June

Monday 10th May 2010

If you... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

What happened to the predicted drought and heat wave? We will pass midsummer with our reservoirs full to the brim, tractors making ruts in muddy fields, trays of plants laid out everywhere waiting for a break in the weather and a team wading through mud at Glastonbury giving organic festival food guides to addled festival goers. Most crops have survived... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

We have been dodging the showers and making the most of any dry weather to keep up with the sowing, planting and harvesting but the weeds are getting the better of us. Without herbicides we are reliant on hoes which sever the leaves from their roots leaving them to... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

As you read this we might well be working away in the sunshine but as I write, we are being deluged with heavy showers playing havoc with everything. We... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

The first two weeks in June are really tricky... The understandable perception, triggered by lots of summer sunshine, is that there are plenty of local vegetables to choose from in the fields. The reality is that we sit on the edge of the beginning of the season for many of the key crops that are grown on the farm. Our own bunched... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

It was only a few weeks ago that we were praying for rain, and now the fields on the farm are absolutely soaked. The amount of rain that fell on the farm last weekend was unbelievable. It felt like we had a whole year... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

The perpetual spinach is coming through now and some of you will find it in your boxes this week. There are plenty of recipes on the website for inspiration, from a simple stir-fried spinach dish to a slightly more complicated but utterly mouth-watering spinach and feta filo pie. The broccoli is coming along and is now just a few weeks away... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

HEADLINES ARE NOT MADE OF THIS Judging by the headlong rush by supermarkets, big businesses and the government towards their eco soap boxes, we have nothing to worry about.... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Each year, as part of our organic certification, we undergo an annual inspection from the Soil Association. These inspections are always quite a daunting prospect for farmers and growers - it... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

As part of... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

We've launched a blog and are 7 months into our own carbon footprinting exercise where we have secured the help of Exeter University to look at every aspect of our veg boxes and it is already resulting in good changes. Follow this blog from time to time to hear how we are getting on. Guy Watson has already written a great... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

The end of May is one of the busiest times on the farm. The harvesting teams are starting to get busy with picking broad beans, cutting lettuce and bunching the wet garlic. But picking, cutting and bunching isn... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

We have lots of fun activities planned... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

At the beginning of last July we were absolutely desperate for rain. Talk of global warming and extreme weather littered the pages of every newspaper, as the Peterborough area drifted through two months with barely a splash from the skies. A month ago we thought we were in for more of the same as April and May yielded very little... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

The ground is truly sodden and, at a time when we should be working all hours to keep up with the planting, we have planted very little for three weeks. For every three strawberries picked two have to be thrown away and our potatoes are succumbing to blight. A year that started so well with a glorious April and early... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

The long hot summer we enjoyed last year triggered some customers to tell us that the existing boxes can a be a little overbearing in the heat. So we hope we have come up with an ideal solution. The Fruit and Salad Box is designed to be an easy-eating summer... continued