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Local Harvest Challenge 2013 – Fruit & Vegetables (on a budget)

March 31, 2013

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(pics; left: example of a basket made up in February and right: last years Local Harvest Challenge produce)

As mentioned in my previous post we have decided to not only focus on the elements that I signed up for in this years Local Harvest Challenge, but also take a keen look at convenience, availability and budget.

As many of our customers would know, we have recently started working towards implementing a local fruit and vegetable box option for our local region. Our Farmers Markets here in Orange are only on once a month. So the question is, What do our customers do for the rest of the month? Do they visit one of the large supermarket chains that take up residence in our city? My guess is, Yes. I know that in most cases this would not be by choice but because they do not have access to the produce available at the farmers market each week. And by now, it would be convenience and routine for them to visit one fo the supermarkets for the rest of the month.

We are taking it upon ourselves with the support of our farming friends, some other local businesses and our customers to bring ‘local’ fruit and vegetable boxes to the people of our region! More on this in the next week.

In the meantime, I will be using the option of one of these boxes to supply our fresh fruit and vegetable for the week of our challenge. As we are starting our Fuji apple harvest this week and have a few more people around the house than usual I am going to use a large box.

Our Large Local Fruit & Vegetable Mix Box (this week) will include:
* 2 x punnets figs (approx 900gm)
* 1 x 500gm punnet strawberries
* 1/2 kg muscatel grapes
* 2kg mix apples/pears
* 1 x bunches kale/spinach
* 1kg loose carrots/carrot bunch
* 2 x bunches garlic
* 2 large heads broccoli
* 2kgs Dutch Cream spuds
* 1/2 pumpkin
* 300gm brussel sprouts

We will also supplement this (if necessary) with some items we have growing in our home veggie patch, including; beans, zucchini, lemon thyme, thyme, rosemary, parsley, tomatoes, mixed leaf and chard.


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