Today marks the official end of week one. It was a bit hectic perhaps but I think we are settling in now. Today we helped put together vegetable boxes from the commercial garden for delivery into Lilongwe. Each Friday morning the veggies are harvested from the commercial garden, washed and packaged into boxes for delivery to various clients around Malawi. Today there were 13 boxes total and they were filled to the brim with beets, lettuce, chard, kale, onion, cauliflower, green peppers, hot peppers, potatoes, green beans, parsley, chives, dill and I am sure there was more in there that I've missed. The boxes are a garden bounty and they sell for a measly $8/week. I wonder if they’d deliver to Canada?
I couldn’t resist, I bought one. Although we have the residential garden here for the interns, it’s been a touch neglected and so we have ended up having to buy a lot of our veggies at the market to supplement our harvest. So, I decided to buy a veg box this week and tonight I am making baby potatoes and dill. However, it’s also important that we focus on intensifying our own vegetable production right outside our door so we undertook a huge planting in the residential garden yesterday to get it back up to speed. Now it just needs a bit more TLC, water and time…
As for the veg boxes, most of them get dropped at a local restaurant that has agreed to be the hub for our clients to pick up. After we made the drop we proceeded in to town for the big shop day. Shopping in Malawi is interesting, you can’t do everything at one place and while your list might only contain 15 items, you probably need to hit six or more shops to get all of what you’re looking for. For someone who likes to grocery shop, (insert me) it’s a pretty fun day. Food and spices in any variety are hard to come by, but I think there’s an Indian store I haven’t been to yet and I suspect there will be more available there. We picked up food for the apprentices and the Memmo kitchen, the communal kitchen that cooks our farm lunches during the week.
Last night was also our first communal dinner at the farm. Every Thursday evening there’s a potluck dinner open to all staff, their families, the apprentices and the interns at the farm. This week there were about 15 people and it was great to share food and music for the night. Next week we’re going to have it at Molly’s place around the campfire.