Over at Neilston this week, we’ve been mostly:
- Finishing off our outdoor courgette beds and planting out
- Hanging strings from our polytunnel to support our cucumbers
- Trying out different pruning techniques for our pepper and chilli plants
We still have lots of work to do catching up with our planting schedule but it’s nice to stop a brief moment and admire the progress of many of our crops. Great to get our first small courgette harvest this week. Tomatoes shouldn’t be far behind with lots of green fruit just waiting for some sustained sunshine to ripen them. We also have lots of flowers on our French and broad bean plants, hopefully lots of beans will follow.
We’re stretching the definition of the ‘foreign’ veg bags at the moment, as we’re starting to see an abundance of exciting new season produce from the UK. The carrots and coriander in the small and standard respectively are from our very own Left Field. Throughout the season, we’re going to be reserving the slightly more expensive UK grown produce for the additional ‘foreign’ veg bags that wouldn’t make in the veg boxes otherwise due to their price, and will return to using veg from further afield later in the year.
The Open Food Network is now open for orders to be delivered with next weeks boxes.
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In the veg boxes today:
small: potatoes, cucumber, tomatoes, salad
standard: potatoes, bunch of onions, cucumber, tomatoes, broad beans, salad, parsley
large: potatoes, bunch of onions, artichoke OR asparagus, cucumber, tomatoes, broad beans, chestnut mushrooms, rainbow chard and salad
extra large: potatoes, bunch of onions, courgettes, cucumber, tomatoes, broad beans, chestnut mushrooms, cavolo nero, rainbow chard, spinach, salad
fruit #1: cherries
fruit #2: apricots OR oranges
fruit #3: blueberries
fruit #4: Spartain apples
fruit #5: nectarines
small foreign: bunch of carrots, avocado, red pepper,
standard foreign: coriander, avocado, celery, red pepper
The Locavore Team