Frozen conditions delay Camel CSA harvesting team

January 21, 2024

Our veg box pickers and packers are used to all the challenges that extreme weather throws at us in north Cornwall. This week we had to wait for the kalettes to thaw before we could pick them.

The rosette-shaped leafy tops to the kalette stalks also taste divine and look so pretty (especially when frozen!) So we always include them in the vegetable boxes as well.

In all this week’s veg boxes:-
*kalettes + kalette tops
*Crown Prince squash
*beetroot or mooli
*Shiitake mushrooms (Forest Fungi, Devon)
cauliflower (Trerair Farm, St Eval))
potatoes ‘Wilja’ (Trerair)

Standard boxes also have:
*leeks
*sprouted mung beans
swede (Trerair)

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

Video captures the spirit of Cornish Wassail at Camel CSA

January 15, 2024

Our growing community gathered together on Sunday to bless Camel CSA’s young orchard in a traditional Cornish Wassail.

We joined in playing music, singing, dancing, and making a din to wake the trees from their winter slumber, to encourage a bountiful harvest, and to frighten away any bad spirits. 

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Traditional Cornish tunes soon got fingers and toes tapping as families with young children joined in on their percussion instruments.

This is the second year that Camel CSA’s held its Wassail at Treraven Farm. It’s fast become one of our annual community celebrations alongside the autumn Apple Day and summer barbeque.

*Original Wassail song composed by Dee and Dave Brotherton of Tir ha Tavas, accessed from the Cornish National Music Archive

Cold sunny spell so welcome between the storms

January 12, 2024

What beautiful crisp, dry weather for harvesting winter vegetables – just a little chilly! It’s such a contrast from last week’s damaging storms.

In all this week’s veg boxes:-
*leeks
*Crown Prince squash
*rhubarb chard
*elephant garlic
*winter salad leaves
celeriac (Trerair Farm, St Eval))
potatoes ‘Wilja’ (Trerair)

Standard boxes also have:
*carrots
*sprouted alfalfa seeds
red cabbage (Trerair)

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

Storm Henk causes havoc across Cornwall

January 8, 2024

We’re putting a brave face on the loss of one polytunnel cover and damage to another during Storm Henk.

Our four large polytunnels are our biggest asset, and we rely on them extensively all year round to protect a large variety of seasonal crops like winter salad leaves and summer tomatoes.

They’re particularly valuable in spring for bringing on early vegetables needed during the ‘hungry gap’ when British-grown veg are in short supply.

In all this week’s veg boxes:-
*kalettes
*squash
*radishes
*coriander
leeks (Trerair Farm, St Eval)
cauliflower (Trerair)
potatoes ‘Wilja’ (Trerair)

Standard boxes also have:
*carrots or *salad leaves
*sprouted mung beans
beetroot (Trerair)

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

Happy New Year

January 1, 2024

We wish you all a very Happy New Year from Camel CSA.

Season’s greetings from Camel CSA

December 22, 2023

Nadelik Lowen! Wishing you all a Merry Christmas from everyone at Camel CSA.

Our volunteer growing, picking and packing teams have been spending a mad couple of days preparing the bumper seasonal veg boxes for delivery all over Wadebridge and the surrounding area in north Cornwall.

We also made sure we had plenty of time to relax together over home bakes, mince pies and mulled wine. We’re now having a well-earned rest and look forward to seeing you again in the New Year.

In all the bumper Christmas veg shares:-
*leeks
*carrots
*mixed salad leaves
*squash – ‘Crown Prince’
*elephant garlic
jar of homemade green tomato chutney
jar of honey (Wadebridge Beekeeping Group)
Brussels sprout stalk (Trerair Farm, St Eval)
potatoes ‘Wilja’ (Trerair)
parsnips (Continental Wholesale Fruits, Pensilva)

Standard boxes also have:
*fresh herbs (rosemary, bay)
swede (Trerair)
cauliflower (Gluvian Growers, St Columb)

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

Asian vegetables and oriental leaves create more variety in winter veg boxes

December 18, 2023

It’s reached that point in the season when we have a diverse selection of vegetable crops ready in the polytunnels. They include Asian varieties such as the white radish known as daikon (mooli) and leafy greens like pak choi. In winter we also become much more reliant on other local growers to help us provide plenty of variety in the veg boxes.

In all the weekly veg shares:-
*pak choi ‘Vivid’
*daikon/mooli or radishes
*onions (Mark Norman, Bodmin)
cauliflower (Gluvian Growers, St Columb)
leeks (Trerair Farm, St Eval)
beetroot (Trerair)
potatoes ‘Wilja’ (Trerair)

Standard boxes also have:
*rhubarb chard
*spring onions or garlic
*sprouted fenugreek seeds

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

People power drives our Cornish community veg growing enterprise

December 10, 2023

We have a bunch of very loyal and long-standing regulars on our volunteer picking and packing team. They turn up every Friday in all weathers on our site at Treraven Farm and stay till the very last veg box is ready to go.

The volunteers are guided by two experts – Mark our grower and delivery e-van driver, and Jane M our packing shed coordinator (standing together in the centre of this group). Big thanks as ever to Alex, Steve, Simon, Jane I, Toby, Hannah, Debbie, Charlotte, and Claire.

In all the weekly veg boxes:-
*winter squash
*spring onions
*coriander or parsley
*jar of homemade preserves
*parsnips (Mark Norman, Bodmin)
sprout stalk (Trerair Farm, St Eval)
potatoes ‘Wilja’ (Trerair)

Standard boxes also have:
*brown onions
*celeriac
*garlic

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

Still smiling despite the cold weather

December 3, 2023

Our growers and volunteers wrapped up warm in the freezing temperatures and were full of winter cheer as they picked and packed the vegetables this week.

The butternut squashes in the boxes are from Mark Norman, one of our dedicated paid growers, who has his own one-acre vegetable plot on the edge of Bodmin.

In all the weekly veg boxes:-
*leeks
*spring onions
*coriander
*butternut squash (Mark Norman, Bodmin)
*parsnips (Mark Norman)
savoy cabbage (Trerair Farm, St Eval)
potatoes ‘Wilja’ (Trerair)

Standard boxes also have:
*mixed salad leaves
*beetroot or mooli
*sprouted mung beans

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

We’re all ready for the colder weather

November 26, 2023

As winter begins to bite and the days get shorter, there’s nothing to beat the taste and texture of healthy fresh green veg grown in the shelter of our polytunnels.

Deliveries as usual to homes and pick-up points are by Mervyn Walker on his e-bike and Mark Norman in his electric van.

In all the weekly veg boxes:
*spring onions
*winter squash
*turnips
leeks Trerair Farm, St Eval)
purple cauliflower (Trerair)
purple sprouting broccoli (Trerair)
potatoes ‘Wilja’ (Trerair)

Standard boxes also have:
*mixed salad leaves
*kalettes
*dried olive green lentils (Hodmedod’s)

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

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