Riverford Wicked Leeks

harvest festival

Last week the combines arrived to harvest the wheat and barley from our fields. We also started harvesting the main crop onions, coinciding with the traditional spurt of harvest festival activity of gathering in the corn. The other day I was looking up the origins of the harvest festival online and discovered that one of our local villages, Elton, was home to Reverend Piers Claughton, who apparently adopted the custom as part of the Church of England calendar in 1854. So it seems fit that we celebrate it here. In fact, I’d like to put in my vote for more harvest celebrations: asparagus in June, strawberries in July and apples in September. With the widespread availability of imported non-seasonal produce, it can be difficult to tell when the real seasons fall, but that’s what we hope to do with our boxes.

On the subject of traditions, Halloween is approaching, so put a date in your diary for our free Pumpkin Day at the farm on Saturday 23rd October from 12-6pm. We will have all sorts of activities to keep you entertained, from picking your own pumpkin to pumpkin carving, tractor rides and veg games, as well as cooking demos and the chance to meet your local growers and producers. We hope to see you then.

recycling – please help us and the environment
If all our vegboxes were returned, we could more than halve their environmental impact. This is what we would like you to do:

  • Vegboxes: fold flat by pushing the ends in so the bottom goes down (not up into the box) and leave out for collection.
  • Plastic bags: leave out in your vegbox for us to recycle.
  • Paper bags and punnets: reuse as seed trays, lunch bags, compost bin liners etc, then compost, or put out for recycling with your paper (if clean).
  • Meatbox packaging: we’d like the box, gel packs and insulated liner back for reuse. Anything that has touched the meat must go out with your rubbish.
  • Plastic punnets: we use few of these so do not have a recycling route. Please put them out with the rest of your rubbish.

Gordon Twigg, General Manager