Vital Veg, organic farm

Newsletter 21 December 2020

Thank You
Thank you, Dear Customer, for choosing to buy your fresh produce from Vital Veg in 2020. We know that you have many possible sources to choose from, and we really appreciate that you chose us.

It has been a tough year for everyone. The vegetables, of course, help to keep us focused, and we are lucky to be able to work outside in beautiful surroundings (even when it is raining!). But it is your lovely messages that have really helped to keep us looking on the bright side this year 

Your custom pays the Vital Veg Team, and also the wonderful local people who underpin the foundations of our business. The neighbour who ploughs for us, our local fencer, our local mechanic and many other local people who have the wider skills and solutions for the challenges that arise on our farm during a growing season.

Every year we invest proceeds from the veg boxes into making Vital Veg better in some way or other. A new piece of equipment, or a solution to make the hard work of producing vegetables more comfortable. But over the years we have also invested time and resources into making our little farm a better place for wildlife as well as for people. This is because we believe that human food crops are a part of nature, and that in order for them to thrive they need thriving nature amongst and around them. We have been privileged to watch the wildlife move back onto our farm since we stated work here 16 years ago. There is still much to do, and we have many plans still to unfold.

Next year we hope to launch Friends of Tillydaff - a way to share with you this wonderful place that you have helped to create through your custom. Given the uncertainties from COVID this may be simply sharing photographs and videos in the first instance. But we do hope to be able to invite you onto the farm to enjoy watching the wildlife that lives here. Those of you who are regular readers of this newsletter know that this is an aspiration we have had for a while, but hopefully it is not too long away now.

So, Dear Customer, please know that when a box of Vital Veg arrives on your doorstep, it is not just a box of organic produce, it is the heartbeat of some of the very finest things in life – a strong community, thriving nature and health-giving food. Wishing you and your family all the very best for a healthy, happy and peaceful 2021.

First deliveries of 2021
We take a two-week break each year over Christmas and New Year, to recharge batteries and take stock for the new season. We will begin deliveries again in week beginning 11th January. If you are a fortnightly customer and have a delivery in Christmas week then your next box will arrive week beginning 18th January.

Potatoes
This week’s potatoes are Colleen. Very good for roasting and chips, but boil well too.