A great display of showmanship

June 5, 2009

Camel Community Supported Agriculture’s stand in the Food and Farming Pavilion at the Royal Cornwall Show has attracted a great deal of interest. 

Countless visitors have stopped to chat and to find out more about our community food growing project, which is the first of its kind  in Cornwall.

They have admired Antonina’s fresh and original design and Jane’s bountiful display of plants in boxes.  Everyone has been really impressed with the beautiful peas, the vast courgette plant, the kohl rabi, broad beans, mint and parsley as well as the marigolds, nasturtiums and cornflowers. 

Lots of people have wanted to touch the peapods.  Small children were tempted to pick and eat them! 

We have fielded all kinds of questions and dealt with a variety of comments, as Antonina explains: –  

Courgette plant – are the spots dangerous?
Are the peas a certain kind?
How do you deal with black fly on broad beans?  Is it best to plant broad beans in autumn or spring?
How do you cook kohl rabi?
Why are the beetroot sooo big?
Why is the cauliflower pink?
Can I pick some of the mint to go in my salad?
Why not grow this and that?
I grow mine like this and that….!!! 

We have sold a large number of freshly-picked mixed salad bags.  The National Trust chef incorporated several of our salad packs in a cookery demonstration and has ordered several more to use on the third and final day.

Camel CSA has been making its presence felt at the show courtesy of the Plunkett Foundation and the Soil Association, who are prime movers in the Making Local Food Work initiative. 

We have been sharing the stand with the newly-formed West Penwith Community Supported Agriculture project and we wish them the very best in their new venture.

We have one more day at the show before our first Open Day on Sunday – Open Farm Sunday.  Watch this space.

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