March

Friday 25th March 2011

Tweet It’s morning. You’re pouring milk over your cereal and a thick glob lands on your cornflakes as you tip the carton. What do you do? These days most people don’t expect to find cream in their milk, so many think this yellow blob mean it’s gone off. Homogenised milk is the norm today, and the cream... continued

Tuesday 22nd March 2011

First there was Riverford and then there was the sausage. Other than the occasional excursion into selling bags of farmyard manure and bunches of daffodils (we were a fairly entrepreneurial crew), pork and herb sausages formed the first product sold under the Riverford label. We had pigs on the farm in those days and were looking for a way of... continued

Friday 18th March 2011

Tweet In 1951 my father, a keen new Church of England tenant farmer, unloaded 36 Ayrshire cows at Staverton station here in Devon and walked them a mile up the road to Riverford Farm. This was the start of the enterprise which has been the backbone of our farm for sixty years. Initially we used traditional standings,... continued

Thursday 10th March 2011

Devotees of PSB (as she’s known to her friends) will have been pleased to see that this darling of winter veg has finally become available in recent weeks. Our planting schedule was designed to provide a relatively steady flow of the brassica from January, culminating in a ‘flush’ in late March and April. We plant varieties that harvest in consecutive... continued

Thursday 3rd March 2011

As the days lengthen and temperatures rise, the gardeners amongst you will be getting the urge to sow, dig and plant. This spring our co-op of growers and associated farmers will plant over 2 million plants, 100 million seeds and 100 tons of seed potatoes in a bid to keep your boxes filled over the coming year. Whether growing in... continued