August

Monday 10th May 2010

The perfume of a fully ripe Discovery, the first variety of English apples to be harvested, always quickens my pulse. Gala and Braeburn apples imported from the Southern Hemisphere keep us in apples through the spring and summer, are marvellous quality and a phenomenon of storage and transport, but something has been lost along the way. It is not just... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

It is seldom that you see Devon so lush in August. After a few days of sunshine all that is left to remind us of the preceding ten weeks of misery are the ruts left in fields where we struggled to harvest our crops in the mud. Even they will soon disappear under the plough as we catch up on... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Unusually for recent months, conversations have not been dominated by the weather; everyone seems to have forgotten about the horrendous few weeks of unremitting rain and are working hard through the days of the summer that has finally arrived. The agricultural landscape is dotted with bales of hay and combine harvesters are busily collecting grain while some of our vegetables... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Our feet are starting to have a chance to settle under our desks on the new farm at Upper Norton. We have had a period of reflection in the last couple of months over the summer fruit and vegetables that have very quickly come and gone for another year. It is a much quieter time now, with only harvest taking... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Conditions are ideal, with plenty of moisture in the ground, for planting spring greens getting them off to a racing start. For a good April harvest we... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

It is seldom that you see Hampshire so lush in August. After a few days of sunshine all that is left to remind us of the preceding ten weeks of misery are the ruts left in fields where we struggled to harvest crops in the mud. The standing wheat has dried out well and harvest is in full swing. Underneath,... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Jonathan Smales, one of our growers in the New Forest, is supplying our wonderful runner beans this season. He does two plantings of the beans to span the summer months: the first go under a fleece blanket which is like a thick cobweb, letting the light and moisture through, but keeping them warm to promote early growth... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Riverford Organic Vegetables, our sister farm and box scheme, has been packing boxes for 15 years. Until about three years ago simplicity was the order of the day. Nearly all customers received the same box and the extras list didn... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

While our crops suffer, the hedgerows celebrate. Well, the sun is out and things are slowly getting back to normal on the farm. But it... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Wake up to an organic breakfast The Soil Association... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Some of you will notice some seasonal abnormalities in your boxes this week. Each year we plan the box contents one year in advance and then work this back to the crop plantings in the field. If all goes according to plan, the crops are approaching harvest perfectly in time with our well thought out box plans. We have, as you... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Some years ago, while visiting a Kenyan friend, I found myself in a large white panelled room where a hundred women in white coats and hair nets stood at long tables sorting runner beans. Outside was a ramshackle town where food was bought amongst the colourful chaos of local street markets and people lived on a dollar or two a... continued