Author Archives: Gill Lewis

Burns Night Supper and Ceilidh, Feb 3rd.

Burns Night Poster 2018 …. click on this to see the poster. Am sorry but I don’t know how to get the actual poster to appear in this post!! (silly me!)

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Xmas double harvest this Friday!

Reminder : we will be picking and sharing out double the usual amounts this week … because there will be no veg share after Xmas until January 5th . So this is the BIG OPPORTUNITY for folks to come along and … Continue reading

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Carrot Ragout recipe

These gorgeous COCA carrots deserve a special recipe to get the best flavour.  This uses lots of COCA veg as well…. win! win! 1 large onion, 2 large carrots, 4 mushrooms, about 6 fresh tomatoes (or a tin of tomatoes), garlic … Continue reading

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Fantastic French Beans

Those beans are top quality … picked at perfection! Well done team, both for growing them and picking and storing them.  Had a dish tonight of just lightly steamed beans with a little grated cheese and black pepper …. yummy. … Continue reading

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Next members workday at COCA

Hi … next volunteering get-together for members will be Saturday July 8th, usual time of about 10am start, bring lunch to share. Work plan not sorted yet … and for those of you who have not tried this before we … Continue reading

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Unsave the date!

The  COCA Tapas Feast Night has had to be cancelled for now, unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances. We will let you know when it will be planned again … sorry  for the disappointment for now. Gill

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Save the date for Tapas Night…. July 8th

COCA is holding another great foodie event at Solva Memorial Hall, for the fun of it and the raise a little more funds for the COCA project. This one will be A MIDSUMMER TAPAS FEAST ……  with Shakespearean Undertones. Saturday … Continue reading

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Lovely salad!

Hey chaps … thanks for the big fresh lettuce in this week’s share.  And it is good to have local organic new potatoes and fresh carrots again along with it. Not to mention the beautiful French Beans from the COCA polly … Continue reading

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COCA Herb Garden making this Saturday

Quick reminder of Members Day this Saturday at Caerhys, from 10am.  To help make the herb garden in front of Cartref ….. be creative! Some physical work of clearing and digging soil, some creative carpentry possible (planters? seats? signs?) and … Continue reading

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Members’ herb garden-making day

Saturday June 3rd is earmarked as the next COCA members’ help session , (instead of the last Sat in May which is the Bank Holiday weekend). We want to make the area in front of Cartref attractive and productive with … Continue reading

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Come and help this Saturday!

We wouldn’t be asking for help if it wasn’t needed. From 10am onwards, up to about 3pm; come and go as you please. We hope as many of you as possible will turn out this Saturday for an hour or two … Continue reading

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Onion heroes!

Phil plants the last onion in the row (left) and Anthony stands with the completed row (right) …. 3 kg of Onion sets planted by 3 people in just over 2 hours. So only 7 people needed for 2 hours each … Continue reading

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Late notice! Volunteer planting day Tomorrow!

Saturday April 22nd, at the farm any time from 10am… all members, friends and kids are welcome to come and assist with planting the summer crops. Onion sets (little onions… not the fiddly baby plants of last year) to be … Continue reading

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What to do with all that lovely Chard!

A Jamie Oliver recipe for a Greek style Chard and feta cheese pie is worth looking up … I just made a version tonight: onions and fennel sliced and cooked in a little oil til soft, add garlic and sliced … Continue reading

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Support your local health stores as well!

Hi again …. it was remiss of me to advertise C and M organics over and above our own local health food stores in Fishguard and Haverfordwest. Please do of course use these local businesses. They provide a much wider … Continue reading

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Other organic produce for COCA members

Hi … everything from fresh organic Turmeric to Ecover Toilet rolls, Grapefruit to Grumpy Mule ground Coffee, and all the cheese, peanut butter and goodies in between …… just to remind you that COCA has an arrangement with C and M Organics of … Continue reading

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Annual General Meeting: change of date

The AGM will now be held on Saturday May 13th, not April 29th.  It will be held in Cartref (the straw bale building) at Caerhys Farm , starting at 7pm.  There will be a buffet meal to share and we … Continue reading

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Small items for Volunteer vans

Our first 2 volunteers of the year arrive this weekend, and the caravan for them has been cleaned but we need a few more items, if you should have something spare. We need 1 an indoor sweeping brush 2. a … Continue reading

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Helping with Friday Harvests

