a hungry gap and real food

We are moving into the “hungry gap”; the few weeks of April and May between the end of the old season crops and the first harvest of the new season plantings. Enjoy the last of the old; there is an abundance of leeks, cauliflower and purple sprouting broccoli in the boxes this week (and perhaps next) but that will be the last you see of them. On the off chance you have already had enough, try the wonderful sweet and sour cauliflower and leeks recipe (on this newsletter) that we’ve been serving in the Field Kitchen; a warm salad of blanched curds and shanks with a sharp, sweet vinaigrette.

Other crops are running about two weeks late and were it not for our Vendéen horticultural venture we would be struggling to bridge the gap with woody swedes. The French farm is already producing plenty of little gem and batavia lettuces and we will soon be moving on to the spinach, chard, fennel and celery, helping to bridge the gap without having to go further south.

real food festival

We will be at the Real Food Festival at Earl’s Court in London from 7-10th May. I’m not a big fan of food festivals but this is a good one; there is plenty to see, do and taste and it is a great place to meet producers from around the world. It is also where we first met our coffee supplier, the charming Armando, who sidled up to us last year with a cup of his espresso. This year we are bringing our Field Kitchen restaurant up from Devon so you can taste some fantastic seasonal dishes cooked by Jane Baxter and her team. Armando will be back, along with Heron Valley (whose juice we sell) and my brother Ben. Jane and I will also be taking to the stage on Sunday for a cookery demo. The Real Food Festival is offering Riverford customers a standard ticket for £7.50 or a VIP ticket for £13, saving you £7.50. To book call 0871 231 0827 and quote ‘RIV287’.

Guy Watson

last week of the roots + greens box

The roots + greens box is finishing at the end of this week, 1st May. It will be back in September. Try a medium box instead, or ask your vegman/lady if you need help choosing an alternative.