June

Monday 10th May 2010

We have had two horrendous thunderstorms in the last week, each delivering just over two inches of rain. The second, dumped most of its load in about twenty minutes giving even the most open, well structured soil no chance of absorbing the water before it started running off down the hill. Even our pastures became a sheet of moving water.... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

The irrigation is running at full bore and the pickers, all but naked by noon, seem to be enjoying it while developing some great tans. For the less hardy, sorting an order in the cold room suddenly seems like an attractive option. Sunshine and hot, still, humid air by day, plus warm nights, provide the ideal combination for many crops and, after weeks... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

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Monday 10th May 2010

After a lengthy wait it is a great feeling to watch the boxes on their way to you packed full of vegetables from the farm. In hindsight it was probably a mistake to start our scheme in February, with the hungry gap approaching. It wasn... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

June 21st has been celebrated by many cultures throughout the ages owing to it being the longest day of the year in the Northern hemisphere. Customarily, fires were lit on mountaintops, beside rivers and streams and in the market places and streets of the towns. Fertility rites were performed to ensure a bountiful harvest in the coming year and no... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Our first courgettes of the year are making their way into the boxes this week. To kick off the courgette season we thought we... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

June is a wonderful month with all sorts of treats starting to flourish on the farm. Strawberries are now making their way into the fruit boxes (in good time for Wimbledon) and will be available as an extra item in the coming weeks. Jersey Royal and the first Cornish new potatoes are being lifted, and while we know it... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall came down to officially open the Riverford Field Kitchen last week, with his modest and unassuming but enthusiastic manner. It was a pleasure to have him on the farm. We hit it off so well that he has promised to come back and do some demonstrations in the Field Kitchen and he has asked Jane and I to... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

After a slow start to the year we now very busy as we start picking more new season crops. A few casualties to the cold spring are still being missed, but the boxes are looking much better. The next six weeks are the busiest of the year as picking gets going in earnest while we are still planting our winter... continued