March rain and clementines

The welcome rains have reminded us that winter is on the way, and its time to start shifting our diets again, and preparing for the winter roots. It’s not all pumpkin and beetroot though, it’s also time for citrus. We have 1kg bags of clementines from Esperanc farm, as well as lemons.

The varieties of citrus have always intrigued me, and quite often confused me. How many of us know the differences between naarjties, satsumas, clementines, mandarins and all the other varieties out there? The clementine gets it name from the Algerian missionary Father Clément Rodier, who is said to have first discovered the hybrid in 1902, although there are reports of its existence in China well before then. Clementines are particularly easy to peel, and very tasty.

Organic standards are seriously under attack in the US. The cycle has moved from organic farming being a niche activity, practised by early pioneer farmers who strongly believed in the principles of their way of farming, organic in spirit as well as letter, to organic as a mainstream profitable activity. For some, the primary motivation is now profit, and organic has become a marketing label to achieve this. In the US, at the same time as supermarkets embrace organic, and demand grows, major ‘organic’ dairies are lobbying to weaken the dairy standards, allowing cows to feed almost exclusively from intensive confinement feedlots, where the cows are anything but the contented free-roaming animals depicted on the label. In South Africa, the term ‘organic’ currently has little legal standing, but that will be changing soon as progressive new legislation is enacted. The standards seem to be quite good, but the same forces are at play here.

So what can you do about it? Rather than get despondent that such a great concept is being diluted and abused, get informed, and participate! We love hearing from our customers, whether it’s to ask for more information, to inform us about something we didn’t know, a suggestion for a possible product to carry, or even a rap on the knuckles for some labelling we got wrong, or weren’t clear about. We’d like you to see yourselves as active pioneer customers, helping to set the standards for those who follow.

Thanks to everyone who gave us feedback about the chevre goats cheese samples from Cloud Cottage Cheeses. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive, and as many of you have noticed, these are now available to purchase, giving us a wide range of dairy on offer.

As always, please remember to return your boxes for reuse, and don’t forget that we pay T1 per large Camphill bottle returned, and T0.50 for the small Camphill glass bottles.

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Comments ( 2 )

  1. Joy Robinson

    I would like to see more comprehensive info about things especially dry goods, but fresh stuff too. I would like to know - where does it come from, both locally and internationally and how did it get here. Those factors would influence my choices. Otherwise thanks for a great range and for the opportunity to buy in this more environmentally friendly way.

  2. admin

    Hi Joy Thanks, yes, we are trying to add more info on each of the products, as we'd like everyone to have all the information they need to make an informed decision. The eventual aim is to have details of the farms, where applicable, pictures for every product, full ingredients, background, etc.