Radishes in assorted colours are ready to pick. Let me know if you would like to try some. New Oriental leaves are ready too. Look out for the bright light green leaves of Tokyo bekana, the dark green spoon-shaped leaves of Yukina savoy, as well as green, red and purple mizunas and mustards. This year we are experimenting with picking some of these as whole plants rather than just leaves. The aim is to give you the added nutritional benefit of crisp stems, leaf stalks and sometimes also flower buds. The over-wintered spring onions are at their best now and we look forward to picking those for several weeks.
Two unusual herbs are ready now. The savoury flavour of lovage is good in salads, fish and chicken dishes, and you can use lemon balm in the same way. You can also use a few of the lemony leaves to make a relaxing tea. If you would like to try either or both, let me know.
We also have British apples, pears, mushrooms, leeks, red cabbages, white onions, carrots and potatoes. The potatoes are Ambo from west Cumbria.
From our own tunnels: we are picking radishes, Tokyo bekana, Yukina savoy, red mizuna, green mizuna, frilly and wavy mustard leaves, spring onions, lovage, lemon balm, rocket, flat leaf parsley, rhubarb, Swiss chard, rainbow chard, chives and chervil. Also, our own over-wintered lettuce is now big enough for spring salad packs.
New prices came into effect from Monday 1st May. We have managed to avoid a general price rise for two years but ever-increasing costs mean we now have to add a bit to our box prices. You may remember we recently increased the price of Small and Medium Mediterranean boxes to £13.50 and £19 respectively – these stay the same. All the other boxes will increase in price by 50p from the first week in May 2017.
BONUS CHERVIL: A small bag of fresh leaves for 50p.
GENERAL BONUS BAG: Choose any item we supply (fruit or veg) and as long as supplies allow, we’ll bring you a bag of it weighing more than you would normally get for the price. £2 a bag. As long as we have the produce, you can have as many General Bonus Bags as you like.