Veg Box Newsletter 20/1/2020: It’s time for marmalade!

Hello Folks,

What a busy week we’ve had! We’ve got lots of improvements going on behind the scenes here at Veg Box HQ, and are excited for our veg boxes and our service to be better than ever soon. Meanwhile, we’ve been putting together lovely boxes for you for this week to brighten the grey January days. In the veg boxes, we’ve got much-missed kale (it’s been a while!), mushrooms, squash, and parsnips. Lately, I’ve been making a lot of macaroni cheese with sauteed kale stirred through. My mushrooms will top this coconut yogurt flatbread– I’ve been really enjoying Meera Sodha’s recipes lately. I’m a little tired of roasted parsnips, so mine will go with the carrots, onions, and swede into a stew with lots of herbs and some fluffy, light dumplings on top.

Marmalade!

One of the many joys of eating seasonally is those special things that come round for a short time each year. They never stop feeling like a treat. And I’m particularly excited that it’s finally seville orange season! It’s time to make marmalade!

We’re offering organic bitter seville oranges from a farm called Ave Maria. One of our suppliers visited them last year, and made a short video of the farm. It looks like the most beautiful place. Nearly as beautiful as the marmalade we’ll make with their oranges.

If you’d like to order the oranges, email us with the kilo amount by 9am on Monday 27th January. The oranges are priced at £2.80 per kilogram. The oranges will then go out with orders that week. If you’re a fortnightly or a monthly customer and you’re not due for an order that week but still want bitter oranges, let us know and we can work something out.

I’ll be sharing my grandma’s recipe for marmalade this week, but if you have a recipe you love I want to hear it too- join in on our marmalade thread in the Facebook group.

Good Food Fund

Thank you to all our customers who continue to donate to the Good Food Fund. In December we sent out £1066.46 worth of produce to our partners. They work with people who are living in food poverty from a variety of backgrounds. Currently your donations support: Al Farooq Education and Community Centre, Auldhouse Community Food Bank, Central and West Integration Network, Gal Gael, Govan Community Project, Govanhill Community Canteen, The Marie Trust, Queen’s Park Govanhill Parish Church Foodbank, The Space (Govanhill). Unlike supermarkets, we don’t make a profit on your donations.

Events

Monday, January 27th 7.30 – 9.30 pm
Feeding Scotland – Working towards food sovereignty
Film screening and panel discussion
Two films by Zev Robinson

Chefs Challenge –
a short documentary about this recent initiative by the Glasgow Community Food Network that challenged Glasgow restaurants to compete using Glasgow grown ingredients.

Glasgow Diet –
a 35 min interview based film that explores factors that contributed to the development of the Scottish diet and showcases initiatives that are working towards change.

Panel discussion –
Can we feed Scotland?
Abi Mordin – Glasgow Community Food Network & Propagate
Reuben Chesters – Locavore
Scott Erwin – GreenCity Wholefoods
Zev Robinson – The Art and Politics of Eating

The discussion will explore the role of local food producers and distributors in developing visions for food sovereignty in Scotland. How much of its own food could Scotland produce and what would this mean for our diet? How does working towards food sovereignty sit with notions of national independence? What is our vision for progressive trade relations?

Get your tickets here.

Monthly Specials

This week, our treat boxes fly out to those of you subscribed to em, full of lovely things like fennel chocolate and chickpea flips.

Next week, it’s the 5th week of the month (counting by Fridays) so no monthly specials are being sent out. The following week, we’ve got our meat boxes, so let us know if you’d like a monthly delivery of organic meat from local farms. You can learn more about our monthly special boxes here.

Check out storage guidance here for helpful tips and tricks on how to prolong the life of your fresh produce. If you’re wondering where your veg comes from, have a look at these maps. You can also join your fellow subscribers over in the Facebook group and check out our Veggiepedia!

To contact us, ring 0141 378 1672 or email us at subscribers@glasgowlocavore.org


In the veg boxes this week:

Subject to last minute changes

Small veg box Farm Organic Certifier
Carolus Potatoes Chapel Farm Soil Association
Onions Chapel Farm Soil Association
Carrots Chapel Farm Soil Association
Parsnips Chapel Farm Soil Association
Kale Home Farm, Ipswich Soil Association
White Mushrooms Orchard Organics, Armagh Soil Association
Standard veg box Farm Organic Certifier
Carolus Potatoes Chapel Farm Soil Association
Onions Chapel Farm Soil Association
Carrots Chapel Farm Soil Association
Parsnips Chapel Farm Soil Association
Swede Chapel Farm Soil Association
Beetroot Chapel Farm Soil Association
Kale Home Farm, Ipswich Soil Association
White Mushrooms Orchard Organics, Armagh Soil Association
Claytonia Locavore Left Field Soil Association
Large veg box Farm Organic Certifier
Carolus Potatoes Chapel Farm Soil Association
Onions Chapel Farm Soil Association
Carrots Chapel Farm Soil Association
Parsnips Chapel Farm Soil Association
Swede Chapel Farm Soil Association
Beetroot Chapel Farm Soil Association
Kale Home Farm, Ipswich Soil Association
White Mushrooms Orchard Organics, Armagh Soil Association
Onion Squash Bedlam Farms, Cambridgeshire Soil Association
Extra Large veg box Farm Organic Certifier
Carolus Potatoes Chapel Farm Soil Association
Onions Chapel Farm Soil Association
Carrots Chapel Farm Soil Association
Parsnips Chapel Farm Soil Association
Tundra Cabbage Chapel Farm Soil Association
Swede Chapel Farm Soil Association
Beetroot Chapel Farm Soil Association
Kale Home Farm, Ipswich Soil Association
White Mushrooms Orchard Organics, Armagh Soil Association
Onion Squash Bedlam Farms, Cambridgeshire Soil Association
Small fruit bag Farm / Origin Organic Certifier
Apples (Adam’s Pearmain) Oakwood, East Sussex Soil Assocation
Blood oranges Italy Demeter
Bergamot Italy CCPB
Medium fruit bag Farm / Origin Organic Certifier
Apples (Adam’s Pearmain) Oakwood, East Sussex Soil Assocation
Blood oranges Italy Demeter
Bergamot Italy CCPB
Large fruit bag Farm / Origin Organic Certifier
Apples (Adam’s Pearmain) Oakwood, East Sussex Soil Assocation
Blood oranges Italy Demeter
Grapefruit Spain Caae
Strawberries Spain Caae
Extra large fruit bag Farm / Origin Organic Certifier
Apples (Adam’s Pearmain) Oakwood, East Sussex Soil Assocation
Blood oranges Italy Demeter
Grapefruit Spain Caae
Strawberries Spain Caae
Bergamot Italy CCPB
Conference Pears Mole End, East Sussex Soil Association
Small supplementary veg Origin Organic Certifier
Red onions Netherlands Eko
Courgettes Spain Caae
Rougette lettuce France Ecocert
Standard supplementary veg Origin Organic Certifier
Red onions Netherlands Eko
Courgettes Spain Caae
Pak choi France Ecocert
Rougette lettuce France Ecocert

Enjoy!

The Locavore Team

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