Garlic time on the farm

It’s garlic planting time on the farm.

What does that mean? Bed prepping, cracking bulbs into cloves to plant, measuring out beds, planting, covering, watering and mulching.

We are currently planting out our Turban garlic variety which will be harvested in early November, yes, it takes that long to grow. Once planted we need to regularly weed, water and feed, normally with compost and seaweed solution.

The garlic will start to throw up ‘scapes’ before it is ready to harvest, and these we collect off the plants and turn into delicious scape ferments, pickles and sell fresh. Some of these will also start to grow ‘bulbils’ which we also sell fresh, fermented and pickled, they are yum.

Whilst planting is a huge project, with up to 1000 cloves per bed, it is strategically timed for school holidays (no, not really, it just happens to be school holidays) so that we have extra hands on deck. The kids just love helping to plant the garlic (not really ;-), however harvest time in November is an even bigger huge, having to pull and strip the dead plant matter from the outside ready for hanging. These then take a few months to cure properly, but we will have fresh garlic in time for Christmas, including braids.

In the meantime, we still have cured Dunganski garlic for sale – a later planting and harvesting garlic which we’ll start to plant again in a few months.

Interested in finding out more about local garlic? Come along to the Bungendore Harvest Festival for garlic talks and tasting!

Available this week

Loads of garden greens plus FRESH Sommerlad Chicken and a range of Grass-Fed Beef

Garden favourites:

  • Salad Mix $3/bag (rocket, mizuna, lettuce, portaluca, sorrel and more)
  • Stir-fry Greens $3/bag (silverbeet, beetroot leaves, kale)
  • Silverbeet $3/bunch
  • Baby Kale $3/bag (mix of cavalo nero, russian and curly)
  • Kale $3/bunch
  • Cucumber $1 each small, $2 each large
  • Rhubarb $3/bunch
  • Beans $4/small bag – limited supply
  • Shallots $3/bunch
  • Dunganski Garlic – late season $1 each
  • Heirloom Zucchini 4 for $3
  • Brocollini $3/bunch
  • Pumpkin $4/kg

Garden Herbs:

  • Chives $3/bunch
  • Basil $3/bag
  • Coriander $3/bag
  • Dill $3/bag

From the pantry:

  • Our range of Herbal Teas in larger packs $4
  • Naked Organic Passata (just tomatoes, no other added stuff) $8
  • Garlic Bulbils $8 (yum!)
  • Pickled Scapes $8
  • Kombucha $4 (Marionberry, Blackberry, Raspberry, Turmeric and Ginger, Nectarine and Red Currant)

Looking to order in advance? order your Harvest Box by 2pm Friday for a range of fresh and pantry products

Celebrate local food, farming and fibre

This is shaping up to be a fantastic weekend!

Join us for a weekend that promises to put Bungendore on the map as an identity for food, farming and fibre related activities.  The Bungendore Harvest Festival will promote integrity and freshness in the growing, breeding and production of produce in the Southern Harvest Region.

On Friday 28th April, linger over meals showcasing locally sourced food and beverages.

On Saturday 29th April, the streets of Bungendore will come alive with stalls, talks, cooking demonstrations and other activities. The Festival will take place in marquees along the footpaths in Ellendon Street and at participating businesses. Stalls along Ellendon Street will include fresh seasonal produce and meat from local farmers, food preserved from local harvests, local wines for tasting, other local food delights.

On Sunday 30th April, explore the region and discover Bungendore’s potential as a regional food destination. Participate in farm and winery tours, sample Bungendore’s freshest and finest local food at cafes and restaurants, and attend courses and demonstrations. If there’s something that takes your fancy, we suggest you book now to avoid disappointment.  Click on the links to find out more about events.

Friday 28th April

6-9PM     Shared Butchers Board at The George Bar & Dining – BOOKINGS PREFERRED

Saturday 29th April

10AM-5PM     Bugendore Harvest Festival Market Stalls in Ellendon Street

10AM-5PM     Compost and worm farm clinic at Landtasia Organic Farms’ market stall

10AM-5PM     Cooking demonstrations featuring local produce at the Thermomix market stall

10AM-5PM     Beekeeping Q & A with Bees R Us

10AM-5PM     Face art (all day) and balloon twisting (morning only) in the Village Square

10AM – 7:30PM     Local wine tastings at Bungendore Cellars

10:30-11AM     Beekeeping Basics at the Bees R Us market stall

11:30AM     Dachshund fashion parade at The Carrington Inn

10:30AM – 2PM     Cooking Class and Lunch:Rabbit with apple cider and plums & Calvados souffleFULLY BOOKED

11-11:25AM     The Bungendore Community Choir sings at the Bungendore Community Bank

11:30-11:40AM     Learn how to infuse olive oil with Flat Out Produce

11:30AM-12PM     Farming in a small way talk and demo by award-winning Fresh Landscape Design.

12-3PM    Shared Butchers Board at The George Bar & Dining – BOOKINGS PREFERRED

12-3PM     Lunch at Lark Hill Biodynamic Winery – BOOKINGS REQUIRED

12:30PM – Dachshund Parade through the market stalls – starting at The Carrington

12:30-12:50PM     Be Sharp with professional Horticulturist Paul Kirkpatrick

1-1:30PM     Happy healthy backyard chickens with Leisa from Growing Vegies with Chooks in the City

2-2:30PM     Growing Garlic talk by Wynlen House Slow Food Farm

2:30-2:40PM     Learn how to infuse olive oil with Flat Out Produce

2:30-3PM     Beekeeping Basics at the Bees R Us market stall

3PM – Garlic tasting at Bywong Garlic’s market stall

3-3:30PM   Permaculture at home presented by Southern Harvest Education

3:30-4PM    Seed Saving with Canberra Seed Savers

6-9PM     Shared Butchers Board at The George Bar & Dining – BOOKINGS PREFERRED

7-9:30PM     Bungendore Harvest Festival Dinner at Le Tres Bon – BOOKINGS PREFERRED

Sunday 30th April

9:30AM-7PM    Provisions Deli and Grocery open with local produce in the courtyard.  Details coming soon.

10-11AM     Open farm and talks at Silver Wattle Quaker Centre

10AM-12PM     Roogulli Farm Tours at the home of award winning Fresh Landscape Design – BOOKINGS REQUIRED

10AM-3PM     Farm tours (bookings recommended), farm gate sales and pick your own chestnuts at Tweenhills Chestnuts

11AM     Winery Tour at Lark Hill Biodynamic Winery – BOOKINGS REQUIRED

11AM-3:30PM     Open Farm at Wynlen House Urban Micro Farm

11AM-5PM     Open garden at The Old Stone House

11AM-5PM     Devonshire tea in the gardens at The Old Stone House – BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL

11AM-5PM     Bungendore Wine Trail Tour with Executive Events Solutions – BOOKINGS REQUIRED

11AM-5PM     Local food and wine at Contentious Character

12-3PM     Lunch at Lark Hill Biodynamic Winery – BOOKINGS REQUIRED

12-3PM    Shared Butchers Board at The George Bar & Dining – BOOKINGS PREFERRED

1-2:30PM     Roogulli Farming in a small way tour at the home of award winning Fresh Landscape Design – BOOKINGS REQUIRED

1-5PM     Wine Tastings at The Old Stone House

1:3o-4:30PM     Open Farm at Greenhill Farm – FREE, BUT RSVP PREFERRED

2-3PM     Open farm and talks at Silver Wattle Quaker Centre

6-9PM     Shared Butchers Board at The George Bar & Dining – BOOKINGS PREFERRED

Bungendore Harvest Festival News

It’s been a pretty full-on week with Harvest Festival organising.

The program is coming together nicely, highlights including:

10AM-5PM     Bungendore Harvest Festival Market Stalls in Ellendon Street

10AM-5PM     Compost and worm farm clinic at Landtasia Organic Farms’ market stall

10AM-5PM     Face art (all day) and balloon twisting (morning only) in the Village Square

10AM-4PM     Learn how to roast your own chestnuts with Tweenhills Chestnuts

10AM – 7:30PM     Local wine tastings at Bungendore Cellars

10:30AM-1:30PM     Dachshund fashion parade and street walk organised by Werriwa Wiener Dash

10:30AM – 2PM     Cooking Class and Lunch:Rabbit with apple cider and plums & Calvados souffleFULLY BOOKED

11-11:25AM     The Bungendore Community Choir sings in Ellendon Street

11:30-11:40AM     Learn how to infuse olive oil with Flat Out Produce

11:30AM-12PM     Farming in a small way talk and demo by award-winning Fresh Landscape Design.

12-3PM    Shared Butchers Board at The George Bar & Dining – BOOKINGS PREFERRED

1-1:30PM     Happy healthy backyard chickens with Leisa from Growing Vegies with Chooks in the City

2-2:30PM     Growing Garlic talk by Wynlen House Slow Food Farm

2:30-2:40PM     Learn how to infuse olive oil with Flat Out Produce

3PM – Garlic tasting at Bywong Garlic’s market stall

6-9PM     Shared Butchers Board at The George Bar & Dining – BOOKINGS PREFERRED

7-9:30PM     Bungendore Harvest Festival Dinner at Le Tres Bon – BOOKINGS PREFERRED

Check out the full program (being updated as more activities are announced)

We were fortunate enough to be on WIN News in Canberra on Monday night – some pictures from the shoot below.

 

 

Yesterday we did the ‘official’ launch – more photos to follow, but this is Penny in full farmer gear 🙂

Autumn Produce from the Farm

Autumn Produce from Caroola Farm, plus more…

Apart from lovely fresh greens from the garden, this week we will have FRESH organic, 100% grass-fed beef and a little lamb plus whole Sommerlad Chicken (frozen) from Hillside Pastured Farm as well as pastured chicken frames, feet and necks and a limited selection of Pork- a big FRESH week all in all!

Don’t forget that EPIC and Southside Markets in Canberra are not on this week, so get in quick at the Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore for your Easter produce.

