Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Squash in the farm shop

We now have a range of ten squash varieties available to buy at £2 per kilo in the farm shop.
Blue Ballet

Crown Prince

Green Hokkaido

Jack O Lantern

Sweet Dumpling

Turk's Turban

Winter Luxury

Jack Be Little

The shop is open every day of the week from 11am till 6pm.


Matthew planting giant winter spinach into a bed in the Mothership polytunnel.
As I write this, Matthew is on a train on his way back to London, having come down to Cornwall to help out on the community farm for one week. Thanks to Matthew for his help, and I hope you found it a worthwhile experience.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

St Just In Bloom presentation

On Friday 13th October, Chris and Ian represented the community farm at the St Just In Bloom presentation, in conjunction with Britain In Bloom and the Royal Horticultural Society. For the thrid year running we received the highest accolade in the "It's Your Neighbourhood" section - outstanding.
This year we also helped St Just In Bloom by planting bedding plants into several planters on the entrance to town.

Not much of what we do would be possible without our volunteers - local, national, and international - who help out on the farm every day of the year, so a VERY BIG THANK YOU to every one of them.

Squash harvest 2017

This year has been a bumper harvest of winter squash, totalling over 1200 kg, four times the amount we harvested last year. The first few "gem" squash went out in our veg boxes on Friday, and there will be plenty available in our farm shop from next week onwards (once they have cured in our polytunnel). We have several varieties, including blue ballet, crown prince, winter luxury, green Hokkaido, jack-o-lantern, jack be little, turk's turban, sweet dumpling, and gem.
Part of our squash patch before harvesting.

One of many wheelbarrows of squash heading for the polytunnel.

The main bench of squash curing in our propagation tunnel.

More squash on more shelves!
A selection of squash laid out to cure.
All our squash are good eaters (rather than good carvers, although the two jacks are very good for that too), and will be on sale at £2 per kilo in the farm shop, at farmers' markets, and to local restaurants and pubs, as well as going into our weekly veg boxes for the forseeable future.

Veg boxes 13th October

Small veg box (£6) - cara potatoes, kale, onions, tomatoes, beetroot, and gem squash (a South African variety ideal for stuffing, small and round and dark green).
Standard veg box (£10) - cara potatoes, kale, onions, beetroot, gem squash, Swiss chard, Vietnamese coriander, courgettes, peppers, rocket, and purple-top turnips.

Josef, Elisa, Nathan, and David

Josef (left) and Nathan (right) picking kale beneath bird-mesh.

David planting Chinese cabbage in the Mothership polytunnel.

Nathan with a barrow of turnips in the farmyard.
Another four wwoof volunteers have moved on recently after several weeks each helping on the farm - Josef from Germany, Elisa from Italy (sorry, no photo!), Nathan from France, and David from the UK. Many thanks to them all for their help, and we wish them well in their onward travels.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Veg boxes 6th October

Standard veg box, Friday 6th October: Valor potatoes, courgettes, peppers, red Russian kale, purple-top turnips, rocket, tomatoes, perpetual spinach, mixed herbs, and a romanesco (all grown on the community farm except the romanesco which came from Cargease Organics near Penzance).
We produce veg boxes every Friday, 52 times a year, and we have done so since May 2011. We have two sizes of veg box, the standard for £10, and the small for £6, with the majority of the contents being grown here on the community farm (we buy some veg from two organic farms near Penzance). We will deliver to most addresses in Penwith for a £1 delivery charge (please enquire), or you can collect at no additional cost from the farm, or the North Inn in Pendeen, or CafeArt in St Ives. We can also include in your veg box our own free-range eggs, local organic bread from Vicky's in Helston, and local organic milk from Treen. You can choose to have your box weekly or fortnightly, once a month or as a one-off, and you can pay by cash or cheque on delivery or set up a standing order.

Please contact us on 788454 or vegbox.bcf@bcents.org for more details.