Summer Squash

Mid-summer is the season where dainty courgettes become mammoth marrows almost overnight.  There are over 800 species in the squash (Cucurbita) family, with tendrils that climb and sprawl at an astonishing speed, producing masses of fruit.  Such abundance calls for creative ways to use them up. Dovehouse Organic Farm Shop stocks a wide selection of…

Potato Season

Amidst all the seasonal silliness, one thing we are serious about is organic potatoes. Root vegetables easily absorb pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides from the soil. Pesticides may be applied to conventionally grown potatoes and absorbed into the flesh.  Of course, you could peel your potatoes to reduce the risk of consuming toxins, but as 50%…

Midlands Barter Markets

The revolution has begun! In the past couple of years, barter markets have begun to flourish in the Midlands. Many of us feel overwhelmed by the speed and chaos of modern life and are searching for a slower, more considered and mindful way of living.  While we may have plenty of money, often we don’t…

A Long Table for Lunch

The mist settled on our wine glasses and made the salads sparkle at the Long Table Lunch hosted by Erica Brown of Sōlfood in Karkloof last weekend. A light drizzle was not enough to deter enthusiastic foodies from enjoying her vegetarian feast surrounded by verdant hills, with a beautiful valley view of Albert Falls Dam….