As promised, I have written about my second visit to the Communigrow field. Today, it was set to be the hottest day of the year – reaching a scorching 34 degrees! To avoid the heat, all volunteers including me arrived early so we could complete our tasks before the heat got too unbearable for us all. My first task of the day was to help David pick courgette, squash, and cucumber for our veg boxes, and I made sure that the process was documented with my camera.
I was very excited to be involved with picking the vegetables for the boxes as I had been planning to buy one for my family.
My next task was to help Nicky cut sage, parsley, mint, and chive and tie them into bunches which were also going to be placed in the boxes. I was a little apprehensive at first as I was not sure how much I should cut as I did not want to use up all the herbs. However, I soon got into it and was happy with what I had picked and enjoyed experiencing all the smells from the different herbs.
With the heat taking its toll, we all took a well-earned rest in the shade and, as an extra treat, we ate ice lollies. It felt very relaxing eating our ice lollies and chatting, but soon we had to get back to work! As a collective, we finished the veg boxes and they were soon ready for sale. I made sure I took several photographs of them in their full glory. For the last part of the morning, I explored the field some more and had fun with my camera taking photographs of anything that caught my eye.
Before I left, I paid for my veg box which contained: potatoes, beetroot, tomatoes, garlic, carrots, courgette, cucumber, chard, cabbage, sage, mint, parsley, and chive (plenty to experiment with). Also, I was given the challenge to cook a Crown Prince squash, so stay tuned for the results!
-Chloe (Social Media Volunteer)