December

Monday 5th December 2011

a word from Guy on Christmas deliveries and frozen veg So far we have managed to make most deliveries and the boxes have been looking OK as they leave the farm; not our best but pretty good under the circumstances. All the roots are now harvested for the Christmas boxes but we are really struggling with the brussels sprouts, savoys... continued

Wednesday 15th December 2010

2010 has been a good growing year and a good year for vegboxes. It started cold and icy, making deliveries difficult, but the veg held up well in the fields. We had a wonderfully dry and bright spring, allowing all the early planting to be done on time. We also filled some of the hungry gap of April and May... continued

Thursday 9th December 2010

The year started cold and looks as if it will end the same way. For the last two weeks, harvesting and delivering veg has required thermals, pickaxes, salt and true grit. Your box contents and delivery times may have varied but it is a huge credit to the tenacity of our pickers, packers and drivers that over 98% of deliveries... continued

Friday 3rd December 2010

We're doing our best to deliver through the snow and ice but conditions are particularly bad in some areas. We'll do all we can to get in touch if we're having problems getting to you or you can call your vegman/lady directly or customer services on 01803 762059. some Thursday deliveries delayed to Friday + Friday deliveries delayed to Saturday... continued

Thursday 2nd December 2010

The recent run of northeasterly winds has sent temperatures plummeting and brought growth for the year to an abrupt end. Fortunately, we managed to harvest the celeriac, the last big harvesting job of the year, in the nick of time, just before the first hard frost that would have damaged the roots. For the first time in months we are... continued

Thursday 2nd December 2010

Thanks to its mild climate, the west of the country is normally the best place to grow cauliflowers and winter brassicas. But this year I managed to talk one of our local growers in Hampshire into trialling his first crop. Until a week ago all was looking good. As I write, his cauli is fighting for its life as unusually... continued

Thursday 2nd December 2010

As the temperatures drop sub-zero, I’d better start with the positives. The first bonus is that the parsnips will be sweeter than ever. The flavour intensifies after a frost as the starch turns to sugar; -9°C should do it! As I write, the leeks are still loose enough to get out of the ground and the potatoes are safely in... continued

Thursday 2nd December 2010

Well, all I can say is I feel like hibernating. The temperature is -10°C already and due to get colder. It seems bizarre that just two weeks ago we were drilling the last of the corn into pretty dry ground. Admittedly it was out of grass, but what a difference a fortnight makes. Needless to say there isn’t much showing... continued