July

Thursday 21st July 2011

Three years ago, based on an environmental study with Exeter University, we took the decision to phase out our use of tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers from heated glasshouses, however local. Maintaining a temperature of 20˚C in single-glazed glasshouses in frosty January is completely insane, making these easily the most environmentally damaging crops we sold. Without heat we can plant in... continued

Thursday 14th July 2011

After four years at Riverford on Upper Norton Farm, James MacGregor has moved down to the original Riverford farm in Devon, to manage the site where it all started. James has worked hard in setting up Riverford in Hampshire, turning a building site into a thriving business today, and I’m sure you will all join me in wishing him well... continued

Thursday 14th July 2011

A cool and cloudy month may not have been great for lying on the beach, but it’s been ideal for planting out. The last three weeks have seen 3,000,000 mollycoddled leeks, cabbages, cauliflower and purple sprouting broccoli plants torn from their humid nursery, separated from their siblings and fed through our planting machines. Once placed in a trench, wheels firm... continued

Thursday 7th July 2011

July sees a cascade of beans tumble in from our fields, yet despite the colour and variety they bring to our tables, it’s not uncommon for people to see beans as boring. Limit your experience to the contents of a pre-sliced pack and that’s not surprising; they’ve already lost half their story as they are plonked in a pan. These... continued

Wednesday 29th June 2011

At my nephew’s 21st birthday last month, my niece had prepared a wonderful potato, broad bean and mint salad. When I smugly commented on how good the potatoes were, there was an embarrassed silence followed by the admission that she had bought them elsewhere because she didn’t think our first earlies were very good. I was mortified and spent the... continued