Rainbow OMG Weekly Post 08/06/22

Spinach Seedlings

Hello Rainbow OMGers,

We have had our first frost for the year. It was light and only on some of our woodchip paths but the cold is here and settled in for the next few months. 

Eating seasonally allows us to look forward to the cold as it brings extra sweetness to our Spinach, Lettuce, Sugar Snap Peas, Rainbow Chard and Bok Choi. I am sure that Carrots will also further sweeten during this period.

Last week was a Leaf week in the Lunar Calendar which is always our busiest week for transplanting, direct seeding and seeding trays in the Nursery. This time around we transplanted Spinach, Lettuce and Rainbow Chard, direct seeded Coriander and seeded trays of Lettuce, Spinach and Bok Choi. 

The picture above is of Spinach seedlings about to be transplanted. As you can see we had mixed growth rates across the trays which just means extra care is needed when transplanting.
In light of the cold weather, we have removed our tomatoes from the webstore. We will most likely have vines growing through Winter inside our Greenhouse however we can’t guarantee that the Tomatoes will ripen. Keeping the vines alive through Winter should allow us to hit the ground running with tomatoes as soon as the weather heats up slightly as the full size vines will just start to produce again. We will let you all know as soon as Tomatoes are back in stock. 

A reminder that some of our range is limited so please get your orders in quickly to secure your desired organic vegetables.

This week the Garden is providing, Capsicums, Lettuce, Bok Choi, Carrots, Beetroots, Zucchini (Limited), Basil, Rainbow Chard, Cucumbers (Limited) and Parsley.

We have now sold out of Gardenkraut however we will ferment a new batch as soon as we can.

Crops currently growing but not ready this week are Sugar Snap Peas, Celery, Coriander, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Red Cabbage, Red Russian Kale and Spinach

Rainbow OMG Buyers Hubs  

Jeparit, Warracknabeal, Hopetoun, Beulah, Nhill, Dimboola etc

Are you interested in our delicious vegetables but live just that little bit too far away to be worth the drive to Rainbow just to pick up one order? 

We are looking for Rainbow OMG supporters from other towns in the region who are interested in working with us to increase the distribution of our organic vegetables and healthy lifestyle products. Buyers Hub organisers will be rewarded for their efforts.

If you would like a Rainbow OMG Buyers Hub in your town, please email “[email protected]” with your name and town and we will be in contact ASAP to kick start the process.

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 is 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. We invite you to try Bok Choi today.

This weeks available produce:

  • Capsicums $7.50
  • Carrots $7.50
  • Butterhead Lettuce $7.50 
  • Rainbow Chard $7.50
  • Cucumbers $7.50
  • Beetroots $7.50 
  • Bok Choi $7.50
  • Zucchinis $5.00
  • Parsley $5.00
  • Basil $5.00

All items listed for $7.50 are discounted at 3 for $20 when paying with cash or cryptocurrency i.e. 1 x Lettuce, 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 Rainbow orders will be delivered from the new time of 1:00 pm Friday. For all clients who do not live in Rainbow, Local Pickup times can be arranged by contacting us.

We look forward to serving you,

Evan and Jill Young

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