June

Tuesday 5th May 2015

I am writing this from our French farm in the Vendée, where we are harvesting the best crop of fennel I've ever seen. The smell as it rolls onto the lorry along with the last of the bunched carrots and courgettes is wonderful. It’s a far cry from last year, when inclement weather, inexperience and some bad luck resulted in... continued

Thursday 23rd June 2011

It has been a wonderfully bright and dry spring and early summer, making it easy to plant, hoe and harvest without interruption. However, after less than two inches of rain in three months, as the longest day passes we've now had almost five inches in ten days - with more on the way. The parched ground gratefully sucked it down... continued

Thursday 23rd June 2011

For me, pottering around the kitchen, pulling together real food while listening to the radio, is one of life’s pleasures. The BBC Food Programme is often my company of choice, and being meat-obsessed, last week’s edition had me particularly absorbed. ‘Burgers and Meat’ explored how, over the last hundred years or so, the iconic burger has changed our attitude to... continued

Thursday 16th June 2011

There are some foods that need a little work to get the best from them, and in this hot-stepping world of ready meals, phone apps and instant gratification, at times it can seem an inconvenience. Spending time podding broad beans when a bag of pre-prepped supermarket veg could have you plonked in front of the TV in minutes seems madness... continued

Friday 10th June 2011

Last night we were voted Best Online Retailer in the Observer Ethical Awards for the second year in a row, voted for by the public. The award was presented by The Observer’s Lucy Siegle at a ceremony at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London on Thursday 9th June. Other hosts of the awards were actor Colin Firth and model... continued

Thursday 9th June 2011

For the hardcore seasonal eater with localist tendencies, the waiting and self-deprivation is over. With new season broad beans, carrots, potatoes, basil, gooseberries, a few artichokes and cucumbers already here with much to follow, it’s a great time of year for growers and cooks. Those first strawberries would never taste so good if they seamlessly followed Spanish Elsanta. Meanwhile, we... continued

Thursday 9th June 2011

As we head towards the Summer Solstice, the days have really drawn out and we’ve had some really good sunshine, but still not enough rain. Irrigation seems to be never-ending this year; even though we had 21.5mm in May (compared to 22.5mm last year), it all came in one week, and followed only 3.5mm in April. Summer crops have started... continued

Thursday 9th June 2011

There has been a lot mentioned about the weather in the newsletters over the past month so I am only going to mention it briefly, and in a positive way! The UK apple season normally starts around 20th August, however the very dry and warm temperatures through March, April and May has caused the trees to blossom earlier and start... continued

Thursday 9th June 2011

I know that farmers have a reputation for moaning, but I’m afraid I’m going to start this newsletter off with just that; if it’s not drought, it’s wind! We’ve been sowing successive crops of kohl rabi and summer cabbages for the past couple of months, but the first two batches have come to sticky end. The big winds we had... continued

Thursday 9th June 2011

Does the e-coli outbreak have any implications for Riverford customers? We are watching the situation but we're confident there's nothing for Riverford customers to worry about: cases have been confined to one part of Germany, the UK cases being people who have travelled there we know exactly where all our produce comes from and how it is grown. As a... continued