Veg Box Newsletter 9th March: Nurturing Nutrition

Hello Folks,

It’s a bit of an anxious time, huh? When I get anxious, I love to cook. I think it’s some kind of protective instinct: if my cupboards and my fridge are full, if I have food for myself & my community, then surely everything will be OK. It’s a way to care for my loved ones and a way to take care of myself. I want to feel that I am nurturing those around me in difficult times, and I want the safe feeling of a belly full of delicious food. And if I can know that the ingredients I cooked with were grown and transported to me in a way that helped, not harmed, the planet, then I feel that I am doing even better: being nourished and nourishing. That it is possible to have what we need, and to even have joy, without destroying anything, is an increasingly radical idea, but also an increasingly important one. At Locavore, it is at the heart of what we do- or at least the way I understand what we do.

In the boxes this week we have crisp, delicious claytonia from our very own farm. We have a very little bit of purple sprouting broccoli, which is phenomenally exciting as it’s been very scarce this year. We have more of that amazing Scottish kale, versatile and indispensable, and some fresh new cabbages from down South. I hope you enjoy cooking with this wholesome, delicious food as much as I will!

Events

Standard Veg Box Supper Club   Tickets
18th March, 8 – 10pm

You are invited to join us for the first ever Standard Veg Box supper club. The challenge we give our guest chefs for this event is one that our veg box customers face weekly – to make a delicious meal with the contents of this week’s Standard veg box.

This time the event will be hosted by our very own veg box team: Adam, Sally, Sam and Saoirse will be serving up a two course meal for you using the contents of the veg box. It’s a lovely opportunity to meet them in person, meet other veg box customers, sit and eat together and chat about all things veg box.

You will be able to buy soft drinks in the shop or you can bring your own drink – corkage fee of £1/ person for alcohol. The meal will be vegetarian. A vegan option is available; please let us know by email or when you make the booking if you are vegan or have any other dietary needs.

£11, meal included.

Feeding Scotland: The Choices We Make – Tickets
Thursday 19th March. 7.30-9.30pm

Film Screening and Panel Discussion

For thousands of years, people have been producing food in sustainable ecosystems with no environmental damage. The industrial revolution brought large influxes of people into cities and divorced them from their traditional food ways. The advent of petrochemical industries and industrialized food production led to supply chains that are no longer transparent for the consumer. 

Food used to be – for the most part – a relatively simple question of production and consumption. Now our choices seem determined by a complex myriad of factors with an infinite number of consequences and much of it feels out of our control. However, we do have some say as consumers in the choices we make. Do we buy from local shops or go to supermarkets? Do we buy meat and dairy products and if so, how much and from where? Do we buy locally produced food or are we equally responsible to growers in other countries as we are to those in our own? How about the carbon footprint of each product? And are we equally concerned with the environmental and human damage caused by clothes and electronic goods produced by child labour and in sweatshops?

Film Screening

Zev Robinson – The Scottish Breed – a documentary about quality meat production

Panelists:

Babs Macgregor – Greencity Wholefoods

Bryce Cunningham – Mossgiel

Denise Walton – Peelham Farm

Zev Robinson – The Art and Politics of Eating

£5- tickets here

Infamous Gluts – Fermenting and Preserving Class – SOLD OUT (some sliding scale tickets left)
Monday 30th March, 7.30 – 9.30pm

with Robin Sherriff

Does your veg box sometimes leave you in a bit of pickle? Interested in expanding your culinary horizon?

Learn how to turn your leftover veg into weird and wonderful preserves!
Fermentation enthusiast and gastronomist Robin Sherriff opens a whole world of interesting flavours that also helps you avoid food waste.

This two hour class will give an introduction to the biological processes behind fermentation. In a hands on workshop you will learn the kitchen skills required to preserve and ferment the most infamous glut vegetables of the season and some fancy surprises. Join Robin for a tasting his most interesting experiments and get answers to all your questions on preserving and fermentation.

£24.50 or pay-what-you-want (for those on a low income) – Tickets here


Good Food Fund

In January 2020 our Good Food Fund sent out £1004.41 worth of fresh fruit and veg to our partner organisations who work with people living in food poverty, running foodbanks and community meals. Many of these projects rely on leftovers from supermarkets and have little choice over what they receive. Thanks to your donations we can send fresh fruit and veg out to our partners on a weekly basis. If you would like to add a small donation to your subscription, do just drop us an email.

Monthly Specials


The vegan and cheese boxes go out this week, full of delicious staples and new things to try. Next week it’s the pulse, pasta, and grain boxes, so email now if you’d like to fill your cupboards

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 for lots of tips, tricks, and recipe ideas.

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
Potatoes (Carolus) Chapel Farm Soil Association
Onions Bagthorpe Farm Soil Association
Carrots Chapel Farm Soil Association
Beetroot Chapel Farm Soil Association
Claytonia Locavore Left Field Soil Association
Standard veg box Farm Organic Certifier
Potatoes (Carolus) Chapel Farm Soil Association
Onions Bagthorpe Farm Soil Association
Carrots Chapel Farm Soil Association
Swede Chapel Farm Soil Association
Leeks Pollybell Organics, Lincoln Soil Association
Kale Chapel Farm Soil Association
White Cabbage New Farm Soil Association
Large veg box Farm Organic Certifier
Potatoes (Carolus) Chapel Farm Soil Association
Onions Bagthorpe Farm Soil Association
Carrots Chapel Farm Soil Association
Swede Chapel Farm Soil Association
Leeks Pollybell Organics, Lincoln Soil Association
Kale Chapel Farm Soil Association
White Cabbage New Farm Soil Association
Salad Glebelands Growers, York Soil Assocation
Mushrooms Orchard Organics, Armagh Soil Association
Extra Large veg box Farm Organic Certifier
Potatoes (Carolus) Chapel Farm Soil Association
Onions Bagthorpe Farm Soil Association
Carrots Chapel Farm Soil Association
Swede Chapel Farm Soil Association
Cauliflower Sampson, Cornwall Soil Assocation
Kale Chapel Farm Soil Association
Mushrooms Orchard Organics, Armagh Soil Association
Purple sprouting broccoli Sampson, Cornwall Soil Association
Spring Greens Sampson, Cornwall Soil Association
Small fruit bag Farm / Origin Organic Certifier
Crimson Crisp Apples Mole End, East Sussex Soil Association
Navel Oranges Spain Caae
Medium fruit bag Farm / Origin Organic Certifier
Crimson Crisp Apples Mole End, East Sussex Soil Association
Navel Oranges Spain Caae
Grapefruit Spain Caae
Large fruit bag Farm / Origin Organic Certifier
Crimson Crisp Apples Mole End, East Sussex Soil Association
Navel Oranges Spain Caae
Grapefruit Spain Caae
Extra large fruit bag Farm / Origin Organic Certifier
Crimson Crisp Apples Mole End, East Sussex Soil Association
Navel Oranges Spain Caae
Grapefruit Spain Caae
Small supplementary veg Origin Organic Certifier
Plum tomatoes Spain Caae
Shallots Netherlands SKAL
Cucumbers Spain Caae
Standard supplementary veg Origin Organic Certifier
Plum tomatoes Spain Caae
Shallots Netherlands SKAL
Cucumbers Spain Caae
Celery Spain Caae

Enjoy!

The Locavore Team

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