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 

Our community growing enterprise continues to thrive

November 19, 2023

Volunteering is at the heart of our success. We’re so fortunate to have several regular teams of volunteers who sow, grow and bring in the harvest, guided by our professional growers. They work hard to ensure that our organic principles are upheld and nature left unharmed.

In all the weekly veg boxes:
*celeriac
*carrots
*varied squash
*onions
red cabbage (Trerair Farm, St Eval)
purple sprouting broccoli (Trerair Farm)
potatoes ‘Wilja’ (Trerair Farm)

Standard boxes also have:
*pakchoi
*mixed salad leaves or parsley
*apples (Mark Norman, Bodmin)

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

Harvesting kale in a Cornish gale

November 12, 2023

Our growers and volunteers had to brave really tricky weather conditions this week. Several days of wild Cornish weather brought us a mix of strong winds, heavy rain, hail, sunshine, showers and spectacular rainbows.

In all the veg boxes:
*Black Tuscan kale (cavolo nero)
*daikon (mooli)
*carrots
*squash
*mixed salad leaves or coriander
purple sprouting broccoli (Trerair Farm, St Eval)
potatoes ‘Wilja’ (Trerair Farm)

Standard boxes also have:
*chillies
*onions
*parsnips (Mark Norman, Bodmin)

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

We’re having to adapt to more extreme weather events

November 5, 2023

As Storm Ciaran raged across Cornwall the safest place for our volunteers and growers was inside the packing shed, out of the wind and rain.

Thankfully our polytunnels stood firm and we avoided serious damage across the veg growing site. We’re all being forced to adapt to more damaging weather extremes from extended drought to fierce wind speeds and intense rainfall.

In all this week’s veg shares:
*pumpkins ‘Jack Be Little’
*garlic
*coriander
*leeks (Mark Norman, Bodmin)
purple sprouting broccoli (Trerair Farm, St Eval)
romanesco cauliflower (Trerair)
potatoes ‘Wilja’ (Trerair Farm)

Standard boxes also have:
*carrots
*mixed salad leaves
*cooking apples

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

Eat your Halloween pumpkin and save waste

October 31, 2023

For Halloween this year we’ve grown lots of Jack Be Little pumpkins instead of the giant Jack-o’-Lantern variety. The mini ones look amazing when painted and decorated AND they’re much tastier to eat than carving pumpkins.

However we have also grown just a few Jack o’ Lantern pumpkins for children to carve.

More than 15 million large pumpkins go to waste every year, carved but not eaten, according to the Eat Your Pumpkin campaign from Hubbub. That’s enough for 95 million meals! 

In all this week’s veg shares:
*pumpkins ‘Jack Be Little’ or Jack o’ Lantern
*onions
*apples
*carrots or beetroot
*cavolo nero or rhubarb chard
purple sprouting broccoli (Trerair Farm, St Eval)
potatoes ‘Wilja’ (Trerair Farm)

Standard boxes also have:
*beetroot
*Any two out of: cucumber / French beans / tomatoes / chillies / sweet peppers

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

Vibrant autumn colours in the weekly veg boxes

October 22, 2023

We’re marvelling at the glowing jewel-like colours in the vegetable boxes this week – from red chillies to green peppers to orange-skinned squash to purple cauliflower. Don’t you just love this seasonal autumn bounty?

In all this week’s veg shares:
*sweet pepper / chilli combo
*squash ‘Uchiki Kuri’ or ‘Green Hokkaido’
*carrots
*coriander
*cavolo nero or rhubarb chard
purple cauliflower (Trerair Farm, St Eval)
potatoes ‘Picasso’ or ‘Wilja’ (Trerair Farm)

Standard boxes also have:
*mixed salad leaves
*cucumber / French beans / tomatoes / cooking apples

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

Pumpkins and squashes harvested and stored

October 16, 2023

We’re now looking forward to Halloween and getting ready for winter. The growing team have sorted all the remainder of the squashes and pumpkins and laid them out to ‘cure’ on pallets.

The ones that are already cured have gone into our insulated cool store, where there’ll soon be hundreds ready to go in the veg boxes over the coming weeks.

In all this week’s veg shares:
*’Sweet Dumpling’ squash
*big bunch of basil
*tomatoes or *French beans
*aubergine
*pepper
*onions
calabrese (Trerair Farm, St Eval)
potatoes ‘Picasso’ or ‘Wilja’ (Trerair Farm)

Standard boxes also have:
*carrots or beetroot
*mixed salad leaves
*cucumber

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

It’s time for Camel CSA’s annual Apple Day

October 12, 2023

What an amazing turnout for our annual Apple Day celebrations. It was a great family event with lots of happy, smiling faces.

The sun shone and everyone had such fun joining in apple scratting, juice pressing and a tour of our new orchard. Plus the Treraven Farm pigs enjoyed the leftovers!

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