Changing Seasons, Changing Produce
Seasonal eating is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Eating vegetables that are in season provides you with nutrition that is appropriate for the time of year and allows for eating freshly harvested food year round.
As the weather continues to cool off and the ground moistens we are starting to switch over from warm to cool season crops. Spinach as seen in the photo will have its first cut of mostly baby leaves this week, Red Russian Kale is returning, Sugar Snap Peas are here to stay until Summer, Lettuce no longer requires shade cloth, Coriander grows easier, Parsley thrives in the cooler months and hopefully we will have larger Beetroots over the next few months. In terms of Summer crops, Zucchini will continue until first frost, as will Basil, Tomatoes may produce one more flush but start losing flavour moving forward, Cucumbers will hold on for a while yet and we are going to experiment if Capsicums will grow through Winter in the Greenhouse.
This Week’s Available Produce and Supplements
Rainbow Salad 300g $10
Carrots 750g $7.50
Zucchini 500g $5
Rainbow Chard $7.50
Sugar Snap Peas 400g $10.00 (limited)
Red Capsicum $7.50 (1-2 weeks) Basil $5.00 (1-2 weeks)
Red Russian Kale $7.50 (limited)
Butterhead Lettuce $7.50
Garlic 200g $10
OMG Eggs $10
Cucumbers 500g $7.50
Beetroots 500g $7.50 (limited)
Bok Choi $7.50
Parsley $5 (1-2 weeks) Cherry Tomatoes 500g $10
Silver Health Range $13.95-$49.95
Cod Liver Oil & Butter Oil Gel $84.90
Gardenkraut 400g $15 (3-4 weeks)
Bovine Collagen Powder $10
Clean Sweep $10
Reishi Mushroom Capsules $55
Turmeric Capsules $55
Beef Organ Capsules $55 (1-2 weeks)
Green Machine Capsules $55
Sunshine Salve $100
This Week On YouTube
Our latest video is live on YouTube in which Jill discusses Easter her Dreamtime story and how it affirmed that moving to Rainbow was the right choice for our family.
Notes From The Garden
At Rainbow OMG we plant by the Moon as much as we possible can. We do this as we recognise the centuries long wisdom of farmers observing that different stages on the Moon co-relate to growth in different parts of the plant. The cycle is Leaf, Flower, Fruit, Root, Stop.
Last week was a Stop week so we have been working on infrastructure and maintenance all week. This included trellising Peas, hand weeding, aerating beds with a hoe, mulching, pruning and more.
This week the Garden is providing Sugar Snap Peas, Celery, Bok Choi, Beetroots, Spinach, Butterhead Lettuce, Garlic, Zucchini’s, Eggs, Rainbow Chard, Cucumbers, Carrots, Red Russian Kale and Coriander.
Crops currently growing but not ready are Cherry Tomatoes, Capsicums, Basil and Parsley.
Some of our products may be a little different to what customers are used to so we will be providing Product Profiles in our Weekly Post and in a dedicated page on our website. This will provide recipe ideas and nutritional information for all of the vegetables and products we offer.
Product Focus: Bok Choi
Bok Choi, also known as Asian Greens are from the Brassica family of vegetable which also include Broccoli, Cabbage, Mustard etc. Our Bok Choi’s are much larger than those normally available in stores. The white stems are crisp and sweet and the greens have a mild, peppery flavour, Bok Choi grows year round in our climate so should form a staple of a seasonal, local diet.
They are yet another nutritional powerhouse containing:
- Vitamins A, K, C and B6.
- Folate, Calcium, Manganese, Potassium, Magnesium and Iron.
- Assists in prevention and treatment of Cancer due as they contain glucosinolates which are sulfur-containing chemicals that when digested create other compounds such as indole, nitrile and sulforaphane which are proven to prevent and treat cancer. Yes there are other ways to treat cancer than chemotherapy.
- Low in Calories.
- Great for Heart Health, Bone Density, Eyesight, Skin and Hair Health and Boosting Immunity.
- Assists healthy pregnancy due to high levels of Folate
Here are some ideas to get more Bok Choi into your diet:
- Use in Stir Fry, Curry or Miso Soup
- Use in place of Broccoli when out of season. Bok Choi grows year round, Broccoli only grows in the cooler months in our climate
- Shred into Coleslaw
- Combine with Sugar Snap Peas or Green Beans as a low carb rice or noodle alternative
- Make your own ferments such as Kimchi
Bok Choi grows all year in climate and is an important staple in a seasonal diet.
Order your Bok Choi today.
All items listed for $7.50 are available at a discount of 3 for $20 when paying with cash or Bitcoin i.e. 1 x Rainbow Chard, 1 x Capsicum and 1 x Carrots = $20.
Please head to www.rainbowomg.com to finalise your orders by 5:00 am Friday morning. All orders will be delivered from 1:00 pm Friday starting in Rainbow.
We look forward to serving you,
Evan and Jill Young