3200 Brussels sprouts in the ground
Love ‘em or hate ‘em, we grow a lot of them! Kurrawong fact, our family were the first farmers to take Brussels sprouts to Sydney back in the early 1900s!
Rather proud radish photos from the markets yesterday (thanks for the anonymous text with the third photo 🤷♂️)
I’m going to plant 3 times as many of these tomorrow, as they grew so perfectly (uniform size, colour, leaf)! We don’t believe in wasting ugly veg, but we pride ourselves on the appearance of our produce and our stalls, sometimes we don’t get it quite right but we try. No joke, we’ve heard ‘anecdotes’ recently that: we’re ‘not organic as our produce looks too good’
Organic certainly doesn’t = *%#¥ quality! Mother Nature does some magical things in healthy soil, things science doesn’t even understand yet, things that no man made chemicals can mimic. Our soil, farm and produce are nearly a century in the making and we’re still learning and improving everyday
Organic heirloom tomato seedlings picked up from @wormticklers_nursery at @carriageworksfarmersmarket today
Thanks to Jordan for hooking us with these beauts. They’ll bring some great colour and variety to our stalls later in the season
We’ve got lots of Easter Egg radish this week! We’re trying to nail our planting schedule so we have year round radish!
Come see us at @carriageworksfarmersmarket, @bondifarmersmarket, @sydneysustainablemarkets and @crfarmersmarket for lots of organic goodies grown and harvested by us
Thanks to @jasminerm and @florenceasheb for the radish modelling!
Certified Organic and grown by us! First mint of the season this Saturday at @bondifarmersmarket, @carriageworksfarmersmarket, @crfarmersmarket and @sydneysustainablemarkets!
And there’ll be plenty more to come!
1800 cherry tomato plants going in first thing this morning
As with most our produce, we only grow tomatoes for our four Saturday morning farmers markets! @bondifarmersmarket, @carriageworksfarmersmarket, @sydneysustainablemarkets and @crfarmersmarket!
Coming soon are our early salad variety and later in the year we’ll have some big beefy field tomatoes and a whole lot of cherry tomatoes, plus we’re trialling some heirlooms from @wormticklers_nursery this summer!
New additions to our market stalls tomorrow
Sadly potatoes, pumpkin and sprouts are out. But our lettuce mix, rhubarb, chives and some more herbs are in this weekend
Coming soon are cucumbers, zucchini, squash, tomatoes (various kinds), capsicums (bell and banana), eggplant, (lots of) radish, spring onions, dill, melons, beans, peas, basil and who knows what else I’ve forgotten
Why don’t we have these things now?! This is something we get asked all the time, and something we remind people a lot. It’s because they’re not necessarily in season here locally in NSW, it’s because we’re farmers... WE GROW this food for you. When we’ve grown it, we’ll have it at the markets
Finally basil time 🙌🎉
Sweet green basil and purple ruffles are ready, and we will have lots of other varieties- lemon and cinnamon are always popular! Dont panic if you let them go to flower, bees go crazy for them 🐝, and you can always pinch them off to encourage more vegetative growth
Our first rhubarb of the season heading to the farmers markets this Saturday!
This is a compact variety, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in flavour! Come grab some at @bondifarmersmarket, @carriageworksfarmersmarket and @sydneysustainablemarkets
#repost @zackgoddard_ killed it with this ultimate Pumpkin & Ricotta Ravioli dish👌 // Burnt butter and pumpkin purée, roasted pumpkin, sage and nut crumb, crispy pumpkin skin, fried sage finished with grana padano cheese 🤤
Sal from @nonnamariaspasta working along side CIT Chefs last week. This weekend we have @superbao.canberra and @cannolibrothers taking part in the stallholder interactive demo. An opportunity for you to learn more about the people behind the produce.
We got rained off with our cabbage and cauliflower planting yesterday. So, after letting the soil dry for half the day, we’re back at it
The stickiness of the soil means the seedlings aren’t going in too well. Hence @misterbolks (the new guy) crawling through the mud
And it begins!
The start of our 2018/19 wholesale broccoli season! This is a side of our family farm that our market customers won’t usually know exists. We grow broccoli, and plenty of it! Despite being one of Australia’s largest growers of organic broccoli, we still harvest every single head by hand!
First of the zucchini are up!
I mention every year that spring is a funny time of year for farmers around the world: winter crops are ending, summer crops haven’t arrived yet and overheads are through the roof as we set up for another growing season
We sell the veggies that WE can grow and that ARE in season. There might not be a huge variety at our market stalls at the moment, but we’ll always bring down our delicious, fresh produce (rain or shine!) to nourish you
Thank you everyone as always for supporting us, supporting local and supporting organic. We assure you that the bounties of spring and summer are just a few weeks away!
They’ll be worth the wait 🙂
Our debutante, Orange, Cinnamon and Cayenne Dark Chocolate sold out this morning at the EPIC Farmers Market. Come get yours at The Forage (in Barton) this afternoon. #theforage#capitalregionfarmersmarket
We’re growing a lot of coriander at the moment! More than we ever have before, with plans to keep increasing production too
It’s muddy work, but the smell is unbeatable! All our coriander goes to @carriageworksfarmersmarket, @bondifarmersmarket, @sydneysustainablemarkets and @crfarmersmarket so come see us tomorrow for all your coriander needs (rain or shine!)
We currently switch between broadleaf and wild rocket depending on the season and transplant seedlings
We grow nice rocket, but not nearly as much as we would like/need. This is a trial of direct seeded cultivated rocket (arugula). We did a stale bed first, then cultivated weekly for the first few weeks of growth and have got pretty much no weeds
We’ve just placed an order for a load of seed and for some mesclun salad mix seed to trial as well. Coming to a farmers market soon!
