April

Monday 10th May 2010

After a very sunny and predominantly dry February, March proved more challenging. Despite the gales, rain and below average temperatures we managed to get most of the early crops planted more or less on schedule. The first lettuce, cabbage, spinach, chard and carrots are all in the ground, albeit in less than ideal conditions, and the first tomatoes are being... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

We tell you quite a bit about the farmers we work with in the UK but we also work with some wonderful family farms overseas who care about their environment, people and produce. Mike Prevost from South Africa started growing organically years before it was fashionable and now supplies us with apples and pears from his farm in the Elgin... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

A week ago I took a very broad side swipe at nutritionalism; the reductionist approach to food whereby its affects on our bodies and minds is judged to be no more than the sum of the known effects of the known nutrients. I made the mistake of equating this approach to the recommendations of nutritionists in general and have been... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

A run of morning frosts followed by cool, bright and predominantly dry days is ideal for working soil into seed beds but it is hard on young plants, fresh from the greenhouse. There is so much planting to be done that we are struggling to find the time to harvest the last of the leeks, purple sprouting broccoli, cauliflower and... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Over the winter months our greenhouses are full of all sorts of leafy salads, from green in the snow, mizuna and pak choi to red mustard, wild rocket and land cress. All of these mixed leaves have been combined to form the wonderful winter salad packs that have sporadically graced the boxes since last November. April, however, is a time... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

For me, May is a month of change. We... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

The seasons don... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Winter box customers move to Summer Our potato-free Winter Box (... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Cheap, freely available food has been taken for granted for so long that few journalists and politicians would have expected to see global food prices and supply dominating our news as they have recently. Spiraling food prices and accompanying riots in over thirty countries, the European and American bio-fuel fiasco, a rash of reports questioning the yield benefits claimed for... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Casting your mind back to last summer, you might remember the persistent rain which brought with it the worst year for potato blight in many a grower... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

We are enjoying some dry but very cold weather. It is unusual for us to have three hard frosts below minus 2... continued