Organic lettuce, Vital Veg, Aberdeenshire

Newsletter 2nd July 2018

On the Farm
Still dry for the field crops…  not much more to say, other than that we’d obviously love some rain!  And in the meantime we are enjoying the sunshine and trying not to worry about lost growth. 

Hot boxes
This hot weather can be taxing for the veg in their boxes.  They leave our farm in peak condition, but might wilt if they are not protected while they are waiting for you to come home.  Now would be a good time to think about a cool box large enough to take your veg box, or at the least a wet towel left for us to drape over the box.  If you need to tell us of a change in the place that you would like us to leave the box (more shady) then please email us your new instructions.

Soil Association Inspection
We have just had (and passed) our annual inspection by the Soil Association, who provide our organic certification.  This involves a detailed audit of our supply chain, along with a thorough inspection of the farm itself.  It is time consuming, but is actually just one of many inspections that we have.  We have visits from Rural Payments and Inspections, SEPA, Environmental Health, Trading Standards and the Woodland Trust.  Some of the visits are annual or regular checks, and some are unannounced spot checks.  All this creates quite a mass of paperwork, and by odd chance visits often seem to coincide with our busiest periods working with the veg.  Never a dull moment!

New potatoes
Last years’ potato crop is now completely eaten and we are on to new potatoes bought in from organic growers in the south, where crops are ahead of ours.  Because these are scarce the price is high, as with the new-season carrots.  The amount in your boxes is reduced accordingly.  One other thing to be aware of with new potatoes is that they dry out much quicker than main-crop tatties.  This is because they are lifted before the skin has had time to set, and so they lose moisture much more easily.  The same tendency to lose water easily is true of early carrots, especially if they have been pre-washed, which many are.  We recommend that you eat them soonish after delivery, or at least keep them somewhere cool and covered.

See some pictures and videos of the farm
I hope that you enjoy reading about the farm in these newsletters.  We like to give you an insight into what goes on behind the scenes in filling your boxes with veg every week.  If you want to see pictures we put new ones up on our facebook page regularly.  Have a peek if you have not already done so!