Vital Veg, organic farm, leeks

Newsletter 3 June 2019

On the farm

The leeks are in - hurrah! And so are more cauliflower, broccoli and summer cabbages, planted before we got rained off at the end of last week.  This week we will be back out on the planter again with more summer and autumn brassicas.  We hope to plant out the courgettes too.  They had a close shave with last week’s frost and we are glad that we held off planting them out.  Indoors the cucumbers are scrambling up their strings and the leafy veg are looking great.

 

Now that temperatures are on the rise things are really starting to grow, including all the weeds!  This week we welcome our summer students who will help us to weed and thin the swedes, parsnips, carrots and beetroots which all have to be done by hand.  No small task as we have getting on for 3 km of row crops (if you put them all end to end!).

 

Potatoes

We had hoped to buy in some new-season British potatoes, but sadly there are still none to be had in the independent organic supply chain.  We could have bought some from Spain but in our experience these don’t travel well.  New potatoes don’t have firm skins and can desiccate quickly.  They are much more costly than the old season potatoes, so we have chosen to stay with the local ones from last season.  These too are soft, but they are much better value, taste good and have a fraction of the food miles of the Spanish ones. We hope you agree.  If you do have any tatties that you feel are beyond it just let us know and we will adjust the fee for your box.

 

Nature walks at Vital Veg

Our farm is looking ever more beautiful and filled with life.  Over the 20 years we have been here we have been planting trees and wildflowers and are now rewarded with wonderful birds and other creatures.  We are talking to wildlife experts to see if we can arrange a series of walks on the farm, such are birdlife, trees and flowers, animal tracks and signs, bats and moths, spiders, and so on.  We would be interested to hear from anyone with expertise to lead walks for us.  If this is you, please get in touch.  If you are interested in coming on a guided walk on our farm watch this space