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Winter at the Farm
We've enjoyed fabulous veg boxes with traditional winter produce, including some exciting new vegetables this season, as well as fermentations created by one of our farm community members. What is not to love!
It’s winter time at The Oak Tree Community Farm, but our veg boxes for our members continue right through the winter months with lots of traditional winter veg as well as some tasty nutritious greens from our polytunnels. Our weekly work parties in the winter involve lots of mulching, tidying, clearing, maintenance, path laying and pruning.
We’ve been topping up our no-dig beds with lots of lovely leaf mould, and as the weather starts to warm up we will soon be sowing our first crops for the new season.
Winter veg boxes
Our Winter veg boxes have a great range of veg even through the darkest coldest months of the year. There are the traditional winter veg like swede, potatoes, winter squash, onions, leeks, red and white cabbage, parsnips and carrots. We’ve also enjoyed some broccolo fiolaro, celeriac, ‘Rosa’ winter radishes, sprouts, beetroot and even mooli (AKA daikon radish). Some of our members have been busy preserving some of this nutritious winter harvest, including Helen who has been creating some delicious fermentations such as ‘celeriac, apple and mustard seed’ and ‘spiced parsnip’. These have been enjoyed by many of our members as an optional add on with their veg boxes.
Thanks to the Harvest Team
Speaking of veg boxes, we are very lucky at The Oak Tree to have a wonderful team of harvesters who give their time every week harvesting lots of fresh nutritious veg in all weathers. The farm would not function as smoothly and efficiently as it does were it not for the dedication of this team who routinely go above and beyond in their commitment to the farm.
So thanks to Brian, John, Penny, Billi, Jackie, Mike, Louise, Diana, Bradie, Debbie, Ellen and anyone else who has helped with the harvest work this year. Here’s to lots more vegetables to harvest in 2024!
Celebrating the winter solstice
We had a fun time up at the farm just before Christmas celebrating the winter solstice, albeit a few days early! Talented musician member Martin and his special guest provided us with some great music wonderfully suited to the occasion. and some of our more musically minded members joined in.
We also enjoyed a specially composed solstice poem, as well as mulled drinks and warm mince pies around the fire. A good time was had by all. Believe it or not our next social event will be Beltane (May Day) to celebrate the start of summer!
As ever, if you live near us, or know people who do, we do still have a limited number of spaces available for new members and a range of membership options including our one-month Trial Memberships. Details on our website.
Roll on spring!
Ryan, Tom, Lucy, Andy and Ken
The Oak Tree team