Rhubarb season begins early at Camel CSA

March 10, 2024

The outdoor rhubarb crop is ripening earlier than normal and it’s a star feature in this week’s standard veg boxes.

The emerging stems put on an enormous growth spurt in the mild wet weather during February. We rely extensively on this perennial fruit crop in the run-up to the ‘hungry gap‘ as we come to the end of last season’s root vegetables and leafy greens.

The big challenge our growers now face is keeping the tender new rhubarb protected from sudden cold, dry, easterly winds that can hit north Cornwall in the spring. They blow straight across our site from Rough Tor, the second highest point on Bodmin Moor.

In every weekly veg box:-
*red Russian kale
*Shiitake mushrooms (Forest Fungi, Dawlish)
cauliflower (Trerair Farm, St Eval)
leeks (Trerair)
parsnips (Continental Fruits, Pensilva)
potatoes ‘Wilja’ or ‘Manitou’ (Trerair)

Standard boxes also have:
*elephant garlic
*sprouted fenugreek seeds

* = grown to organic principles.  Please wash all veg thoroughly  
Produce grown by Camel CSA, unless indicated otherwise 

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