It started with a walk to visit our neighbour Steve Yung who operates a market garden at the end of the street. Steve has very kindly offered to give surplus produce to street members and today's haul saw us departing with a trolley full of broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower - each the size of basketballs. And a 'couple of handfuls' of runner beans to boot. These veges are so fresh that a neighbour said her broccoli lasted for over three weeks in the fridge while they chipped away at it. Wow!
It was a lovely walk and it gave us the opportunity to discuss our own vege patches and our favourite recipes. So now we have a plan to put together a street recipe collection. Personally, I am not a huge fan of cabbage but after hearing about Pat's Cabbage Pickle, I can't wait to make some (recipe to follow at a later date). And we are going to hold our own cooking demonstrations so the experts can teach the novices how to make jam, pickles and jellies. This is so much fun!
And it was interesting to talk to Steven too. He has been in Otaki since 1947 working the land like his father did before him - and now his son is involved too. Boy, he could tell a few stories and pass on a few skills about growing veges. It gave us an idea for a community project ...
|Campbell's Garden November 2010|
|Campbell's Garden January 2011|