Veg Box Newsletter 8th August: Fresh Raw Salads

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Plastics

You’ve probably noticed that we’ve been packing down greens from our farm in plastic for a while now. This isn’t ideal- it’s a last resort because the pandemic has made getting hold of the compostable biobags we usually use pretty difficult. The good news is we’re now expecting a delivery of biobags in the next week or two, so your greens should be back to being plastic-free again soon. 

Going on Holiday?

As lockdown begins to ease, we know you might be planning some time away. If that’s the case be sure to send us an email to let us know which weeks you’d like to pause your veg box for. The deadline to do this is 9am on Monday the week of the holiday- we can’t guarantee pauses requested after that time. If you can let us know earlier, that’s even better, as the extra time lets us plan our harvests and veg buying better. So why not shoot us an email as soon as you’ve booked the train tickets? 

If you miss the deadline, we’re generally able to donate the contents of your box to our charity partners instead of delivering it; you’ll still be charged, however. 

Covid-19 Updates

You can read about changes made to our service due to the pandemic here

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

With a heatwave on the way, I can pull out the dusty tome of summer recipes at last. With only a handful of really hot, sunny days, we’ll have to make the most of them, and that means putting the stockpots away. We need the brightness and crunch of raw vegetables. Salads to pop in a pitta with some feta or a tahini dressing (or both), or to balance out whatever smoky, salty tastiness is coming off your barbecue.

Is there anything greater than a grater salad? Perhaps the simplest is carrottes râpées, a fancy way of saying that you should dress grated carrots with lemon juice, a little salt, and a very little sugar. You can experiment with this- here’s a tahini-cumin-harissa variation for something a little creamier. The rainbow beetroot we have from The Organic Pantry this week would make a beautiful substitution- all those colours!- or try this grated beetroot salad with seeds for crunch and feta for saltiness. Courgette’s flavour comes out wonderfully when eaten raw with lots of lemon juice- try this grated courgette salad, or this one with olives and tomatoes.

Does coleslaw count as a grated salad? I suppose shredded is a grey zone. In any case, it’s an invaluable dish to have in your repertoire and/or fridge at this time of year. Making coleslaw at home means you can avoid the problem of overdressing which so many coleslaws sadly droop under. Shred the savoy cabbage in your veg box- plus some carrots if they’re not all eaten yet- and dress to suit your needs. You can keep things classic with mayonnaise, vinegar, and mustard to go with cold chicken sandwiches on your seaside picnic. Or use yogurt, crème fraîche and citrus for something to suit richer food. A sesame and ginger dressing is versatile and flavourful. Undressed, the shredded veg will last a week in your fridge, so dress as you’re ready to eat to keep it crisp.

It isn’t just the grateable veg you can enjoy raw- your leafy greens can be included too. I’m sure you know about kale salads- about massaging the leaves till they’re soft or letting them marinate in acidic dressing- but what about a chard salad?

With these bright and fresh flavours we’ll have a swell time chomping through our veg boxes in sunny weather. 

Flowers

Florist Kim gathers flowers

Our flowers are Glasgow-grown, bee-friendly and gorgeous. Fill your home with the colours of summer! Subscribe to a small, medium, or large bouquet for a weekly treat, or use the Online Veg Box Shop to add them for special occasions- your half-birthday, a year since you got your pet mouse, the first day it doesn’t rain for a week, you saw a nice cat out your window. 

Good Food Fund

Thank you for your donations to the Good Food Fund, which partners with charities to support those vulnerable to food insecurity. You can donate via subscription, or on the Online Veg Box Shop. You can also choose to donate your veg box to the Good Food Fund when pausing it for a week or longer.

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