From the garden:

  • Pumpkin $4/kg
  • Cucumber $1 each small, $2 each large
  • Rhubarb $3/bunch
  • Beans $4/small bag – limited supply
  • Shallots $3/bunch
  • Baby Kale $3/bag (mix of cavalo nero, russian and curly)
  • Kale $3/bunch
  • Silverbeet $3/bunch
  • Salad Mix $3/bag (rocket, mizuna, lettuce, portaluca, sorrel and more)
  • Stir-fry Greens $3/bag (silverbeet, beetroot leaves, kale)
  • Chicory $3/bunch
  • Italian Rapa $3/bunch
  • Garlic (small) $0.50 each or 4 for $2
  • Heirloom Zucchini 4 for $3
  • Brocollini $3/bunch

Fresh Herbs:

  • Chives $3/bunch
  • Basil $3/bag
  • Coriander $3/bag
  • Dill $3/bag

From the pantry:

  • Our range of Herbal Teas in larger packs $4
  • Naked Organic Passata (just tomatoes, no other added stuff) $8
  • Garlic Bulbils $8 (yum!)
  • Pickled Scapes $8
  • Kombucha $4 (Marionberry, Blackberry, Raspberry, Turmeric and Ginger, Nectarine and Red Currant)

Looking to order in advance? order your Harvest Box by 2pm Friday for a range of fresh and pantry products

Bungendore Farmers Market at St Marys Autumn Fair Sat 8 April

With all the action centered on St Mary’s Autumn Fair this weekend, the Southern Harvest Farmers Market will relocate for the day to join in on all the fun from 9am to 3pm. So, on Saturday 8th April, head on down Turallo Terrace to find your usual fresh produce stalls, plus loads more.

There will be an Autumn abundance of locally produced pumpkin, zucchini, beetroot, salad greens, apples, pears, fresh pork, beef and chicken. In addition, you’ll find a bounty of summer produce that has been turned into yummy preserves such as jam, cordial, passata, chutney and relish.

Stallholders will include Caroola Farm, Dewsbury’s Free Range Pork, Mamma Rita’s Farm, Bees R Us, Dots Jams, Adams Patisserie, Flat Out Produce, Sharwood Hampers. Our Community Stall will also be available for you to sell the excess from your own garden.

Bungendore Harvest Festival 28-30 April

Celebrate local food, farming and fibre

Join us for a weekend that promises to put Bungendore on the map as an identity for food, farming and fibre related activities.  The Bungendore Harvest Festival will promote integrity and freshness in the growing, breeding and production of produce in the Southern Harvest Region.

On Friday 28th April, linger over meals showcasing locally sourced food and beverages.

On Saturday 29th April, the streets of Bungendore will come alive with stalls, talks, cooking demonstrations and other activities. The Festival will take place in marquees along the footpaths in Ellendon Street and at participating businesses. Stalls along Ellendon Street will include fresh seasonal produce and meat from local farmers, food preserved from local harvests, local wines for tasting, other local food delights.

On Sunday 30th April, explore the region and discover Bungendore’s potential as a regional food destination. Participate in farm and winery tours, sample Bungendore’s freshest and finest local food at cafes and restaurants, and attend courses and demonstrations.

More information on the Bungendore Harvest Festival

Fresh from the farm and more…

Produce from Caroola Farm, plus more…

This week we will have FRESH organic, 100% grass-fed beef and lamb plus whole Sommerlad Chicken from Hillside Pastured Farm as well as pastured chicken frames, feet and necks – a big FRESH week all in all!

From the garden:

  • Pumpkin $4/kg
  • Cucumber $1 each small, $2 each large
  • Rhubarb $3/bunch
  • Beetroot $3/bunch – limited supply
  • Beans $3/small bag – limited supply
  • Radishes $3/bunch
  • Baby Kale $3/bag (mix of cavalo nero, russian and curly)
  • Kale $3/bunch
  • Silverbeet $3/bunch
  • Salad Mix $3/bag (rocket, mizuna, lettuce, portaluca, sorrel and more)
  • Stir-fry Greens $3/bag (silverbeet, beetroot leaves, kale)
  • Garlic (small) $0.50 each or 4 for $2
  • Heirloom Zucchini 4 for $3
  • Brocollini $3/bunch

Fresh Herbs:

 

  • Chives $3/bunch
  • Basil $3/bag
  • Coriander $3/bag
  • Dill $3/bag

 

From the pantry:

  • Our range of Herbal Teas in larger packs $4
  • Naked Organic Passata (just tomatoes, no other added stuff) $8
  • Garlic Bulbils $8 (yum!)
  • Pickled Scapes $8
  • Vegetable Stock $8
  • Kombucha $4 (Marionberry, Blackberry, Raspberry, Turmeric and Ginger, Nectarine and Red Currant)

Looking to order in advance? order your Harvest Box by 2pm Friday for a range of fresh and pantry products

From the Farm this week

Produce from our farm, plus more…

This week we will have FRESH organic, 100% grass-fed beef.

From the garden:

  • Beetroot $3/bunch – limited supply
  • Beans $3/small bag – limited supply
  • Radishes $3/bunch
  • Baby Kale $3/bag (mix of cavalo nero, russian and curly)
  • Chives $3/bunch
  • Basil $3/bag
  • Coriander $3/bag
  • Dill $3/bag
  • Kale $3/bunch
  • Silverbeet $3/bunch
  • Salad Mix $3/bag (rocket, mizuna, lettuce, portaluca, sorrel and more)
  • Stir-fry Greens $3/bag (silverbeet, beetroot leaves, kale)
  • Garlic (small) 3 for $1
  • Nicola Potatoes $5/kg (get in quick)
  • Heirloom Zucchini 4 for $3
  • Brocollini $3/bunch

From the pantry:

  • Our range of Herbal Teas in larger packs $5
  • Naked Organic Passata (just tomatoes, no other added stuff) $8
  • Garlic Bulbils $8 (yum!)
  • Pickled Scapes $8
  • Vegetable Stock $8
  • Kombucha $4 (Marionberry, Blackberry and Red Currant)

Looking to order in advance? order your Harvest Box by 2pm Friday for a range of fresh and pantry products

 

Available this week

Produce from our farm, plus more…

This week we will have FRESH whole, Sommerlad chicken available from Hillside Pastured Farm (there is still time to order if you have yet to put your order in) plus pastured chicken frames, feet and necks. We also have a range of lamb and pork frozen for your convenience.

From the garden:

  • Carrots $4/bunch – limited supply
  • Beetroot $3/bunch – limited supply
  • Beans $3/small bag – limited supply
  • Radishes $3/bunch
  • Armenian Cucumbers $2 each (these are crispy, crunchy and yum, but you need to get in quick)
  • Baby Kale $3/bag (mix of cavalo nero, russian and curly)
  • Basil $3/bag
  • Coriander $3/bag
  • Dill $3/bag
  • Kale $3/bunch
  • Silverbeet $3/bunch
  • Salad Mix $3/bag (rocket, mizuna, lettuce, portaluca, sorrel and more)
  • Stir-fry Greens $3/bag (silverbeet, beetroot leaves, kale)
  • Garlic (small) 3 for $1
  • Nicola Potatoes $5/kg (get in quick)
  • Heirloom Zucchini 4 for $3
  • Blackberries $10/tub
  • Brocollini $3/bunch

From the pantry:

  • Our new range of Herbal Teas in larger packs $5
  • Naked Organic Passata (just tomatoes, no other added stuff) $8
  • Garlic Bulbils $8 (yum!)
  • Pickled Scapes $8
  • Vegetable Stock $8
  • Kombucha $4 (Marionberry, Raspberry and Nectarine)

Looking to order in advance? order your Harvest Box by 2pm Friday for a range of fresh and pantry products

Next week we will have fresh beef including mince, preservative free sausages, osso bucco, corned beef, porterhouse, t-bone and fillet steaks.

Mario and Bruno find a new home

Our beloved Maremma dogs Mario and Bruno have found a lovely new home at Full Circle Farm

As we have had to downscale our poultry production whilst we sort out issues with various regulatory bodies, the boys did not have any work, and it is not fair to have working dogs without work.

Mario and Bruno will now protect the meat birds and soon to launch egg laying birds at Full Circle Farm! These guys will ward off predators, allowing the animals to have even more freedom to forage and express their ‘chickeness’ .

We will miss these boys dearly, but feel it is only fair to them that they find a new and productive home in a happy place. Georgio (George) is staying on with us to continue to protect our small herd of ducks.

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Now at Southside Farmers Market every week

Caroola Farm is now at Southside Farmers Market in Canberra every week

The Southside Farmers Market is held on Sunday mornings at Canberra College in Woden until 11.30am

Caroola Farm will be taking our full range of meat products including lamb, pork and beef. We now have approval to supply chicken from Hillside Pastured Farm in Young and so will have fresh Sommerlad chickens plus pastured chicken frames, feet and necks.

We’ll also be taking along our full range of herbal teas and stocks, including our Naked Organic Passata.

Drop in and say hi, we are hard to miss in our orange tent 🙂

Farm Produce this week

Farm fresh produce, organically and lovingly grown, see us at the Farmers Markets, or order by email or online.

This week we will have FRESH lamb, including sausage, mince, roasts, chops and more. Get in quick as we have limited supply. We’ll also bring along pork loin chops and mince and any other deliciousness we can find hidden in the freezer.

From the garden:

  • Armenian Cucumbers $2 each (these are crispy, crunchy and yum, but you need to get in quick)
  • Baby Kale $3/bag (mix of cavalo nero, russian and curly)
  • Basil $3/bag
  • Coriander $3/bag
  • Kale $3/bunch
  • Silverbeet $3/bunch
  • Salad Mix $3/bag (rocket, mizuna, lettuce, portaluca, sorrel and more)
  • Stir-fry Greens $3/bag (silverbeet, beetroot leaves, kale, amaranth)
  • Garlic (small) 3 for $1
  • Nicola Potatoes $5/kg (get in quick)
  • HeirloomTomatoes $5/500g (tricky with the rain and heat, but will see how we go this week)
  • Yellow Zucchini 4 for $3
  • Blackberries $10/tub
  • Brocollini $3/bunch (very limited)
  • Beetroot $3/bunch (also very limited)

From the pantry:

  • Garlic Bulbils $8 (yum!)
  • Dried Herbs and Herbal Teas $3
  • Pickled Scapes $8
  • Vegetable Stock $8
  • Kombucha $4

Looking to order in advance? order your Harvest Box by 2pm Friday for a range of fresh and pantry products

Next week we will have fresh beef of lots of different cuts, along with whole Sommerlad Chickens from Hillside Pastured Farm. Ordering in advance (especially for the chicken) is highly recommended – simply reply to this email.

Sommerlad Chicken now available from Hillside Pastured Poultry

News Flash, we are able to source Sommerlad Chickens from Hillside Pastured Poultry at Young as whole birds only at this point.

In case you’ve missed it, due to planning regulations, we are not currently producing chickens for meat (yes, we are talking to loads of people and trying to resolve this issue.)

We have been to check out the farm at Hillside and processing facilities and would be happy to recommend their poultry.  Daniel and Christina raise all of their chickens on pasture with totally free access to pasture and supplemented with protein rich feed* *not certified organic feed but otherwise chemical free.

We have worked out an agent agreement to enable us to provide these chickens at Southside Farmers Market starting on Sunday 26 March, however, at other markets we would only be able to supply by confirmed order.

Please email us on penny(at)caroolafarm.com.au to secure your order, as always, we envisage they will go quickly.

