Friday, June 4, 2021

Eyed hawk moth


We were very excited to find this beautiful eyed hawk moth in one of our polytunnels the other day.

Sunday, May 23, 2021

This season's first cucumbers


The first cucumbers of the season are slowly starting to appear in the farm shop, just a couple a day as they get going, but there will be more and more over the coming weeks. We nearly always manage to get cucumbers towards the end of May, and this for us signals the beginning of the end of the notorious Hungry Gap, when we can begin to dream of the bumper summer crops to come. These are Passandra F1 cucumbers, a lovely squat European variety, one of the few hybrids we grow.

Veg boxes 21st May

For the second week running the only produce we could source to buy in was organic potatoes, so the rest of the contents for 101 veg boxes was harvested by us from the farm over 2 days, showing that we are slowly starting to climb out of the depths of the Hungry Gap.

Our first crop of outdoor salad this year.

Friday morning's 8am salad picking team - Courtney, Gerogia, Polly, Heather and Bea - on the way to 11kg of fresh leaves.

Friday's veg boxes contained:-

Small box (£7) - potatoes, salad leaves, rainbow chard, kale, mixed herbs, and a dried chilli.

Standard box (£11) - potatoes, salad leaves, rainbow chard, kale, mixed herbs, fresh elephant garlic, purple sprouting broccoli, and a headed lettuce.

Delivering to St. Just, St. Buryan, St. Ives (community hub), Penzance, Ludgvan, Gulval, Porthcurno, Sennen, Pendeen, Hendra, Cot Valley, Lamorna, Newlyn, Sancree, Grumbla, Newbridge, Zennor, Treen, Mousehole, Paul etc....

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Bosavern Tagine

Follow the above link to find our new video on our website - cooking a Bosavern Tagine, and picking and packing veg for veg boxes.

Many thanks to Florence Browne for this delightful short film.

Monday, May 17, 2021

Veg boxes Friday 14th May

We find ourselves in the darkest recesses of the Hungry Gap, where even our local producers can't help us out with any veg, and the only Britich organic veg on offer from the national wholesaler that we buy from is potatoes. Thankfully last Friday we managed to pull 100 veg boxes out of the bag, all our own produce (except the potatoes), containing a selection from - fresh elephant garlic, new-season kale, mixed herbs, rainbow chard, potatoes, mange-tout, rhubarb, purple sprouting broccoli, and salad leaves.

Harvesting elephant garlic.

Tonight we made a leek, elephant garlic, and lemon risotto, which was delicious. All of the garlic can be used - bulb, leaves, stem, flower bud - with the tougher leaves being used in the stock.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Planting rainbow chard


Bea and Heather getting stuck in to the first bed last Friday.
We have begun to tame our permanent outdoor raised beds after a productive winter of kale, spring greens, and purple sprouting broccoli. As part of our crop rotation the beds will have no brassicas in them this year, so will mainly be filled with chard, bulb fennel, broad beans and peas (plus other miscellaneous crops).

1000 rainbow chard seedlings planted over the weekend (mainly thanks to Georgia and Hector) to fill 3 of the beds.

Today we sowed about 1000 Ambassador peas ready for planting out next month, all being well.

Robin chicks

A pair of robins nested in a crate in our Propagation Station polytunnel, and last week all the chicks fledged, leaving us with just an empty nest and memories of the sounds they made when a parent flew in to feed them.

Robin chicks in their nest in our polytunnel.

This week's empty nest...