August

Tuesday 5th May 2015

As summer rolls on, runner beans are coming into season. They were sown in early May and have been creeping up the rows of bamboo canes ready for picking now and over the coming weeks. Runner beans are an iconic part of the British summer for gardeners and their bright red flowers and wild foliage are a satisfyingly traditional sight.... continued

Wednesday 25th August 2010

Orchards are swelling with ripe, fragrant fruit. It’s time to celebrate English apple season and rediscover some traditional varieties. Paul Ward grows apples, pears and plums for us on his four farms in Kent. He started out 17 years ago, buying his first orchard as a hobby. Since then, Paul’s business has grown to producing 700-800 tonnes of apples every... continued

Thursday 19th August 2010

What a difference a month makes; last newsletter I was crying out for rain as the country basked in sunshine, but now it won’t stop raining. On one hand it is a huge relief to see the vegetables recover and thrive, but on the other, despair as visitors to the farm dive for cover as yet another shower passes overhead.... continued

Thursday 19th August 2010

Right now there is plenty of produce coming from our farm at Sacrewell and from our local grower group. You will have seen some of it already this year, but there are some new crops just coming into season; look out for turnips, leeks and sweetcorn. Although we think of it as one of the traditional harvest festival vegetables in... continued

Thursday 19th August 2010

Longstanding customers normally tell us that flavour is the main reason they buy our boxes, so we have to deliver. Mostly we do (I am proud of about 80% of what we sell about 90% of the time), but flavour is very hard to manage and requires constant vigilance to avoid slipping into safe but bland mediocrity. Flavour comes from... continued

Thursday 12th August 2010

There is no denying it; the organic market is on the slide. The rate of decline may have slowed from about 15% last year to perhaps 8% (depends on what you are measuring) but it is still slipping. The reason for organic’s fall from favour, according to marketing pundits quoted in last week’s Grocer magazine, is that we have failed... continued

Thursday 5th August 2010

As I write, the last lettuces are being planted into a perfect seedbed under a promisingly leaden sky. We would still like to see a little more rain, but it has been a very easy planting season, with moderate amounts of rain at the right time; enough moisture to get crops established without delaying the planting teams for more than... continued