This week from Caroola

Farm fresh produce, organically and lovingly grown, see us at the Farmers Markets, or order by email or online.

From the garden:

  • Armenian Cucumbers $2 each (these are crispy, crunchy and yum, but you need to get in quick)
  • Baby Kale $3/bag (mix of cavalo nero, russian and curly)
  • Kale $3/bunch
  • Red Spring Onions $3/bunch (last harvest for a few months)
  • Silverbeet $3/bunch
  • Salad Mix $3/bag (rocket, mizuna, lettuce, portaluca, sorrel and more)
  • Stir-fry Greens $3/bag (silverbeet, beetroot leaves, kale, amaranth)
  • Garlic (small) 3 for $1
  • Nicola Potatoes $5/kg (get in quick)
  • HeirloomTomatoes $5/500g
  • Yellow Zucchini 4 for $3
  • Blackberries $10/tub

From the pantry:

  • Garlic Bulbils $8 (yum!)
  • Dried Herbs and Herbal Teas $3
  • Pickled Scapes $8
  • Vegetable Stock $8
  • Kombucha $4 (Blackberry, raspberry, blueberry, turmeric and ginger)

Looking to order in advance? order your Harvest Box by 2pm Friday for a range of fresh and pantry products

We also have beef and pork cuts in the freezer including topside, mince, diced, chuck, rump, pork loin chops, diced pork, pork mince, trotters and heads for those looking to make interesting things 😉

Zucchini Zazzle

Zucchini Zazzle at the Farmers Market

What can you do with too many zucchinis? Have a Zucchini Zazzle and raise funds for those affected by the recent bushfires! Cook your heart out and bring your offerings along for sale by donation at the  Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore on Saturday 11 March.

Need recipe ideas? Zucchini fritters, chocolate cake, soup, antipasto, pickled zucchinis and more. There are many, many things you can do with many, many zucchinis, so take this opportunity to shine.

Bring your baked/cooked/preserved donations along to the Farmers Market at the Anglican Church Hall by 9am (please write an ingredients list to go with your donation for those who have allergies). If you want to stay and help out or chat about zucchinis that is also fine.

Don’t have zucchinis? Beg, borrow or steal some? (joking). Come along and purchase produce others have made, purchases by donation. Proceeds go to those affected by the Carwoola Fires.

What are you waiting for? Get creative. See you at the Zucchini Zazzle at the Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore from 9am-12noon on Saturday 11 March at the Anglican Church Hall, Butmaroo Street, Bungendore. www.southernharvest.org.au

Pan Fried Pork Chops

Pan Fried Pork Chops

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon salt and pepper mix (try the native peppersalt from Bent Shed Produce)
  • 8 pork loin chops
  • 1 cup organic flour
  • Crushed chillies or cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Salt and pepper both sides of the pork chops.

Combine the flour and chilli/cayenne to your tast, salt and black pepper. Coat each side of the pork chops in the flour mixture, and set aside.

Heat the oil over medium to medium-high heat. Add the butter. When the butter is melted and the butter/oil mixture is hot, cook pork chops, 2 to 3 minutes on the first side. Flip and cook until the chops are golden brown on the other side, 1 to 2 minutes (ensuring no pink juices remain).

You can always BBQ these if you prefer.

Serve with new potato salad and fresh greens.

Bungendore Harvest Festival 28-30 April

Bungendore Harvest Festival 28-30 April

Join us for a weekend that promotes integrity and freshness in the growing, breeding and production of produce in the Southern Harvest Region and centres on Bungendore as a regional identity for food, farming and fibre related activities.

On Friday 28th April, Bungendore food venues will showcase locally sourced food and beverages for your enjoyment.

On Saturday 29th April, the streets of Bungendore will come alive with stalls, talks, cooking demonstrations and other activities. The Festival will take place in marquees along the footpaths in Ellendon Street and at participating businesses. Stalls along Ellendon Street will include fresh seasonal produce from local farmers, food preserved from local harvests, local wines for tasting, other local food delights.

On Sunday 30th April, explore the region and discover the Bungendore region as a food, wine and fibre. Participate in farm and winery tours, sample Bungendore’s freshest and finest local food at cafes and restaurants, and attend courses and demonstrations.

The Bungendore Harvest Festival also needs sponsors to help Southern Harvest offset the costs associated with the Festival.  Sponsorship starts from as little as $100.  Applications to sponsor the Bungendore Harvest Festival close Friday 17th March 2017.  Other applications close Friday 24th March 2017, but will close early if oversubscribed.

The weekend Festival will encourage overnight visitors and aims to encourage and promote integrity and freshness in the growing, breeding and production of produce in the Southern Harvest Region and put Bungendore on the map as an identity for food, farming and fibre related activities.

Stallholder, sponsorship, local business and farm tour applications forms are all available online at www.southernharvest.org.au/harvest-festival/ or email hello@southernharvest.org.au for more information.

Produce available this week

We have organically grown pastured pork and 100% grass-fed beef available for you this week, frozen for your convenience 🙂

From the garden:

  • Armenian Cucumbers $2 each
  • Baby Kale $3/bag
  • Red Spring Onions $3/bunch
  • Silverbeet $3/bunch
  • Salad Mix $3/bag
  • Stir-fry Greens $3/bag
  • Garlic (small) 3 for $1
  • Nicola Potatoes $5/kg
  • Tigerella Tomatoes $5/500g
  • Mortgage Lifter Tomatoes $5/500g
  • Yellow Zucchini 4 for $3
  • Zucchini Flowers 4 for $2
  • Blackberries $10/tub

From the pantry:

  • Dried Herbs and Herbal Teas $3
  • Pickled Scapes $8
  • Vegetable Stock $8
  • Kombucha $4 (Blackberry, raspberry, blueberry, turmeric and ginger)

Looking to order in advance?

order your Harvest Box by 2pm Friday for a range of fresh and pantry products

You can add to your harvest box with items from our produce cupboard, pork or beef if you would like, just add a comment when you place the order.

Bungendore Harvest Festival 28-30 April 2017

Save the Date and Get Involved

The Bungendore Harvest Festival is a chance for all local businesses to get involved, Whether you have a retail store, are on a rural property or run your business from home. The weekend Festival will be held across from Friday 28th April until Sunday 30 April to encourage overnight visitors and people from further afield. It will be a celebration of local, cold climate food, how it grows, where it grows, where to get it, how to prepare it and how to eat it.

The Bungendore Harvest Festival aims to encourage and promote integrity and freshness in the growing, breeding and production of produce in the Southern Harvest Region and to put Bungendore on the map as an identity for food, farming and fibre related activities. All businesses and organisations are encouraged to participate, either at their place of business or via stalls to promote food and agriculture related products and services.

On Friday evening, Bungendore food venues are be encouraged to showcase locally sourced food and drinks on their menus for the enjoyment of locals and visitors alike.

On Saturday, the streets of Bungendore will come alive with stalls, talks, cooking demonstrations and other activities that are inviting and attractive to locals and visitors alike. The Festival will take place in marquees along the footpaths in Ellendon Street and at participating businesses. Stalls along Ellendon Street will include food stalls from local farmers and will include seasonal produce including garlic, tomatoes, pumpkins, as well as food preserved from local harvests.

Sunday will see visitors explore the region and recognise Bungendore and surrounds as a regional food destination. Visitors will participate in farm and winery tours, sample Bungendore’s freshest and finest local food at local cafes and restaurants, and attend courses and demonstrations focused on growing and preserving food.

The Bungendore Harvest Festival will engage as many local businesses to participate in the Harvest Festival as possible, and has the support of the Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council and the Bungendore Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

AIMS OF THE BUNGENDORE HARVEST FESTIVAL

  • Promote Bungendore and QPRC as a regional food destination
  • Bring overnight and day visitor tourism to Bungendore
  • Profile regional food
  • Celebrate our farming history
  • Help to create a community feel for Bungendore

Stall holders, local businesses, those interested in being involved in other ways, as well as potential sponsors will be contacted shortly; however, to ensure you are among the first to know about opportunities, feel free to contact us on hello@southernharvest.org.au

 

Visit to Jonai Farm for AFSA Legal Defence Fund(raiser)

A quick dash to Daylesford consumed part of our weekend. What an earth for? Is there not enough to do?

The Jonai family were host to a number of farming heroes including Joel Salatin, Costa, and representatives from farms that have been the subject of inappropriate legislation from various government authorities across Australia – that’s what the gathering was about.

We got there in time for sunset but didn’t get much of a sleep in, waking to the sounds of construction and loads of volunteer activity. Over 450 people gathered at Jonai Farm for a farm tour, a range of locally produced food and to hear from the famous Joel Salatin. We caught up with farmer friends, listened to the expert and were inspired by those resilient enough to carry on despite hardships and inappropriate legislation.

We heard from Elgar Farm, Happy Valley Pigs and Moo View Farm, all battling in their own ways with legislation designed for larger scale businesses which make small, sustainable farming difficult for us all – just a few examples from the crowd.

The ‘capital’ crowd was strong, given the distance and it was great to catch  up with others.

Thank you to Tammi and Stuart and all of the wonderful volunteers for their work on this hugely successful day!

Support AFSA, the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) is raising money for a Legal Defence Fund
If you can support the fund in any way, please do.

You can attend a local event and talk to a local small farm- https://www.facebook.com/events/440194956135478/?ti=icl

You can join as a member-http://www.australianfoodsovereigntyalliance.org/join-us/

You might have skills to offer – there are a committed group of legal professionals working pro bono to help unravel the regulatory red tape in each state- and there’s plenty of help needed- you can contact AFSA -admin@australianfoodsovereigntyalliance.org

You can contribute directly to the AFSA Legal Defence Fund https://www.gofundme.com/2anzzqtw

On the Farm

From 40 degrees to light overnight frosts – whew – probably a typical February!!

Now is when we wish we had a better irrigation system in the garden, but such is life. We do have some excess produce that we are now starting to preserve, including the cucumbers that we have pickled and the tomatoes we have put in the freezer ready for passata making.

Despite the issues with our ‘poultry farming’ we had a win this week with our Food Authority inspection only taking about 15 minutes and passing with flying colours. The Food Authority were slightly astounded at what we are currently going through with council, saying that we should write to the legislators to request appropriate legislation for small scale farming in NSW.

Whilst it might seem a simple answer for some that we simply apply for a Designated Development Approval for our poultry, that is not the issue, (although we could not afford it in any case), the issue is that the current legislation is entirely inappropriate to both the way we farm and the scale we farm on, and this needs to be resolved for other farms of similar types and sizes of ours. Go to http://www.australianfoodsovereigntyalliance.org/ for more information on how you can get involved and how you might help.

Moving on, we are in the midst of helping to plan the Bungendore Harvest Festival which will be from the evening of 28th to the afternoon of 30th April 2017. It will include stalls in the main street, activities at local businesses as well as farm and winery tours. Stay tuned for more information and save the date!

