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HARVEST DIARY



Throughout the year we harvest lucerne, a robust, leafy, protein-rich forage crop that thrives in the Keisie Valley where the summers are hot and dry and the winters cool and wet. 

Also known as alfalfa, lucerne has the highest feeding value of all common hay crops and has been cultivated as livestock fodder since at least the era of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Although it is most often harvested as hay, it can also be made into silage, grazed, or feed greenchop.

Our lucerne is grown under irrigation for maximum consistency and high quality. It is mown, raked and baled while still fresh and green. Small easy-to-handle oblong bales of about 25kg each are ideal for horse owners, while dairy and sheep farmers prefer our larger round bales of about 250kg each.


WHAT DO WE HARVEST & WHEN

 

On the farm


Sep to May - Lucerne [monthly]
Sep to October - Barley and Oats 
November - Bulida apricots
December - Bebeco apricots
December to February - Vegetables in season (Butternuts, Gem Squashes, Onions, Watermelons)
March to April - Wine grapes
March - Green table olives (Manzanillas)
May to June - Oil olives (Frantoio and Coratina) 
June - Black table olives (Mission)

 

Also in the area
 
December to April - plums
January - peaches
May to June - citrus
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