November

Thursday 25th November 2010

Some of you may have noticed a Riverford vegbox in the national newspapers last week. Not in an article about organic vegetables, nor in a review about our Field Kitchen restaurant, but this time as an integral part of Santa Claus' sledge, captured on camera travelling through the stratosphere. Out of the blue, the media got hold of a project... continued

Friday 19th November 2010

A Riverford potato has hit the national news today, as it went up into space in a high altitude weather balloon with a vegbox sleigh. ‘Spudnik’ is the brainchild of our IT guy Alex, his friend Chester and our local primary school Landscove, whose kids provided ideas and also designed the festive costume. The plucky potato was launched at 9.30am... continued

Thursday 18th November 2010

Most citrus fruit ripens in the winter, requiring cold nights to develop skin colour and flavour, so through the summer our oranges come from the Southern Hemisphere. Oranges maintain an appearance of freshness in cold store for months, but by the time the fruit has been picked, graded and shipped it has been off the tree for too long and... continued

Thursday 11th November 2010

They were the most disliked vegetable in our kids’ summer challenge, but Brussels sprouts are back with a vengeance this year. Sprouts are one of the most challenging crops to grow organically, but this year the growing season has been kind and we expect yields to be up 25%. A good spring helped to get Peter’s crop established and then... continued

Monday 8th November 2010

The first of our homegrown sprouts are in the boxes this week; they are looking and tasting fantastic. Most of them will come on the stalk, with a few loose. Like last year, they have come quite early; the first variety is about three weeks ahead of what we’d expect. It has been a good growing season, with pretty warm... continued

Thursday 4th November 2010

This is a busy time of year for picking veg; and with most being harvested by hand it is a pretty labour intensive task. But the abundance of good quality produce makes it worth the effort. The run up to Christmas begins with the start of the long-awaited sprouts. The crop for the boxes is looking fantastic. I always get... continued

Thursday 4th November 2010

Winter seldom comes to Devon much before Christmas; this mild and protracted descent into winter is known as a “long back end” in farming circles. The fields take on a pallid, washed out colour, but with a warm and active soil; the leeks, cabbage, kale and cauliflower keep on growing unabated in the declining light. We are clearing the last... continued

Thursday 4th November 2010

The clocks going back always signals the start of winter for me. It may be getting colder and darker, but it is also time to start enjoying soups, casseroles and other warming dishes. Root crop season has started on the farm. We have had a frost so the parsnips are tasting great (cold weather causes some of the starch in... continued

Thursday 4th November 2010

It was great to see so many of you at our pumpkin day at the end of October. We had a brilliant day with demos from Riverford Cooks, farm walks, pumpkin carving, storytelling, face painting and lots more. I hope to see everyone again in April for our Easter egg hunt. We have had requests for some of the recipes... continued

Friday 29th October 2010

My father never got on with sheep (“always looking for a new way to die”), so every morning and evening he milked 30 Ayrshire cows on our farm. In the 60 years since, the rule of farming has been to get bigger or get out, so my brother and sister now milk 250 cows at Riverford. When the local dairy... continued