Fresh This Week

We’ll have fresh Bratwurst Sausages plus BACON and also have a range of pork and beef products in the freezer including sausages, mince, steaks, chops and more…

This week we’ll have a selection of the following from the garden:

  • Armenian Cucumbers $2 each
  • Baby Kale $3/bag
  • Red Spring Onions $3/bunch
  • Silverbeet $3/bunch
  • Salad Mix $3/bag
  • Stir-fry Greens $3/bag
  • Garlic (small) 3 for $1
  • Nicola Potatoes $5/kg
  • Tigerella Tomatoes $5/500g
  • Mortgage Lifter Tomatoes $5/500g
  • Yellow Zucchini 4 for $3
  • Zucchini Flowers 4 for $2
  • Blackberries $10/tub

From the pantry:

  • Dried Herbs and Herbal Teas $3
  • Pickled Scapes $8
  • Vegetable Stock $8
  • Kombucha $4 (Blackberry, raspberry, blueberry, turmeric and ginger)

Plus we have fresh pork and frozen pork and beef available.

order your Harvest Box by 2pm Friday for a range of fresh and pantry products

You can add to your harvest box with items from our produce cupboard, pork or beef if you would like, just add a comment when you place the order.

Scale appropriate legislation needed for small farms in NSW

Small Scale Poultry Producers Under Threat

Pastured poultry farms across NSW face being put out of business by unfair and out-of-date legislation, being enforced by governments who consistently fail to acknowledge the needs and requirements of healthy, small farming businesses.

The legislation states that you need to apply for Designated Development Approval if you have more than 250,000 poultry, OR any number of poultry if you are in a water catchment area.

This legislation, developed for large, commercial scale poultry farming, puts small scale poultry farmers with 100 chickens in the same basket as producers with 100,000 chickens.

This means councils are required to label poultry farms of any size as ‘intensive’.

Penny Kothe and Paul McKinnon have been farming Sommerlad meat chickens, ducks and turkeys for over 4 years, so to be suddenly advised by Queanbeyan Palarang Regional Council that what they are doing is against the law, has come as a huge shock.

Penny Kothe, owner of Caroola Farm, said, ‘The council have been aware of our activities for a long time. We have always been transparent with them about our business, and having registered with the NSW Food Authority for poultry farming, had done all we were told.

“This legislative blow will be devastating for our business and threatens to send us bankrupt, because we just can’t afford to cut through the red tape that large commercial operations can.”

“If our Politicians say Australian small business is important, why do they continually favour big corporations, by developing and enforcing legislation they know, we as small business owners, can’t comply with?” Said Ms Kothe.

President of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA), Sally Ruljancich said, “Outdated planning legislation that favours the large-scale poultry industry sees the region one step closer to an entrenched industrial food system that threatens the existence of small producers. Small producers cannot justify the expense of such red tape. AFSA calls for clearer guidelines that are appropriate to scale”.

In 2016, AFSA formally constituted the Legal Defence Fund in response to the number of small-scale producers across Australia, seeking assistance in dealing with scale-inappropriate regulations and planning schemes.

To raise awareness and help fund the AFSA Legal Defence Fund a farm extravaganza with the world’s most famous farmer Joel Salatin, is being held on 26 February, 2017 at Jonai Farms, Eganstown Victoria.

Hosted by Garden Guru Costa Georgiadis, the event promises to inspire and educate producers and the local community alike, about the local food movement and the importance of small-scale regenerative farming in Australia.

 

To attend and help fund the AFSA Legal Defence Fund visit:

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/joel-salatin-at-jonai-farms-legal-defence-fund-fundraiser-tickets-31304706219

 

For more information about AFSA or the Legal Defence Fund visit:

https://www.gofundme.com/2anzzqtw

 

Harvest Boxes for Collection

Our Harvest Boxes are back on the menu… Valued at $30 each

If you would like to order a Harvest Box, please do so before 2pm on Fridays and let us know your best collection point. Unless otherwise specified, we’ll include a selection from the lists of produce below:

Heading past? Our produce is available for purchase 7 days a week- so stop on by for our full range of seasonal produce, meats, preserves, herbs and home made cool drinks.

Harvest Boxes available by order before 2pm on Fridays.

This week we’ll have a selection of:

  • Baby Kale $3/bag
  • Red Spring Onions $3/bunch
  • Onions $3/bunch
  • Salad Mix $3/bag
  • Stir-fry Greens $3/bag
  • Rhubarb $3/bunch
  • Garlic (small) 2 for $1
  • Nicola Potatoes $5/kg
  • Tigeralla Tomatoes $5/500g
  • Yellow Zucchini 4 for $3
  • Zucchini Flowers 4 for $2
  • Blackberris $10/tub

From the pantry:

  • Dried Herbs and Herbal Teas $3
  • Pickled Radishes $8
  • Pickled Scapes $8
  • Vegetable Stock $8
  • Kombucha $4

Plus we have beef, pork, lamb and duck available.

order your Harvest Box by 2pm Friday for a range of fresh and pantry products

You can add to your harvest box with items from our produce cupboard, pork, beef or take-home meals if you would like, just add a comment when you place the order.

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Happy Festivities

Happy Festivities everyone,

It’s been a big year and we have just one market left before Christmas. We’ll be at Southside Farmers Market, Canberra College on Saturday 24 Dec.

We have sold out of whole turkey, chicken and duck, but do have some limited portions left, plus nitrite free smoked ham, loose garlic, spring onions, onions, garlic braids, beef and pork.

Looking forward to a big sleep-in on Christmas Day 😉

Penny and Paul

Garlic, Pork and more…

Fresh Pork and Fresh Garlic are the focus this week – but we also have the BroadBeans and Peas coming on.


Plus we still have turkeys, ducks and chickens available to order for Christmas.See you at:

  • Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore, Anglican Hall, Saturday 9am to 12noon
  • Southside Farmers Market, Canberra College, Sunday 7.30am to 11.30am
  • SAGE Farmers Market, Riverside Park, Moruya Tuesday 3-5.30pm
  • On-farm shop open 7 days from sunrise to sunset

We are also having a special Christmas Market at the Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore on Thursday 22nd December from 3-7pm for all that last minute Christmas Cheer.

We still have Turkeys, Chicken and Duck available for Christmas – email us or order online Organic, Pastured Turkey orders and Organic, Pastured Sommerlad Chicken orders

We’ll be taking all the fresh stuff along with Chicken and Beef::

  • Fresh Pork
  • Fresh Garlic
  • Silverbeet and Kale
  • Onions, Leeks and Spring Onions
  • Broadbeans
  • Peas
  • Kohlrabi
  • Brocollini and Cauliflower

From the pantry:

  • Dried Herbs and Herbal Teas $3
  • Pickled Radishes $8
  • Pickled Scapes $8
  • Garlic Scape Pesto $8
  • Vegetable Stock $8

Farming Activities

As part of the local garlic celebrations, we’ll be doing garlic braiding demonstrations at the Southern Harvest Farmers Market on Saturday 10 December – so come along and join in the fun – bring your own garlic or purchase local garlic and we’ll show you how to braid.

The turkeys are growing, and growing, and growing, they are such fabulous creatures it will be sad to say goodbye 🙁 The pigs are busy out in their paddock and will stay there until the new year, and we just got two new piglets to finish clearing grasses in the market garden.

Fresh chicken this week – Bungendore, Moruya, Southside

Fresh, pastured, organic and locally grown Sommerlad chickens available this week at Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore (Sat 9am to 12noon), Southside Farmers Market in Canberra (Sun 7.30am to 11.30am) and SAGE Farmers Market in Moruya on Tuesday from 3pm.

Our chicken is also available through Provisions Grocery and Deli, My Farm Shop in Canberra and Palarang Partnership (Bombala Butchery). We’ll have whole chickens plus breasts, wings, thighs, drumsticks, frames, livers, hearts, feet and more…

On-Farm Shop Our on-farm shop is open 7 days a week- so stop on by for our full range of seasonal produce, meats, preserves, herbs and take-home meals.

Get your Christmas Orders in for for Organic, Pastured Turkey orders and Organic, Pastured Sommerlad Chicken orders (if you think you’ve sent an order in and have not heard from us with a deposit invoice please do let us know, as you have probably slipped through the cracks).

Harvest Boxes available by order before 2pm on Fridays
The garden is really starting to kick now, this week we’ll have a selection of:

  • Artichokes $1 each
  • Kale $3/bunch
  • Spring Onions $3/bunch
  • Onions $3/bunch
  • Salad Mix $3/bag
  • Stir-fry Greens $3/bag
  • Chicory $3/bunch
  • Silverbeet $3/bunch
  • Beetroot $3/bunch
  • Kohlrabi $3/bunch
  • Brocolli/Brocollini $3/bunch
  • Purple Cauliflower $3
  • Whole lettuce $3
  • Leeks $3/bunch
  • Rhubarb $3/bunch
  • Purple top Turnips $3/bunch
  • Duck Eggs $6/half dozen
  • Young garlic $1/head
  • Garlic scapes $3/bunch

From the pantry:

  • Dried Herbs and Herbal Teas $3
  • Pickled Radishes $8
  • Pickled Scapes $8
  • Chicken Stock $8
  • Vegetable Stock $8
  • Raspberry Kombucha $4

Plus we have beef, pork, lamb and take-home meals in the On-Farm Shop.
On the Farm
The bees are busy buzzing, they are loving it here, and all the animals are really thriving with all the beautiful green grass, there are a load of new pics on the Caroola Farm Facebook Page of what the farm is looking like at the moment.

We are still holding off on the garlic harvest, but getting the tomatoes and zucchinis in, touch wood for no more frost. We are back to having to water the garden (but of course not the garlic).

We’re wrapping up our Turkey orders and organising Christmas processing for chickens, ducks and turkey, and of course pigs – hoping to have some smoked items available for purchase, so stay tuned!

Paul and Penny

Caroola Farm

On Farm this week

Beautiful, fresh, organic, grass fed yearling beef available this week at the Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore – plus our On-Farm Shop! (open sunrise to sunset)

Fresh beef includes, corned beef, fillet steaks, rump, round, mince, osso bucco and more. The veggie garden is also booming with , steaks, sausages and mince – reply by email if you need us to set something aside for collection. Otherwise, see you at the markets or out on the farm.

Heading past? Our on-farm shop is open 7 days a week- so stop on by for our full range of seasonal produce, meats, preserves, herbs and take-home meals.

