until the onion is transparent.

    Meanwhile, put the coriander and cumin seeds into a small pan and dry fry for a few minutes, stiring occasionally. Crush with a pestle and mortar. Add the seeds to the onion mixture and cook, stirring for 2 minutes. Add the root vegetables to the onion mixture and cook for a few minutes. Add the lentils and stir well to mix. Pour in the stock and chopped tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper.

    Cover and simmer gently for 40 minutes (or cook in a medium oven) until the vegetables are tender and the lentils are soft.

  • Beautiful plump peas

    Posted on July 9th, 2009 charlotte No comments

    Camel CSA 28-06-09The harvest from Camel Community Supported Agriculture includes some beautiful plump peas in this week’s share.  Otherwise we are providing a similar selection of vegetables to last week. 

    The broad bean glut continues so please think of different ways to use these versatile vegetables. Please pick up your box from St Kew Harvest, as detailed in the e-mail to members. 

    Subscribers can expect all or some of of the following: –

    • potatoes (Arran Pilot)
    • onions
    • broad beans
    • beetroot
    • peas
    • salad pack / lettuce
    • cucumber
    • courgettes
    • turnips

     A definitive list and recipe ideas for beetroot will be posted once the boxes have been packed on Friday.

  • Our veg boxes are tops!

    Posted on July 5th, 2009 charlotte No comments

    We’ve had an enthusiastic response from our members to Camel Community Supported Agriculture’s first vegetable boxes.  This is despite some teething problems with distribution.

    Tony says:

    Our first standard veg box

    Our first standard veg box

    “The box looks fantastic! We’re looking forward to next week’s already.”

    John and Cathy are delighted with the quality:

    “The cucumber which was sweet and fresh and the lettuce and onion we used in a salad.”

    They like the wide and interesting variety of vegetables and have found new ways of using them:

     “The beet greens we cooked almost like a spinach or spring greens and had with fish – better than spinach – along with broad beans and potatoes.


    The beets will be roasted and eaten with a lamb casserole with the rest of the onion, turnips and courgettes and we will try your broad bean soup.  Nothing wasted.”

    In the end, both small and standard boxes contained potatoes, broad beans, beetroot, turnip, cucumber and onions.  Standard boxes had a salad pack and small boxes a lollo rosso lettuce.  In addition, standard boxes contained Swiss chard and courgettes.  There wasn’t enough time to pick parsley.

    We have a glut of broad beans, so each box was given an extra £4-worth at shop prices!  We don’t yet have our own poly tunnel, so our three expert growers – Jane, Jeremy and Mark – supplied the salad bags, lettuce, courgettes and cucumber.

    New team

    Camel CSA 03-07-09Grateful thanks to our volunteer picking and packing team of expert grower Mark Norman, Mike H, Penny, Robert and Trish.  Mark says:

    ” It’s great to see some new faces.  I hope the boxes going out means that we’ll see even more volunteers next week.


    As first boxes they are excellent.  I hope we can keep the variety going.”

    If you would like to volunteer, either picking and packing or planting and cultivating, just turn up on a Friday or Sunday between 10 a.m. and 12 noon.

    Compost bin

    This Sunday we constructed a compost bin from wooden pallets lashed together with binder twine.  At long last we have somewhere to dump the annual weeds, unwanted plant tops and thinnings.

    Camel CSA 05-07-09A great deal of effort was devoted to the backbreaking job of cutting down the remaining dock leaves to stop them going to seed and spreading all over the site.  We were grateful there were so many of us to share this potentially soul-destroying task!

    We weeded the Swiss chard, carrots and brussels sprouts.  We planted more radishes to replace the ones which had gone to seed in the hot weather.

    A big thank you to expert growers Jane and Mark N and Charlotte, Danny, Ian, Mark M, Mike H, Mike S.

  • Our first veg boxes

    Posted on July 2nd, 2009 charlotte No comments

    Broad beans 28-06-09 - cropped 1We’ve done it – we’re starting to eat our own food! 

    More than 15 Camel Community Supported Agriculture members receive their first vegetable boxes on Friday 3 July. 

    A great deal of human effort has gone into providing these first fruits of our labour.  It’s hard to believe that we only started preparing our site at the beginning of March and sowed the first seeds just a few weeks later.

    Our first share of the harvest will contain: – 

    • broad beans
    • potatoes
    • onions
    • beetroot
    • Swiss chard
    • a bunch of curly or flat-leaved parsley
    • turnips and radishes – possibly
    • green salad

    We’ve grown the first eight items ourselves at St Kew Highway.  The salad leaves are being provided by Jane Mellowship, one of our expert growers, who has her own vegetable plot at New Polzeath.

    Hard work

    CSA weeding 28-06-09 - croppedWe’ve made enormous strides since March – entirely as a result of the dedicated volunteer labour provided by members and expert growers.  Some people said we would never manage it, but we have proved that we can.

