October

Monday 10th May 2010

Saturday 28th October Many thanks to all of you who came and supported this event, and all the staff who helped. A fantastic day. The rain held off and (at a rough estimate) over 2000 people visited, to buy a pumpkin, help with apple pressing, take a trailer ride, guess the weight of the pumpkin, bob for apples, and sample the incredible... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Considering that organic farming represents less than 2% of the overall market, it accounts for an astonishing amount of food-related media coverage. Over the last fifteen years that coverage has been overwhelmingly positive, sometimes unquestioningly and almost embarrassingly so, reflecting an idealised image of the small-scale, ethically-committed producer valiantly struggling to bring an earthy sanity to a mad world. It is... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Paul and Sara Ward will be supplying us with their in-conversion apples from their farm in Kent. We asked Paul to give us some background information: We embarked upon the commercial growing of Organic fruit some 10 years ago, previously having grown Conference pears as a hobby on our smallholding. We were able to purchase an existing fruit farm that was... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

River Nene and our sister farm Riverford have been debating when summer becomes winter. Is it the autumnal equinox on the 21st/22nd September? Is it when the school holidays finish? Is it when the last plane full of clubbers from Ibiza lands back at Gatwick? Or is it the simple Oxford English dictionary definition... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Now that the weather is turning colder and the winter months are creeping up on us, we have decided to introduce a delicious stew pack for only... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

The leafy salad vegetables like our lettuce, oriental leaves, true spinach and pak choi all start to give up the ghost in October. The days are shortening and the soils begin to cool. For these crops it is a sign that the season is drawing to a close. For the true spinach mildew starts to take hold, while the rate... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

It is quite incredible to think that Tesco recently reported a 6 month trading profit in excess of... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

We grow a range of squashes, from the hefty Crown Prince to the sweet Butternut. I always find it strange that squash aren... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Over the course of the year about 75% of the contents of the boxes is grown by the Nene Organic Group. The remaining 25% is either exotic produce like oranges and bananas or vegetables out of season. I feel it... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

In the main everyone has encountered walnuts in their dried form but fresh walnuts have a taste and texture of their own. In the Middle East, fresh walnuts are a summer delicacy, peeled, soaked in salted water and sold on the streets, It is best to buy walnuts whilst in their green skin (or green skin just removed). This ensures that... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

It is starting to get pretty muddy out in the fields and it is time to change from tractors to our tracked vehicles to avoid destroying the soil structure as we harvest the autumn and winter crops. After such a dry summer the first autumn rains disappeared without trace, being sucked into a thirsty soil, so that within hours we... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Lettuces love the sunshine and, as the sun slips lower each day, they are starting to struggle in the damp, dull autumn days. They grow more slowly and the persistent damp conditions make them more susceptible to the ever-present mildew attacking the outer leaves. We were late planting the last of the crop with the result that there are still... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

THIS FRIDAY (20th October) is the closing date for the consultation on the Government proposals on GM If you want to make your voice heard, the Soil Association suggests:... continued