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Last week before Christmas, time to get corny

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Summer is truly here and so is the end of the year. One more delivery week next week and then we're off for a short holiday: we'll be CLOSED 28/12 - 3/1 and open again from Monday 4/1 to start the new year healthy. From the whole team here at Munch Crunch Organics we want to THANK YOU for all your support throughout the past year. Together we are building on a more sustainable future by choosing organic for our health, and for the health of the planet. We wish you a lovely festive season and all the best for the new year!

A bit about my favorite summer crop

Sweetcorn is my favorite crop to grow; there's something satisfying about growing an overhead height crop that gives a sense of having achieved something. Whilst growing lettuce and other greens can be pleasing to the eye and taste buds, they just don't give that same feeling of satisfaction that you can get when walking through a crop of sweetcorn, breaking that first ripe cob off the plant, stripping back the husk and biting into the yellow, creamy and sweet tasting flesh. In the Northern Rivers and on an elevated block that catches both the morning and afternoon sun, sweetcorn can be planted in late August/early September and the first harvest carried out and ready for the Christmas BBQ. The best thing about corn though, is that it's a prolific grower in the wet and humid months of high summer and tolerates both well. It can also act as a great shade crop for some of the more sensitive crops such as lettuce and coriander, which can't handle the direct summer sun. A corn crop typically takes about 85-90 days to mature and there's a wide range of types and varieties available, from the standard yellow corn through to multi-colored cobs. I lean towards growing a yellow super-sweet variety, which has been developed for the tropics and has a thick husk making it suitable to organic farming as it's more difficult for insects to get their mouths through. The variety I use also has good resistance to rust. Rust, if it becomes too much of a problem, can affect the photosynthesis capabilities of the plant. Corn is pollinated by the wind and should be planted in blocks of at least four rows if good pollination is to occur. Otherwise there will be a higher level of kernels in the pod, which haven't pollinated, which will make for sparse eating! The crop should be harvested when the kernels are yellow almost all the way to the top of the cob and not left for too long on the plant as the sugars will turn to starch and the sweet flavor will disappear. The great thing about corn is that after harvest time there's a large amount of the above ground plant left, which can be chopped and turned back into the soil as good organic matter. The crop is a fairly hungry one, and before planting there should be a good level of fertility in the soil before planting and a side dressing of organic chicken pellets applied when the crop is about six weeks old. The main bug which can cause damage in the crop is Heliothis, a brown moth. At the caterpillar stage of the life cycle, the small caterpillars move down the silks and into the ear where they feed on the tip. After a couple of weeks they bore out of the side of the cob or crawl out of the tip, leaving the cob, in severe cases, unsaleable. It's therefore important to monitor the crop regularly and apply a bug spray if necessary and before the life-cycle of the pest completes and starts again.

DIY Christmas gifts #2

Buy local at Christmas time, or go DIY and make your own Christmas gifts this year! Creativity never gets old, and something made with love and food will always be appreciated. DIY Christmas giftsDIY Christmas gift idea #2: give herb seedlings to plant in the garden And even if your loved one isn't much of a gardener, there is always enough space in the kitchen for a little pot of herbs! Adding home grown herbs to your meal adds some extra flavour and a sense of fulfilment. Not to mention the smell in your kitchen!
  • Put the seedlings in a nice pot, or decorate the pot with some fabric and a tag/ Christmas card attached to it.
  • You can plant the seeds yourself or buy seedlings at the farmers market or garden store. And it doesn't matter how small the plant is - watching plants grow is half the fun!

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Munch Crunch Organics Veggie Special CookbookA collection of all Veggie Special meals, inspired by the seasonal produce that has been in this year's organic boxes. This book is a compilation of the recipes created by Kelly Fielding, from Bella and Bhakti. Kelly is a vegan chef and creates amazing meals out of any combination of fresh, seasonal, local and organic vegetables. We hope these recipes are a source of inspiration for you to be creative in the kitchen and create something veggie special!   Order box number 1 or 2 now!    

This week's Seasonal Box

The likely box contents for this week's Medium Seasonal box are:
  • Corn - Sweet (2 cobs)
  • Carrots (500g)
  • Apples (750g)
  • Oranges - Navel Premium (750g)
  • Banana - Cavendish (750g)
  • Cucumber - Green (400g)
  • Eggplant - Purple (300g)
  • Tomatoes - Cherry (250g punnet)
  • Potatoes - Sebago (1kg)
  • Onions - Red (500g)
  • Basil (bunch)
  • Chinese veg bunch (pak choi, tatsoi or bok choi) (bunch)
And don't forget to add further items (extra fruit, veg, bread, dairy, pantry items etc) to your box.
Christmas Hampers
A festive selection of fruit, veg, bread, cheese, sauerkraut and pancake mix
(GF/DF options available)
A gift for your family, our local farmers and the environment.
A gift that keeps on giving.

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Items to add to your Custom or Seasonal Box

Weekly changing Seasonal fruit & veg
PLV SuperKraut
Your favourite Sol Bread
The Unexpected guest pancake
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