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This Week at Birdsong

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Good Morning,
We’ve had what’s possibly our biggest sales month ever, since starting Birdsong. The orders have been flooding in! At the moment, most stock levels are holding out, but I have had to implement some quantity limits on the website.
If you’re ordering seasonal mixed boxes, it’s a good idea to continue mentioning in the comments box of your order if there are items you don’t need or want extra of. Even if you’ve told me before. When this many orders are coming in, I struggle to remember people’s preferences with what they’d like in the box!
I should have organic shredded coconut back in stock later this week.
Beans: There will be some beans available this week, but I can’t do bulk 1kg.
Potatoes: Our supplier only has ‘chat’ (small) Dutch cream potatoes this week, and I noticed a lot of what we received last week were chats too. I know some prefer the larger potatoes, because they’re easier to peel.
Sweet potato: We sold out last week, and the supplier only has limited stock this week, but hopefully we will have some by Tuesday afternoon.
Onions are still out of stocksorry. I do have shallots.
Wednesday 26th January (though it’s Australia Day, we’re going to go ahead with deliveries), 1-2pm for orders $50+ in Toowoomba. Please place your orders by Tuesday night.
Friday 28th January, 12:30-2pm for orders $50+ in Toowoomba. Please place your orders by Thursday night.
Thank you for returning large glass jars, vacola preserving jars, waxed boxes and plastic crates.
Thank you for supporting Birdsong ๐Ÿ™‚

October Storms

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First, the good news.

All the people, animals and vehicles here at Birdsong are unharmed.ย 

After Monday’s hail storm, however, I can’t say the same for our hail/shade netting!

I could feel this coming, and last week had asked Rick how he thought we should protect the cars if we had severe weather (our business is heavily reliant on them).

Just before the storm, we walked outside to view the skies and saw the tell-tale green tinge of impending hail.

India was running around frantically trying to make sure the chickens and ducks had enough shelter in case the hail was fatally-sized.

Chickens don’t happen to be the brightest of animals, and chose to stand about two meters away from the shelter, saturating their feathers in the heavy rain. Oh well, she tried!

Before long, hail was pelting down (very exciting for the little boys!) and thankfully it was only small.

Once the hail stopped and the rain slowed a little, I ran out to inspect the damage. Wow. We’ve had strong winds that have damaged the steel support poles of the hail netting before, but this was something else. Almost the entire acre of hail netting was down, and some of the steel posts were bent completely in half.ย 

Large piles of hail were caught in the netting- the netting did protect the crops, at least. Twenty-four hours later, there was still piles of hail that hadn’t melted yet!

Rick wasn’t phased at all. These things happen, and while they take time to repair/rebuild, it’s really no big deal in the scheme of things.ย 

So for the past few days, he has been out there in an excavator working at repairing the ruins. He says the shade net needed a remodelling anyway ๐Ÿ™‚

The crops appear to have survived unscathed, and we had harvested a lot of produce just the day before, so business goes on pretty much as usual!

This Week at Birdsong

By Farm Gate Stall, Market GardenNo Comments
Good Morning,
Cornย is ready! And limited quantities of tomatoย have been listed.
Our potato and carrot supplier will be closed for the whole Christmas/New Year week, until Jan 4th I believe. We’ll try to make sure we’re well stocked, but it’s very hard to predict sales over this period. So, make sure you consider that when ordering ๐Ÿ™‚
Christmas hours:
Saturday December 25th
Sunday December 26th
Monday December 27th
Tuesday December 28th
New Years Hours:
Saturday 1st January
Sunday 2nd January
Then we will be open again for pickups and a delivery run on Wednesday Dec 29th.
Deliveries this week:
Wednesday 15th December, 3-4pm for orders $50+ in Toowoomba. Please place your orders by Tuesday night. A little bit later this week!
Friday 17th December, 12:30-2pm for orders $50+ in Toowoomba. Please place your orders by Thursday night.
Thanks for returning preserving jars, glass jars, waxed boxes and plastic crates.
Thank you for supporting Birdsong!

Nutrient-Dense Nut Bars

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I love nut bars, but the commercial versions often contain undesirable ingredients. Here’s a recipe for a customisable homemade version that is tasty and nutritious.

1 1/2 Cups chopped Brazil nuts (or another nut, but I choose Brazil nuts because they are one of the highest known sources of dietary Selenium, and most my children don’t like eating them plain!)

1/3 C chopped walnuts (again, you can sub out for whatever nut you like, but walnuts are another one that I take the opportunity to hide in these bars so the children will get some in their diet)

1/3 C Pumpkin seeds

1/3 C Sunflower seeds

1/3 C Dark chocolate chunks (or cacao nibs if you want a lower-sugar alternative)

1/3 C Sultanas (or another chopped dried fruit)

1/3 C Honey ( I haven’t tried this, but I’m sure maple syrup would work, if you’d rather avoid honey)

1/2 C Hulled Tahini

1tsp Vanilla Extract (or vanilla paste)

Heat your oven to 180C

Mix all your dry ingredients in a large bowl.

The next step depends on the viscosity of your honey. If your honey is runny, then you are just going to mix it together with the vanilla and tahini until homogenised. If your honey is too thick, then gently heat it in a saucepan until runny, and then mix in your tahini and vanilla.

Bake at 180C for about 10 minutes…slightly longer if you prefer a browner, slightly crunchier bar.

Allow to cool. Then enjoy!

Made For Mum

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Interested in making some delicious (and nutritious) goodies for Mother’s Day? Check out WholefoodSimply. We’ve been making a variety of the slices (like Raspberry Ripe Slice), which happen to be GF, DF and often V (Honey is used in some, but can be substituted for maple syrup if needed).

They are heavy on the nuts and nut butters…just saying, in case nut allergies are an issue for you. If you’re after something wholesome and special, Wholefood Simply is definitely worth checking out.

What to do With all that Pumpkin: #8 Maple Pumpkin Bread

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I couldn’t do a series of pumpkin posts without mentioning this recipe. We LOVE pumpkin bread, and this is my favourite recipe so far, from the Prairie Homestead.

It’s sweetened with honey and maple syrup, loaded with fragrant spices and delicious any time of day ๐Ÿ™‚ It makes 2 loaves…enough to share or freeze.

It’s the kind of recipe you could add walnuts or pepita seeds too, though our children love it just as it is.