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

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:

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

 

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.

Orders by 2pm Friday

Choose from our list posted each week showing seasonal product availability...

 

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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!

Spaghetti Bolognaise (with veggies)

One of our children’s favourites (and they know the veggies are in there too)

Ingredients

2 teaspoons olive oil

500g beef mince

1 large onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1 large zucchini, grated

200g mushrooms, sliced

750g tomatoes chopped or in passata

1 cup cheap red wine

200g tomato paste

400g soaked and cooked kidney beans

sprig of fresh oregano

sprig of fresh thyme

Method

Heat oil in a saucepan on medium heat and add onion, garlic and beef mince, cook until browned.

Add remaining ingredients and simmer until sauce has thickened.

To serve

Serve with spaghetti or pasta spirals, dust with parmesan or grated cheese.

Gado Gado (vegetarian)

One of our favourite vegetarian recipes and you can substitute almost any vegetable for another using whatever is in season

Ingredients

2 tablespoons coconut oil

200g beans cut into 3-4cm pieces

200g cabbage – shredded ideally

200g bok choy, choy sum, tatsoi or other asian brassica – chopped

4 hard boiled eggs (we use duck eggs) – peel and halve them

250g bean sprouts (or something else fresh and juicy)

2 medium potatoes boiled and cubed (we prefer to wash not peel them as it keeps the goodies in)

Peanut sauce (be careful here of allergies) – you can make this with crushed peanuts and cocunut milk or cream, or simply heat peanut butter and cocunut cream in a low pan until dissolved.

Chopped peanuts to dress

Method

Stir-fry the greens in coconut oil until wilted slightly. Add the potatoes and heat through.

Heat your peanut or other sauce

To serve

Put on a plate, pour the sauce over and dress with the eggs and chopped nuts.

 

Massaman Beef Curry

This is a mild curry with the paste made from scratch (sorry, don’t like the shop bought stuff) and is one of our favourites

Massaman Paste Ingredients (you only need a quarter of this for cooking the curry itself, but you can freeze the rest and use it later)

4 tsp chilli powder or 4 small chillies of your choice

1 teaspoon shrimp paste

2 teaspoons ground coriander

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon native peppersalt

1 large onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, chopped

1 stem of lemon grass chopped

3cm piece of ginger, chopped

Method for curry paste

Put it all in a hand blender and chop it finely

Ingredients for Massaman Beef Curry

2 tablespoons of coconut oil

600g diced beef

2 cups coconut milk

2 tablespoons of the massaman curry past you just made

2 medium or 6 small potatoes (if medium cut them into 2-3cm pieces)

1 cinnamon stick

2 fresh bay leaves

5 cardamom pods (crush them in your mortar and pestle first)

2 tablespoons demerara sugar

1 tablespoon tamarind concentrate

1 tablespoon fish sauce

Method

Put coconut oil in hot pan and brown beef, set aside.

Put massaman curry paste in medium pan and simmer until fragrant.

Put all ingredients into slow cooker or thick based saucepan, bring to the boil and then simmer for a few hours – until beef is tender. This is also a dish you could put in a slow cooker on low for the whole day whilst you go to work.

To serve

Serve massaman beef curry with rice, cous cous, papadams or salad, even try some yoghurt with it. Enjoy!

 

Meatballs in Rich Tomato Sauce

A hearty and flavoursome dish

Ingredients

Meatballs

500g beef mince

1/4 teaspoon native peppersalt mix

One clove of garlic, crushed

1 egg (we use a duck egg)

Sauce

2 medium onions chopped

5 cloves garlic minced

1/4 cup olive oil

750ml jar of passata or tomatoes peeled

2 teaspoons native peppersalt mix

750ml beef stock

1 bay leaf

200g tomato paste

Fresh basil (or dried equivalent to 3/4 teaspoon)

Method

Mix the beef mince, pepper, egg, garlic and salt and pepper mix an form into balls approx 2-3cm in diameter. Store in the fridge until sauce is prepared.

Saute onion and garlic in olive oil until translucent. Add to a large pot or slow cooker and add tomatoes, salt and pepper mix, bay leaf and beef stock. Cover and simmer for approx 1.5 hours.

Stir in tomato paste, basil and the meatballs, simmering 30 minutes (or longer in a slow cooker, you can leave them there until you are ready) and then serve.

To serve

This dish can be eaten just by itself, served with bread, rice, spaghetti, noodles or salad.

Pulled Pork

Delicious as a snack, part of a main meal or on a roll for lunch 😉

Ingredients
2 large onions, cut into quarters
1-2kg piece of roasting or shoulder pork
2 cloves of garlic (crushed)
1 tsp of oregano (better if fresh)
Salt and pepper to season
750ml chicken stock or broth
Method
Place onions in slow cooker. Rub roast with garlic, oregano, salt and pepper.
Place roast on onions. Pour broth over roast. Cover and cook on LOW 8 to 10 hours or until meat shreds easily with a fork.
To serve
Transfer roast to a cutting board or serving platter; shred using forks, removing any large pieces of fat. Remove onions with a slotted spoon, and serve with pork.
Depending on the season serve with rice, roasted veggies, a coleslaw, green salad or on a bread roll or all of these if you like (you can always pop veggies into the slow cooker for a few hours along with the pork for a delicious one-pot meal).

Moroccan Lamb Curry

Our version of this classic dish

Ingredients

A dash of organic coconut oil (or 2 tablespoons)
2 onions, roughly chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon allspice
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
3 tablespoons Moroccan spice
1kg lamb forequarter chops – best to leave the bones in as the meat will fall off the bone in any case
1 1/2 cups of home-made stock of any kind (beef, chicken, vege, lamb)
1 cinnamon stick
500g potato, peeled, chopped
150g dried sultanas
150g dried apricots
Fresh coriander, chopped, to sprinkle
Couscous or rice and lemon wedges, to serve

Method

Heat 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in a frypan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, cooking for 3 minutes or until soft. Add the cumin, allspice, cayenne, cooking for 2 minutes or until fragrant.

Add lamb chops and cook until coated with spices and just brown (a few minutes).

Get slow cooker out of cupboard, or use a large saucepan on low heat. Transfer meat, onion, garlic and spices to slow cooker. Add rest of ingredients (except the coriander which goes at the end), cover and cook for 60 minutes or longer (ie you can set it on low and leave it a few hours).

To serve

Prepare Couscous or rice to serve, sprinkle chopped coriander and serve with lemon wedges.

Yum!