Get your Christmas Orders in for for Organic, Pastured Turkey orders and Organic, Pastured Sommerlad Chicken orders

Harvest Boxes available by order before 2pm on Fridays

From the garden this week we will have:

  • Garlic Scapes $3/bunch
  • Herbs – Oregano, Thyme, Mint, Coriander $3/bunch
  • Salad Mix $3/bag
  • Mizuna $3/bunch
  • Whole lettuce $3/head
  • Stir Fry Mix $3/bag
  • Silverbeet $3/bunch
  • Chicory $3/bunch
  • Kale $3/bunch
  • Beetroot $3/bunch
  • Purple top Turnips $3/bunch
  • Duck Eggs $6/half dozen
  • Beetroot $3/bunch

From the pantry:

  • Dried Herbs and Herbal Teas $3
  • Pickled Radishes $8
  • Chicken Stock $8
  • Vegetable Stock $8

We are almost out of stock of our take-home meals, these are available at the on-farm shop – we hope to get cooking again soon!
On the Farm
We are back in the swing of things on the farm, and the veggies are just taking off! Come on down to the farmers market and get a load of greens!

The garlic is a little slower this year (see pix below) so, it looks like a December harvest.

We welcomed our new bees this week – thanks to Wynlen House in Braidwood and Scott from Bees R Us for facilitating a swarm. They are very happy and will no doubt aid our vegetable pollination for years to come.

It’s also snake season, and sometimes they have accidents like getting caught in the bird netting – check out the red-belly Paul untangled and released, it’s almost as tall (long) as me!

Loving the intermittent rain with the sunshine! Back to work 😉

Paul and Penny

Caroola Farm

Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore plus On-Farm Shop

We are back! We’ve not been well but maybe the world was telling us we needed a break.

This weekend we’ll have chicken, pork and lamb, plus duck eggs and a load of fresh greens and root vegetables at the Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore, plus at the on-farm shop which is open during daylight hours 7 days a week, so just drop in.

Penny and Paul

Fresh Chicken and Lamb this weekend. Bungendore, Southside, SAGE Moruya

This week we’ll have FRESH chicken by order only (ducks are now sold out until Christmas), plus FRESH Lamb we’ll be at Bungendore, Southside and SAGE Moruya markets.

Fresh lamb includes cutlets, roasts, loin chops, sausages and mince – reply by email if you need us to set something aside for collection. Otherwise, see you at the markets or out on the farm.

Our On-Farm Shop is now open 7 days a week from sunrise until sunset – so rock on in for our full range of seasonal produce, meats, preserves, herbs and take-home meals.

Christmas orders now being taken for Organic, Pastured Turkey orders and Organic, Pastured Sommerlad Chicken orders

If you would like to order a Harvest Box, please do so before 2pm on Fridays and let us know your best collection point. Unless otherwise specified, we’ll include a selection from the lists of produce below:

From the garden this week we will have:

  • Herbs – Oregano, Thyme Mint, Young Garlic and Fennel
  • Salad Mix $3/bag
  • Mizuna $3/bunch
  • Whole lettuce $3/head
  • Stir Fry Mix $3/bag
  • Kale $3/bunch
  • Purple top Turnips $3/bunch
  • Duck Eggs $6/half dozen
  • Chicken Eggs $6/dozen
  • Salsify $3/bunch
  • Beetroot $3/bunch
  • Coriander $3/bunch
  • Fennel $3/bunch

From the pantry:

  • Dried Herbs and Herbal Teas $3
  • Apricot Kombucha $4
  • Strawberry Kombucha $4
  • Lemon Kefir Water $4
  • Pickled Radishes $8
  • Chicken Stock $8
  • Vegetable Stock $8

Plus we have a range of take-home meals available in the On-Farm Shop
Available 500g sizes $12 each:

  • Veggies in a Red Curry
  • Vegetarian Stir-Fry
  • Asian Style Pork Meatballs and Greens
  • Thai Red Pork Curry with Veggies
  • Moroccan Lamb Curry
  • Braised Lamb with Veggies
  • Pork Stir-Fry in Plum Sauce with Veggies

On the Farm
Whew, what a night was had at the Fair Food Dinner in Bungendore, a fantastic turnout, fabulous fresh local food, great company and lots of action. If you didn’t make it this year be sure to look out for next year’s event, well worth the effort!

Now we are back to weeding and planting, and planting and weeding. Thankfully we’ve had a shower or two so having to water is off the menu!

We had a lovely group of new farmers to the first in our Growing Small Farm Business Series last Sunday on Farm Operations – with the marketing and finance sessions coming up in the next few weeks. If you didn’t get to the first session, you can still join in for the marketing and finance ones. Book now.

Enjoy the sun!

Paul and Penny

Caroola Farm

Fair Food Week starts this weekend

Next week we’ll have fresh chicken and duck by order only, please email us for delivery to Bungendore, Canberra or Moruya Farmers Markets.

This week is fresh pork week including roasts, belly, sausages, mince, diced, ribs and more – reply by email if you need us to set something aside for collection. Otherwise, see you at the Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore on Saturday from 9am to 12noon.

Our On-Farm Shop is now open 7 days a week from sunrise until sunset – so rock on in for our full range of seasonal produce, meats, preserves, herbs and take-home meals.

Christmas orders now being taken for Organic, Pastured Turkey orders and Organic, Pastured Sommerlad Chicken orders

If you would like to order a Harvest Box, please do so before 2pm on Fridays and let us know your best collection point. Unless otherwise specified, we’ll include a selection from the lists of produce below:

From the garden this week we will have:

  • Herbs – Fresh Coriander, Mint, Young Garlic and Fennel
  • Salad Mix $3/bag
  • Mizuna $3/bunch
  • Whole lettuce $3/head
  • Stir Fry Mix $3/bag
  • Kale $3/bunch
  • Radishes $3/bunch
  • Duck Eggs $6/half dozen
  • Chicken Eggs $6/dozen
  • Salsify $3/bunch
  • Beetroot $3/bunch
  • Coriander $3/bunch
  • Fennel $3/bunch

From the pantry:

  • Dried Herbs and Herbal Teas $3
  • Apricot Kombucha $4
  • Strawberry Kombucha $4
  • Lemon Kefir Water $4
  • Pickled Radishes $8
  • Chicken Stock $8
  • Vegetable Stock $8

Plus we have a range of take-home meals available in the On-Farm Shop
Available 500g sizes $12 each:

  • Veggies in a Red Curry
  • Vegetarian Stir-Fry
  • Asian Style Pork Meatballs and Greens
  • Thai Red Pork Curry with Veggies
  • Moroccan Lamb Curry
  • Braised Lamb with Veggies
  • Pork Stir-Fry in Plum Sauce with Veggies

On the Farm

We’ve been busy gearing up for the Fair Food Dinner this coming weekend – it’s set to be fun, but has sold out, so, if you missed out, see you next year.

With the ground drying out a little we’ve been able to get up to the paddocks and do Spring renovations on the chicken houses, along with rotary hoeing in the market garden. We even managed to get the first of the potatoes in.

We are watching the garlic get larger and larger and start to bulb up and hope to be harvesting in the next month or so.

We had a lovely group of new farmers to the first in our Growing Small Farm Business Series last Sunday on Farm Operations – with the marketing and finance sessions coming up in the next few weeks. If you didn’t get to the first session, you can still join in for the marketing and finance ones. Book now.

Enjoy the sun!

Paul and Penny

Caroola Farm

Fresh Pork plus last chance to book for Fair Food Dinner 15 Oct

Book your tickets to the Fair Food Dinner in Bungendore now – bookings close this weekend.

This weekend we’ll be at :
Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore
this Saturday (9-12 at the Anglican Church Hall, Butmaroo Street)
Southside Farmers Market, Canberra College Sunday 7.30-11.30am
SAGE Farmers Market, Moruya, Tuesday 3-5.30pm

Fair Food Dinner

Caroola Farm is a member of and part of the volunteer team that is pulling together the Fair Food Dinner in Bungendore on Saturday 15 October. The event will not only showcase a fantastic range of local produce and beverages, but is also the major fundraiser for the Southern Harvest Association which is a non-profit is a business and community led organisation focused on growing local and regional food communities in the ACT and South East NSW through education, market opportunities, networking and advocacy.

Bookings for the Fair Food Dinner close this weekend, so get in quick.

This week is fresh pork week including roasts, belly, sausages, mince, diced, ribs and more – reply by email if you need us to set something aside for collection.

Our On-Farm Shop is now open 7 days a week from sunrise until sunset – so rock on in for our full range of seasonal produce, meats, preserves, herbs and take-home meals.

Christmas orders now being taken for Organic, Pastured Turkey orders and Organic, Pastured Sommerlad Chicken orders

If you would like to order a Harvest Box, please do so before 2pm on Fridays and let us know your best collection point. Unless otherwise specified, we’ll include a selection from the lists of produce below:

From the garden this week we will have:

  • Herbs – Fresh Coriander, Mint, Young Garlic and Fennel
  • Salad Mix $3/bag
  • Mizuna $3/bunch
  • Whole lettuce $3/head
  • Stir Fry Mix $3/bag
  • Kale $3/bunch
  • Radishes $3/bunch
  • Duck Eggs $6/half dozen
  • Chicken Eggs $6/dozen
  • Salsify $3/bunch
  • Beetroot $3/bunch
  • Coriander $3/bunch
  • Chives $3/bunch
  • Fennel $3/bunch

From the pantry:

  • Dried Herbs and Herbal Teas $3
  • Peach Kombucha $4
  • Lemon Kefir Water $4
  • Pickled Radishes $8
  • Chicken Stock $8
  • Vegetable Stock $8

Plus we have a range of take-home meals available in the On-Farm Shop
Available 500g sizes $12 each:

  • Veggies in a Red Curry
  • Vegetarian Stir-Fry
  • Asian Style Pork Meatballs and Greens
  • Thai Red Pork Curry with Veggies
  • Moroccan Lamb Curry
  • Braised Lamb with Veggies
  • Pork Stir-Fry in Plum Sauce with Veggies

 
On the Farm

Rain, wind, sun, repeat… it’s a bit hard to plan each week…

School Holidays have been a busy time at the farm shop and with the kids helping out around the farm. It seems we don’t get much time for a break though, other than the odd game of scrabble.

The grass is starting to grow which is making the animals happy, although the pigs still enjoy the nice wet ground to dig in.

We’ve started chipping out what little serrated tussock we have on the farm, mind you, it is still often up to the top of the gumboots with water.

Here’s to a warm Spring!

Paul and Penny

Caroola Farm

Bungendore and On-Farm Shop This Weekend

We’ll be at the Southern Harvest Farmers Market this weekend – which, because of the bike and car show in Bungendore (what better reason to visit) will be in the Anglican Church Grounds, not the Hall.

We’ll have pork, fresh veggies, duck eggs, herbal teas, kombucha and more.

Drop on by and say hi, or drop in to the On-Farm Shop open from sunrise to sunset every day.

