October

Monday 10th May 2010

Keeping your head above water at the moment seems to be a rather difficult task in more ways than one. Not only do we have the near-collapse of the global economy, share price crashes and the like, but we... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Environmentally, there is no such thing as good packaging; only some that is less bad. Recycling can help but is energy intensive and a poor substitute for re-use or, even better, not using the stuff in the first place. So why do we use any at all? Some leafy veg like spinach or delicate lettuce dehydrates so quickly that not using... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

The natural world is one big ecosystem. At our sister farm in Devon, around 600 acres of rolling hills, meadows and pastures are suitable for vegetable production and get used in rotation, with about a third being used in any one year. The other two thirds get planted with a mixed grass and clover ley to build fertility in the... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Choosing a box scheme for your weekly shop means you get the freshest seasonal produce straight from our fields. At Riverford we also want to make things as exciting as possible, in the hope that when you receive your box you might get a flash of inspiration and be fired up to try something different. Seasonality plays a big part... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

It is not often that you get pursued by gnats in October. But a little blood is a small price to pay for a largely calm, mild and sunny month. With no sign of the first frost, things are finally looking up in the fields. Sweetcorn that we had almost written off has continued to ripen and will be in... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Pumpkin Day at Upper Norton Farm Saturday 18th October 11am-4.30pm This is our first Pumpkin Day at the Farm to celebrate this year... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

The brassicas have certainly been keeping us busy this week. The first batch of autumn caulis are through, with the next lot ready in another 10 days. Though they are pretty hardy veg, you need to give cauliflowers a bit of attention. We cut the stalks very carefully in the field, and try to keep plenty of leaf on for... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

The nights are drawing in and there is a distinct November chill in the air. On the farm attention is focused on planning for spring; establishing green manures, buying seed and planning fields... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Between last October and July this year it would have been rare for a day to pass at the farm without glimpsing one of three red kites soaring in the sky above. It started a few years ago with two spectacular adults. They initially took a liking to a crooked branch on a gnarly old oak tree that reaches up... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

When I trudged through our potato fields in August, saturated by yet another seemingly relentless downpour, it was difficult to feel confident that what lay beneath my feet was going to be anything but a disappointment. The prospect of substantially reduced yields rings very loud alarm bells. It... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Hello again and welcome to Tim... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Monday 10th May 2010

Once again the ground is sodden and our autumn plantings of onions and garlic must wait. As biennials these crops produce a bulb one year which, if left, will overwinter and provide the fuel to throw a seed head the next. It is critical to plant biennials early enough to ensure they are well established before winter, but not so... continued