About Those Chickens

What is it about Caroola Farm chickens? How do we farm them, why do we do what we do and why on earth do they taste SOOOOOOO great (feedback from our customers, but of course we love them too).

baby sommerlad2Caroola Farm chickens really are different to any other chicken you’ll find locally… there are many reasons for this:

  1. They are Sommerlad chickens. These chickens are specifically bred from a range of heritage breeds to actually live in a pastured environment. They are excellent foragers and exhibit natural chicken behaviour, unlike the white meat birds which are grown conventionally.
  2. They actually, trully, really are outside birds, running around all-day and going in only to sleep at night – it’s not that we provide them ‘access’ to the outdoors, they are outdoors. They are totally free-ranging, on actual green pasture.
  3. They are grown a little longer, allowing the birds to develop full flavour. Our chickens are not processed until 12 weeks of age (conventional meat chickens are processed at 5-6 weeks and even free-ranging birds are processed at 8-10 weeks).
  4. We grow only small numbers, up to a maximum of 1000 on farm at any time (this means we are not set up to supply into the industrial food system, we only supply locally on-farm through farmers markets and trusted providores.
  5. They are supplemented with only certified organic feed – no nasties in this or chemical additives to bulk up the birds.
  6. They are given natural preventative health treatments (meaning they are never given antibiotics), including apple-cider vinegar, garlic, seaweed meal, natural herbs and more…
  7. They are processed manually without the use of chlorinated water – so they don’t have that swimming pool smell to them and retain the natural colour of real chickens.

sommerladsWhat this gives us is really a chicken like no other… A true delight, dense with nutrients and a taste sensation.

The way our chickens are farmed at Caroola Farm means we cannot hope to compete with the prices offered by the conventional and/or factory farming enterprises, and this sometimes means our chicken can’t be an every-day meal. But, lets face it, we were never meant to eat chicken every day… chickens are expensive to raise in a natural environment, and should be a special meal to value the life they are giving us.

Chickens should not be farmed in factories, they should have happy and free lives outdoors in as natural an environment as possible.

Want to know more? Come and chat to us at one of the farmers markets we attend (Bungendore, Braidwood, Southside in Canberra, Moruya), or drop by our On-Farm Shop on Sundays 11am to 4pm.

Community Buying Group, Commercial Kitchen, Interns and more

Community Buying Group, Commercial Kitchen, Interns and other happenings on the Farm

We’re putting the final touches to a Caroola Farm Community Buying Group for Meat, launching in the coming months. This is for those of you who would like a consistent supply of ethically raised and organic chicken, pork, beef and lamb. We’ve been thinking about this for a while but, after a visit on the weekend to Jonai Farms near Daylesford, we’re putting it out there and see who is interested. So, let us know if you are keen on the idea and would like to register to be involved.

In order to better use our produce during our bumper seasons (read too many zucchinis, tomatoes, garlic at certain times, or a larger beast that we had anticipated), we are looking to upgrade the kitchen facilities at the farm. We want to put in an on-farm commercial kitchen. (OK, yes, more inspiration from Jonai Farms). We have a kind of structure up, but need to think about what we need in it, and talk to council about if and what approvals we need as well. Ideally we’d like to make this available to others in the area, so let us know if you might have a future use and we’ll see if that’s possible too when we talk to council. First we need to put the roof back on the shed, but hey, that is in hand!

We finally have the last of the early-season garlic in the ground, so here is hoping for good rain up until about mid-October, we’ll then be all set to harvest in early November.

Last but not least, welcome to Ant Wilson and Shirin Richards, our two interns who are with us for the rest of Autumn and throughout most of winter 🙂 Brrr!!!

Community Buying Group Expression of Interest

IMG_2367We are busy planning our Community Buying Group for meat. Until now we have been focusing on providing fresh meat of different types (beef, pork, lamb, chicken and sometimes duck) each week for our Farmers Markets, but in order to keep our customers happy we are looking to provide regular orders.

At this stage we are still juggling with supply of the different types of meat, but we’d love it if you could give us an idea of what you’d like to order on a monthly basis so that we can plan to balance the number of livestock on our farm. All of our meat is organic and pasture raised (yes, free-range, but better than free-range, the animals are actually on grassed pasture).

More information and register your interest

20% off Caroola Farm Organic, Grass Fed, Yearling Beef, this weekend 14 & 15 May

What a week! Rain, wind, and lots of action.

We are offering 20% off our organic, grass-fed yearling beef this weekend, as the beasts were rather large and we need more room in the freezer. If you already love our beef, now is the time to stock up. If you haven’t tried our beef, now is the time for some tasting!

We have preservative and gluten free sausages, premium mince, t-bones, sirloin (porterhouse), roasts, topside, stewing cuts and more. We will also have limited Harvest Boxes available for collection on Saturday (Bungendore) or Sunday (on-farm) only. We do require orders by 2pm Friday for harvesting purposes. Just $40 each and valued at over $50.

Our harvest this week will include:

  • Duck Eggs
  • Carrots
  • Turnips
  • Cucumbers
  • Salad Mix
  • Rocket
  • Radishes
  • Pumpkin
  • Stir-fry mix
  • Spaghetti Squash

If you would like to order anything in advance, simply reply to this email – but don’t leave it too late as we’ll be busy harvesting and then heading to markets.

Order Your Harvest Box Here

On the farm

Whew, what a week! It was fantastic to see the rain, we got around 35mm which has saved us a heap of watering.

Our Fair Food Producers evening had to move inside, so Sunday was a hectic day with our Meat and Cheese Preserving Workshop finishing and the producers gathering starting. Many thanks to Tammi Jonas from Australian Food Sovereignity Alliance (AFSA), Larry O’Loughlin from the Conservation Council ACT Region and Samantha Hawker from Southern Harvest Farmers Market for facilitating.

Monday night we were involved in the screening of Polyfaces and a panel discussion followed by dinner at A.Baker. This was the launch of the AFSA Legal Defence Fund – they have just started their crowdfunding campaign ” Despite growing concerns about the nutrition, safety, and ethics of the food we eat, some regulators are making it harder for Australian small-scale farmers to produce ethical, ecologically-sound, nutritious, and delicious food for their communities.” read more and contribute…

We have spent some valuable time inside this week in the wild and windy weather, and have finally lit the fire 🙂 Mind you all this rain has made the weeding easier so that is a bonus too1

Welcome, finally, to the cool weather!

Paul and Penny
Caroola Farm

Wild and windy weather on the farm

An apology to our Braidwood and Canberra customers, but we won’t be at Braidwood or Southside markets this weekend 🙁 Our On-Farm Shop will be open on Sunday and Provisions Deli and Grocery in Braidwood has stocks of our chicken (including portions) along with limited veg, and on-farm we will have beef and preserves.

We have a big day out on Saturday with organic yearling beef at the Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore on Saturday. This Saturday the markets are on from 9am to 3pm as we are sharing the market with the Hand-Made folks.. For those with children we have a book signing and reading at 10.00am of The Adventures of William Brambleberry: Aviator Mouse by local author Geneveive Hopkins.

We will have limited Harvest Boxes available for collection on Saturday (Bungendore) or Sunday (on-farm) only. We do require orders by 2pm Friday for harvesting purposes. Just $40 each and valued at over $50.

Tickets are still available for the Polyfaces film screening and panel discussion in Canberra on Monday 9 May, however dinner is sold out. Sponsored by Regrarians with proceeds going to the Australian Food Sovereignity Legal Defence Fund.

Caroola Farm produce this week includes the following (if you are ordering a Harvest Box, you’ll get a selection of the produce (excluding meat unless you ask specifically, not each and every item), although you are welcome to let us know if you do want some of everything, and we can add it:

  • Duck Eggs
  • Carrots
  • Turnips
  • Cucumbers
  • Salad Mix
  • Rocket
  • Radishes
  • Tomatoes
  • Garlic
  • Zucchini
  • Pumpkin
  • Stir-fry mix
  • Spaghetti Squash

If you would like to order anything in advance, simply reply to this email – but don’t leave it too late as we’ll be busy harvesting and then heading to markets.

Order Your Harvest Box Here

On the farm

Talk about a wild and windy weekend for our Open Day. Many thanks to those who braved the weather to come out and join us for tours 🙂 We moved the long table lunch inside, it was no longer long, but it was cosy and the food was just delicious with thanks to Scrumpers Garden. We sampled Caroola Farm veggies, chicken, beef, rhubarb, apples and berries.

We have only had a light frost so far, but it’s getting pretty cold out there for the end of the summer veg, we’ll be pulling up the zucchini vines after harvest this Friday and starting our tomato preserving with the leftover green ones – whew, we might have room to plant some more onions and garlic.

We have 4 more beds of early season garlic still to plant and then another 20kg of later season Dunganski that will go into the area the pigs have prepped.

For those of you who are producers, or thinking about being producers, you are welcome to join us on-farm on the evening of Sunday 8 May for a Fair Food Producers Gathering.

Stay warm!

Paul and Penny
Caroola Farm

On farm as it starts to cool down

This week we will have fresh organic yearling beef and organic pastured pork, so come on down to the Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore on Saturday 9am to 1pm and check out what we have.

We will have limited Harvest Boxes available for collection on Saturday (Bungendore) or Sunday (on-farm) only. We do require orders by 2pm Friday for harvesting purposes. Just $40 each and valued at over $50.

If you are keen to be involved in Fair Food in our Region, I encourage you to check out the Polyfaces film screening, Fair Food Focus and Dinner on Monday 9 May in Canberra. More information here. Plus there are a load of upcoming one day courses including Fermented Drinks, Cool Climate Vegetable Growing and Raising Animals Organically.

Produce this week includes the following (if you are ordering a Harvest Box, you’ll get a selection of the produce (excluding meat unless you ask specifically, not each and every item), although you are welcome to let us know if you do want some of everything, and we can add it:

  • Carrots
  • Turnips
  • Cucumbers
  • Salad Mix
  • Rocket
  • Radishes
  • Tomatoes
  • Garlic
  • Zucchini
  • Pumpkin
  • Stir-fry mix
  • Spaghetti Squash

If you would like to order anything in advance, simply reply to this email – but don’t leave it too late as we’ll be busy harvesting and then heading to markets.

Order Your Harvest Box Here

On the farm

It has gone back to 30 degrees during the day, despite two cooler days during the week and a little rain – yay! We have over one-third of our early-season garlic in the ground and are still getting the pigs to prep the areas we will plant the later season garlic (so we don’t have to harvest it all at once).

We have pulled up the bulk of our tomato plants and they are hanging experimentally in the shed to keep them from the frost… This week may very well be the last week of ripe tomatoes, and is almost certainly the last of the zucchinis… saying that, the kale and other brassicas are just starting to come on and our salad and stir-fry mixes look set to continue through the season.

We have a few pumpkins still on the vines, so will see what they do.

Our long table lunch is bookings close today, Wednesday 27th April, so if you are still keen book now, otherwise feel free to join us for a tour and bring your own picnic lunch!  Open Day Tours and Caroola Farm Long Table Lunch on Sunday 1 May – tours available at 10.30am and 2pm and lunch 12.00noon. Bookings essential.

We are really excited to be part of the Fair Food Focus in Canberra and Screening of Polyfaces, plus a Fair Food Dinner at A. Baker – book now and be quick if you want to join in.

For those of you who are producers, or thinking about being producers, you are welcome to join us on-farm on the evening of Sunday 8 May for a Fair Food Producers Gathering.

Enjoy the season.

Paul and Penny
Caroola Farm

Fair Food Producers Gathering, Sunday 8 May 5.00pm

We invite you to a Fair Food Producers Gathering at Caroola Farm with a focus on the ACT Region, the Draft ACT Region Peoples Food Plan and to discuss the issues and infrastructure pressure points that are limiting the production of Fair Food in our region.
Join us for productive and lively discussion – RSVP’s would be lovely.
 
WHEN: Sunday, 8 May 5.00-8.00pm
 
WHERE: Caroola Farm, 9074 Kings Highway, Mulloon, NSW (15km from Bungendore toward Braidwood)
COST: By donation to the AFSA Legal Defence Fund – BYO pot luck dinner to share and something to drink
BOOKINGS: Please RSVP by email to penny@caroolafarm.com.au or complete the form below:

 
Tammi Jonas, the current President of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance is coming to Canberra and it coincides with the draft release of the ACT Region Peoples Food Plan by the Conservation Council ACT Region – join us to explore more about Fair Food in our region!

Yay, fresh chicken again at last – and we’re heading to Moruya!

Stop press, we’ll be at SAGE Farmers Market in Moruya next Tuesday 12 April  – please pass this on to those you know who have been waiting for poultry to come back to the market 🙂

Back into the swing of things, we are off processing poultry tomorrow – a bit of a drive to Canowindra, but at this point we have no choice.

We’ll be at:

We will have FRESH poultry at all of these places, but, saying that, many of the portions sell out quickly, so do let us know if you want to reserve something.

We will have limited Harvest Boxes available for collection on Saturday (Bungendore) or Sunday (on-farm) only. We do require orders by 2pm Friday for harvesting purposes. Just $40 each and valued at over $50.

Our harvest boxes comprise a selection of in-season farm vegetables, we are happy to include meat, but you’ll need to make a note when you complete the order form – the cuts and prices of meat are just a little complex to list 🙁

Produce this week includes the following (if you are ordering a Harvest Box, you’ll get a selection, not each and every item, although you are welcome to let us know if you do want some of everything, and we can add it:

  • Fresh chicken, including portions – breasts, wings, thighs, drumsticks, necks, heads, feet, livers
  • Limited duck – some whole, some portioned
  • Salad Mix
  • Rocket
  • Radishes
  • Tomatoes
  • Garlic
  • Zucchini
  • Pumpkin
  • Stir-fry mix
  • Limited Celery
  • Limited Cucumber
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Vegetable stock
  • Chicken Stock
  • Salad Dressings
  • Blackberry Kombucha
  • Cordials (Mint OR Rhubarb and Vanilla)
  • Preserved Peaches
  • Chutneys

If you would like to order anything in advance, simply reply to this email – but don’t leave it too late as we’ll be busy harvesting and then heading to markets.

Order Your Harvest Box Here

Upcoming activities at Caroola Farm

  • Pastured PigsApril 10 with Lee McCosker – one day only! $300 More information and bookings.
  • May 8 – Air exclusion, salt and fermentation for preserving meat and dairy (eg: yoghurt, cheese, milk kefir, confit or rillettes) Early bird bookings for first 10 – booking out fast!
  • Introduction to Permaculture – August 2016 with John Champagne – book now
  • Permaculture Design Certificate Course – August to November 2015 with John Champagne – bookings being taken now

On the farm

It’s been hot and windy, and we can see fires in the distance, is it really Autumn? it feels like summer. Thank heavens for the row covers we use or everything would be bone dry. We have had to go back to our watering regime, and, if it does not rain soon we’ll have to water the new wetlands plantings too.

We are off processing poultry at Tablelands Premier Meats in Canowindra, they don’t use any chemicals or chlorine in the processing and it is all hand-processed – which means it is also not cheap, but they do a great job – just makes a long day for us catching and loading, driving there and back, coming home, labelling and then heading to the markets.

As yet, there has been no frost (touch wood), so all the summer produce is still growing, which is great, but means we are struggling for space for things like  kale, broccoli, cauliflower, onions, leeks and more – we’ll do our best I guess.

We’re really excited to be part of the Boots for Change initiative at the Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore, as well as the Moruya Farmers Market – get to both if you can!

Enjoy the season.

Paul and Penny
Caroola Farm

Caroola Farm Open Day Tours and Long Lunch, Sunday 1 May 2016

Our next Open Day is Sunday 1 May 2016

We are not doing our traditional, full scale Open Day, but we are offering Farm Tours, picnic space and a Long Table Lunch.

Caroola Farm is a family-owned, permaculture-based, beyond organic, local-market farm and informational outreach in the NSW Southern Tablelands. Established in 2012 with the intention to be a permaculture demonstration farm and working, profitable farm to service the local community. It is operated by Penny Kothe and Paul McKinnon.

We provide healthy and nutritious, locally produced and organically grown produce in small amounts from our integrated, holistically managed farm:

Herbs and Vegetables – seasonally including carrots, potatoes, salad mixes, beetroot, rhubarb and more. We have a range of herbs including thyme, basil, oregano, mint and coriander.
Fruit and nuts – seasonally including apples, blackberries and raspberries (nuts are further down the track in terms of production)
Poultry and Eggs – free range (Humane Choice Certified) Pekin Ducks for meat and the famous Sommerlad Heritage Chickens. We grow Turkeys seasonally for Christmas.
Beef, Pork and Lamb – free range and organically grown on pasture our beef and lamb are available in packaged cuts or as a whole or half side order.

Our aim is to heal the land, regenerating it and leaving it in a better place than we first found it, and to produce nutritious and environmentally friendly local food by setting up a range of complimentary enterprises. We are involved locally in permaculture, organic production and holistic management communities.

The farm is, and will always be, a work in progress. Since we just started out in 2012, there is more to do than there will be 5 years down the track, but in another 5 years, we’ll just find more that we want to do, so we’ll never be finished! Suffice to say, each day we make progress!

A bushfire in January 2013 provided us with major challenges, we lost all pasture and fences and have been working hard to rebuild from there. We have established forest gardens, kitchen gardens, a free range poultry system and more…

Farm Tours Sunday 1 May

10.30am and 2.00pm – allow 1 and a half hours. Tours will still proceed in wet weather (you’ll just need to come prepared)

Join us on farm for:

  • An informative short talk on the history of Caroola Farm and our plans into the future. Inspiring you to think about what you can achieve in your own space – no matter what the size!
  • Walking tour and explanation of the forest gardens and homestead area
  • Walking tour and overview of our market garden enterprise
  • Learn about our poultry breeding and pastured poultry systems
  • Find out about the benefits of our our other animal systems including pigs, sheep, cattle, alpacas, maremmas and guinea fowl and how we are implementing integrated systems to build a sustainable farming business

We also have a Long Table Lunch on Sunday 1 May or if you are coming for a tour but don’t want to join in the lunch, feel free to bring your own picnic lunch with you and sit in the sun, or under a tree…

Bookings essential.

Date and time: Sunday 1 May 10.30am or 2pm

Cost: Adults $15, Children free (children must be supervised at all times). Members of supporting groups (Permablitz ACT, See-change, Slow Food, SCPA, COGS, Canberra City Farm, FuturePlans, Southern Harvest)  FREE (please email  penny (at) caroolafarm.com.au to book for supporting groups as the booking link will only work for paid bookings)

Venue: 'Caroola Farm' 9074 Kings Highway, Mulloon, NSW, 2622

 

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Long Table Lunch Sunday 1 May 2016

 12.00noon – $60 per head BYO drinks

A three-course lunch will be sourced from on-farm produce  plus organic ingredients including but maybe not limited to:

  • Garden fresh vegetables
  • Chicken, pork, duck and beef
  • Fruit from the orchard

Bookings essential.

Date and time: Sunday 1 May 12.00 noon

Cost: $60 per head BYO drinks

Long Table Lunch

A three-course lunch will be sourced from on-farm produce  plus organic ingredients including but maybe not limited to:

  • Garden fresh vegetables
  • Chicken, pork, duck and beef
  • Fruit from the orchard

Venue: 'Caroola Farm' 9074 Kings Highway, Mulloon, NSW, 2622

 

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A busy harvest time, with a nice break in between

We’ve had a relax and revitalisation period over the Easter long weekend, and now it’s back to work with two markets on this weekend:

We will have limited Harvest Boxes available for collection at either market, or from the On-Farm Shop on Sunday, but require orders by 2pm Friday. Just $40 each and valued at over $50.

Produce this week includes:

  • Limited Lamb, limited pork and chicken (we’ll be processing next week so stay tuned for where you can find fresh chicken)
  • Mint (to go with the lamb of course)
  • Salad Mix
  • Rocket
  • Radishes
  • Tomatoes
  • Garlic
  • Zucchini
  • Pumpkin
  • Stir-fry mix
  • Limited Cucumber
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Vegetable stock
  • Chicken Stock
  • Salad Dressings
  • Blackberry Kombucha
  • Cordials (Mint OR Rhubarb and Vanilla)
  • Preserved Peaches
  • Chutneys

If you would like to order anything in advance, simply reply to this email – but don’t leave it too late as we’ll be busy harvesting and then heading to markets.

Order Your Harvest Box Here

Upcoming activities at Caroola Farm

  • April 3 – Fermentation of vegetables and fruits (eg: sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, tempeh, ketchup, Indian chutney)
  • Pastured PigsApril 10 with Lee McCosker – one day only! $300 More information and bookings.
  • May 8 – Air exclusion, salt and fermentation for preserving meat and dairy (eg: yoghurt, cheese, milk kefir, confit or rillettes) Early bird bookings for first 10 – booking out fast!
  • Introduction to Permaculture – August 2016 with John Champagne – book now
  • Permaculture Design Certificate Course – August to November 2015 with John Champagne – bookings being taken now

On the farm

We had a lovely time with friends and colleagues visiting the farm on the Easter Long weekend – not much work got done but lots of talking, scrabble and some bonfires.

Now we’re back into the swing of things feeling relaxed and ready to get stuck into Autumn (like the weather we’re a little late).

We’re trying to expand the vegetable availability and grow more of the staples this year in order to keep up demand for our Harvest Boxes. In addition we’re looking at scheduling our fresh meat production more regularly to give our customers more choice.

We’re not very thrilled about the news of Woolworths coming to town, we really feel this will put smaller local businesses, including many local farmers, the butcher, baker, local IGA and more out of business and would love everyone to help continue supporting these fantastic local businesses and farmers market initiatives – vote with your feet people!

Enjoy the season.