Fresh Chicken – Bungendore, Southside and Moruya

Fresh Chicken, On-Farm Shop open 7 Days and New Take-Home Meals available

This weekend we’ll be at :
Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore
this Saturday (9-12 at the Anglican Church Hall, Butmaroo Street)
Southside Farmers Market, Canberra College Sunday 7.30-11.30am
SAGE Farmers Market, Moruya, Tuesday 3-5.30pm

This Saturday at the Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore is the Spring Garden Party with boulles and croquet, sandwiches, coffee and tea – funds raised go toward the Abbeyfield Foundation. Hope to see you there on Saturday from 9am to 12noon.

Fresh Chicken this week including whole, breasts, wings, thighs, legs, frames and more – reply by email if you need us to set something aside for collection.

Our On-Farm Shop is now open 7 days a week from sunrise until sunset – so rock on in for our full range of seasonal produce, meats, preserves, herbs and take-home meals.

Plus we have fertilised Pekin Duck eggs available at the market at $40/dozen – a perfect time to hatch out Ducklings for Spring.

Christmas orders now being taken for Organic, Pastured Turkey orders and Organic, Pastured Sommerlad Chicken orders

If you would like to order a Harvest Box, please do so before 2pm on Fridays and let us know your best collection point. Unless otherwise specified, we’ll include a selection from the lists of produce below:

From the garden this week we will have:

  • Herbs – Fresh Coriander, Dill, Mint, Young Garlic and Fennel
  • Salad Mix $3/bag
  • Whole lettuce $3
  • Stir Fry Mix $3/bag
  • Kale $3/bunch
  • Cabbages $3
  • Radishes $3/bunch
  • Duck Eggs $6/half dozen
  • Chicken Eggs $6/dozen
  • Salsify $3/bunch

From the pantry:

  • Dried Herbs and Herbal Teas $3
  • Peach Kombucha $4
  • Fermented Garlic $8
  • Pickled Zucchini $8

Don’t forget we have a full range of new take-home meals, these are proving very popular! Available 500g sizes $12 each:

  • Veggies in a Red Curry
  • Vegetarian Stir-Fry
  • Asian Style Pork Meatballs and Greens
  • Thai Red Pork Curry with Veggies
  • Moroccan Lamb Curry
  • Braised Lamb with Veggies
  • Pork Stir-Fry in Plum Sauce with Veggies

Bookings are coming in thick and fast for the Fair Food Dinner – if you haven’t booked, please do so now. The final menu will be available this week.

Fair Food Dinner – Saturday 15 October, Bungendore

Make up a table of  6, 8 or 10 with your friends and join us for this fantastic regional food event to celebrate Fair Food Week in Bungendore. Either book together or make a note that you want to be on a table with others, perhaps give yourselves a group name, or email us on hello@southernharvest.org.au if all else fails.

Produce from Hropics Seafood, Caroola Farm, Scrumpers Garden, PenDon Farm, Bent Shed Produce, Greenhilll Farm, Long Paddock Eggs, Bees R Us and more… stay tuned for the seasonal menu selection

Please help us support the non-profit organisation Southern Harvest that is helping to grow our regional food economy.

Wine, cider and beer, along with non-alcoholic beverages will also be available on the evening from local producers including Sapling Yard, Dogtrap Vineyard and more…

Book Now

Join us on Caroola Farm for this fantastic education series:

Want to Grow your Own Small Farm Business?
Series of one day workshops

Operations – Sunday 9 October
Marketing – Sunday 23 October
Finances – Sunday 13 November

This series of one-day Growing Small Farm Businesses workshops will set you on the path to a farm that can be both financially and ecologically sustainable.

You will leave each workshop with a basic knowledge of operations, marketing and finances for small farms and the ability to start planning your own enterprises.

Book Now

On the Farm

Sun, wind, rain, but enough sun to get the grasses growing and bring the bees out in full force – yay! Saying that, we bogged the mower trying to keep the market garden clear.

We’ve had school visits this week to learn about sustainable agriculture, have managed to get a load of Spring veggies in the ground including broadbeans, pumpkins, lettuce, kale and beetroot, and we have a load more busy germinating in the polytunnel.

We released the garlic, well, we took the row covers off anyway, in order to give them room to make their final burst before ‘bulbing’ up and sending scapes high into the air.

The Sheep have been lambing over the last few weeks, so nice to see these gorgeous young creatures fill the paddock, the true Spring Lamb (but not ready to eat just yet). The cattle have suffered after the dry Autumn with little winter growth, but now that Spring has begun they will start to fatten up and we hope to be processing beef soon. That all said, we are still working on our Meat Buyers Group, just awaiting some final website tweaks and we’ll be in action with availability in Bungendore, South Canberra, North Canberra and Moruya. Register here to stay informed.

Spring looks set to be amazing, lets just hope we can keep on top of the growth 🙂

Paul and Penny
Caroola Farm

On-Farm Shop now open Sunrise to Sunset

img_5259Drop by to the farm for your fresh eggs, veggies, herbal teas and a variety of meats (whatever we have processed), including beef, pork, lamb, chicken, duck and turkey at Christmas.

All the produce we sell is from our own farm.

We stock kombucha, take-home meals, herbal teas and more…

Stop by from sunrise until sunset, we are open every day.

😉 Yay!

Take-Home Meals, Loads of Veggies and Fertilised Pekin Duck Eggs

Take Home Meals, Loads of Veggies plus Fertilised Pekin Duck Eggs

This weekend we’ll be at the Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore this Saturday (9-12 at the Anglican Church Hall, Butmaroo Street), or the On-Farm Shop Sunday 11-4pm.

We’ve been cooking up a storm. Available to take home in 400-500g sizes $12 each:

  • Veggies in a Red Curry
  • Vegetarian Stir-Fry
  • Asian Style Pork Meatballs and Greens
  • Thai Red Pork Curry with Veggies
  • Moroccan Lamb Curry
  • Braised Lamb with Veggies
  • Pork Stir-Fry in Plum Sauce with Veggies

Plus we have fertilised Pekin Duck eggs available at the market at $40/dozen – a perfect time to hatch out Ducklings for Spring.
Christmas orders now being taken for Organic, Pastured Turkey orders and Organic, Pastured Sommerlad Chicken orders

From the garden this week we will have:

  • Herbs – Fresh Coriander, Dill, Mint, Young Garlic and Fennel
  • Salad Mix $3/bag
  • Whole lettuce $3
  • Stir Fry Mix $3/bag
  • Kale $3/bunch
  • Cabbages $3
  • Collard Greens $3/bunch
  • Radishes $3/bunch
  • Duck Eggs $6/half dozen
  • Chicken Eggs $6/dozen
  • Salsify $3/bunch

From the pantry:

  • Dried Herbs and Herbal Teas $3
  • Peach Kombucha $4
  • Fermented Garlic $8

We’ve been busy planning the menu for the:

Fair Food Dinner – Saturday 15 October, Bungendore

Make up a table of 10 with your friends and join us for this fantastic regional food event to celebrate Fair Food Week in Bungendore.

Produce from Hropics Seafood, Caroola Farm, Scrumpers Garden, PenDon Farm, Bent Shed Produce, Greenhilll Farm, Long Paddock Eggs, Bees R Us and more… stay tuned for the seasonal menu selection

What better way to support the non-profit Southern Harvest association than to join all the dots and present a Fair Food Week Regional Food Dinner in Bungendore.

Wine, cider and beer, along with non-alcoholic beverages will also be available on the evening from local producers including Sapling Yard, Dogtrap Vineyard and more…

Book Now

Want to Grow your Own Small Farm Business?
Series of one day workshops

Operations – Sunday 9 October
Marketing – Sunday 23 October
Finances – Sunday 13 November

This series of one-day Growing Small Farm Businesses workshops will set you on the path to a farm that can be both financially and ecologically sustainable.

You will leave each workshop with a basic knowledge of operations, marketing and finances for small farms and the ability to start planning your own enterprises.

Book Now

On the Farm

The rain still has not gone, ahh well, it saves us doing lots of watering.

We’ve had a busy time over the last week or so with the Small Farms Network Poultry Course, a visit by a Taiwanese Agricultural Delegation and then a full day Soils workshop for the Braidwood Garlic Group with Bruce Davidson.

We checkout out the status of the garlic growth and it looks, weather depending, like it will be ready to harvest late November – maybe it will stop raining by then…

We say goodbye to our French Intern Elise this weekend and then we’ll be full on into the Spring Swing!!

The flowers are out and the bees are buzzing and we have a busy weekend ahead!

This weekend:

Bungendore, Canberra, Moruya: Fresh Pastured Pork, duck eggs, loads of garden greens plus a range of herbs and Caroola Farm preserves. We also have fertile Pekin Duck Eggs $40/doz available at the markets, or $50 delivered if you order them online.

Christmas orders now being taken for Organic, Pastured Turkey orders and Organic, Pastured Sommerlad Chicken orders

From the garden this week we will have:

  • Herbs – Fresh Coriander, Dill, Mint, Young Garlic and Fennel
  • Brocollini $4/bunch
  • Salad Mix $3/bag
  • Stir Fry Mix $3/bag
  • Kale $3/bunch
  • Collard Greens $3/bunch
  • Radishes $3/bunch
  • Duck Eggs $6/half dozen
  • Chicken Eggs $6/dozen

From the pantry:

  • Dried Herbs and Herbal Teas $2
  • Blackberry Kombucha $4
  • Chicken, Beef and Vegetable Stock $8
  • Fermented Garlic $8

Local Food Community

Fair Food Dinner – Saturday 15 October, BungendoreMake up a table of 10 with your friends and join us for this fantastic regional food event to celebrate Fair Food Week in Bungendore.

Produce from Caroola Farm, Scrumpers Garden, PenDon Farm, Bent Shed Produce, Greenhilll Farm, Long Paddock Eggs, Bees R Us and more… stay tuned for the seasonal menu selection

What better way to support the non-profit Southern Harvest association than to join all the dots and present a Fair Food Week Regional Food Dinner in Bungendore.

Wine, cider and beer, along with non-alcoholic beverages will also be available on the evening.

Book Now

Growing Small Farm Businesses Series
Series of one day workshops

Operations – Sunday 9 October
Marketing – Sunday 23 October
Finances – Sunday 13 November

This series of one-day Growing Small Farm Businesses workshops will set you on the path to a farm that can be both financially and ecologically sustainable.

You will leave each workshop with a basic knowledge of operations, marketing and finances for small farms and the ability to start planning your own enterprises.Book Now

On the Farm

Has the rain gone? We’ve had a whopping 10 inches (250cm+) in the last 3 months. Much, much more than can be handled… but the sun has been out in the last week and the paddocks are starting to dry. This will be a challenging season for the cattle, sheep and pigs as they’ll struggle to keep up with the fast growing grasses.

