Sunday, June 30, 2013

Produce of the new season.

As you are probably aware, this years growing season was delayed by approximately 6 weeks due to exceptionally cold weather in March and April. The hungry gap has been more difficult than most years, and we even had to resort to buying organic potatoes and carrots from Devon to carry us through this difficult period. Thankfully this is now over! Local organic potatoes and courgettes from Crowlas have been available for the past 3 weeks, and our own are now also ready. This last week we harvested our own fresh red onions, kohl rabi, salads, chard, rocket, spinach, French beans, broad beans, kale, courgettes, cucumbers, oregano, sage, chives, coriander, mint, fennel and French sorrel - enough to (almost!) fill 23 veg boxes, plus our gate stall and yesterday's farmers market stall. This coming week we are going to harvest new potatoes, shallots, and carrots to add to that list. It is a wonderful feeling when all this produce starts to come in, and we can see the fruits of several months of hard back-breaking effort by staff and volunteers working together in the fields and polytunnels.
A perfect carrot, grown here on the community farm.

Half of this week's broad bean harvest.

Cucumbers in the polytunnel.

French beans in the polytunnel (lingua di fuoco - "tongue of fire").

Physallis in the polytunnel, preparing to ripen.

The first tomatoes setting fruit.

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