October

Monday 10th May 2010

The winter rains have started and things are starting to get pretty muddy out in the fields. A fair amount of our wonderful soil is finding its way in to the boxes on the bunched carrots. Junior, the variety that you are getting at the moment tastes fantastic but is very fragile and will not stand the rigours of mechanical harvesting... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Despite cutting back on roots a bit in the mini boxes, it is root season. To pack great tasting, high quality roots takes dedication, experience and lots of equipment! Our co-op has invested wisely in another carrot harvester, so they can wait for the ground to drain some after the rains. One of our growers has built us a state... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

The amount of packaging we need to use is always a contentious topic at River Nene. We try our hardest to avoid packaging but we have to balance this with making sure that our fruit and vegetables get to you in the freshest possible state. We have taken big strides with our boxes and the River Nene punnets. The boxes... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

We are cutting the last of our lettuce crop this week. By mid October the shorter day length and the colder weather starts to take its toll on the less hardy crops. Over the winter months the microbial activity in the soils comes to a near stand still as the soil temperature drops. For hardy crops like autumn and winter... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

As we move into November its great to start enjoying vegetables with some real winter warming capabilities. Parsnips, leeks, swede, kale and sprouts are all starting to feature regularly. Many of you may not have seen Brussels sprouts in their... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

The leaves have turned and started to fall and flocks of birds are starting to think better of it and make their way to warmer climes. My favourite memories of this time of year (like many children) are of conker matches in the playground at school. For my Grandparents conker preparation in September and October was like a small cottage... continued