Veg Box Newsletter 2nd November: In the Kitchen

The Online Veg Box Shop is Open!

The Online Veg Box Shop is open for deliveries next week!

It’s an odd Halloween- maybe a little too scary. So let’s leave the tricks out of it and talk about treats. You don’t need to get into a costume to fill your cauldron with wonderful things (although you can if you like)- just log onto the Online Veg Box Shop and pick out whatever it is that’s a treat for you.

Maybe it’s a bar of organic, fair-trade chocolate that would make your day. We have plenty of options for you, stocking chocolate from Equal Exchange and Love Chocolate. We have orange chocolate (the Love Chocolate orange chocolate is vegan, too!), dark chocolate studded with toasted almonds, chocolate run through with tart bites of raspberry, chocolate spiced with ginger and black pepper.

We also have a selection of goodies cooked up by the talented folks in the Locavore Kitchen. You can go fro a sweet treat trio, with a suite of cookies, brownies or cakes to make your days delicious. Hummus and pesto might be less likely to be given out to those out guising, but if you’re treating yourself I don’t see why dips and pastas can’t be the treat, especially when it’s Locavore hummus and Locavore pesto. These tasty, organic, ethical pots make any snack or meal special.

Remember the deadline to get your orders in is now 11pm Monday for everyone!

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Covid 19

Cases of Covid-19 are, sadly, on the rise in Scotland. As such we will continue to do out part to keep all our wonderful staff and customers safe. This means we’ll be continuing to practise contactless deliveries, so please keep half an ear out for your veg box on your delivery day. Remember that if you’re worried about the box being left on your doorstep, you can always leave a large plastic box for veg, milk, eggs, and whatnot to be left in to keep it sheltered and hidden. 

We’re also sorry to say we won’t be able to reintroduce our opt-out lists any time soon. We know you’re missing them- we are too. Unfortunately, they require a full staff in our packing shed, which would make socially distanced working for our packers impossible. We’re looking at ways to adapt for the future, but for the next month or two at least I’m afraid opt-out lists will still be suspended. 

All that said, it’s important to note that we don’t expect to see any issues with supply lines over the next months, so please don’t worry. We usually have boxes full to the brim with tasty local root veg and squash over the autumn and winter months, and while the pandemic may continue to have an impact on veg prices we think this is unlikely to matter much to our veg boxes. We thank you for your patience with us as we’ve learned how to deliver veg boxes through a pandemic. 

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

Recycling and Reusing Packaging

Just a reminder of what we collect from your door each week: 

Veg Boxes– we reuse these
Mossgiel Milk bottles – we return these to the dairy for reuse
Ed’s Bees jars – we return these to Ed (and his bees) for reuse
Plastic bottle lids – we recycle these
Plant pots from Locavore potted herbs- our farm reuses these
Locavore hummus Vegware pots – we return these to vegware to be biodegraded
Ella’s Kitchen baby food pouches – we recycle these
Toothpaste tubes and toothbrushes– we recycle these

We aren’t able to accept glass bottles, egg boxes, or any other items for recycling, I’m afraid. Most councils will recycle both of these items- in Glasgow, egg boxes can go in the recycling bin outside your flat, but glass may need to be taken to the bottle bank.

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 youโ€™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’s your kitchen like? In this strange, isolating time, stretching on and on, I’ve become quite familiar with all of my kitchen’s quirks, its nooks and crannies. The gap beneath the oven door where chips get stuck; the missing numbers on the oven so temperatures need to be guessed at; the creak pulley airer, its whale’s-rib strength a comfort. I guess we’re all there in our kitchens. They’re odd little intimate spaces, where we do all things that cooking can be: the ordinary weekday cooking, the meditative weekend project, the special treat, the exciting new recipe. I always feel safe in my kitchen, peaceful- and doubly so with one of the cats asleep on a chair.. I hope you feel the same way, or good in a different way. It can be a creative space, or a family space, or all sorts of things.

What are you going to cook in your kitchen this week? Well, your veg box will have precious jewels of beetroot, last discussed back in February. Beetroot is versatile, working well roasted, grated, thinly sliced, pickled, boiled, or baked . Anything you can do in your kitchen, almost. Cauliflower, famously, can turn its hand to almost anything, and some love to turn it (as if by magic) into pizza crust or a sort of vegetable-rice. I prefer to roast mine with spices and ghee to have with flatbreads or rice and yogurt. Or, of course, cauliflower cheese, which is surely the thing on these cold November nights we are meeting.

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