Veg Box Newsletter 11th May: Spotlight on a Supplier

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Covid 19 Updates

You can read our company-wide pandemic statement here, and our biggest Veg Boxes update here. Please keep an eye on the newsletter for any further changes.

Delivery Times

Please remember that our deliveries are going out a little later than usual at the moment, and some runs are taking longer than usual too as demand increases. We’re working on making our runs more efficient, but please don’t worry if your veg box arrives later than usual. Do let us know if it’s not there by¬† 9pm, so we can look into what’s gone wrong.¬†

Mossgiel Milk Packaging

Those of you who subscribe to delicious milk from Mossgiel are probably already aware that there have been some changes to their packaging. The colour-coding of the bottle tops has now changed so that green and silver denotes whole milk while red and silver means semi-skimmed. They are also now sometimes using unbranded milk bottles to meet demand, which means we will be able to collect these again. Please remember to wash them out well before putting them out.

Egg Boxes

Due to a change in the way we pack eggs, we are no longer able to collect egg boxes. Cardboard egg boxes are useful for composting- look for a community garden near you that accepts food waste and see if they take egg boxes. You could also use your egg boxes as propagators for your windowsill garden, or explore the world of egg box crafts.

In the Veg Boxes This Week

Subject to last minute changes

Check out storage guidance 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

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Meet Andrew

Photo of Andrew standing behind a lot of tasty bread- many loaves and one big foccacia

Today we’re shining a spotlight on one of our suppliers: Different Breid. Different Breid is a local bakery owned and operated by Andrew Wilson, who started the company around ten years ago. Having previously worked in restaurants, Andrew found that he wasn’t able to source the bread he wanted here in Glasgow- so he started baking it himself. After a few years, he was able to move out to a smallholding near Falkirk, where he now grows his own fruit and veg and raises animals, running the bakery in an outbuilding. He runs Different Breid as a one-man operation, meaning he’ll have made every loaf you buy, which does limit how much he’s able to produce, but he feels it’s worth it as he gets to stay hands-on (literally), and in control of every part of the process, which means he can be assured that every loaf is up to his high standards. Andrew bakes amazing sourdough bread which is available by subscription for everyone who gets a veg box on Wednesdays, Fridays or Saturdays (sorry Thursday customers!) Andrew has found that the pandemic has massively impacted his business as he’s lost most of his regular restaurant custom, so why not consider supporting a local independent baker and get yourself a delivery of delicious bread in one go?  

Different Breid loves are made with organic stone ground flour from Shipton Mills, salt, and water- no additives or preservatives. A slow fermentation process results in flavourful crusty bread that only improves to make amazing toast after a few days. If you’d like to see the range of breads Different Breid offers through your veg box subscription, you can read the pricelist on our website here.

A dough hook in dough

Flowers

Our wonderful florist Kim now has some small bouquets available, as the flowers are returning after the flower gap. Take a look at the Online Veg Box shop to add some to your delivery, or email us if you’d like to subscribe to a bouquet every week.

Surveys

As you may have already seen on our social media channels, we are currently running an additional survey about the Covid-19 lockdown and our response to it. The survey is running as part of our Locavore Impacts project  and aims to find out more about the impact of the lockdown on our customers, as well as thoughts on how we have responded and suggestions for how else we might be able to help. If you have time to give us your thoughts and feedback you can find the survey here.  

If this gets you in the mood for something more substantial, the main customer survey is still open and available here with a chance to win £20 in Locavore vouchers as a thank you taking part. 

Good Food Fund

A huge thank you to everyone for all your donations to our Good Food Fund. You can read about what we‚Äôve been using your generous donations for here (scroll down to the Good Food Fund Section). Your help is always much appreciated, but especially at this difficult time, in which the vulnerable are worse effected and food inequality exacerbated. 

If you are in a position to do so, please consider donating to the Good Food Fund. You can donate by subscription- weekly, fortnightly, or monthly- by emailing us. Or you can add a one-time donation to your Online Veg Box Shop- look for it at the top of the page.

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