our tomatoes and kale

I missed the big storm on Monday night but by all accounts it was pretty impressive! Reminds us of our old life in Sydney, Australia – mid-summer it would be really humid and we’d get the most amazing storms.

Hope you’re all having a lovely summer. As people start taking more holidays, please don’t forget we need at least 10 days notice if you don’t want a box. Bear in mind too that we plan our growing to support the customers we have, so if we drop a lot of boxes in any one month it does become a little more tricky as we don’t have any way of getting rid of the surplus veg. When it’s ready to be picked we have to pick it! If there’s any way you can donate your box to family or friends it’s really appreciated. 

Thanks so much to those of you who’ve changed delivery day to help us be more efficent with our round, it’s really helped us. 

A shout out for egg boxes please if anyone has any lying around at home – we’re running out! Just leave them out for us next week.

Boxes this week
The courgettes and runner beans, and most of the kale and tomatoes are all ours. This hot weather has brought some of the veg on earlier than we expected, making it especially hard to plan. We’ve suddenly got a glut of tomatoes. The courgettes are still going strong, lots of positive feedback about the yellow ones, the consensus is they’re sweeter. In the small box the sqaush is harlequin this week (same as in the regular box last week).

What’s been happening this week?
Harvesting. Watering. Weeding. Repeat. Might need to get Chris a t shirt with that written on the front, haha. 
Kudos to Rosie for working through the intense heat and sun on Tuesday – weeding the parsnip bed too, really tough going. We’ve been trying to avoid the heat of the day!

EYG Wholefoods
Let us know if you’d like any extras next week. We’ll invoice you separately for these bits, so if you have something extra from us and no invoice please just give us a nudge! If you can avoid paying by Paypal for small amounts that’s really helpful as we get charged.

  • Red fox carlin peas (organic, British) – 500g @ £1.40 
  • Green lentils (organic, British) – 500g @ £3.40
  • Penne pasta (organic) – 500g @ £1.60
  • Brown rice (organic)- 500g @ £2.25
  • Strong white flour (organic) – 1.5kg @ £3.80

There’s a kg of organic lemons going spare next week if anyone wants them.

A few ways the veg has been used this week:
Cherry tomato salad, potato salad, bolognaise, mushroom omelette, mushroom risotto, lemon sautéed prawns with onion and courgette, chicken, mushroom and courgette cheddar crust pie, smashed new spuds with yogurt, plum and lemon jam. Also lemonade – need to make this: 4 lemons, 120g caster sugar and 1/2 litre water, chucked in food processor and whizzed. Then strained and put in a bottle in the fridge. Add still, soda or sparkling water to drink. Keep sending us your kitchen concoctions as it might inspire others!

A couple of recipe ideas… 

1) Courgettes with fresh tomatoes: Recipe here

2) Pasta Amatriciana: Recipe here . There’s a bit of info to scroll through before you get to the recipe, but it’s quite interesting – apparently Italians rarely add onion or garlic to pasta because too strong, who knew? 

As always, if you’re stuck as to what to do with anything please let me know and I’ll try to give you some ideas.