What's in a Share?
WHAT'S IN A SHARE?
We live and grow by the seasons, the way nature intended. As a result, each CSA week is different and unique. As we get to know you, we will also get to know your likes and dislikes, and whether the other mouths in your household prefer broccoli or brussels, broad beans or spring onions. Armed with this knowledge, we will try to cater your box as much as possible to your individual preferences. This is why it is so important to pick up your box in person, and not merely rely on an anonymous delivery :)
Small Shares are aimed at couples or individuals, looking to get a more varied and healthy assortment of vegetables into their weekly meals.
Large Shares are aimed at veg-loving couples or individuals, as well as larger families with more mouths to feed.
Whilst we aim to provide a varied and usable variety of vegetables and herbs, due to our growing space limitations, we are unable to provide a lot of storage crops, such as onions; pumpkins; and melons. We do grow these throughout the year solely for our CSA members in order to provide some variety, however please be aware that they will not be a staple throughout the season. Most of our CSA members use their share as a guide to their weekly shop, and then head to other sources for these items we are unable to currently offer on the regular.
At Roly Poly Farm, we try and strike a balance between introducing new varieties, and providing staple crops. In every box, we aim for the following each week, with examples provided:
3 Staples (e.g. onions, carrots)
2-3 As much as possible (e.g. beetroot, tomatoes, capsicum, broccoli)
2 Sometimes (e.g. eggplant, pumpkin, radish, celery)
2-3 Leafy Green (e.g. salad mix, rocket, silverbeet, baby spinach)
1-2 Legumes (e.g. sugarsnap pea; bushbean; snow pea; broad bean)
Experimental Variety (e.g. okra, purslane, shiso)
Sweet Treat - when available (e.g. mandarins; strawberries; limes; rockmelon)
The above is meant as a guide, only. As the season progresses, we will be offering add-ons, such as flowers; herbs; preserves; potatoes; garlic and rainbow pastured eggs!
Below are the vegetables you can expect throughout the year. Each box will vary throughout the season relative to the natural fluctuations of abundance on our farm:
Asian/Mustard Greens (Pak Choy, Tatsoi, Mizuna), Rainbow Coloured Beetroot (Red, Golden, Candy-Striped), Broccoli, Spring Onions/Scallions, Cabbage (Green, Red, Savoy), Multi-Coloured Carrots Bunches, Eclectic Cauliflower (Purple, Orange, Green, White), Celery, Coriander, Dill, Baby Fennel, Garlic Scapes, Spring Garlic, Kale (Tuscan, Red, Curly Green), Kohlrabi, Little Gem & Head Lettuce,Mint, Radishes, Rainbow Chard, Salad/Mesclun Mix, Salad Turnips, Spinach, Parsley, Peas (Snap, Snow, Shelling), Zucchini...
Beetroot, Capsicum, Multi-Colored Carrot Bunches, Chard, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumbers (pickling & slicing), Dill, Eggplant (purple, white and purple striped, white, other heirlooms), Full Size Fennel Bulbs, Garlic, Kale (Tuscan, Red, Curly Green), Lettuce, Leeks, Limes, Melons, Okra, Onions (Spring, Red), Shallots, Strawberries, Tomatillos, Heirloom Tomatoes, Zucchini, Fresh Herbs (Basil, Cilantro, Dill, Parsley, etc.)...
Asian Greens, Little Gem & Head Lettuce, Beets, Broccoli, Broccolini, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage (Green, Red, Savoy), Multi-Colored Carrot Bunches, Chard, Coriander, Collard Greens, Cauliflower, Dill, Eggplant, Fennel, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Parsley, Pumpkins (Butternut, Kabocha, Other Heirloom varieties), Salad/Mesclun Mix, Salad Turnips, Shallots, Spinach, Sweet Potato, Tomatoes, Winter Squash (Pumpkins, Butternut, Kabocha, Delicata)...
Asian/Mustard Greens (Pak Choy, Tatsoi, Mizuna), Little Gem & Head Lettuce, Rainbow Coloured Beetroot (Red, Golden, Candy-Striped),, Broccoli / Broccolini, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Multi-Colored Carrot Bunches, Eclectic Cauliflower (Purple, Orange, Green, White), Celeriac, Celery, Coriander, Dill, Fennel, Kale, Lettuce, Parsley, Peas (Snap, Snow, Shelling), Pumpkins (Butternut, Kabocha, Other Heirloom varieties), Radish, Rainbow Chard, Spinach, Swedes, Turnips...
Head to our Veggie Files, which is an open reference guide for you, our members, to suss out what you are looking at, how it's grown, and what to do with it in the kitchen! Handy ways as to how to best prepare and eat it are included, which allows us to ensure yummy, happy, Roly Poly tummies! This is a constant work-in-progress, so be sure to check in regularly for updates, as well as to add your own creations and recipes in the comments section below each vegetable item.