Paul and Penny
Caroola Farm

Harvest time on the farm

See you this weekend at:

  • On-Farm Shop Fri 3-7pm
  • Braidwood Farmers Market, National Theatre, Braidwood 8am to 12.30pm
  • Canberra Harvest Festival 2-6pm
  • On-Farm Shop Sunday 11-4pm

Order your Harvest Box in advance (by 2pm Friday) and don’t miss out. Just $40 each and valued at over $50. Pickup only at one of the destinations above 😉

Produce this week will include:

  • Tomatoes
  • Garlic
  • Zucchini and Zucchini Flowers
  • Pumpkin
  • Stir-fry mix
  • Beans
  • Rhubarb
  • Rocket

We’ll try and take a little of everything to each venue including Pork, Chicken, Chicken Stock, Salad Dressings, Kombucha and at the farm shop we have all of those things plus honey, blackberries, cordials and preserves.

If you would like to order anything in advance, simply reply to this email – but don’t leave it too late as we’ll be busy harvesting and then heading to markets.

Order Your Harvest Box Here

Upcoming activities at Caroola Farm

  • April 3 – Fermentation of vegetables and fruits (eg: sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, tempeh, ketchup, Indian chutney)
  • Pastured PigsApril 10 with Lee McCosker – one day only! $300 More information and bookings.
  • May 8 – Air exclusion, salt and fermentation for preserving meat and dairy (eg: yoghurt, cheese, milk kefir, confit or rillettes) Early bird bookings for first 10 – booking out fast!
  • Introduction to Permaculture – August 2016 with John Champagne – book now
  • Permaculture Design Certificate Course – August to November 2015 with John Champagne – bookings being taken now

On the farm

We are looking forward to having Scott and Armonde from Bees R Us here for the Bee Keeping workshop on Sunday (sorry, fully booked, new date coming soon). This means we are relocating the On-Farm Shop to marquees for the weekend and transforming the shop into the classroom (just a little bit of work 🙂

We’re at the end of our summer potato harvest, but have more in the ground still growing for over-wintering. We’ve been supplying salad mixes, gorgeous edible flowers and duck eggs to The Space Kitchen in Woden, and we just need the lettuces to keep on growing to keep up with demand. Orders from Chef Christophe of Le Tres Bon, supplying for catering at Silver Wattle Quaker Centre and catering for the Bee Keeping workshop have left us without salad mix for the week – apologies everyone!

The Canberra Good Food Month dinner at Le Tres Bon was fantastic and Chef Christophe did an amazing job with our pork and chicken, not to mention salad, beet and tomatoes – a wonderful plate of Caroola Produce. If you haven’t been to Le Tres Bon it is worth a visit – and they do breakfast and lunch as well as dinner.

We are busy planting out winter seedlings and have started to put our garlic crop into the ground for another year, thankfully the cooler weather is better for planting… We are also gearing up for the Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore going weekly throughout April and May – would love your support at that market too 🙂

Enjoy the season.

Paul and Penny

Fresh Pork, loads of veggies, dinner at Le Tres Bon and more coming up this weekend…

See you this weekend at:

IMG_2967Order your Harvest Box in advance (by 2pm Friday) and don’t miss out. Just $40 each and valued at over $50. Produce this week includes:

  • Tomatoes
  • Garlic
  • Potatoes
  • Zucchini and Zucchini Flowers
  • Fresh salad mix
  • Stir-fry mix
  • Cucumbers
  • Beans
  • Rhubarb
  • Radishes
  • Rocket
  • Fresh chives, basil, coriander and mint

We’ll have Fresh Pork at Bungendore and Southside, we are taking Chicken, Chicken Stock, Chicken Risotto and Garlic to Moruya and at the farm shop we have all of those things plus salad dressings, honey, blackberries, duck stock, cordials, kombucha and preserves.

If you would like to order anything in advance, simply reply to this email – but don’t leave it too late as we’ll be busy harvesting and then heading to markets.

Order Your Harvest Box Here

Upcoming activities involving Caroola Farm

  • April 3 – Fermentation of vegetables and fruits (eg: sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, tempeh, ketchup, Indian chutney)
  • Pastured PigsApril 10 with Lee McCosker – one day only! $300 More information and bookings.
  • May 8 – Air exclusion, salt and fermentation for preserving meat and dairy (eg: yoghurt, cheese, milk kefir, confit or rillettes) Early bird bookings for first 10 – booking out fast!
  • Introduction to Permaculture – August 2016 with John Champagne – book now
  • Permaculture Design Certificate Course – August to November 2015 with John Champagne – bookings being taken now

On the farm

Nice and cool today, but somehow Spring has decided it is actually Summer, can’t believe how hot the last few weeks have been.

We had a fantastic time at the Preserving with Sugar and Vinegar Workshop, despite it’s relocation to the flat as the learning centre is still without a roof. Next cab off the rank in terms of workshops is the Bees Workshop on Sunday 20th (sorry, fully booked), the Fermenting Fruit and Veg followed by the Pastured Pigs course with Lee McCosker which we are really looking forward to.

The zucchinis, tomatoes and cucumbers are loving the heat and producing prolificly, although the pigs decided to get in the garden and eat just about all of the beetroot (we managed to salvage some for Chef Christophe for dinner on Friday night).

We had the Australian Conservation Volunteers team here over the last few weeks planting out wetlands plants around the main dam, it will be looking just dandy in a few years we are sure 🙂

Although not entered officially under ‘Caroola Farm’, Penny managed to take out the inaugural trophy for Garlic at the Braidwood Show along with a lovely blue ribbon too… not a mean feat, as we heard the competition was ferocious.

Enjoy the cool!

Paul and Penny
Caroola Farm

The Canberra Times Good Food Month Terroir The Taste of the Bungendore Region

Book now

Friday March 11 @ 7:00 pm9:00 pm

$100.00

 

Terroir is a French word which broadly means a ‘sense and taste of place’.
Terroir comprises the unique elements; natural environment, climate and human  influence.
Chef Christophe has prepared a menu using carefully selected seasonal produce and where possible organic. A unique dinner showcasing Bungendore’s terroir –
the unique tastes and flavours in and around our beautiful place.

MENU

On arrival – amuse bouche
Egg mimosa – Œuf mimosa
Organic eggs from Long Paddock Eggs, Bungendore

Sapling Yard, Bungendore, Riesling 2015 – with crème de cassis

Entree
Organic chicken & pork galantine, carrot & beetroot salad
Chicken & pork, carrots and beetroot from Caroola Farm, Mulloon (between Bungendore & Braidwood)

Mount Majura chardonnay 2014

Main Course
Lamb shank, potato purée and tomato concasse
Bungendore Country Butcher, Segeri organic vegetable garden, Wamboin

Lark Hill, Bungendore shiraz viognier 2014 biodynamic

Dessert
Organic red berries sorbets
Yerriebah Berry Farm, Braidwood

Lerida Estate Botrytis Pinot Gris 2012

4 courses, 4 wines $100 per person
4 courses, no wines $70 per person

Book now

Friday March 11 @ 7:00 pm9:00 pm

This week on the farm

It’s been hot and busy this week. So much so that we haven’t written a newsletter…

We’ll be at the On-Farm Shop 3-7pm Friday and 11-4pm Sunday plus at Braidwood Farmers Market on Saturday.

Email us to order a Harvest Box and let us know what you’d like in it. We’ll have:

  • Chicken
  • Salad Mix
  • Zucchinis
  • Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Herbs (Mint, Oregano, Thyme and a little Basil)
  • Salad Dressings
  • Kombucha
  • Kefir

We’ve been busy working in our voluntary capacities on the Preserving the Harvest workshop series (starts this Sunday 6 March, booking still available, just email us) plus the SCPA Farms with a Future Project – bookings available online for next Ground Works Day Tues 8 March at Brogo.

 

More info on this and bookings in the above links.

 

Hope to see you somewhere local!

 

Penny and Paul 🙂

 

On the farm

What’s happening on the farm…

Upcoming activities at Caroola Farm

Farm tours Sunday 11am (in case it is hot) – bookings essential here

March 6 – Sugar and vinegar preservation of fruits and vegetables (eg: jam, jelly, paste, cordial, chutney, relish, sauce)
April 3 – Fermentation of vegetables and fruits (eg: sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, tempeh, ketchup, Indian chutney)
May 8 – Air exclusion, salt and fermentation for preserving meat and dairy (eg: yoghurt, cheese, milk kefir, confit or rillettes)
Early bird bookings for first 10, plus package deals for the series of 3

On the farm

Wow it has been hot, we’ve been trying to get out early to get things done, come inside for a break and then head back out, the only trouble is it hasn’t been cooling off until around 7pm 🙁

We just received 4 new piglets from Symphony Farm in Tilba and aim to process the ones that were already here in the next few weeks (just waiting for that final growth spurt). This week also saw the arrival of a new batch of Sommerlad chickens to grow out – they’ve been a bit rare (and still are really) – they won’t be ready for a few months though, so don’t get too excited.

Our cattle and sheep are enjoying their new paddocks and we’re following behind them slashing the blackberries. Speaking of blackberries, we still have quite a few nearby bushes to pick and they are a great addition to our lovely kombucha.

We had the fermented drinks workshop here being run by Ruth Gaha-Morris through Permaculture eXchange and we are really looking forward to the series of 3 upcoming preserving workshops to help us deal with our bountiful harvest this year.

Apart from that, the garlic bed prepping continues, along with potting up winter seeds and planting out seedlings.

Enjoy the harvest!

Farm Tour Sunday 28 Feb 11am

Want to see the farm?

On Sunday 28 Feb, we will be doing a farm tour.

11.00am tour only (allow min. 1 hour) Tours will still proceed in wet weather (you’ll just need to come prepared)

Join us on farm for:

  • An informative short talk on the history of Caroola Farm and our plans into the future. Inspiring you to think about what you can achieve in your own space – no matter what the size!
  • Walking tour and explanation of the forest gardens and homestead area
  • Walking tour and overview of our market garden enterprise
  • Learn about our poultry breeding and pastured poultry systems
  • Find out about the benefits of our our other animal systems including pigs, sheep, cattle, alpacas and maremmas and how we are implementing integrated systems to build a sustainable farming business

Join us afterward for the opportunity to purchase our yummy produce, as well as ask questions.

Bookings essential.

Date and time: Sunday 1 May 10.30am or 2pm

Cost: Adults $15, Children free (children must be supervised at all times). Members of supporting groups (Permablitz ACT, See-change, Slow Food, SCPA, COGS, Canberra City Farm, FuturePlans, Southern Harvest)  FREE (please email  penny (at) caroolafarm.com.au to book for supporting groups as the booking link will only work for paid bookings)

Venue: 'Caroola Farm' 9074 Kings Highway, Mulloon, NSW, 2622

 

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Harvest Boxes – order by 2pm Friday 26 Feb

Order your organic Harvest Box in advance (by 2pm Friday) and don’t miss out. Just $40 each and valued at over $50. This week each box will include:

  • Tomatoes
  • Potatoes
  • Zucchini
  • Fresh salad mix
  • Cucumbers
  • Blackberries
  • Kombucha and Kefir drinks and
  • Fresh herbs plus
  • Extras thrown in for good measure

Just let us know if you want to substitute anything.

Other produce available on-farm or at the markets includes:

  • Garlic (of course)
  • Zucchini Flowers
  • Green Beans
  • Red onions
  • Rhubarb
  • Apples
  • Home-made salad dressing
  • Chicken stock
  • Duck stock
  • Cordial (Rhubarb and Vanilla or Refreshing Mint)
  • Duck eggs
  • Honey
  • Cucumber and Tomato chutney
  • Rhubarb chutney

Pickup is on-farm (Friday 3-7 or Sunday 11-4), at Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore (Sat 9-1)  or deliveries Monday by arrangement.

Orders by 2pm Friday

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Harvest Boxes – for collection 19-21 Feb

Don’t miss out on Caroola Farm organic produce!

Order by 2pm Friday for collection of your Harvest Box – choose our Farm Fresh Collection Box or select products individually and you can choose what goes in it.

Collection options are:

  • On-farm at Caroola Farm Friday 3 to 7pm
  • Braidwood Farmers Market 9am to 12.30pm Saturday
  • On-farm at Caroola Farm Sunday 11am to 4pm
  • Deliveries on Mondays by prior arrangement (min. order $50)

Farm Fresh Collection Box (easy to order)

Orders by 2pm Friday

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Plus one of the following – let us know what you want or we’ll select for you 😉 If you just want individual products email us and we’ll put a box together for you.

  • Apples
  • Home-made salad dressing
  • Chicken stock
  • Duck stock
  • Cordial
  • Duck eggs
  • Honey or
  • Preserves
  • (or just more of what is already in the box).

Harvest Boxes for collection 12-14 Feb

Don’t want to miss out on Caroola Farm organic produce?

Order by 2pm Friday for collection of your Harvest Box – choose our Farm Fresh Collection Box or select products individually and you can choose what goes in it.

Collection options are:

  • On-farm at Caroola Farm Friday 3 to 7pm
  • Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore from 9am to 1pm Saturday
  • On-farm at Caroola Farm Sunday 11am to 4pm
  • Deliveries on Mondays by prior arrangement (min. order $50)

Farm Fresh Collection Box (easiest to order)

Orders by 2pm Friday

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Select products individually, or add something to the box that you want lots of…

4 zucchinis

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One bag of beans (approx 500g)

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4 bulbs of garlic - Tasmanian Purple Turban, grown on Caroola Farm

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One kilogram of potatoes

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One bunch of rhubarb

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One bag of salad mix in sealed, biodegradable plastic bag approx 100g

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One bag of tomatoes (approx 500g)

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One bunch of silverbeet

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One kilogram of nectarines

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One kilogram of peaches

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Farm Tours this Sunday 14 Feb 11am

By popular demand, and following from the resounding success of our Open Day, we have set a date to open the farm for a farm tour.

On Sunday 14 Feb, one day only (and yes, it is Valentine’s Day – great present?), we’ll be offering farm tours for limited numbers.

