This week we welcome the almost unbelievably early return of raspberries! Brendan of Berries & Cherries Tasmania has a trial crop of raspberries growing in a poly-tunnel near New Norfolk, using a hydroponic system, and as a result a) they start earlier and finish later, and b) many of the issues due to unpredictable and unseasonal weather are largely removed, allowing for a consistently high quality product. We were only able to get enough raspberries for the $30 boxes this week (who are in berry heaven with both raspberries and strawberries) but we’ll do our best to include them in the $20 and $40 boxes soon.
We’re also excited to have new season Kennebecs from potato grower John – freshly dug this week, with barely set skins, these should be a real treat; and King Edwards and Up-to-Dates should be ready by Christmas time!
A few of our smaller organic growers have been able to supply enough for some of the other box types this week – Golden Valley Farm was able to supply almost 150 butter crunch lettuces, York Town Organics’ baby silverbeet is in the $40 boxes, and Little Farm’s artichokes feature in the $40 box; Scottee’s strawberries were also finally ready this week, giving us the opportunity to give our organic customers a little taste of spring.
Here’s the full run down of what’s in your boxes this week: