What's in my bag?
Working closely with Harvest of Hope farmers our team ensures a rotating and seasonal variety of vegetables.
Few farmers have access to tunnels therefore our seasonal items are all grown outdoors dependant on sunshine and good weather.
Each week our team will rotate the variety (i.e. carrots every other week) to ensure you are not receiveing the same bag all season long.
To find out the bag content in advance you can click here or check our Facebook page Friday at noon the week before.
Eggs from Usana's Chicken Farm
Our medium box members will receive a box of six eggs every week.
June 2016 Zodidi Langa, Bridget Impey and Rachel McKinney from Abalimi visited Usana Pasture Free Range Eggs at Klein Welmoed Farm in Stellenbosch in order to find a new egg partner for the Harvest of Hope bags.
Usana farm 3000 free range hens on 25 hectares, mostly Lohmann Brown Chickens who arrive at the farm at 4 months old. They are certainly very friendly animals - shoe laces are no match. The chickens they saw are free to scratch around during the day - then at night they go into egg mobiles, the actual clue behind Usana’s Farm. Egg mobiles are moved daily and circulate with cows, the other residents at Usana’s farm. Naturally, the cows are producing manure, nourishing the ground. When the chickens come back, they are scratching around and spreading the manure. This way, the chickens are not destroying the ground they are walking on but instead are always living on green grass. It’s a great idea and just as great to see the chickens being moved around in their mobile houses.
Their meal is supplemented with a daily portion of grains while they forage for insects, seeds and grass on the pastures. This is what owner Pierre Winshaw has to say about their feed:
“We give our hens feed twice a day, morning and afternoon made up of a mixture of grains, the corn is GM free - the other parts are not readily/financially available yet. We give them feed for energy so they are able to lay their daily egg. The rest of the time they forage/graze in the pasture eating grass and anything else they may find. I think it’s this combination but especially the daily fresh grazing which really adds to the quality of our eggs”.
We were very impressed with the operation - the chickens are happy, healthy and really are free range!
Seasonal Vegetable Offerings
January to March
Basil, Beans, Beetroot, Brinjals, Butternut, Cabbage, Cabbage Baby, Carrots, Chillies, Chives, Cucumbers, Gooseberry, Kale, Lettuce, Marrow Baby, Onions, Onions Spring, Parsley, Patty Pans, Peppers Green, Peppers Red, Potatoes, Potatoes Sweet, Potatoes Sweet - orange, Pumpkin, Rhubarb, Rocket, Rosemary, Spinach - Baby (English), Spinach - Chard, Squash Gem, Tomatoes, Tomatoes Cherry
April - June
Basil (not all season) Beans, Beetroot, Brinjals, Broad Beans (mid season) , Butternut, Cabbage, Cabbage Baby, Carrots, Celery , Chillies, Chives (not all season) , Cucumbers, Fennel , Gooseberry , Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lettuce, Onions , Onions - Spring , Pak Choi, Pumpkin, Radish , Rocket, Rosemary, Spinach - Baby (English), Spinach - Chard, Squash Gem, Tomatoes, Tomatoes Cherry,Tsat soi
Beetroot, Boad Beans, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cabbage Baby, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lettuce, Onions, Onions - Spring, Pack Choi, Parsley, Snap Peas, Potatoes, Radish, Rocket, Spinach - Baby (English), Spinach - Chard, Tsat Soi, Turnip
October - December
Basil (late into season) , Beans (late into season), Beetroot, Broad Beans (end of Season), Broccoli (end of season), Cabbage, Cabbage Baby, Carrots, Cauliflower (end of season) , Celery, Fennel, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lettuce, Onions - Spring, Parsley, Potatoes, Radish, Rocket, Spinach - Baby (English), Spinach - Chard, Turnip
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