11.00am tour only (allow min. 1 hour) Tours will still proceed in wet weather (you’ll just need to come prepared)

Join us on farm for:

  • An informative short talk on the history of Caroola Farm and our plans into the future. Inspiring you to think about what you can achieve in your own space – no matter what the size!
  • Walking tour and explanation of the forest gardens and homestead area
  • Walking tour and overview of our market garden enterprise
  • Learn about our poultry breeding and pastured poultry systems
  • Find out about the benefits of our our other animal systems including pigs, sheep, cattle, alpacas, maremmas and guinea fowl and how we are implementing integrated systems to build a sustainable farming business

Join us afterward for the opportunity to purchase our yummy produce, as well as ask questions.

Bookings essential.

Date and time: Sunday 1 May 10.30am or 2pm

Cost: Adults $15, Children free (children must be supervised at all times). Members of supporting groups (Permablitz ACT, See-change, Slow Food, SCPA, COGS, Canberra City Farm, FuturePlans, Southern Harvest)  FREE (please email  penny (at) caroolafarm.com.au to book for supporting groups as the booking link will only work for paid bookings)

Venue: 'Caroola Farm' 9074 Kings Highway, Mulloon, NSW, 2622

 

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FRESH chicken and duck, including portions this weekend at Braidwood and Southside

sommerlad cookingFRESH chicken at Braidwood (Sat) and Southside (Sun)
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Also available at the on-farm Shop 3-7 Fri and 11-4 Sun. Plus garlic, potatoes, tomatoes, zucchinis, beans, salad greens and more…

We’re processing poultry this week and for the first time will have duck portions available. We’ll be at the following locations and times over the weekend:
* Friday 3-7 On-Farm Shop (at the farm)
* Saturday 8-12.30 Braidwood Farmers Market
* Sunday 7.30-11.30 Southside Farmers Market CIT Woden (if we are not in our usual spot, look for us in the courtyard)
* Sunday 11-4 On-Farm Shop (at the farm)

Our Chicken, Duck and Garlic will be at all venues, plus at Braidwood and the On-Farm Shop you’ll find
* Premium beef mince
* Tomatoes
* Potatoes
* Zucchini
* Beans
* Salad Greens
* Fresh Herbs and
* Silverbeet

At the farm shop we also have a range of preserves including cordials, cold drinks, fruit, local honey and eggs.

On the farm
Talk about rain!! We had over 3 inches in the last week (sorry that’s around 75mm) and it is still very wet. The veggies (and weeds) are going ballistic.

We had a long day at the Bungendore Show, but the dogs were very cute and all dressed up. Penny did a bit of a veggie haul in the pavilion with first in garlic, second in potatoes, beans, marrow and duck eggs. Not bad for a first entrant 🙂

We are busy doing repairs to our learning centre, which the roof blew off in strong gusts, but we’ll be going ahead with the Fermented Drinks workshop of 20/21 Feb – if you haven’t registered for this, now is the time! More information here (http://www.permacultureexchange.org.au/fermented-drinks-including-booze-caroola-farm/) .

Back out to the paddock today with the hope of some sunshine…

Paul and Penny
Caroola Farm

Bungendore Show, Farm Shop Sat, Tomatoes, Zucchini and Garlic

IMG_9665We’ll be joining in at the Bungendore Show this Sunday 31 Jan – a great day out for everyone. So, that means we will have the farm shop open on Saturday instead of Sunday if you were going to drop by.

We have loads of premium beef mince plus whole chickens and a stack of veggies including:
Garlic
The first of our tomatoes
Potatoes
Zucchini
Salad Greens
Fresh Herbs
Shallots, and
Silverbeet

IMG_2578For those of you desperately awaiting fresh chicken, chicken and duck portions, we have good news. We are processing next week and will have fresh chicken and duck available at Braidwood Farmers Market on Saturday 6th plus Southside Farmers Market CIT Woden on Sunday 7th.

P.S. Did we mention not to tell anyone, but we have Rhubarb and Vanilla Sorbet in the freezer, we keep eggs in the farm shop, we have fresh local honey and we even have some fresh plums and blackberries 😉

On the farm
IMG_6325The rain has been a fantastic blessing, meaning we can spend more time doing other things and less time keeping an eye on the soil moisture. The wind, however, we could have done without 🙁

We managed to slash all of the green manure in the Kitchen Garden in, and with the rain it is rotting down nicely, so we’ve been able to start planting that out to carrots, mizuna, rocket, beetroot and loads of other yummy things.

We picked up some more ewes to add to our flock of sheep so that we can bring more lamb to you (I haven’t had lamb myself in ages 🙁

The farm is looking sooo green it’s amazing, lets just hope the weather stays this cool for a while yet.

The farm is in full flight!

IMG_2606See you on the farm, or at the Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore this weekend 🙂 Our on-farm shop is open this weekend 3-7pm on Friday and 11-4 on Sunday.

We’ve just processed premium beef mince – great for making your own hamburgers, spag bol, nachos and more – especially with all the lovely veg we have on offer this week too.

IMG_2691As mentioned, we’ve started creating cordials from on-farm, local and community produce and have made these into refreshing drinks you can drink cold on the spot too… find out which one is your favourite!

We’ll start with the following this week (we don’t usually end up with much left though…)

  • IMG_2660Celery
  • Garlic
  • Rhubarb
  • Shallots
  • Beans
  • Salad Mix
  • Silverbeet
  • Kale
  • Zucchini
  • Zucchini Flowers
  • Cabbage SaladIMG_2658
  • New potatoes
  • Caroola Produce Preserves
  • (And don’t tell anyone, but we have Rhubarb and Vanilla Sorbet in the freezer, we keep eggs in the farm shop, we have fresh local honey and we even have some fresh plums and blackberries 😉

Bulk Garlic buys $15 for 500g and $30 for 1kg plus postage (not braided) – just reply to this email and let us know how much you want, the email address to invoice you on and the address you’d like them sent to. We do have limited stocks left.

On the farm
IMG_2689We said goodbye to our French Intern, Marine, this week, it will be very quiet now… (well, apart from the kids being home for the holidays).

It’s been busy in the garden slashing and mowing, so we can at least see the snakes, and the wind has kept down a little which makes watering easier.

We potted up more seedlings and got another round of potatoes into the ground – yay!!!

Our fencing is being improved weekly and we can now manage to wean our older calves and even keep the sheep in their desired paddocks – it’s great to be able to give some of the paddocks long and well-deserved rest to focus on growing native pastures.

Hope to see you on the weekend!

Braidwood Farmers Market, Southside Farmers Market this weekend

Welcome the rain!

Our on-farm shop is open this weekend 3-7pm on Friday and 11-4 on Sunday. Plus, we’ll be at Braidwood Farmers Market and Southside CIT Woden Farmers Markets.

Chicken, duck, garlic and loads more. Drop in to the farm shop to say hi, for a refreshing drink on the way to the coast – or, if it stays cool, a coffee or te.

We’ll be harvesting the following fruit and veggies, but get in quick as they sell out fast:

  • Garlic
  • Shallots
  • Beans
  • Salad Mix
  • Stir-fry Mix
  • Zucchini
  • New potatoes
  • Plus we’ll have Caroola Produce Preserves

Bulk Garlic buys $15 for 500g and $30 for 1kg plus postage (not braided) – just reply to this email and let us know how much you want, the email address to invoice you on and the address you’d like them sent to. We do have limited stocks left.

