Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Fruity Winter

At this time of the year, when the outside temperature is colder than the cool room, making it feel warm when you walk inside, cheerfulness can be found in the colour of freshly picked lemons, ripening in winter. The same can be said of kiwifruit, saved from the birds in a backyard garden in Launceston. We've helped pick kiwifruit from the same two vines for three years running, and thank Joanne for letting us know when they're ready again. We only see her once a year, when she calls to let us know the fruit are ready. It's one of the joys of the season: tasting the cleansing taste of tropical-looking fruit on a chilly  morning while catching up on Joanne's news.


Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Colour Purple

Inspired by the purple carrot from Kindred in this week's hilbarn box, Hil's purple carrot cake with orange frosting proved a small hit (too 
good to waste time photographing properly, for example), and today's steaming hot purple carrot and orange soup is, well, weird - in a good way!  Weird because you think it should taste like beetroot, or red cabbage, but it really is pure carrot. Three cheers for the diamond jubilee purple carrot!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Jubilee Cake

The purple carrots from Kindred in this week's hilbarn box aren't exactly royal but the colour purple is (apparently because only the rich could afford the rare dye originally used to produce it). Not that we're making a pro-monarchy statement, but 60 years doing the same job is pretty good in our book, so we decided to give a nod and a nudge to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee pageant celebrations that turned 7 miles of the river Thames into a pale imitation of Sydney Harbour on Boxing Day. 

Purple carrot cake in the making as we speak... 

By Popular Demand

We had so many comments on Lyndy and Dave's organic garlic from their certified organic farm in Karoola that we decided to include it again in this week's hilbarn fresh produce boxes. We think it's so good because it has one of the best views in the world, which you can see for yourself when you stay at Pinner's B&B. We caught Lyndy at front reception...

Thanks also go to Rhonda and Bron (left) who join us every week to help pack fresh produce into hilbarn boxes. It's not so easy in the middle of winter. Lots of layers are required in the hilbarn packing shed, including the layering of gloves: Bron has started wearing gardening Ninjas under her disposable gloves to stay warm. It's always fun, though, as we swap local gossip, recipes and jokes as we go. 

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Winter Crops

It was a misty start to our hilbarn produce pick-ups this morning but the signs of winter were heartwarming as we passed by busy tractors, watered furrows and verdant crops in brick red soil along the Central Coast.  We love what we do and hope you do to! Freshly harvested Brussels sprouts, purple carrots and "Innovator" potatoes are stacked up now ready for packing into hilbarn fresh produce boxes tomorrow. We're always amazed how many crops grow prolifically in the dead of winter: brassicas galore!