Surveys and basil. Business as usual

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As the months change the humidity is slowly starting to intensify and the crops are growing faster. November from my experience is pretty much the last of the easier growing months up until around April when the humidity starts to reduce. I always find Dec through to March the most challenging in the Sub-Tropics as the humidity encourages pests and fungus and the chance of heavy rainfall events intensifies, which can bring about its own set of challenges. As the years change I've learnt the hard way how to overcome some of the challenges that the summer months give us and a lot of this is to do with correct crop and variety selection, whilst being almost religious about the timing of land prep and planting even if it means sitting on the tractor all day until dark to beat the rain. With climate change becoming more and more of a reality it is getting harder to predict what the season ahead is going to do, which is why we are starting to farm more on a micro-scale, whereby we produce a range of crops over a larger amount of properties but on a smaller scale at each property. This effectively gives us diversity and insurance against some of the challenges had we all our crops growing on one large farm. It also allows us to make use of the many micro-climates that make up our bio-region and offer you the very best, fresh, nutritious and tasty food, whilst encouraging bio-diversity and environmental protection to the land!

Penny for your thoughts - receive $10 credit!

surveyAt Munch Crunch Organics, you - our valued customer - and our community is at the heart of what we do. As our business grows, we want to make sure that we keep sight of what's important to you to allow us to continue to provide a best in class service across our products, our shop, and our service. That's why we want to hear from you! We've created this short survey to try and garner some insight into how we can improve what we do and we'd be ever so grateful if you would share your honest thoughts with us. As a thank you, we'll give you $10 off your next order. Thanks in advance, The Munch Crunch Organics team 🙂

Welcome to basil season!

BasilBasil is back in this week's Seasonal Boxes and is a herb with plenty of stories: "In ancient Rome and Greece, it was believed that when sowing basil seeds it was not just recommended, but required to yell and curse angrily as you planted them. There's even a French phrase, semer le basilic (sowing basil), which means raving. More rightly so, in other times and places, basil was regarded as a king among herbs. In India it is considered sacred, and dedicated to the gods Vishnu and Krishna. They would actually swear upon basil in a court of law. It's also been used as a good luck charm, or a declaration of love, and has been put to use for medical reasons. It's been used for headaches, bug bites (and scorpion stings), sore muscles, and for 2000 years it has been known (and confirmed) to help with flatulence. Combine that with tasty soup, and you've got yourself a winner." For more fun facts like this about basil click here. For tips on how to GROW organic basil click here for tips from the Organic Gardener magazine!

This week's Seasonal Box

The likely box contents for this week's Medium Seasonal box are:
  • Apples (750g)
  • Oranges - Navel Premium (750g)
  • Banana - Cavendish (750g)
  • Zucchini - Small to Medium (500gr)
  • Asparagus (bunch)
  • Potatoes - Sebago (1kg)
  • Beans - round (250g)
  • Lettuce - Salad Mix (150g)
  • Rainbow Chard (bunch)
  • Tomatoes - Round (400g)
  • Broccoli (400g)
  • Basil (bunch)
And don't forget to add further items (extra fruit, veg, bread, dairy, pantry items etc) to your box.

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