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This week at Bathgate Farm – 25 March 2016

Easter:

 Potatoes:

  • Kipfler,
  • Royal Blue,
  • Norland.

Fruiting crops :

  • Jalapeno and Sorrano chillies (green)
  • Padron peppers
  • Tomatillo
  • Lebanese and standard eggplant
  • Bulls horn peppers

Tomatoes (sorry only a small selection)

 

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Tomatillos

Greens:

  • Tuscan kale
  • perpetual spinach
  • Cabbages (mini green and red, sugarloaf and drumhead)
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Drum head, sugarloaf and mini red and green cabbages

Asian Greens:

  • pak choy green stem
  • Pak choi white stem
  • Yukina savoy (variety of Tatsoi, use as spinach substitute)
  • Kang kong
  • Red leaf amaranth (Chinese spinach)
  • Choy sum
  • Basil
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Kang kong

Roots and stems:

  • beetroot
  • celeriac
  • carrots- orange, and purple  varieties;
  • parsnips;
  • fennel;
  • spring onions;
  • shallots
  • Red pearl and torpedo onions

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  • Available at Albany Farmers Market

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This week at Bathgate Farm – 12 June 2015

We have been busy keeping up the supply of vegetables for winter markets. There is plenty of variety this week at Albany Farmers Market.

Potatoes

    • Dutch Cream
    • Niclola
    • King Edward
    • Delaware
    • Kipfler.

Stems and roots:

  • carrots ;
  • parsnips;
  • fennel;
  • spring onions;
  • beetroot;
  • red and brown onions.

Greens:

  • Tuscan kale (cavolo nero);
  • Perpetual spinach;
  • broccolini;
  • rocket;
  • cabbages;
  • wild greens – nettles, sorrel, fat hen .

Bitter greens:

  • radicchio,
  • scarole,
  • sugarloaf chicory,
  • frisee,
  • dandelion chicory;
  • Bitter green and lettuce salad mix;

Asian Greens:

  • flowering choy sum;
  • Chinese cabbage;
  • coriander.

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 – 24 August 2013

Spring is almost here. We have an abundance of plump fennel bulbs and lots of carrots of all colours. Last fortnight for potatoes.

Potatoes:

  • Norland – red skinned, waxy potatoes for boiling and salads. Boil up more than you need and use them later in a Spanish omelette or potato curry;
  • 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.

Stems and roots:

  • new season carrots – several varieties including Amsterdam (long thin orange), nantes and purple and yellow varieties;
  • beetroot golden and standard with the tops on for all those keen juicers and smoothie makers. Beetroot tops are a delicious cooked like chard or shredded in a salad.
  • fennel ;
  • bunched young purple topped turnips;
  • radishes;
  • leeks.

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Greens:

  • Purple sprouting (purple florets with crisp, sweet green stems – lightly cook or eat raw);
  • Perpetual spinach bunches;
  • Mixed kale/collard bags;
  • Bitter green salad mix pus some whole frisee and scarole;
  • Coriander.

See our article Winter Salads for some salad making ideas.

 Fruit:

  • Argentine pumpkins – on request only.

 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.

In season this week at Bathgate Farm – 17 August 2013

Potatoes:

  • Dutch Cream – sought after yellow -fleshed waxy potato, excellent for mashing, roasting, casseroles, salads, boiling;
  • Norland – red skinned, waxy potatoes for boiling and salads. Boil up more than you need and use them later in a Spanish omelette or potato curry;
  • 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.

Stems and roots:

  • new season carrots – several varieties including Amsterdam (long thin orange), nantes and purple and yellow varieties;
  • beetroot golden and standard with the tops on for all those keen juicers and smoothie makers. Beetroot tops are a delicious cooked like chard or shredded in a salad.
  • fennel ;
  • bunched young purple topped turnips
  • leeks.

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Greens:

  • Purple sprouting and Romanesco broccoli shoots;
  • Perpetual spinach and mixed beet leaf bunches;
  • Bitter green salad mix;
  • sorrel;
  • Radicchio.

See our article Winter Salads for some salad making ideas.

 Fruit:

  • Argentine pumpkins – on request only.

 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,
  • 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