Yesterday after a visit to paddle a bit in the sea at Whitepark Bay I called into Culmore Organic farm in Kilrea to check on the many veg growing there. This farm has light soil compared to our clay so on David the farmer's invitation we are doing a trial plot. Parsnips, swedes, beetroot, brussel sprouts, savoys and january king cabbage galore. We had a machinery hiccup at the beginning so weed control is not as good as in Helens Bay but I have acquired another mechanical weeder for up there so next year will be better. The crops look great however and I have so enjoyed working with a light soil again after so many years. We have now moved on to the potatoes grown there as the Helens Bay earlies are finished. .
You will be getting broad beans again this week, the last of the late crop. Salads are good for another few weeks as are tomato but soon we will move onto some of the Autumn /Winter veg. Leeks look particularly good and will get their final hoeing next week. We will start harvesting them soon.
I am chopping up all the green manures and empty spaces with a disc harrow so winter grasses can be sown asap. It marks the end of the Summer and the beginning of Autumn.
This week you will also be getting some Italian black kale which grows very well here. One way I like it is gently simmered for a few minutes, strained and mixed into mashed potatoes, put into a baking tray with some grated cheese on top and baked until cheese browns. Mmmm a great way to get greens into the kids. I guess it’s a sort of simple bubble and squeak.
I have also chopped it up very fine and marinated it raw with balsamic vinegar and served it with cheese and our tomatoes at my book club. Enjoy.