Newsletter 10th January 2022

Happy New Year!
So, what will 2022 bring I wonder? Personally I am hoping for a great growing season, with just the right balance of sunshine and showers. Enough breeze to ruffle to leys, but not to damage the crops or to take our crop covers to new and unexpected locations! I am wishing for a “proper” spring – one that lasts more than a day at the end of March. And before that an agreeable amount of frost, with any serious snowfalls reserved for the hills in the distance.

Well, here’s hoping! Time will tell of course. Not one of our 17 growing seasons at Vital Veg has been the same as any of the ones that have gone before. Some have been wet, others dry. Some sunny, and others dull. Sometimes the summer has started late, or ended late, or started early – or ended early. Sometimes it has been hot. Sometimes it has been cold – notably in 2010 when our French intern was horrified that the summer temperature was barely into double figures. The one pattern that has seemed to be forming though, over this relatively brief period, is the loss of spring. We do seem to lurch from winter in March into blazing April. Will it happen again in 2022? Such a sudden change makes our work much more of a challenge because we have to care for plants through lumpy weather, and make sure that they are at the right growth stage to match the conditions when we take our transplants out of the nursery tunnel and plant them into the field. Never a dull moment so our dear friend Chris likes to say!

Anyway, whatever happens here, we wish you all a great 2022, and hope that all your wishes come true.

This weeks’ potatoes
This weeks’ potatoes are Bambino – a slightly waxy potato that will hold together well when boiled. You can also use it for baking and roasting, but it is not a fluffy as the more floury varieties. Medium, large, basic and jumbo boxes also contain a bag of our speciality variety, Mayan Gold. This is a very floury variety, and will dissolve if boiled for long, but it has a lovely fluffy flesh if baked or roasted.
It is popular for its unique taste, with a nutty flavor, and is an exceptional variety for chips, crisp and roast. The little ones are especially good roasted halved or whole. It is not one to boil though as it tends to disintegrate in water.

The cost of cardboard is soaring. It really helps us keep our own prices stable if you can return our boxes regularly and in good condition – please wipe them clean and leave them out for us to collect when your next delivery is due. THANK YOU