Riverford Wicked Leeks

winter is here

As the temperatures drop sub-zero, I’d better start with the positives. The first bonus is that the parsnips will be sweeter than ever. The flavour intensifies after a frost as the starch turns to sugar; -9°C should do it! As I write, the leeks are still loose enough to get out of the ground and the potatoes are safely in store, so warming leek and potato soup will be on the menu. Another positive is that, with the help of a snow plough attached to the front of the big 4-wheel drive tractor, we have managed to clear the farm road after the first significant snowfall of the year. All being well, we will deliver through the snow drifts as we managed to last year. Rest assured we will do our utmost; and if we do have problems getting through we will call you to reschedule a delivery as soon as the road is passable.

On the negative side, vegetables stop growing when the temperature drops below +8°C, so some crops, cauliflower for instance, won’t be ready for when we planned them to be. Most of the wildlife seems (sensibly) to have either migrated or hibernated, so we are cracking on with getting some of the farm jobs done in their absence. The first activity is hedge laying; a traditional technique for providing new growth in hedges to help protect livestock and crops. It is unbelievable how many different ways there are to lay a hedge and just about every county has its own style – maybe I could do with a book (Christmas present anyone?).

This is my last opportunity to remind you to get your order in for the festive season. We are offering everything you need to see you through the Christmas period (including gift ideas); browse through your product catalogue or look at the website for details of the full range. Stocks are limited so get your order in in plenty of time.

Gordon Twigg, General Manager


deliveries between christmas and new year
We’re taking a break with no deliveries between Christmas and New Year, so stock up on all you need in Christmas week (veg-wise, you’ll get best value by going up a box size).