July

Friday 27th July 2012

Down in the Vendée the maize is head-high and growing so fast you can almost hear it. We are picking sweetcorn (maize’s smaller, sweeter and less robust cousin) for your boxes a full six weeks ahead of the UK. Our season started well, with lettuce in March, but this was followed by a poor few months. Now, after some sun,... continued

Thursday 19th July 2012

Our crops are desperate for sunshine and an end to the deluge. July is our busiest month and, this year, mud is our biggest problem. In the next two weeks we must plant most of the leafy vegetables for harvesting from October through to next April. When it stops raining for long enough to move without everything clagging with mud,... continued

Thursday 12th July 2012

The story behind tomato farming offers a neat package of persuasion for anyone looking to encourage seasonal eating. Firstly, the complex, grassy flavour and aroma of a proper soil-grown British tomato is unmistakable, with no comparison to hydroponically produced (using a chemical solution of nutrients rather than living soil) hothouse equivalents. However the fact that their flavour has suffered in... continued

Thursday 5th July 2012

I have tried gathering wild rock samphire from the base of cliffs many times and, no matter what I tried culinary-wise, found it vile to eat. Imagine a flavour somewhere between chlorine and petrol and you’ll get the idea. Ignorant of the difference, I was initially sceptical when Chris Miller, one of our farming co-op members, first offered to harvest... continued