Rainbow OMG Weekly Post 17/08/22

Regenerating Our Soils

Despite all our accomplishments, we owe our existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact it rains.” – Unknown

Yesterday I had the pleasure of preparing one of our oldest garden beds to be seeded with carrots. This bed – pictured above – has grown at least 7 consecutive vegetable crops in rotation and recently received a heavy topdressing of our compost. The soil in this bed, which required initial sifting for broken glass, nails and garbage, is now a dark chocolate brown and has a fine tilth to a depth of 30 cm. In other words our soils are rapidly improving despite being in continuous production. The proof is in the pudding-like soil you can see above 🙂

Notes from the Garden

This week is a Root week in the Lunar Calendar. We plant Carrots and Beetroots every month of the year and Direct Seeded both this month. Our Onions have picked up growth and our Garlic has looked great from the day they broke through the soil. We also did an enormous amount of weeding this week in both market beds and the walk ways, all of this material will form the core of our next and largest ever compost pile.

As we have a huge amount of very high quality Butterhead Lettuce in our Greenhouse we are temporarily dropping the price to $5 per head rather than $7.50. Our Butterhead Lettuce should last at least 2 weeks in the fridge so take advantage of this temporary abundance. More on Lettuce below.

We have 2 remaining jars of Gardenkraut available.

The latest Sunshine Salve is ready! Our new jars are 2.5 x the size of our previous jars so we have raised the price but increased the value for money. There are less than 20 available this time around as we are reserving quite a bit for our growing family. The larger jars will last a very long time, likely more than a year for most people.

We have new packaging for our Herbal Supplements. Our new jars contain a 3 month supply of 100 capsules compared to 50 and offer better value for money. 

We have changed over from Beef Liver Capsules to Beef Organ Capsules. These contain Beef Liver, Heart and Kidneys blended together and provide an even more beneficial nutritional profile than just Liver alone.

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 Butterhead Lettuce, Spinach, Celery (Limited) Red Russian Kale, Broccoli, Sugar Snap Peas, Capsicums (Limited), Carrots, Blemmy Beetroots, Coriander and Parsley.

Crops currently growing but not ready this week are Bok Choi,  and Red Cabbage.

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 “evan@rainbowomg.com” 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: Butterhead Lettuce
Butterhead Lettuce

Butterhead Lettuce is crisp and delicious. If you have previously only eaten Iceberg Lettuce we promise you will be delighted with this nutritionally superior alternative. Lettuce contains the following nutrition and health benefits:

  • Vitamin’s A, K and C
  • Manganese, Iron, Potassium
  • Folate
  • Source of Antioxidants
  • Helps Prevent Bone Loss
  • Boosts Heart Health
  • Promotes Healthy Eyesight
  • Helps Prevent Aging Skin
  • Boosts Immunity
  • Assists in Treating Cancer
  • Helps Maintain Healthy Pregnancy
  • Helps Weight Loss
  • Assists Digestive Health

Here are ideas to get incorporate more Butterhead Lettuce into your diet:

  • Lettuce Tacos replace your taco shell with 1 large Butterhead Lettuce leaf for a low-carb alternative
  • Prepare a large rainbow salad for the week. Slice up Lettuce into a container and toss in shredded carrot and beetroot, store with the lid on in the fridge. This can be served out in portions throughout the week either in sandwiches, as a side for a meal or BBQ or even the base for a chicken salad
  • Chop Lettuce, Spinach and Sugar Snap Peas and mix them up. This surprising combination is quite sweet and can be used to replace pasta or rice as the base for a meat sauce or curry.
  • Make yourself a good old fashioned Bacon and Egg Roll 
This Week’s Available Produce and Supplements

Spinach $7.50
Capsicum $7.50
Kale $7.50
Celery $7.50
Broccoli $10.00
Butterhead Lettuce $7.50 $5.00
Sugar Snap Peas $7.50
Blemmy Beetroots $10.00
Carrots $7.50 
Rainbow Chard $7.50
Coriander – $5.00
Parsley – $5.00
Gardenkraut – $15
Bovine Collagen Powder $10
Reishi Mushroom Capsules $35
Turmeric Capsules $35
Beef Organ Capsules $55 (NEW)
Moringa Capsules $55

All items listed for $7.50 are discounted at 3 for $20 when paying with cash or cryptocurrency 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 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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