Current bed prep methods in the hot house:
The space in the foreground is from Friday’s harvest of coriander followed by some old/bolted rocket. Firstly, a shallow pass of the rotary hoe to pull up any weeds and the old rocket. Then the black matting straight on top. The matting retains moisture in the soil, helps rot down the crop residues and also encourages weed seeds to germinate in the moist, warm conditions. The germinated weeds then have no light to grow and soon die off. A few weeks later the beds are ready for replanting. We’ve got a pretty quick rotation in here at the moment as we’re keeping everything in this tunnel as we prep the others for the spring planting. The matting was moved from the far right corner, that bed will be planted with more rocket and coriander this afternoon
The system works, but isn’t flawless, I’m making do with what we have at our disposal. I need to try and persuade Lesley to invest in a flame weeder and the @neversinkfarm online no-till course for me
If anyone hadn’t noticed... we’ve finally got a bountiful supply of cauliflowers again!
🎉🎉🎉 Usually we’d have plenty all year round, but this year just about every planting has been hammered by kangaroos. These ones have taken ages to grow without their leaves, but they’re finally coming through strong
Grab them Saturday morning @carriageworksfarmersmarket, @sydneysustainablemarkets, @crfarmersmarket and @bondifarmersmarket
BIG NEWS for @bondifarmersmarket!!!
We will finally be taking EFTPOS! (That’s card payments for the rest of the world!)
We’re having to move with the times as we feel lots of people that would like to shop with us just don’t have or remember to have cash. So now everyone can have all their organic goodness every week!
We know you all know, but in the midst of a lot of competition we like to remind everyone that we’re a real, working, certified organic vegetable farm!
The produce you see at our market stalls - we grow. We’ve got nearly an acre of poly tunnels like these and around 400 acres that we farm throughout the year
We love talking about growing food, it’s our lives, so if you’ve ever got questions or want to know more - just ask!
We are mindful of the hardship and stresses that the drought is causing for primary producers and communities across a large part of the country.
Commencing tomorrow, CRFM will have collection buckets stationed at entry points for customers to donate to Rotary's drought relief efforts.
We are here to support our farmers and communities through this difficult time.
It may be winter but that doesn’t mean we slow down much here @kurrawongorganics 😴😴😴
We’ve still got 11 full-time staff on the farm at the moment, plus helping-hands throughout the week. We’re kept busy with growing and for the harvesting farmers markets, powdering vegetables and prepping for the spring, photographed is Jordan’s evening set up muck spreading!
As always we’ll be @carriageworksfarmersmarket, @crfarmersmarket and @sydneysustainablemarkets tomorrow. Plus for those of you that attend @bondifarmersmarket you’ll have the chance to meet the farm owner Lesley, as she’ll be helping me out for the morning (rather than being at Carriageworks). Plus plus, finally, we have LOADS of cauliflowers!!!
I (George, Bondi Market) joined the Bland family at Kurrawong Organics at the start of 2016. The first task I ever did on the farm was harvesting cauliflowers in this paddock with Quentin
Quentin rotates his paddocks on a three yearly basis, one year of veg crops followed by two years of cover crops, to rest and replenish the soil. So fast forward two and a half years and Quentin is preparing this paddock again for this coming spring
What started as a three month job for me has now seen three birthdays spent in Kirkconnell (working, of course), plus an engagement and two Christmases (not working, we do have days off occasionally)
These years on the farm have taught me more than I could have ever imagined, I now have the skills and knowledge to grow food for people. Quentin told me a while ago that, whilst this is a business, it’s about something bigger than we are, it’s about playing a part in the big picture, about putting food on families’ tables
So, and he’ll hate me for doing this, but today as he chisel plows away, I want to wish Quentin a very happy birthday! (Or “it’s just another day” in his own words)
CRFM traders Alpine Walnuts are situated on the banks of the Ovens River, halfway between Bright and Myrtleford? The Robertson family have been growing walnuts, hazelnuts and chestnuts for more than 30 years. Have you tried their walnut oil.....🌿🍂
Wow what a busy morning it was Canberra. Thanks for coming out to CRFM and spending your Saturday morning with us. Stay warm, keep smiling and from all of us at CRFM.... dont forget to eat your veggies. 🌻🌱🌾
Hold the phone! Bowls and Co. have come up with a new flavour combination that sounds delicious AND good for you (just don’t tell the kids) 😉 Come and give it a try tomorrow.
