I’m away visiting family (in the scorching hot south of England!) while Chris is holding the fort at home. There’s definitely something extra special about seeing family after the year we’ve all had, although strange not being able to give hugs.

Boxes this week
Our courgettes are still going gangbusters! Apologies if you are getting bored of them… but we’re currently harvesting between 25kg and 35kg a week, so if we have a week off we’ll have an even bigger problem!! So they are going to just keep on coming for now.

There’s no fruit in the boxes this week, but the eagle-eyed amongst you will have spotted the blackberries are just coming out… there’s certainly enough for your porridge if you can get out before breakfast!

What’s been happening this week?
Mainly harvesting at the moment and a bit of weeding. Tidying up the aubergines by stripping off lower vegetation to try and give them some more air and try and get them to put their effort into the fruits!

We put some salad bags in to some of the boxes last week – mustards, mibuna, and mizuna, but it was starting to bolt, so I harvested what I could. Unfortunately we’d already planned for it to go in the boxes this week.. but on Monday Chris had to cut it all out and give it to the hens! Apparently it was quite fiery! It may come back, we’ll see..

We’ve been speaking to a local couple who have a lot of heritage apples and we’re planning to be able to get these into the boxes so we only use local apples through this autumn and winter.  We’re really keen to try to source more veg locally – we know we can’t grow everything we need but would love to buy as much as we can from local (organic) providers. Watch this space – we’re going to keep working on this as obviously there’s a few logicistical issues, and the more supoliers we have the more complicated things get. 

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

We can get some more oats in if you’re interested so let me know. We’ve also been eating some very yummy organic olives (stuffed with chillis), can add those to the list if anyone keen.

A few ways we/you’ve used your veg this week:
Tomato salad, kohl rabi and beetroot rosti (thanks to customer who sent this in. looks yum!) – grate a total of 1 1/2lb kohl rabi and beetroot (any root veg will do) and squeeze out excess water.  Finely dice a red onion and add to the mix.  Mix in 2 eggs, 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard, 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves and season well.  Bind with 4-5 tbsp plain flour (you may need more or less depending on how wet the mix is). Add a couple of tablespoons of oil to a pan and place over moderate heat. Portion patties by using an ice cream scoop and fry for four minutes each side.  Place patties on a lined baking sheet and once you have finished frying them all put in an oven (preheated to 200 deg C) for 5 minutes. Keep sending us your kitchen concoctions as it might inspire others!

A couple of recipe ideas… 

1) Courgette and tomato gratin: Recipe here

2) Courgettes with feta and lemon: Recipe here.

And here’s a video from Riverford on courgette cooking tips for more inspiration – it’s all about the courgette at the moment!

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.