For the first time in ten years we have lost a polytunnel in a storm. There are nine tunnels at Low Luckens and only one was hit but unfortunately it’s the biggest – over 56 metres long – and accounts for about a quarter of our protected crops. We will get it fixed as soon as we can but in the meantime our own salad supplies may be a bit less than normal for the time of year.
We re-use them so thanks for returning them. To prevent them getting spoiled in bad weather, lots of customers leave out sturdy plastic boxes to protect the produce and the empties. Perhaps you could consider that if you don’t do it already.
The Seville oranges have arrived and if you’ve placed an order you should get them this week if you didn’t get them last week. The price is £3 per kg. They should be around for a week or two so there’s still time to place an order and make some marmalade for your entry to the Dalemain Marmalade Festival (28th Feb and 1st March).
We still have rocket, cavolo nero, rainbow chard, Swiss chard, Oriental leaves, flat leaf parsley, regular kale, chervil, rosemary, winter cabbages, leeks and endives. We also have the makings of very nice winter salad packs which may contain lettuce, miner’s lettuce or other leafy greens and herbs. However, supplies of some salad crops will probably be more restricted than normal until we get the big tunnel fixed.
We have winter vegetables direct from an organic farm in East Lothian: green cabbage, red cabbage, white cabbage, leeks, celeriac, carrots, beetroot and Brussels sprouts. The Cumbrian potatoes are Maris Peer and we have swedes from the same grower. We also have English parsnips, kohl rabi and onions as well as pomegranates and clementines from Spain.
We have 25 different box types and they may or may not contain the items listed above. If you would like to receive any of them, let us know by Friday of the previous week and, if stocks (and the value of the box) allow, we’ll include them in your box.