    Many hours of hard work have gone into preparing the 40-metre long growing beds, spreading compost, digging up dock leaves, sowing seeds, planting out seedlings, hoeing and an enormous amount of hand weeding.  We’re grateful to our expert growing team and all the volunteers who have turned up on Sunday mornings – rain or shine.

    Last Sunday we thinned out and hand weeded the parsnips, weeded the Swiss chard, spread compost and dug up yet more dock leaves that were threatening to go to seed. 

    A big thanks to expert grower Mark Norman, to members Charlotte, Diana, Mike H and Mike S, and to visitors Donna and Marianne.

    Another team of volunteers will be picking and packing the boxes every Friday morning.  If you’d like to be included on the rota, please contact Mark Norman or phone Antonina at St Kew Harvest. 

    Box collection

     Members must pay for veg boxes in advance.  You’ll be able to collect your box every Friday between noon and 5 p.m. from St Kew Harvest Farm Shop, which is next to the Camel CSA site.  Treasurer Cathy Fairman has been co-ordinating box payment and organisation.  She says:


    “Your name will be on your box, please take your own box and anyone else’s that you are delivering.  Remember to give us feedback as soon as possible.


    A special thank you to to Penny and Robert Manders and to Mike Haywood for volunteering to help Mark with the first harvest and packing.


    Happy eating!”

    Feedback on box content and any queries about veg box administration should be sent to Cathy at thefarm@bodminmoor.co.uk

  • Time for the big push

    Posted on April 19th, 2009 charlotte No comments

    The next six weeks are crucial for Camel Community Supported Agriculture as we have so much work to do on our two-acre site at St Kew Highway.

    We’re holding an additional volunteer session this Thursday 23 April from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Our usual weekend session is next Sunday 26 April from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    Please make an extra special effort to come and help out at one of these times.  We need to prepare a number of vegetable beds, sow more seeds and plant out cauliflower and cabbage seedlings.

    Remember to bring strong shoes or wellies, waterproofs, gardening gloves, drinks and a snack.  Also bring tools, ideally wheelbarrows, shovels, spades, forks and rakes.  If the weather’s still good you might need suncream and a hat!

    Click here for directions to the site.  If you have any questions call Antonina at St Kew Harvest Farm Shop on 01208 841818.

    Mark Norman, one of our three-strong team of expert growers, has this stark message for us:

    “If we don’t get all the planting done in the next six weeks we won’t have enough vegetables later in the year to fill our boxes .

    “We need as much volunteer help from members as we can get at this stage so we make the most of the planting season.”

    Today we spread another 30-metre-long bed with compost and planted kohl rabi, turnips and radishes.  We hoed between broad beans and onions to get rid of annual weeds, and earthed up the early potatoes.

    Grateful thanks to expert grower Mark and volunteers Cath, Charlotte, John and Mike S.

  • Strong people needed

    Posted on April 10th, 2009 charlotte No comments

    It’s time to flex those muscles!

    We’re hoping for a good turnout from Camel Community Supported Agriculture members on Easter Sunday to get more seeds into the ground.  We also need strong people to put in some hard labour spreading compost on the beds.

    Jane Mellowship, one of our team of expert growers, looks forward to meeting you on the field.  

    “Jobs include planting second early potatoes, preparing beds and sowing red onion sets, beetroot and turnip. We’ll probably be sowing in the polytunnel as well.”

    Join us this Sunday between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the site behind St Kew Harvest Farm Shop.  It’s going to be sunny, so do come!

    Please bring strong shoes or wellies, waterproofs, gardening gloves, drinks and a snack.  Also bring any tools, ideally wheelbarrows, shovels, spades, forks and rakes.

    If you would like more information or have any questions call Antonina at St Kew Harvest on 01208 841818.

    Click here for directions to the site.

  • Come and join us on Sunday

    Posted on April 2nd, 2009 charlotte No comments

    Camel Community Supported Agriculture’s spring planting programme continues apace.  We’re relying on volunteers to tackle a whole lot more jobs this Sunday 5 April.

    Expert grower Jane Mellowship says:

    “There’s lots of sowing to be done and more compost to put on beds. We plan to do carrots, parsnips, turnips, swiss chard and plant another bed of onion sets. Also dock leaf removal for the willing!

    “A new seed order is being prepared. It includes broccoli, fennel and sweetcorn.”

    We would love it if you could join us this Sunday between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Our expert growers will be waiting for you at the site behind St Kew Harvest Farm Shop.

    Do come and help out.  You will learn what’s involved in preparing a vegetable plot, what’s on the planting schedule and also work up a good appetite for Sunday lunch.

    Please bring strong shoes or wellies, waterproofs, drinks and a snack.  And don’t forget some gardening gloves!  Also bring any tools, ideally wheelbarrows, shovels, spades, forks and rakes.

    If you would like more information or have any questions call Antonina at St Kew Harvest on 01208 841818.

    Click here for directions to the site.