May

Monday 10th May 2010

At this time of year a search of the fridge or veg rack of even the most committed exponent of seasonal eating is liable to reveal a fair amount of imported produce. Fourteen years of agonising over box contents has taught me that, in order to hang on to customers through the hungry gap from April to June, we must... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

We had the TV people over last week to look around the farm and see if they could fit us into a piece they are doing for World Environment Day (5th June). They were blown away by the boxes and felt it gave their piece the angle they were looking for. There... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

When we sold all of our livestock to concentrate on vegetables our daughter said that it isn... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

The planting is going well and to help us along we... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Each month we hope to offer and exciting range of fresh seasonal organic vegetables and fruit to order alongside your vegbox delivery, as well as a variety of locally produced organic goods. This month we have added to our list asparagus, wet garlic, rhubarb and Montezuma milk chocolate: ASPARAGUS Cut and bunched into 200g bundles, asparagus will be available in May for... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

I spent some of my childhood in East Africa. The seasons were punctuated by two periods of rain, the long rains in March and April and the short rains in November. Sandwiched in between the rains were periods of complete drought which slowly turned all the vegetation from a lush green to an arid scorched brown. As the rains approached... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Some of you will be aware that we have recently expanded to take on 500 acres of land around Sacrewell Farm and Country Centre just to the north of Peterborough, doubling our growing capacity. The farm is in the process of completing its two year conversion period to become fully organic with the first big cropping year planned for 2009.... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

What the Soil Association allow us to do on the farm is often a balance between the fundamental organic principles of working with nature and what is practically possible in order to keep the farm financially viable. For example, tractors have taken the place of horse drawn ploughs that are simply too inefficient for modern organic farming. One of the most... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

In September last year, Stan and I started to plan all the plantings for this season. We first set about working out exactly what we need for the boxes and then the areas to be planted and volume of seed to be ordered. Finally Stan works out exactly which plots will be planted with what crops, depending on soil conditions... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

We have lots of fun activities planned... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

The Riverford strawberries are here and they taste great! Despite some last minute worries that a lack of sun would leave our strawberries tasting a bit watery, in the end the weather delivered, they taste wonderful... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Our six week drought came to an end with at least 3 inches of rain in the last week, the final downpour so intense that all the gauges overflowed. Our parched soil gratefully sucked it in with no run off and you could almost hear the crops grow! The strawberries have suffered a bit and though we have managed to pick... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

The soil association has launched a new series profiling their organic heroes; inspiring stories about people who make it all happen. Our own Guy Watson is one of the first to be interviewed. To find out more about Guy's job, life and what keeps him awake at night visit "organic heroes" at www.soilassociation.org... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

I had no idea what I was getting into when harvesting my first vegetables onto a wheelbarrow in 1986 or even when delivering the first boxes from a beaten up transit in 1993. Though I am very proud that so many people across the country now enjoy our boxes and that our co-op members have a secure market for their... continued