June

Thursday 28th June 2012

I found Martin, our harvest manager of 14 years, pruning the rosemary outside the office this morning and asked him how things were going. “Croppageddon” he said with a resigned smile, and went back to his work. Botrytis-ridden strawberries, chocolate-spotted broad beans and mildewed onions. Nitrogen-hungry rocket, stunted pumpkins and rotting artichokes. Doom and despair. Will there be a summer... continued

Thursday 21st June 2012

The longest day has passed and still we are waiting for the veg. I know these newsletters are becoming a liturgy of doom but it’s been a dreadful three months. The boxes are starting to improve a little but, with so many early crops failing or underperforming in cold and waterlogged soil, they are nowhere near as good as we... continued

Thursday 7th June 2012

I have never seen such desire for cabbages from customers and friends as I have in recent weeks; absence clearly makes the stomach grow fonder. Delayed planting means we continue to be short of greens, so much so that I’ve been eating nettle tops, wild garlic, broad bean tops, and last night was gleaning in a field of seeding spring... continued