Vital Veg, organic farm, seedlings

Newsletter 10 May 2021

On the farm
An upwards shift in temperature is cause for celebration here! Our first beetroots and carrots are up, and this means that the subsequent sowings will be pushing through the soil very soon because it is getting warmer each day. With the lovely damp, warming soil things are really looking up, and the frozen months are becoming a distant memory!

This week we will be planting out the first of our outdoor brassicas. Sown at the end of March we have red cabbage, sweetheart cabbage, summer savoys and summer cauliflowers ready go into the field. These will be ready to harvest in 65 to 90 days, depending on the variety. We will be planting out brassicas steadily from now until July to make sure that there is a good supply for your tables right through until this time next spring.

Kale flowers
This weeks’ kale contains many unopened flowers. These are lovely and sweet, and rather like Tenderstem broccoli. Try a few raw in a salad (or just for snacking on!). We won’t have these available for long because once the flowers open the lovely yellow petals attract many pollen beetles (tiny black beetles). While these are harmless if you inadvertently eat them, they are probably best left for the birds. We will try not to include them in you orders!

Nominate us?
If you enjoy your veg box, and like what we do, could you consider nominating us for the BBC Food and Farming Awards? Following on from our entry into the Finest Farm Woodland awards a few weeks ago we are buoyed with enthusiasm for competitions. We were runners up to Yeo Valley in the BBC Food and Farming awards way back in 2008, and perhaps it is time to have another go at the Title! We are a modest little business, cropping less than 5 acres of veg in any one year. But from that land we reckon that we feed about 400 people every week for 50 weeks a year come rain, snow or shine. We are unusual in this part of the country in that we grow most of the vegetables in our veg boxes ourselves, rather than buying them from wholesalers. Alongside people, we help feed an increasing amount of wildlife too! Learn more about us on our website and social media. If you would like to give us your vote you can do so here (by 17th May):
https://www.bbc.co.uk/send/u76870125
Thanks!

RETURNING YOUR EMPTY BOXES
We have just been told that the price of our cardboard boxes is going up by 7.5%. It really helps us keep our own prices level if you can return our boxes in good condition – please wipe them clean and leave them out for us to collect when your next delivery is due. THANK YOU