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  • Writer's pictureLiz Kameen

And we're into Feb!

The citrus coming in from our Spanish farms is fab at the moment- if you want to top up on fruit for your box, pop in to the shop.

In the field:

Chris is feeling relieved that we're ahead of where we were this time last year in terms of jobs completed and getting prepped for Spring. We've got those mixed feelings of craving some Spring warmth and longer days, but also knowing the rollercoaster of growing is about to start! Harvested leeks this week for the boxes.

Given we've been warned by the wholesaler that the hungry gap is likely to kick in early, we're trying to let the veg in the field grow a bit rather than keep harvesting it. It's a bit of a balance!

In the boxes:

Small: potatoes, carrots, onions, Harlequin squash, Savoy cabbage, palermo peppers, courgettes, apples

Regular: potatoes, carrots, onions, leeks, mushrooms, celeriac, sweet potatoes,

cabbage, sprouts, oranges

In the shop:

Potatoes, carrots, onions, beetroot, parsnips, celeriac, onions, garlic, ginger and turmeric

Cauliflowers (none available next week), Savoy cabbages, sprouts, Harlequin squash, mushrooms, palermo peppers, celery, courgettes, leeks, cucumbers,

Fruit: apples, oranges (Navel and blood), lemons, mandarins

Sevillle oranges - these are selling as soon as (and before) they come in so if you want some it's really important you let us know asap - we've got more coming in next week but most of these have ben pre-ordered. We'll only order more next Tuesday if we know we have some customers who want them as can't risk buying them and not selling. We never know quite how long the Seville season will go for so please drop us a note now (just reply to this email) if you want some and we'll do what we can. People do say our Sevilles make amazing marmalade so worth a try.

+ eggs, Pentrefelin milk, Nant y Felin sourdough, and other store cupboard items also in our online shop here. Milk and sourdough does seem to be selling out pretty regularly so if you know you want either of these n a regular basis you might want to pre-order.

In the kitchen:

Know we shared a curry recipe last week but if you're struggling to use up cabbage, we really enjoyed this cabbage curry. Maybe David Walliams' Gansta Granny needs to eat this insted of her cabbage soup! - if you know, you know ;)

Finally, saw the title of this article, 'How to make fruit and vegetables last longer', and have to say wasn't expecting quite this level of scientific overload - it doesn't even mention that leaving soil on carrots and other root veg helps them last longer, and that cutting leaves off anything that comes with leaves will help too. Not really sure what I learned from it other than it does go to show though how much time and money is going into looking at how to preserve food that is being moved around the world. Apparently 'about 17% of the produce available to consumers is thrown away, though that includes food supermarkets dispose of from their shelves and food which goes into restaurant bins, as well as household waste. The remaining losses happening on farms, during processing, distribution and storage.' Buying from us definitely lowers that %!

And love this quote I saw this week - 'Rest in peace while alive ~ #phoneoff'. Timely reminder for me as we start a new month!

have a lovely week

#enjoy that tasty veg

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