May

Monday 10th May 2010

The first courgette plants are laid out in the yard looking a bit crowded and leggy in their trays. A run of late and damaging frosts made us hold back from planting them. Now they need to get into the ground fast, before they become etiolated. With soil temperatures rising, every dry day is a planting day as we struggle... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

We are enjoying some wonderful sunny weather and have even been prompted to start irrigating to help establish new crops. Once crops are established there is still plenty of moisture in the ground, but a little water can also be needed to reduce stress on older crops as we remove the crop covers prior to harvest. Growth can be almost... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Our environmental project with Exeter University now enables us to calculate the CO2 emissions associated with getting every kilo of fruit or veg to us to pack at Riverford in Devon. This means measuring any journey involved and applying the appropriate emissions factor (grams of CO2 per kilo kilometer)... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

For all box schemes and farm shops the level of imports begin to creep up through May and June. During this hungry gap we bolster our own supplies by working with growers in Italy, Spain and as far afield as Argentina for our fruit. Planning our journey through the hungry gap months is challenging - we try to balance up... 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

About 10,000 years ago much of Lincolnshire was covered in ice. As temperatures rose, the ice began to melt, flooding vast areas of the county and creating expansive lakes. As vegetation in and around the flooded areas died, it accumulated in deep layers at the base of the lakes. Attempts to drain the fens to reclaim the rich fertile soils... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

This is a critical time of the year on the farm. Our planting plans are meticulously developed to give the crops the necessary growing time to hit our harvest dates for the veg boxes. We break down the weeks into planting windows for each crop and then map these windows onto areas within each of our fields. When wet weather... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

We would like to apologise to any customers who have recently experienced quality problems with the potatoes in their boxes. We have been using the tail end of the stored Cara crop for the last few weeks and while the potatoes looked great, there have been some internal problems in quite a lot of the tubers that we didn... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

In the modern world of consumerism, choice seems to be king. Supermarket aisles are stacked to the rafters with slightly different versions of the same products. Tesco would certainly have us believe that this is simply a response to the consumer... continued