The veggie beds are set to take off, with still more seedlings growing in the polytunnel. It’s pretty hot during the day though, so we’re rolling the sides up and busy working on fixing the shadehouse which the last season’s wind just about blew away… No doubt the weeds will be up just as quickly as the seedlings so we’ll need to be vigilant during the Spring.

We continue to have groups out for farm tours and workshops and just love having people on the farm learning more about what we do and how we do it everyday 😉

Paul and Penny
Caroola Farm

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The first week of Spring – what’s coming out of the garden?

Fresh grass-fed lamb, duck eggs, loads of garden greens plus chicken stock

This weekend we’ll be at the Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore this Saturday (9-12 at the Anglican Church Hall, Butmaroo Street), or the On-Farm Shop Sunday 11-4pm.

The good news is, we’re planning on attending Southside in Canberra and SAGE Farmers Market in Moruya on a fortnightly basis starting next week.

This weekend:

We have fresh, grass-fed and organically raised Lamb (we are certified organic, in-conversion with SCPA Organics). We also have fertile Pekin Duck Eggs $40/doz available at the markets, or $50 delivered if you order them online.

We are taking Organic, Pastured Turkey orders and Organic, Pastured Sommerlad Chicken orders for Christmas (yes, the day-olds have arrived)

We’ll be at:

  • Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore, Saturday 9-12, Anglican Church Hall, Butmaroo Street, Bungendore
  • On-Farm Shop at Caroola Farm, Sunday 11-4

From next week we’ll be at Southside Farmers Market at Canberra College and SAGE Farmers Market Moruya on a fortnightly basis – so stay tuned for fresh produce we’ll be taking down.

From the garden this week we will have:

  • Herbs – Fresh Coriander, Dill, Mint, Young Garlic and Fennel
  • Cauliflower  – $3/head
  • Brocollini $4/bunch
  • Salad Mix $3/bag
  • Stir Fry Mix $3/bag
  • Kale $3/bunch
  • Collard Greens $3/bunch
  • Radishes $3/bunch
  • Duck Eggs $6/half dozen
  • Chicken Eggs $6/dozen

From the pantry:

  • Dried Herbs and Herbal Teas $2
  • Blackberry Kombucha $4
  • Chicken Stock $8
  • Fermented Garlic $8

In the community

We have finished our winter vegetable plantings and still have seedlings left over, which we are donating to the Community Stall at the Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore – so if you’ll like to get your hands on some get down to the Farmers Market on Saturday from 9am to 12noon.

Fair Food Dinner – Saturday 15 October, Bungendore

Bring your friends and join us for this fantastic regional food event to celebrate Fair Food Week in Bungendore.

Southern Harvest has been working hard to grow fresh food producers across the region through education, community building, and our local farmers market in Bungendore.

What better way than to join all the dots and present a Fair Food Week Regional Food Dinner by joining with the Bungendore Bowling Club community.

Seasonal, local and chemical free produce will be showcased on the menu from a wide range of producers across the area.

We’ll be celebrating the local and regional produce we have available from the Southern Harvest region, cooking straight from the garden with Ruth Gaha-Morris of Scrumpers Garden.

Wine, cider and beer, along with non-alcoholic beverages will also be available on the evening.

Book Now

Growing Small Farm Businesses Series
Series of one day workshops

Operations – Sunday 9 October
Marketing – Sunday 23 October
Finances – Sunday 13 November

This series of one-day Growing Small Farm Businesses workshops will set you on the path to a farm that can be both financially and ecologically sustainable.

You will leave each workshop with a basic knowledge of operations, marketing and finances for small farms and the ability to start planning your own enterprises.

Book Now

On the Farm

We had a lovely sunny day on the first day of Spring – now back to the rain… really…

The Turkeys have arrived, ready to grow out for Christmas, and we have been able to lay our hands on even more Sommerlad Chickens, so it looks like production will be much more regular moving forward – thanks all for your patience over the last months with our low chicken availability.

The Ducks are having a field day out in the rain and producing copious quantities of fertile eggs, so let us know if you are looking to hatch some Pekins of our own out.

We are busy getting ready for the Small Farms Network Feathers and Fowl Field Day next week – and just hope it dries out a little so we can get onto the paddocks.

Paul and Penny
Caroola Farm

Organic, Pastured, Sommerlad Chicken for Christmas

It’s time to start planning your Christmas and New Year festive feasts! In order to get just the chicken you want, you’ll need to order in advance as, based on last year, these gorgeous, organic, pastured Sommerlad Chickens are pretty quick to go – especially if you would like a large one, or more than one to see you through the holiday season.

So, we encourage you to think and to submit an online order (below) if you’d like to reserve a Caroola Farm Pastured Sommerlad Chicken for this Christmas. We’ll ask you to confirm your order by making a deposit of $25 per bird.

Caroola Farm is one of the few authorised Sommerlad Chicken farmers in NSW and we only supply locally to the Southern Harvest Region. We get the chickens as day-old birds directly from the Sommerlads themselves. They are then brooded under heat lamps for between 2-4 weeks depending on the weather and from then on have full access to pasture.

These birds are certainly free-ranging, but, more than that, they have access at all times to actual green pasture, they are kept in the paddock with our Maremma dogs and are shut in at night for fox protection.

The chickens are given supplementary certified organic feed as well as minerals and apple cider vinegar and garlic. The Sommerlad birds are bred to free-range, they are longer and slower growing than your conventional white meat chickens, and so take a bid more to raise.

Our birds are processed at Tablelands Premier Meats in Canowindra, where no chlorine or other nasty chemicals are used.

What you are getting is a beautiful, natural tasting organic meat chicken.

Order here

Free-range Turkeys for Christmas

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe know, we know it’s only September, but when you want to grow Turkeys in time for Christmas you need to start thinking about it now… The turkey poults arrived this week but we have very limited numbers – first in, best dressed as they say 😉

So, we encourage you to think and to submit an online order (below) if you’d like to reserve a Caroola Farm Pastured Turkey for this Christmas. We’ll ask you to confirm your order by making a deposit of $25 per bird.

Turkeys can be finicky young things, and this is going to be our third go at raising them, with a little knowledge and expertise from our friends at Wynlen House in Braidwood to make sure we keep them healthy and grow them strong.

Our turkeys were delivered as day olds and as they are so young need to be kept warm and secure – just like our chickens do. Over 16 to 20 weeks they will grow out on a combination of pasture and certified organic feed before being taken to Canowindra for processing just in time for Christmas.

We’re looking forward to raising our third batch of turkeys who are incredibly curious and need lots of activities.

Order here

Fertilised Pekin Duck Eggs Available

With the warming  up of the days, we now have fertilised Pekin Duck Eggs for sale if you want to grow your own baby ducklings.

$50 per dozen delivered locally or via Australia post. $40 per dozen collected from farm or farmers market

Get in quick 🙂

Caroola Farm this weekend

Limited Chicken, Beef, Pork, Lamb, Duck Eggs and a range of veggies from the garden.

See you this weekend at:

Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore, Saturday 9-12, Anglican Church Hall, Butmaroo Street, Bungendore
On-Farm Shop at Caroola Farm, Sunday 11-4

We’ll have a range of chicken (very limited, large, whole only), beef, pork and lamb plus duck eggs and a good range of winter veggies, but do get down to the market early – also, if you want to order in advance, our Harvest Boxes are back on the menu…

From the garden this week we will have:

Herbs – we have a large selection of dried herbs available just $2 per packet plus some fresh young garlic
Purple Cauliflower  – yum $4
Celery $4/bunch
Brocollini $4/bunch
Salad Mix $3/bag
Stir Fry Mix $3/bag
Kale $3/bunch
Radishes $3/bunch
Young Garlic Bunches $3
Leek $1.50

From the pantry:

Blackberry Kombucha $4
Vegetable Stock $8
Beef Stock $8
Fermented Garlic $8
Take-home meals (frozen) $12 – pulled pork, bolognaise sauce, massaman beef

Or, order your Harvest Box by 2pm Friday for a range of fresh and pantry products

In the community

We participated in the Canberra City Farm Food Box Trial on Sunday, a fantastic experience, lots of energy and heaps of fun! Want to get involved, check out Canberra City Farm.

Upcoming Activities
Fair Food Dinner – Saturday 15 October, Bungendore Bowling Club

Join us for this fantastic regional food event to celebrate Fair Food Week in Bungendore.

Southern Harvest has been working hard to grow fresh food producers across the region through education, community building, and our local farmers market in Bungendore.

What better way than to join all the dots and present a Fair Food Week Regional Food Dinner by joining with the Bungendore Bowling Club community.

Seasonal, local and chemical free produce will be showcased on the menu from a wide range of producers across the area.

We’ll be celebrating the local and regional produce we have available from the Southern Harvest region, cooking straight from the garden with Ruth Gaha-Morris of Scrumpers Garden.

Wine, cider and beer, along with non-alcoholic beverages will also be available on the evening.

Book Now
Growing Small Farm Businesses Series
Series of one day workshops

Operations – Sunday 9 October
Marketing – Sunday 23 October
Finances – Sunday 13 November

Are you…

Looking to invest in your own small farm but want to make sure you can make a living?
Already have a farm and need some guidance?

This course is for you!

This series of one-day Growing Small Farm Businesses workshops will set you on the path to a farm that can be both financially and ecologically sustainable.

You will leave each workshop with a basic knowledge of operations, marketing and finances for small farms and the ability to start planning your own enterprises.

Book Now

On the Farm

We had a big week at the markets last week – Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore, Southside Farmers Market at the new Canberra College Location, Canberra City Farm Food Box Pilot and then headed down to SAGE Farmers Market in Moruya.

In amongst all of that we’ve had even more rain – almost 40mm, so things are very wet, we are still trying to build more beds to plant out the seedlings in the polytunnel, but it is challenging in the wet.

We have improvement in our access to the Market Garden with the installation of a new pedestian gate – yay, no more climbing the fence 😉

We received more day old Sommerlad Chickens, plus 4 new piglets from Allsun Farm at Gundaroo…

We are looking forward to Spring and what it will mean for the gardens, but also the chickens, ducks, pigs, sheep and cattle…

Paul and Penny
Caroola Farm

Loving the regional food buzz!

