March

Monday 10th May 2010

As spring draws near you have to hand it to the daffodils, at the first sign of sun there they are, popping their heads above the ground. What a shock they... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Leeks were the first crop that we grew on a substantial scale in Devon and they are still an important staple at all of our farms, keeping the boxes full through winter and a providing a welcome bit of greenery amid all those wintry roots. We will be lifting leeks for a few weeks yet, so enjoy them before they... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Our boxes are reused on average four times, are made from 95% recycled materials and are recycled at the end of their lives but, surprisingly, still account for 10% of our carbon footprint (similar to the lorries delivering the boxes). In the long run we may move to plastic boxes as a more durable and lower impact solution. Preliminary calculations... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Leeks were the first crop that we grew on a substantial scale in Devon and they are still an important staple at all of our farms, keeping the boxes full through winter and a providing a welcome bit of greenery amid all those wintry roots. We will be lifting leeks for a few weeks yet, so enjoy them before they... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

As a grower in the 90s, when supermarkets first started selling organic produce, I got used to regular abuse from ambitious supermarket buyers with no knowledge of or interest in vegetables, let alone farming. Quite apart from the unpleasantness, the relentless pursuit of short-term profit and resulting lack of trust made it impossible to develop a business that could deliver... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

As I sit writing to you the sun is shining, and dare I say that it looks and feels like spring. I am hopeful that the soil will soon be warm and inviting enough to bear next season... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Our boxes are reused on average four times, are made from 95% recycled materials and are recycled at the end of their lives but, surprisingly, still account for 10% of our carbon footprint (similar to the lorries delivering the boxes). In the long run we may move to plastic boxes as a more durable and lower impact solution. Preliminary calculations... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

The first cabbage plants were sown back in November and had a relatively easy winter huddled together in trays under heated glass. A fortnight ago they were brought outside to harden off for a few days before being separated from their brethren and fed into a planter before finding themselves standing alone, exposed to the full force of a dry,... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

The winter has passed with barely a moan of excessive cauliflower, kale or cabbage. The optimist in me attributes this to a rising appreciation of the culinary possibilities of our indigenous winter greens, but experience tells me low temperatures and a resulting paucity of supply has more to do with it. The plants that survived the big chill are now... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

We have been planting on our farm south of the Loire in the northern Vend... continued