local food hero - it could be us!

The foodie TV channel, UK TV Food, have announced their shortlist for the Local Food Hero Awards 2006 and both River Nene and our sister farm Riverford have been nominated. The idea of the awards is that customers and viewers can go online and vote, nominate and post a review. The campaign is led by Gary Rhodes and aimed at those places that keep folk in cities, towns, hamlets, and villages, well-fed and happy with the best of regional food. The companies who receive the most votes by 21st August 2006 will be short listed for the final and everyone who places a vote will be entered into a prize draw to win one of 10 British food hampers.

The prize for the eventual winner will be one thing that will make a big difference to their business - from fridges to restaurants! So in shameless pursuit of glory (and possibly a new fridge for our fruit and vegetables) we are calling on all happy customers to lend us their support. You can vote and write a review at www.uktvfood.co.uk and give yourselves the chance to win a regional hamper from the show.

French beans

We asked you all last year what you felt had been lacking in the boxes as we travelled through the seasons. There seemed to be an overwhelming desire for more beans and peas. The peas are very difficult to grow and handle organically so we have just gone for a small trial of these to be available alongside the boxes. The French beans will start making their way into the boxes, from Nicholas Watts at Vine House Farm, from next week.

On it's way for August

As we head into August we will be adding some seasonal favourites to the extras list including; plums, Grenadiere cooking apples, chillies, French beans and fresh cut herbs. We will also be selling some locally-grown, organic peas for a very limited period (end of July and early August). Unfortunately we only have a very small supply, so check the website or talk to your local distributor for availability.

Rob Haward