Greetings from the farm! Finally making our way into December, we officially have just one month left before ringing in 2021, and putting this rollercoaster of a year behind us all. With the start of the holiday season and the new year around the corner, there are some changes in the air, and some updates that we'd like to share with you!
Bushrah harvesting some onions. Once all picked, the bed is then clear for planting our next crop - in this case, sweetcorn!
Updates from our Fields and Gardens
November was, for us, a very trying month which brought along with it a host of unforeseen hiccups and hurdles. Having stray dogs break into our chicken coop and as a result bidding farewell to feathery friends, faithful customers moving away, mole-rats destroying buchu plants, and francolin pecking out newly sprouted sweetcorn, brinjal and bean plants, are but some of the factors which have lately amounted to a character-testing combination. But as is with the balance of nature, these were all counter-weighted by several heart-warming milestones, like offering our first full harvest of honey as Add-ons to our Boxes; a record-breaking harvest of garlic which included Egyptian Pink for the first time; and our apple orchard block, trial mango, cherry, avocado, plum and Thai lime trees all showing signs of settling in nicely and growing happily with dark green leaves, vigorous new growth, and several of them already producing healthy, luscious fruit (most of which we thinned out in order to channel the trees' energy towards growing instead). Perhaps most importantly, we finally moved our borehole pump over to solar power, meaning that our water supply is now completely off-grid and Eskom-free!
Over the past few years, December has always proven to be the busiest and most intense time of year for the farm, in terms of harvest and production. This year is shaping up to follow the trend - our peaches are growing steadily, and our veggie crops are all setting up for peak harvest in the next three to four weeks, so look out for an abundance of cocktail tomatoes, baby marrows, sweetcorn, brinjals, jalapeños, pumpkins, peppers, and beans amongst others!
Our Organic Lemon Atchar and 100% Pure Raw Honey - great gifts for the festive season.
Wishing everyone celebrating over this season, happy holidays and good times! With the approaching of the festive season and the time for gifting and sharing, we'd like to remind you about our Lemon Atchar and Honey Add-ons - as local, plastic-free items produced by yours truly, small businesses and farmers, they make great ethical gifts. We will also continue collecting orders for Donation Boxes over this period, offering some of our harvest to those in need, with your help. Find a little update on how this project is going, further down in this newsletter.
We also have some announcements regarding delivery dates this month. See the details per city below:
We will not be accepting orders for 25th December and 1st January, but on Tuesday the 22nd & Tuesday the 29th December, we will have Peach Boxes, Cocktail Tomato Boxes, Baby Marrow Boxes and Lunchbox Peppers available for collection orders - we will provide more details and be taking orders for these closer to the time.
Piketberg & Piket-bo-berg:
We will not be delivering on the 24th and 31st of December, but instead those weeks' deliveries will take place on Tuesday the 22nd & Tuesday the 29th December we will have Peach Boxes, Cocktail Tomato Boxes, Baby Marrow Boxes and Lunchbox Peppers on offer - we will provide details and be taking orders for these closer to the time.
Nevau busy packing some recent Large Boxes.
Farmstalls and Coffee Shops
This past month has seen some wonderful developments on our side, in terms of logistics and collections! We have teamed up with Desert Rose, a delightful farm stall on the N7 turnoff towards Koringberg. This is a great addition for us - we will be supplying them with our Boxes on a weekly basis, for Swartlanders to come and collect, and we could not be happier at the prospect of offering our produce to more nearby people! If you are ever on your way to the Cederberg, Namaqualand or Namibia, pop by for a treat and some of our fresh produce.
On the Cape Town side of things, we are in the process of launching a partnership with Bree Street coffee shop and art studio, The Ladder on 136- the main aim of which will be us adding it as a collection option for Cape Town City Bowl orders, expanding the possibilities for times and locations of collection, and offering our Boxes to more people! We also have some exciting little aspects to the partnership which will be revealed in due course...
Some of the lovely thank-you letters we have received from the girls at Ons Plek in Mowbray, for produce comprised of Donation Bags and our surplus harvest.
Over the past few months, since having started accepting orders for Donation Bags, we have delivered over 370 bags to those in need in Cape Town and Piketberg. With your donations, we have been supplying various organisations and individuals operating to feed people, including Ons Plek in Mowbray, and Jan Faro, working together with Community Groups and BADISA in Piketberg.
Including the 8 bunches of carrots, 27kg of onions, 29kg of potatoes, 6,5kg of oranges, 21 cabbages, and 18 bunches of kale supplied in November, here are the quantities provided so far through our Donation Bag system:
- Butternuts: 215
- Sweet Potatoes: 114kg
- Potatoes: 113kg
- Onions: 89kg
- Carrot Bunches: 85
- Cabbages: 41
- Oranges: 37kg
- Naartjies: 35kg
- Kale Bunches: 33
- Tomatoes: 12kg
- Brinjals: 3kg
We give deepest thanks to everyone who has supported this initiative, and look forward to continuing doing our little bit to aid those in need with your help!
If you enjoyed this newsletter, and think somebody else you know might like it too, please feel free to forward it on. If you're interested in reading a bit about our experiences, visit our website thosewhoharvest.com to find out more and read our blog.