We had two teams planting yesterday. We wanted to get as much in the ground as possible before the rain that’s forecast for the rest of the week
Team 1 (1 driver, 2 on the planter): 24,000 Cavolo Nero, 1200 red kale, 800 green kale, 3000 fennel, 4000 beetroot, 2000 rainbow chard, 2000 silverbeet
Team 2 (1 driver, 3 on the planter): 22,000 broccoli + who knows how many cauliflower and cabbage
This is us pretty much on a fortnightly basis for the next 6 months+ before we start planting at our other property for the winter. The majority of these crops are just for our FOUR Saturday morning market stalls!!! The broccoli will be sold wholesale as well, and the Cavolo Nero will be getting dehydrated. This is how much it takes to keep you guys fed!
It doesn’t look like much, but this is (in reverse) the hand planting of 700 certified organic Lebanese cucumber plants with drip irrigation
We’ll have the first cucumbers out of here very very soon and in a few months this tunnel will be pumping out around a tonne of cucumbers a week!
The process of set up is: soil tested, amendments made, soil irrigated twice, tilling, weed mat down, cucumbers planted, straw wrapped around each seedling to deter slugs, drip irrigation in and tested. From the weed mat going down this is around 6 hours worth of work for 6 people!
400x400mm spacing, 1200mm paths, 600mm Weed Gunnel (the black fabric), we’ll train to a single stem on a hire wire and ‘lower and lean’. The other side will be planted with eggplants, capsicums and okra in the next few days
I’ve tried my hardest not to do a million puppy posts recently, but it’s a heart breaker having to leave this little guy at 5am on Saturday mornings 💔 however Sydney needs their organic goodness, so needs must! 🥦 it’s another beautiful Saturday morning so pop down to the markets and say hi 👋
The Strawberry love affair continues this Saturday morning at CRFM. @cannolibrothers is showing their support by whipping up a sweet strawberry and ricotta cannoli. Breakfast? Why not I say! 🍓🌻🍓#cutthemupdontcutthemout
These are last years butterfly delphiniums in full bloom, they were spectacular! We will have some this weekend, they aren't flowering yet but are definitely worth the wait. Also pictured is the indigo ruby variety of tomato, beautiful to watch the fruit develop and of course beautiful to eat 😁
Getting better with my straight lines
800 rocket and 800 coriander transplanted. The coriander are being planted two cells at a time. Our bunches are usually two cells worth, so we’re using half the space, taking half the time to plant and can pull them up in ready made bunches!
We’ve started irrigating our tunnels with soaker hoses. Whilst they do seem a bit ‘basic’, they are great at watering targeted areas with an even heavy soak. And the thin jets of water reduce splash off the soil, in turn reducing the spread of disease and fungus (something that we have had problems with, particularly with Septoria on our parsley)
Two rows of radish germinating on the right and carrots, dill and spring onions on the far left
Thanks for a great (quick) sell-out morning at @bondifarmersmarket yesterday!
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Sometimes our later arrivals to the markets question why we haven’t brought anymore stock
We aim to sell as much as possible, but aim to sell out each week and take as little as we can back to the farm for compost. We’re farmers, we farm (a lot, we do over 20,000 work hours a year between us), so we only do markets on Saturday mornings. This means we can harvest on Thursday and Fridays and do all our other farm jobs Sunday-Wednesday: these veggies aren’t going to grow themselves!
@lovestreetbagels was all about strawberries this morning. Supporting their fellow stallholders all the way and taking time out to talk to #WInNewsCanberra about, well everything STRAWBERRIES 🍓🍓#cutthemupdontcutthemout
After 14 years at #crfm , Stikkie Bikkies have sadly, called it a day. Thank you for bringing so much delicious goodness to Canberra every fortnight - you will be missed. From all your customers, friends and fellow stall holders, enjoy your sleep ins and all the best on your next adventure. 🌿🌻🌿
See you very soon Sydney! You can’t quite see it in the photo but the cityscape is just poking through the mist on the horizon. Come say hi at @carriageworksfarmersmarket, @bondifarmersmarket, @sydneysustainablemarkets and of course @crfarmersmarket in Canberra on this beautiful morning 💚
We don't think your Saturday can get any better than freshly baked Pan De Casa with lashings of real butter and real honey!! Pan De Casa from Doms Woodfired Gourmet Bread every Saturday at your Farmers Market, Capital Region Farmers Market, Canberra. Ask for Rosie 🌿🍞❤️
Your lovely Farmers Bill and Sandra have been busy picking strawberries for tomorrow morning at #CRFM . Sandra also carries "seconds" that may be slightly burnt from the frost or a little bit damaged, but are still perfect for 🍓 jam!! B&S Produce Stand 24-26 #cutthemupdontcutthemout
Admittedly, puppy care has distracted me from Instagram so far this week. This doesn’t mean we haven’t been working!
We start spring transplanting next week (I think we’ve got 100,000+ seedlings to get in the ground 😩) and need to sow cover crops of oats and peas. Jobs this week have been maintenance based with a bit of direct seeding
We’ve set up new bigger main lines to each poly tunnel, mulched rhubarb beds (last photo), pulled up old parsley and rocket, measured out new beds, seeded all manner of radish (first photo), cultivated coriander and carrots, irrigated, weeded, the list goes on but we’re getting on top of things! 😬
We've collaborated with @tulgeen and the outcome is our own printed re-useable produce bags.
Thank you, Canberra for your support. Every order #CRFM places with Tulgeen will help provide purposeful, paid employment to people with disabilities. 💚