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  • Writer's pictureLiz Kameen

Week 49: What's happening

Sorry this is a bit later than normal, one of those days (topped off by dropping a box of eggs on the floor - argh). More stormy weather this week, we've had the stove working hard to keep us warm, although fortunately no power cuts for us. Hope everyone staying safe and warm. We packed yesterday's boxes in the new industrial unit which was fab - so much more space.

A reminder about Christmas dates :


W/c Mon 20th Dec Boxes delivered as normal

Then no veg boxes delivered until w/c 10th Jan


Tues 21st Dec 4-7pm OPEN

Thurs 23rd Dec 9.30am-1.30pm OPEN

Fri 24th Dec CLOSED

Thurs 6th & Fri 7th Jan 2022 (hours tbc) OPEN

Pre-order your Christmas veg by Tues 14th Dec:

If you know now that you want to veg and fruit from the shop for the Christmas period please pre-order by email before this Tuesday 14th December. We will have this ready for pick up on Thursday 23rd December.

Likewise, if you get a box delivered and want to order any additional boxes for Christmas week, we need to know before Tuesday 14th.

We cannot guarantee what we will have available if you don't place an order.

The pic is of Chris being support crew / handing out fruit to runners doing the Sea2Summit event along the Offa's Dyke on Sunday - cold but very beautiful!

We've been mainly sorting out the unit, plus doing a bit of very chilly harvesting.

Eat Your Greens veg boxes:

Small boxes have got kohlrabi, parsnips, leeks, swiss chard, clementules. Regular boxes have sprout tops, celeriac, red cabbage, Harlequin squash, beetroot, chestnut mushrooms, pears. Chris has been getting a good workout this week shifting the boxes - regular boxes were over 5kg each!

The Vale Grocer shop:

Please note the opening times for Christmas week above - we are open on Tuesday 21st and Thursday 23rd, closed on Friday 24th December. Don't forget, if you know you want veg / fruit for Christmas please pre-order by this Tuesday 14th.

Plenty of: Potatoes, red / Roscoff / pink onions, orange/purple carrots, sprout tops and stalks, spring greens, palermo red peppers, squash. beetroot, swede, sweet potato, turnip, swiss chard (Prion), fresh garlic, fresh ginger, fresh turmeric root

Limited: Sprouts (Prion), chestnut mushrooms, red cabbage, leeks, celeriac, parsnips, cherry tomatoes (Prion)

Fruit: Red / white grapes, clementules, oranges, apples, bananas, lemons, pears

+ local free-range eggs

+ local Cae Main apple juice

+ local sourdough bread from Nant y Felin (let me know before Wednesday if you want some so we can pre-order)

Recipe inspiration:

Just one recipe today, sorry - but it's from Nigel Slater, one of our faves. It's a simple daal - he calls it beetroot, lentils, garam masala. Add a bit of fresh ginger too, and of course fresh turmeric! ;)

have a good week


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