In the bags this week:
Produce from: Hughes Organics (Norfolk), Breckland Organics (Norfolk B), Woodlands Organics (Lincolnshire), Riverdale Farm (Cambridgeshire) and other small farmers in East Anglia, Sarah Green (Essex), our Hawkwood Plant Nursery growing site (Chingford) and local ‘Cropshare’ growers. Produce occasionally comes from organic farmer and local wholesaler Perry Court Farm (Kent) and from organic wholesaler Langridge (especially non-UK fruit). Contents may vary due to availability.
Standard vegetable bags have Sante potatoes (Lincs), Bunched carrots, Spring onions, Courgette (Norfolk), Pointed Cabbage (Lincs), Mushrooms (Suffolk) and Mixed salad (Chingford). No potato bags have Globe Artichokes (Cambs) instead of Courgettes as well as Wet garlic (Chingford).
Large vegetable bags have same as standard with more potatoes, Spring onions (Tottenham), Globe artichokes and Round beans (Norfolk) instead of Pointed Cabbage plus Cucumbers (Kent). No potato bags have more Courgette and Mushrooms instead of Artichokes as well as Broad beans (Chingford).
Medium veg bags have Sante potatoes, Spring onions (Tottenham), Mixed salad (Enfield), Chard (Norfolk), Mushrooms (Suffolk) and Beetroot (Yorks). No potato bags have Celery (Norfolk) instead of Mushrooms plus Broad beans (Essex).
Small vegetable bags have Sante potatoes, Onions, Celery, Courgette (Norfolk) and Broad Beans (Chingford). No potato bags have Kale (Suffolk) and Mushrooms instead of Broad beans and Celery, plus Beetroot.
Standard fruit bags have bananas (Dominican Republic), Valencia oranges, lemons (Spain), Topaz apples (Kent) and Strawberries or Rhubarb (Chingford).
Medium fruit bags have bananas (Dominican Republic), Valencia oranges, Peaches (Spain) and Topaz apples (Kent).
Small fruit bags have bananas (Dominican Republic), Valencia oranges and Peaches (Spain).
About the Produce
Broad Beans (Chingford/Essex): We have a plentiful supply of Hawkwood Broad beans this week but we still couldn’t resist Sarah Green’s – like us they’ve been eating the beans straight from their pods in the field, they are so tender.
Onions (Tottenham): This week, green onions in our Standard and Medium bags come courtesy of Sandra at Living Under One Sun, and just in time. Despite the occasional glimpse of brown, these are milder than normal dried onions and suitable for eating cooked or raw. For very simple savoury breakfast pancakes – chop finely, add to grated potato and fry in a shallow pan with a few tablespoons of vegetable oil.
Strawberries (Chingford): Yes they are back just in time for the longest day of the year! These are Honeoye strawberries, an early variety favoured by organic growers because very resistant to pest and disease. Slightly less sweet than later varieties but just as tasty. The 5-6 week strawberry season makes a slow but sure start with some of our Standard fruit bags – we’ve subbed in some (final) rhubarb to the rest. Here’s to fiercer sun and bigger harvests. And please do keep giving us your yoghurt pots! (450g size, without lid).