As much as I love salted caramel and cream (seriously...how do you say no to that stuff 🤷♀️) I'm a huge advocate for healthy eating. Just ask my poor kids who have no idea what McDonald's is and who get beetroot and hemp seed balls as their lunchbox treat #sorrykids
This divine porridge bowl is refined sugar free, vegan, and packed with goodness like hemp seeds, steel cut oats, and delicious healthy fats. Win win! Come try for yourself this weekend at @crfarmersmarket on Saturday, and at @cbrfarmersmkts on Sunday. Full menu below (including the not-so healthy options if hemp seeds aren't your thing 😉)
Blueberry compote, hazelnut ginger crumble, Greek yoghurt and lemon curd
Cinnamon stewed apple, ginger and hazelnut crumble, salted caramel sauce and fresh cream
Mixed berry compote, toasted almonds, vanilla-whipped coco cream, hemp seeds and cacao nibs (vegan, refined sugar free)
Stewed apple, roast almond and walnut crumble, vanilla cardamom custard
Banana, slow-cooked sticky toffee, toasted peanut and coconut crumble and fresh cream
Dried fig, apricot and apple compote, ginger and hazelnut crumble, vanilla cardamom custard
Cinnamon stewed apple and pear, toasted granola, Greek yoghurt and maple syrup
Mixed berry compote, toasted granola, Greek yoghurt, maple syrup and toasted coconut
Make sure to put Tree Tops on your shopping list. Over the next few weeks their Rosy Glows are $2.50 kg as well as the $4 kg range, a bargain at $2.50. These apples are of good quality and great for cooking, eating, juicing or whatever your little apple heart desires.
Sites 180 181. 🍎🍎🍎
Randall's Rice believe people deserve chemical free, tasty rice that is environmentally sustainable... and we couldn't agree more.
Do you know they offer 6 varieties of rice? Pop over to Stand No.133 and have chat about what best suits your meals.
It’s minus 4 this morning
So we’re reminiscing on the summer months and planning what we’ll fill the poly tunnels with next summer
As always there’ll be more tomatoes and more cucumbers (we had 2000 and 1200 plants respectively this year); and this summer A LOT more capsicum, okra and eggplant, plus a whole heap of different chillies! Pictured are some black capsicums we trialled this summer just gone, they turned out pretty well!
Anyone got any recommendations on veggies/herbs to add to our repertoire?
"Have you ever seen such a beautiful broccoli? I picked this gem up from @crfarmersmarket on the weekend and I love it because you can eat the leaves too. Just sauté with a little olive oil and I like to add some balsamic and voila and a tasty side of your next meal." Thank you @casuarinaforsyth_dietitian for the lovely photo and handy little cooking tip. 🍀🍃🍀
Have you ever wanted to know more about bio-dynamic farming? Well make sure you tune into @abccanberra this Saturday from 7.30am. Sue from Greenhill Farm will be chatting about her farm and what's involved, as well as what's on offer this weekend at CRFM. 🐮🌿🐮
Walking in a hustle through the crowd, desperately trying to find way and miserably glancing at delicacies that I want to try, and I came across this enthusiastic gentleman serving his customers with great passion in the misty mornings of July.
Theme : Street photography
Camera : Canon 600D
Lens : Canon 18-55 mm
1/25s, F 5. 6, ISO 400, 18 mm, RAW
Developed on Adobe lightroom.
For more details check out http://capitalregionfarmersmarket.com.au/
@crfarmersmarket @visitcanberra @canberratimes @canberrabucketlist @canonusa @canon_photos @canonaustralia @canon.photographers
It’s filling up in here! (Excuse the not so straight planting!)
When we’re not powdering vegetables, we’re also a pretty busy and productive farm and market garden. We farm a few hundred acres throughout the year, with nearly an acre of poly tunnels! Rocket, radish, parsley and coriander coming along nicely in this one