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In season this week at Bathgate Farm – 4 April 2013

Autumn abundance at Bathgate Farm

Potatoes

    • Kipfler – waxy fingerling variety. Delicious however used;
    • Norland – red skinned waxy ideal for boiling and salads;
    • Delaware – WA old favourite, general purpose

Fruiting vegetables

  • Tomatoes – multi-coloured large cherry sized varieties;
  • Chillies: poblano, Anaheim, jalapeno
  • mini-capsicum
  • fancy peppers (cubanelle, bulls horn)
  • tomatillos;
  • golden nugget squash;

Stems and roots:

  • carrots – last of the summer crop this week. Purple and yellow varieties only;
  • red onions- 1sts and seconds;
  • shallots (French type);
  • leeks;
  • parsnips.

Greens:

  • Perpetual spinach, silver beet and ruby chard;
  • Tuscan kale (cavolo nero);
  • Bitter green salad mix;
  • Radicchio, sugarloaf endive, frisee and scarole
  • broccolini.

Asian Greens:

  • pak choy;
  • tatsoi;
  • Kailan;
  • kang kong.

Preserves from the farm :

  • Coriander and Garlic Sauce ,
  • Vietnamese Curry Paste,
  • Red Onion and Tomato Chutney,
  • Eggplant Kasaundi,
  • Tomato Kasaundi,
  • spicy tomato sauce,
  • Harrief.

All available on Saturday from 8 am to 12 noon at Albany Farmers Market, Collie Street, Albany. Western Australia.

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In season this week at Bathgate Farm – 25 October 2013

This week new batches of preserves- Eggplant Kasaundi and Spicy Tomato Sauce. Vegetables pickings include coriander (with big roots), Tuscan kale, perpetual spinach, ruby chard, baby carrots, bitter green salad, fennel and spring onions.

Stems and roots:

  • carrots – long thin orange varieties;
  • spring onions;
  • radishes;
  • fennel.

Greens:

  • Tuscan kale
  • Perpetual spinach, ruby chard and silver beet;
  • Bitter green salad mix plus some whole radicchio, frisee, scarole and sugarloaf endives;
  • mache (lambs lettuce) – winter salad green with a soft succulent leaf and nutty flavour.
  • Asian vegetables – shungiku (edible chrysanthemum),
  • coriander (with huge roots for those interested in making Thai curry pastes),
  • fat hen (wild green, spinach substitute with nutty flavour),
  • sorrel.

Preserves from the farm :

  • Coriander and Garlic Sauce (for marinades, basting, substitute for fresh coriander),
  • Vietnamese Curry Paste,
  • Green Curry Paste,
  • Thai style Chilli Jam,
  • Red Onion and Tomato Chutney,
  • Eggplant Kasaundi (new batch),
  • Tomato Kasaundi,
  • spicy tomato sauce (new batch),
  • Quince Butter and
  • Quince Jelly – classic jelly and with quince pieces.

All available on Saturday from 8 am to 12 noon at Albany Farmers Market, Collie Street, Albany. Western Australia.

In season this week at Bathgate Farm – 7 September2013

Lots of Bitter Green Salad Mix this week, plus Argentine pumpkin and Asian vegetables. Sadly this week is the end of the season for potatoes (next harvest Nov).

Greens:

  • Purple sprouting (purple florets with crisp, sweet green stems – lightly cook or eat raw);
  • Bitter green salad mix pl us some whole frisee and scarole;
  • Sorrel;
  • sugarloaf cabbages (small supply);
  • Asian vegetables – pak choy and choy sum.

See our article Winter Salads for some salad making ideas.

Bathgate Farm bitter green salad mix

Bathgate Farm bitter green salad mix

Fruit:

  • Argentine pumpkins.

Stems and roots:

  • carrots – several varieties including Amsterdam (long thin orange), nantes and purple and yellow varieties;
  • beetroot;
  • fennel ;
  • bunched young purple topped turnips;
  • radishes;
  • leeks.

Potatoes:

  • Ranger Russet – very floury potato developed for chipping, also perfect for roasting and jacket potatoes. Good masher, but be careful when boiling floury potatoes as they crack when over cooked.

 Preserves from the farm :

  • Coriander and Garlic Sauce (for marinades, basting, substitute for fresh coriander),
  • Vietnamese Curry Paste,
  • Harrief  (hot Moroccan style chilli and roasted pepper sauce),
  • Thai style Chilli Jam,
  • Red Onion and Tomato Chutney,
  • Eggplant Kasaundi (sorry out of stock, new batch soon)
  • Tomato Kasaundi,
  • Spicy Tomato Sauce,
  • Quince Butter and
  • Quince Jelly – classic jelly and with quince pieces.

All available on Saturday from 8 am to 12 noon at Albany Farmers Market, Collie Street, Albany. Western Australia.

Winter Salads

Learning how to prepare delicious meals with the vegetables that are in season is both challenging and rewarding. Challenging because our choice of repertoire is limited to what we can pick ourselves or purchase locally, but rewarding because it is amazing what lovely meals can be made with a bit of imagination. For those who grow their own vegetables, it is very satisfying to eat a meal using ingredients foraged from the garden.

We have reached a stage in the winter when I feel I have had enough heavy winter food and need an input of some more invigorating lighter food. This week we have made some big salads with farm produce and other locally sourced ingredients.

The chicory family:  (clockwise from LHS) Treviso chicory, scarole, sugarloaf chicory, frisee.

The chicory family: (clockwise from LHS) Treviso chicory, scarole, sugarloaf chicory, frisee.

Bitter Green salad with Pears and Walnuts

This salad is a perfect way to eat the chicory family greens – radicchio, frisee, scarole and sugarloaf endive. They are amazing performers in a winter garden and well worth growing. Any of these leaves and lettuce leaves are used as a bed, on which sliced slightly underripe pear, a small amount of thinly sliced red onion and walnuts are scattered. A vinaigrette of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper is drizzled over before serving.

Bitter Green salad with fennel and Oranges.

Fennel is another vegetable which thrives in the cool wet Albany winter. Navel oranges are also in season now. Fennel and orange salad is a favourite salad combination, to make a bigger salad make a bed of bitter green and lettuce leaves as above. Scatter over a thinly sliced bulb of fennel, orange slices, red onion slices and kalamata olives. Dress as above.

Coleslaw with oriental dressing.

We made this to serve as a side salad with the well known Vietnamese beef stew Bho kho.

Mix together finely shredded cabbage and  other finely shredded vegetables such as carrot and beet leaves, coriander leaves  and a shredded apple. Make a dressing from lime juice, fish sauce, sugar, rice wine vinegar, crushed garlic clove and some finely shredded chilli (if you like a bit of heat) and mix this through the shredded ingredients.

Jocelyn Bathgate