hot, hot, hot...
The irrigation is running at full bore and the pickers, all but naked by noon, seem to be
enjoying it while developing some great tans. For the less hardy, sorting an order in the
cold room suddenly seems like an attractive option. Sunshine and hot, still, humid air by
day, plus warm nights, provide the ideal combination for many crops and, after weeks of
miserable cold weather, most are catching up fast.
The first of our own courgettes will be in the fruit and veg box and I guarantee that you
will notice the difference in flavour compared with the imported ones. The spring-sown
carrots are almost there and though they are still a bit on the small side, they make an
appearance in the mini, medium and large this week, then all the boxes from next week.
The variety is Junior, which develops a fantastic flavour on our soils and over the years, has
earned us a national reputation for our carrots. I am not a fan of baby vegetables; good as
they are now, I think you will find that the carrots improve over the next few weeks as they
mature. Junior breaks very easily and must be harvested by hand. They will be in your
boxes as bunched carrots through to September.
My office is so hot that I am writing this in the evening sun, beside one of our reservoirs.
The ground is heaving with a biblical exodus of baby toads as they emerge from the water
and make their way towards the strawberry field. How they know where to go is a mystery
but that is the general direction and it is always the same, only more of them, each year.
We used to have a real slug problem, often loosing a third of the early strawberries. Now
we loose hardly any and I am sure that this migration is the reason; what sluggish mollusc
would stand a chance confronted with an onslaught of hundreds of thousands of hungry,
hopping toads looking for their first meal on dry land.
Riverford Summer Pudding Bag