June

Friday 18th June 2010

This is being written in the Vendée, where the courgettes are growing so quickly that we have to pick them every day and even then the field is littered with discarded marrows that got away from us. The specification (35-50mm diameter) is the source of much mirth; my French is not up to much and I struggle to follow the... continued

Friday 18th June 2010

I’m sitting here in the sunshine; hopefully summer’s here. It has been absolutely manic on the farm. We’ve been planting brassicas, weeding the maincrop carrots, our onions and leeks are in and our bunched carrots are about three weeks away. Irrigation starts tomorrow. At Newby Wiske we’ve been quite lucky but eight miles away at Danby Wiske where we’re growing... continued

Friday 18th June 2010

With all the reports about football, budgets and oil spills it is a pleasure to write some happier organic news from Sacrewell Farm. The show season is underway so we’re out and about presenting our wares across the region. We’ll be at the Lincolnshire Show this week, followed by the Norfolk Show. Come and say hello if you’re there. You... continued

Friday 18th June 2010

As we move into summer the vegetables are going in and coming out well. We’re now into the early potatoes (maris bard) and I really think they taste wonderful. The brassicas have responded well to the rain, which makes it easier while we keep on with the planting. It also gives us a challenge with weeds, but dare I say... continued

Friday 11th June 2010

With the arrival of new season crops, the boxes are looking full and varied; we have bridged the hungry gap and as we get into summer the variety will only improve. The new potatoes are still from the Channel Islands but we start our own next week. Similarly, the bunched carrots in some boxes are the survivors of the largely... continued

Friday 11th June 2010

Riverford Organic won the award for Best Online Retailer at the 2010 Observer Ethical Awards in London on 10th June. Guy Watson (Riverford founder) and Vitha Shepard (PR) collected the award from Colin Firth at the V&A Museum. For a list of the winners, click <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/jun/10/observer-ethical-awards-winners">here</a>.... continued

Friday 11th June 2010

We have had a week enveloped in a haze of dandelion fluff. Finely-haired, parachuted seed borne aloft on summer updrafts, they swirl in the gentle breeze almost indefinitely, before settling in drifts. Irritating if that is in your tea or up a nostril and perhaps irritating for neighbouring conventional famers with their orderly, weed-free fields. Perhaps we should be concerned... continued

Friday 11th June 2010

From Monday 7th June we'll be selling Montezuma chocolate instead of Chocolate Alchemist as they have unfortunately stopped trading. If you have a regular order of Chocolate Alchemist, you will automatically get the new great tasting chocolate at the same price without having to do anything. Montezuma was founded in 2000 by ex-lawyers turned chocolate entrepreneurs, Helen and Simon Pattinson.... continued

Friday 11th June 2010

Despite being widely used in desserts, rhubarb is technically a vegetable; it’s a member of the polygonaceae family and related to sorrel. It has suffered in recent years along with many of Britain’s traditional crops as supermarkets started selling out-of-season produce from around the world. Rhubarb is an excellent crop to grow in Britain, enjoying cool climates and suffering very... continued