See you this weekend at:

  • Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore, Saturday 9-12, Anglican Church Hall, Butmaroo Street, Bungendore
  • On-Farm Shop at Caroola Farm, Sunday 11-4

We’ll have a range of chicken, beef, pork and lamb plus a good range of winter veggies, but do get down to the market early – also, if you want to order in advance, our Harvest Boxes are back on the menu…

From the garden this week we will have:

  • Herbs – we have a large selection of dried herbs available just $2 per packet plus some fresh young garlic
  • Purple Cauliflower  – yum $4
  • Celery $4/bunch
  • Brocollini $4/bunch
  • Salad Mix $3/bag
  • Stir Fry Mix $3/bag
  • Kale $3/bunch
  • Radishes $3/bunch
  • Spaghetti Squash $4/kg
  • Young Garlic Bunches $3

From the pantry:

  • Blackberry Kombucha $4
  • Peach Kombucha $4
  • Vegetable Stock $8
  • Beef Stock $8
  • Fermented Garlic $8
  • Take-home meals (frozen) $12 – pulled pork, bolognaise sauce, massaman beef

Or, order your Harvest Box by 2pm Friday for a range of fresh and pantry products

In the community

The local food movement is alive and well in the ACT and Southern NSW. There is so much happening at the moment! Have you booked your tickets for the ACT Food Hub events yet? Have you heard about the Canberra City Farm Local Food Box initiative? What about the brand new Homegrown Me sustainable food podcast, recorded right here in Canberra? Have you checked out our new website and signed up for our new Southern Harvest Education courses? Do you know why the ladies at Wynlen House Slow Food Farm are heading to Italy? Did you know our Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore has a new weekly venue?

Introduction to Permaculture – Bookings by 5pm today
This is it – book by 5pm today for the Introduction to Permaculture Course at Caroola Farm this weekend 13 and 14 August with John Champagne.

Food Hubs Discussion 17 and 18 August, Canberra – bookings essential (although very cheap if not free)

Outcomes

  • to explain what a food hub is and showcase how the most successful food hubs work in USA, Australia and the world
  • to identify the key ingredients and players in a successful food hub
  • to hypothesise about the current state of affairs in the Australian Capital Region and propose possible pathways forward to building a thriving Australian Capital Region Food Hub
  • to answer questions in a way that builds collective wisdom in the audience


WINTER GARDEN CARE – 20th August at the Farmers Market

Anglican Hall, Butmaroo Street
10-10.30am What to Plant Now to harvest in Spring with Bronwyn of Wynlen House
10.45-11.15am Winter Chook Management with Leisa of Growing Vegies with Chooks in the City
11.30-12pm Organic Pest Management with Elisa of PenDon Farm

It is so fantastic to be a part of the growing regional food movement through our involvement with SCPA-South East Producers, SAGE and Southern Harvest along with all of the initiatives that AFSA has on the boil.

On the Farm

Compost
Our lovely home built compost piles are swimming in water, and we are busy prepping a lot of new beds, so we popped next door this morning to Landtasia Compost and got a few ute loads – yum!

See you at the Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore this Saturday at the On-Farm Shop Sunday or at one of the upcoming events around the region.

Paul and Penny
Caroola Farm

Fresh Chicken this weekend plus loads more

Caroola Farm is back this weekend (and Tuesday in Moruya) with Fresh Sommerlad Chicken.

We’ll be at:

  • Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore, Saturday 9-12, Anglican Church Hall, Butmaroo Street, Bungendore
  • On-Farm Shop at Caroola Farm, Sunday 11-4
  • SAGE Farmers Market, Riverside Park, Moruya, Tuesday 3-5

Apologies to Braidwood and Canberra customers, you can order in advance for pickup at Bungendore or On-Farm, we just don’t have the resources to stretch ourselves too thinly at the moment.

In addition to FRESH chicken, we’ll have beef, mutton and pork available. Plus a good range of winter veggies. We’ll be serving lamb and beef sausages at the Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore in conjunction with Scrumpers Garden, so get on down and support your local market.

Also please check out the action at Canberra City Farm with the new Food Box Initiative Pilot – of which Caroola Farm will be a part – more information and sign up.

Our gems from the garden this week include:

  • Herbs – we have a large selection of dried herbs available just $2 per packet plus some fresh young garlic and coriander (Yes, really, coriander!)
  • Carrots $3/bunch
  • Cauliflower (the best looking purple cauliflower you have seen 😉 $3-$4 depending on how big it is
  • Beetroot $4/bunch
  • Celery $4/bunch
  • Brocollini $4/bunch
  • Salsify $4/bunch
  • Salad Mix $3/bag
  • Stir Fry Mix $3/bag
  • Kale $3/bunch
  • Silverbeet $3/bunch
  • Radishes $3/bunch
  • Spaghetti Squash $4/kg
  • Young Garlic Bunches $3

To cook with true flavour just add Caroola Farm:

  • Apple Sauce (to go with that Pulled Pork or Pork Roast) $8
  • Fermented garlic $8
  • Beef stock $8
  • Chicken stock $8
  • Vegetable stock $8

On the farm

OK, I’m sick of talking about the rain, lets talk about the sunshine in between the rainy days that have allowed a lot of the salads and veggies to get a bit of a kick – yum!

Introduction to Permaculture
Quite literally your last chance to book for the Introduction to Permaculture Course at Caroola Farm next weekend 13 and 14 August

Deep Winter Agrarians Gathering
We are amazed, inspired and honoured to have been part of the Deep Winter Agrarians Gathering in Gerringong this past weekend. Fantastic stories of other small, regenerative farmers providing opportunities for purchasing healthy, fresh produce outside of the standard industrial food system – our heroes!

Community Buying Group
Stay tuned, I promise our meat buying group will be on its way soon.

See you at the Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore this Saturday at the On-Farm Shop Sunday or SAGE Farmers Market in Moruya on Tuesday.

Stock up on produce this weekend as we won’t have produce the following one

The Bungendore Southern Harvest Farmers Market is back this weekend at the Anglican Church Hall on Butmaroo Street (near the Caltex). We’ll be there from 9am to 12noon on Saturday and will also have the on-farm Shop open Sunday 11-4pm.

We’ll have beef, mutton and pork available (sorry, no chicken until August). Plus a good range of winter veggies. We’ll be serving pulled-pork wraps in conjunction with Scrumpers Garden, so get on down and support your local market.

Our favourite recipes this week include: Massaman Beef Curry, Meatballs in Rich Tomato Sauce and Pulled Pork – we even have some of these available as take-home meals. Of course we’ll also have a range of roasting peices of pork, beef and mutton, and check out the veggies we have available below to go with them 🙂 Yum!

Or, take the heat off and let us cook for you:

  • Meatballs in Tomatoe Sauce (just add pasta) 500g $12
  • Lasagne 500g $12
  • Pulled Pork 250g $12
  • Massaman beef curry 500g $12

Our gems from the garden this week include:

  • Herbs – we have a large selection of dried herbs available just $2 per packet
  • Carrots $3/bunch
  • Golden Beetroot $4/bunch
  • Parsnip $3/bunch
  • Celery $4/bunch
  • NEW – Brocollini $4/bunch
  • NEW – Salsify $4/bunch
  • Salad Mix $3/bag
  • Stir Fry Mix $3/bag
  • Kale $3/bunch
  • Silverbeet $3/bunch
  • Radishes $3/bunch
  • Spaghetti Squash $4/kg
  • Leeks $2
  • Young Garlic Bunches $3

To cook with true flavour just add Caroola Farm:

  • Apple Sauce (to go with that Pulled Pork or Pork Roast) $8
  • Fermented garlic $8
  • Beef stock $8
  • Chicken stock $8
  • Vegetable stock $8

On the farm

Wow, talk about rain, the garden is still about a foot under water in the inter-rows, but the veggies are popping out of the ground so we’ve had to harvest anyway.

Winter Getaway
We took the opportunity, with 3 interns on the farm, to get away for a few weeks and head north to the warmth. We did discover warmth, but also mosquitoes and suffice to say the rest of NSW is as wet if not wetter than here – saying that everything looks lovely and green.

We visited our friends at Milking Yard Farm who also grow Sommerlad Chickens, quickly dropped in on Tammi and Stuart at Jonai Farms and then headed to Savannah Farm in the Clare Valley for a few days. It is really great to see what other farmers are doing on the sustainable farming topic.

As if that wasn’t enough, we’re away next weekend as well at a gathering for agrarians which happens each winter – a great chance to catch up with other farmers and learn from each other. This means we won’t have produce available next weekend, so stock up this Saturday or Sunday.

Community Buying Group
Our time away allows us to do lots of thinking and planning (no, we don’t really holiday, just get away 😉 – We’re aiming to do Community Buying Group orders for collection at the Bungendore Farmers Market, Southside Markets in Canberra, SAGE Farmers Market in Moruya and through a Hub in North Canberra. These would be monthly deliveries. More information coming soon once we get a chance to put it online.  If you are keen to know more register to be involved.
Commercial Kitchen
We are making progress on the Commercial Kitchen front with some quotes now for a mobile version which we hope we can raise funds for and involve the surrounding food community – stay tuned…

See you at the Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore this Saturday or at the On-Farm Shop Sunday.

Roast Chicken with seasonal veggies

One of our very favourite recipes- and it makes so many meals

Ingredients

Whole 1.5-2kg chicken

Olive oil

Bay leaf

Potatoes (2-3 small potatoes per person)

Pumpkin (2-3 chunks each)

Carrot (1 per person)

Greens (brocolli, beans or whatever is in season) (a handful per person)

Garlic (2-3 cloves each)

Onions (1/2 per person)

Salt and pepper

Water

Method

Pre-heat oven to 150 degrees C (we are cooking this slowly first and then will turn up the heat to crisp it later).

Wash and pat dry chicken.

Place chicken in baking dish and drizzle with oil then season with salt and pepper. Depending on where your chicken is from (if it is pastured it may not have as much water in it), we add a cup of water into the bottom of the tray.

Cook for 30 minutes. Add cut vegetables (except greens) and cook for another 45 minutes.

Turn heat up to 180 degrees C and cook for another 30 minutes. Check if juices are running clear, throw in the greens and cook for another 5-10 minutes.

 

To serve

Take the baked chicken out of the oven whilst you leave the vegetables to crisp and let it rest for 5 minutes. Cut into sections to serve (don’t forget to keep any leftovers and the carcass to make your own home-made chicken stock).

Move vegetables to a platter or bring to the table in the pan and serve yourselves!

Duck Egg Quiche

A fluffy, moist, delicious quiche alternative (we do this as a crustless quiche, but you could also bake it in a pie crust or layered pastry)

Ingredients

1.5 cups full cream milk

6 duck eggs

2.5 tablespoons flour

2.5 tablespoons baking soda

Salt and pepper to taste

1.25 cups shredded cheese (whatever you like)

A cup or so of veggies – your choice – onion, kale, silverbeet, mushroom etc

Method

Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius.

Combine wet ingredients thoroughly, add dry ingredients and mix in. Mix in the veggies.

Pour contents into a baking tray and set it in the oven for 50 mins (test it, each oven is different, you just want it to set)

To serve

Slice the quiche and serve with rice or salad, or both. Tada!