On the farm
Yay for the rain (saves quite a lot of water). It’s been a bit windy, way too hot (49 degrees in the sun), and things were wilting!

Still planting out beans, corn, potatoes, lettuce, radishes and more – an exciting time of year for the garden.

We slashed back our green manure crops which we planted after harvesting garlic – over 5ft – or 160cm tall – looking forward to turning them in.

Like most rural areas we’ve started to see a few snakes around, thankfully red-bellies, but they still give us, the kids and the dogs a fright – not sure about the cat yet, stay tuned…

Chicken, Beef, Fruit, Veg, Herbs and Summer Rain!

IMG_2583Happy New Year to everyone! We hope you are enjoying the festive season 🙂

Caroola Farm has loads of chicken available this weekend, from Friday 3-7pm at the On-Farm Shop plus Saturday at the Southern Harvest Farmers Market, Molonglo St Bungendore (opposite Food Lovers Market) and again at the On-Farm Shop Sunday from 11-4pm.

If you haven’t been to the Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore, now is your chance, with other Canberra Farmers Markets still closed this weekend – bring your family and friends, check out true regional produce and stop for a cuppa and a bite to eat!

IMG_6495We’re taking orders until Sunday only for full, half or quarter sides of beef (you can decide how your portion is cut up) at a bulk rate of $15.99/kg packaged by the butcher for delivery or collection from Friday 22nd. Reply to this email to register your interest.

We’ll also be harvesting the following fruit and veggies, but get in quick as they sell out fast:

  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Shallots
  • Beans
  • Salad Mix
  • Stir-fry Mix
  • Celeriac
  • IMG_2589New potatoes
  • Apricots
  • Plus we’ll have Caroola Produce Preserves

Bulk Garlic buys $15 for 500g and $30 for 1kg plus postage (not braided) – just reply to this email and let us know how much you want, the email address to invoice you on and the address you’d like them sent to.

IMG_2586On the farm
Thankfully it has been raining (less thankful since we tried to go camping in it, but, such is life…).

Our tomato and pumpkin plants are busy growing, but not yet ready, as are our beans and corn, cucumbers and squash… The fruit trees are bearing fruit which is just starting to ripen and as long as the birds stay away we look forward to a good fruit crop.

IMG_2604We are madly still potting up seeds and planting out seedlings (a never ending job) and the next big task is keeping weeds out of the garden after all the rain. We are doing a lot of fencing for better management of larger animals and the green manure in the garden is quite literally going ballistic.

If you haven’t been to the farm and would like to, please feel free to drop in during the farm-shop open hours.

Last markets before Christmas, poultry, pork and garlic

Get your Christmas food stocks sorted this weekend, or pickup fresh poultry next Wednesday for a great holiday feast.

IMG_2358The following produce will be available at the On-Farm Shop Friday 2-7 and Sunday 11-4, plus at the Braidwood Farmers Market on Saturday 8am to 12.30pm.

There is also a special Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore on Wed 23rd December from 3pm to 7pm – this is the time to pick up your fresh poultry orders unless other arrangements have been made in advance.

IMG_2373Produce this week includes:

  • Chicken – whole pastured, whole heritage, livers and hearts
  • Duck – whole pastured
  • Pork – mince, chops, roasts and kidneys
  • Fresh garlic including garlic braids – great Christmas presents
  • Silverbeet
  • Kale
  • IMG_2365Broadbeans
  • Salad Mix
  • Stir-fry Mix
  • Duck eggs
  • New potatoes
  • Cherry plums
  • Caroola Produce Preserves – great Christmas presents

Garlic Braids available for postal order $20 for small (approx 500g) and $40 large (approx 1kg) – just reply to this email and let us know how many you want, the email address to invoice you on and the address you’d like them sent to.
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On the farm
Very busy in the lead up to Christmas, and with all the hot weather and wind… We are still planting out seedlings and have made a new shade-house to keep them cool, with the polytunnel getting over 50 degrees in the heat.

We are just finishing hanging the final garlic to cure, a big job this year with all hands on deck.

Our lambs are growing and we hope to have fresh lamb and beef available at the markets in the new year. The apples are developing and plums busy ripening. We have a few apricots on the trees, just hoping we get to them before the birds!

Best wishes to everyone for Christmas and the New Year and we look forward to seeing you all soon!

Garlic Braids for order, fresh pork, new potatoes and other happenings…

IMG_2205This week we will have fresh pork, including loads of sausages (that sold out last time Chef Christophe cooked them at the Southern Harvest Farmers Market) and mince. Plus we still have chicken and duck and have braided garlic for Christmas or long term storage.

All of the following produce will be available at the On-Farm Shop Friday 2-7 and Sunday 11-4, plus at the Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore on Saturday 9am to 1pm (if you haven’t been there before, do come along and check it out, we have a childrens drawing competition, plus a Christmas Hamper to be won).

IMG_2220We’ll also be at the Southside Farmers Market in Woden with pork, chicken, duck and garlic on Sunday from 7.30 to 11.30am.

Produce this week includes:

  • Chicken – whole pastured, whole heritage, wings, thighs, drumsticks, breasts, livers, hearts, feet and necks…
  • Duck – whole pastured
  • Pork – mince, chops, roasts, heads and kidneys
  • Fresh garlic including garlic braids
  • IMG_2202Garlic scapes
  • Spring Onions
  • Leeks
  • Silverbeet
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Broadbeans
  • Fresh peas
  • Salad Mix
  • Stir-fry Mix
  • Duck eggs
  • New potatoes

Farm tours available Sunday 2pm – bookings essential

IMG_2201Garlic Braids available for postal order $20 for small (approx 500g) and $40 large (approx 1kg) – just reply to this email and let us know how many you want, the email address to invoice you on and the address you’d like them sent to.

On the farm
Going from lots of rain to lots of heat and wind has been challenging, so much of our time is spent watering. We’ve finally harvested all of the garlic and have been able to plant out those beds to green manure to keep the fertility cycle going. It’s great to see the zucchinis, tomatoes and basil go in and the IMG_2210coriander and broadbeans have really taken off.

We had a fantastic Introduction to Permaculture weekend just gone, if you want to know about other upcoming permaculture courses on the farm go to Permaculture eXchange.

Paul and Penny
Caroola Farm

This week – rain, garlic scapes, young garlic, fresh pork and more

IMG_2704Apart from the amazing rain falling at the moment…

This week on the farm we are harvesting:

Lovely lettuces, radishes, almost the end of the kale, broad beans, brocollini, garlic (young, as it is a little too wet to harvest the whole lot for drying), garlic scapes (yum!), limited beetroots and a few turnips.

We’ll also have duck eggs, fresh pork and the remainder of our chicken and beef available for sale at:

The on-farm shop 3-7pm Friday and 11-4pm Sunday

PLUS, we’ll be at the Southern Harvest Farmers Market this Saturday at the Memorial Hall in Bungendore from 9am to 1pm

Let us know if you want us to hold you something specific or do a veggie box order for collection…