the good, the bad, and the endless pursuit of feedback
What a wonderful time it is for the discerning cook and grower. It fills me with joy to watch a stream of tractors drawing into the box barn from our fields, laden with dewy fresh beans, carrots, asparagus, spinach, potatoes, lettuce, cabbage and salad leaves. We are also now onto our own delicious Orla new potatoes, grown by John Walton at our very own Stockley Farm. Two appalling growing years forced us to import more than we would like, making it all the more gratifying to see the boxes again packed with local veg from us and our growers.
This year the challenge has been the early strawberries. Strawberries mark the start of summer and provoke Pavlovian dog style anticipation but, as in so many years, the first pickings had very disappointing flavour (more apologies; they were not bad enough to leave in the fields). Just as I was despairing and the first complaints started arriving, the flavour developed (no one knows why) and I am confident this will improve further as we get into the main season.
It is all very well me crowing from the rooftops about the boxes but we would really like to know what you think. For instance we spent quite a lot of time arguing about strawberry flavour last week (just how bad were they?). It would be great to have a quantifiable measure of what you thought. I