November

Thursday 24th November 2011

It’s difficult to think of a vegetable given a harder time than the humble sprout. However if you look beyond the vociferous haters, there is a quiet uprising of sprout believers who (quite rightly) think it’s bonkers to only eat them on Christmas Day. Of all the edible brassicas such as cabbage, cauliflower, swede and broccoli, Brussels sprouts have retained... continued

Thursday 17th November 2011

When I established our co-operative of organic farmers in 1997, it took all my persuasive efforts and bullish determination to convince the nine co-founders to turn their backs on agrichemicals. Although we made mistakes along the way, it’s hugely satisfying to now see their farms (many of which would not have been viable without the co-op) thriving and reinvesting in... continued

Thursday 10th November 2011

Last week our Spanish orange season started with the arrival of our first load of fruit from Al Arbuli, a cooperative of 40 family farms in the hills bordering the desert behind Almeria. They are headed up by Ginés, who has been our main citrus grower for the last three years; he’s rather more modest than the Man from Del... continued

Thursday 3rd November 2011

Your organic milk, cream, butter and brie comes from Acorn Dairy in Yorkshire. The Tweddle family has farmed at Archdeacon Newton for four generations, since 1928. They began to deliver milk in the 1930s but like many small dairies were gradually pushed out by larger dairy businesses. They began converting to organic status in 1998 and Gordon and Linda Tweddle... continued

Thursday 3rd November 2011

Your organic milk, cream, butter and brie comes from Acorn Dairy near Darlington. The Tweddle family has farmed at Archdeacon Newton for four generations, since 1928, and weíve been working with them since Home Farm started selling vegboxes almost 5 years ago. They began delivering milk in the 1930s but like many small dairies were gradually pushed out by larger... continued

Thursday 3rd November 2011

Our new pride and joy is a three acre polytunnel. Gone are the days of pedestrian rotavators and rakes; we can get a full sized tractor in this beauty. It was completed last month, planted the next day and we are already picking from it. For the winter it is sown with salad leaves, and the investment will allow us... continued

Thursday 3rd November 2011

As we drift towards winter and start pulling our woollies and fleeces out of the wardrobe, it’s not long before our thoughts turn towards Christmas. You may think it is still a little early, but for us, thoughts of the festive period started months ago, as we planned what crops we’d need to have ready to load your tables come... continued