Hi all … Friday harvest starts at around 11am in these dark winter days and we really would appreciate more help, if possible, especially as one of the “regulars” is away at the moment. Lack of help is limiting the harvest and what … Continue reading

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COCA Newsletter for St Davids that they didn’t have room to publish

 November 2015 A busy growing season!      Increased membership : COCA , based at Caerhys Farm near Berea, overlooking Abereiddy,  is coming to the end of its sixth growing season., and looking back over a very,  very busy year.  The … Continue reading

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Cauliflower Treasure

  A belated Xmas pic of heroic Caz, Gerald and Lesley at the end of the pre-Xmas harvest with some glorious surprise cauliflower heads they found.  Not enough to share with everyone, unfortunately (…. caulis always seem to keep us … Continue reading

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Pumpkins!

Have you seen the pumpkin risotto in the Recipe section of the COCA website?  check it out if you are wondering what to do with the large orange slice in your share this weekend!

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team work

Leslie, Gabriella, Nathan and Gill setting the challenge to others to beat our record …. 520 lettuce seedlings planted out in 1 hour 15 minutes! And planted in (almost) straight lines and watered in.  Woo Hoo! Lovely volunteer work day … Continue reading

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Spinach Chicken and Pasta bake … delicious!

100gr Orza “rice macaroni” per person (its a pasta in tiny bits like rice) about 500gr  Spinach, Chard, Kale or Spring Cabbage (or a mixture) for 2 people cooked chicken Philadelphia cheese seasoning : grated nutmeg, tarragon, salt and pepper … Continue reading

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New Polly News

Thanks to two grown-up volunteers and one under 5 plus our trusty long-term winter WOOFA, Yvon, the new polytunnel dig was completed on Saturday … the first volunteer workday of 2014.  The picture shows Ian and Yvon doing a celebratory … Continue reading

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Feb 2nd veggies

The Full Share amounts : Potatoes   2kg Onions     750gr Carrots    370gr Parsnip  (bought in)   380gr Swede  (bought in)     1 each Stir- fry greens  50gr (bagged) Cabbage   1 very large one (or 1 … Continue reading

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Jan 19th veggies

With the rest of Wales covered in snow we are lucky to still be digging our own veg from the Caerhys field …. it was lovely (very fresh!) out there this morning, and we had a small collection of willing … Continue reading

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And this weeks veg is …..

January 12th A pile of us have just had a good time on this crisp sunny morning, picking and sorting the veg for you all.  And while we are at it … a HUGE THANK YOU to George and Zenka … Continue reading

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Xmas Veg share

21st December veg share: Everything sorted by this afternoon as weather forecast dire (again) for the weekend … so come and get your share as early as possible to enjoy at its freshest Full share : Potatoes      2kg … Continue reading

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Veg for week August 3rd

Harvested Friday August 3rd (in the rain!) for you all ….   broccoli / calabrese  :   260gms (fabulous solid heads ) lettuce :  1 green little gem head plus 1 loose red head carrots :  300gm broad beans : … Continue reading

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Week’s Veg 27th July

Week’s Veg harvested 4pm – 6pm 27th July thanks to Dave, Gill, Jenny, Kate, Brigit and Anne for the harvest this week (and almost every week) Your full share is : New pots – 1.5Kg Beetroot – 90g New carrots … Continue reading

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Week’s Veg 20th July

Week’s Veg 20th July at last the sun has come …. what a contrast harvesting in the field yesterday afternoon (warm, balmy air, clean dry veggies, blue sea and sky) compared to the week before (lashing rain, mud, digging spuds … Continue reading

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weeks veg July 6th

week’s veg share July 6th New potatoes 1kg carrots (bought in ) 600gr onions (bought in) 500gr mangetout peas (COCA!) small handful (and we mean small… sorry) new carrots (COCA) 150gr   there are definite signs now that new crops … Continue reading

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Week’s veg 22nd June 2012

Midsummer 2012 New Caerhys potatoes      750gr fresh Lettuce  100gr Swiss Chard    (very little to harvest …first come gets all!) Carrots (Netherlands)    300gr Onions  (Spain)   300gr   Well this is what we have been waiting for … Continue reading

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Veg Share June 1st

The Full Share this week is : Potatoes 2kg Onions 500gr * Swiss Chard 150gr Carrots 500gr* Radish 350gr Mixed Lettuce 100gr Stir Fry greens   handful There are also left-over last week’s broccoli , carrots and onions to help … Continue reading

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