May

Monday 10th May 2010

Graham Harvey won the BP Natural World Book Award in 1997 for his book. The Killing of the Countryside. His new book, We Want Real Food. tells the story of how modern food production has brought us to the brink of disaster and how farming practice over the last 50 years has resulted in a massive decline in health. We... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

We are pleased to be offering rhubarb, grown here on the farm in Devon, as an extra item to order for a limited time. 500g of Rhubarb will be available for... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

We're bringing you the best of the season in our new Summer Box. This latest addition to our family is filled with lighter, more summery produce. It will contain almost no root vegetables with just an occasional bunch of the finest new season's carrots. The Summer box will have a higher proportion of salad friendly ingredients and have 10 items. For... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

We are calling for scarecrow enthusiasts to make figures large and small to mark our new self-guided trail through the farm. Some could be modelled on Jamie Oliver, others might go for the more traditional Worzel Gummidge look. Whatever the inspiration, we are hoping you will respond to our first ever scarecrow competition. In recognition of the dummy builders... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

After a wonderful spell of dry, bright weather, which has allowed us to keep on top of the sowing and planting, we now have some welcome rain. The grey, leaden skies and moist soil are ideal for removing the crop covers, allowing the freshly exposed plants to acclimatise gently without moisture stress. The uncovered lettuce, rocket, spinach, radish, cabbage and... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

One of the most challenging tricks at this time of year is to bridge the gap between stored, staple root crops from the farm and the first of the new season European crops. The aim is to seamlessly move from our carrots and potatoes that were planted last year to about a six week spell of new season Italian crops.... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Monday 10th May 2010

Some of you may remember that a few months ago I announced our pursuit to find the most organic household in the region. After sifting through sack loads of entries and deliberating the merits of recycling versus car sharing we have finally come up with a winner. As far as we are aware this is an unprecedented award - while there... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Fairtrade and organic coffee on its way for June. We have responded to loads of positive customer comments about the prospect of adding coffee to the extras list. The coffee that we will be offering from the 2nd June onwards is grown by a co-operative of fair trade organic farmers on the banks of lake Taur in the Aceh region of... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Here are some recipe ideas for asparagus To prepare - wash and exert a gentle pressure at the bottom of each spear until it snaps/breaks where it is tender. The Asparagus season usually finishes about mid June, when you find the stalks become woody and the flavour loses its freshness. To cook... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

The little gem lettuces in the boxes this week are the first of our outdoor crop. They look and taste great and it is always exciting to start a new season. We have had quite a few calls and e-mails since I mentioned last week that the lettuce, and many of the early crops, are advanced by covering them with... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Last week our crops were looking fantastic and I was waxing lyrical about a perfect spring, but after a week of incessant rain and gales, with barely a glimpse of sun, some fields are now looking trampled and forlorn. The wind is a curse for any leafy crops especially if they have grown excessively lush, as they are prone to... continued