Tuesday, January 22, 2013

hilbarn delivery day

So here is the last hilbarn fresh produce box we packed on Sunday night. It's a double box overflowing with this week's colourful array of summer produce. Blueberries from Alex & James in Lebrina and John & Lesley in Lilydale; squash and green beans from Va & Pheng in Wesley Vale; Graeme's basil from Thirlstane; tomatoes from Colin & Jenny in Glengarry; roquette from Richmond; capsicum from Kindred; Hillwood cherries; garlic from Sam & Pete in Devonport; Dutch cream potatoes from Wayne in Hollwell, and Yolla iceberg lettuce.

Yesterday we delivered to Pick Up Points and homes in Launceston from Mowbray to Riverside, Prospect to Newstead, and everywhere inbetween. One of our highlights was catching  Edie (left) playing in the garden and Tavish (right) helping dad bake scones. We love these morning moments. Catching people going about their daily lives is not normally what strangers are allowed to do. But through our delivery days we have come to watch young people growing up enjoying both the bounty of their back yard and the joys of mum and dad's kitchen table.
The final joy of the day: Pat's no sift scones on display in the upstairs cafe at Neil Pitt Menswear (a hilbarn Pick Up Point in central Launceston). Perfect, or what? It was a tip-top scone kind of day... 

Monday, January 21, 2013

This summer

Apart from the joys of apricots, we've been enjoying what comes from the garden (tomatoes, and basil flowers cut into olive oil); the pluckiest green beans we've seen, collected from Va and Pheng on Saturday morning for this week's hilbarn boxes (imagine how long it took to hand-pick 55 kilos! We are endlessly grateful for their hard work); plus, a gift from John and Lesley at Cherry Top Farm, Lilydale. When Barn went to collect their blueberries which (together with Alex and James' from Lebrina) make up our total blueberries for this week's hilbarn boxes, John gave him a jar of their farm honey. Just stop everything, unscrew the lid and dip a finger in it... Off to do deliveries in town now with sticky fingers.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Summer Salad Soup

A welcome back to a new hilbarn fresh produce year with this recipe for classic Gazpacho, a traditional dish from Spain, included in this week's box. The chilled soup is easy to blend, there's no cooking, and uses the capsicum from Kindred, Alan's cucumber from Northdown, ripe tomatoes from Glengarry and Pete and Sam's garlic from Devonport. Aside from alcohol, what could be more refreshing in this heat?