Veg Box Newsletter 25th May: There’s a New Potato in Town

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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.

Bank Holiday Disruption: Wednesday Collections Moved to Thursday

If you usually collect your veg box on a Wednesday, for this week only you’ll need to collect on Thursday. This is because the bank holiday means we’ll get some of our deliveries of fresh produce later in the week than usual. If the change in schedule means you won’t be able to collect, please let us know as soon as possible. 

Delivery Times

The bank holiday also means that your veg box delivery could arrive later than usual. Things are taking a bit longer than usual at the moment anyway due to social distancing measures at Veg Box HQ, and the bank holiday will add to this. So please be patient with us, as some of our drivers may be out delivering late into the evening. 

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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The Nice Bit

What do you like to do with new potatoes? 

I like potato salads quite straightforwardly made with mayonnaise and red onion, but perhaps you prefer yours with boiled eggs, sour cream, and cornichons. Or so-called German potato salad, served warm with a vinaigrette and lots of crispy bacon. This vegan version uses fresh celery and peppers to lend crunchy contrast and a cashew-based dressing. And this one uses herbs, cornichons a vinaigrette and red onions to bring us all together!

But new potatoes aren’t just for salads. Their sweet, creamy flesh roasts up brilliantly, their thin skins crisping up. Their waxy texture makes them an excellent contender for potato pizza- I like this recipe but with plenty of parmesan involved for extra flavour (as-is it’s a great vegan pizza option). Similar is this new potato foccacia. And if you don’t fancy kneading, this no-knead foccacia is remarkably good and incredibly easy. 

You can make a hash with new potatoes and chorizo to serve with salsa verde and poached eggs, or a savoury sort of tarte tatin with pomme rather than pomme de terre. You can crush them or curry them with chard and coconut milk. You can make a frittataor a galette

I’ve written before about the diverse utility of potatoes, the delight their many uses bring. There is great joy to be had in boiling a potato; but that is the beginning not the end of the fun to be had. 
 

Good Food Fund

A huge thank you to everyone for all your donations to our Good Food Fund. You can read about what we’ve 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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