Pak choi

What’s been happening this week?
It’s been busy. We’ve cleared 6 of our 25 foot beds, heavily mulched them and put compost down. Four of these beds were chard and perpetual spinach, so it was a lot of work to get everything out and then weed them. We then split and transplanted 14 rhubarb crowns into four of those beds. We’ve also sown 4 beds of broad beans and put wood chips down on some more of the paths (we’ve done about 1/5th of the paths so far!). Cleared all the peppers. Harvested parsnips (8kg), pak choi (x 50) – see pic above, leeks (7kg), chillies.

***CHRISTMAS plans for box customers – important*** If you missed this info in last week’s newsletter it’s on our website here.Boxes this week
Potatoes are Red Cara and Robinta. The beetroot are Chioggia (stripy inside) or Golden (golden colour). Some of our parsnips have brown canker which can be cut out if you spot it on any of the ones in your box – ours are the ones covered in thick clay mud rather than black sandy soil!

Just a note re Monday’s boxes – you were meant to have oranges but they didn’t arrive so you got clementines instead which were meant to be sold in the shop! More oranges to come, don’t worry. 

A couple of recipe ideas for you… 

1) Delia Smith’s Parmesan parsnips: Recipehere. There are some recipes that I probably won’t be able to resist sharing fairly frequently and this is one of them 🙂 No apologies for that. If you haven’t tried these, you’re missing out!

2) Red cabbage biryani: Recipe here. This is also another of our tried and tested recipes, a great way to use up red cabbage.

As always, if you’re stuck as to what to do with anything, or really struggling to like something that’s in your box, please let me know and we’ll try to help. EYG Extras – for veg box customers only (not shop)
We have limited amounts of organic wholefoods (flour, lentils, pasta, oats, pulses, etc) which we are happy to sell to our box customers. Please note – these are not available to those coming to the shop as we don’t have enough stock. If you get a veg box from us and want anything let me know and I can tell you the price. 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. 

Organic unwaxed lemons – we have some of these available most weeks now if you’d like any.

What’s happening with the shop? (@ 11 Mount Pleasant, LL15 3LS)
Thank you so much to all who came along again last week, once more we were blown away by the support, and once more we had our first customer(s) on the dot of 9.30. We’re so excited to be helping people get good veg, grown without chemicals, transported with relatively low food miles (very low when it comes from Prion!)  and generally just better for the world.A reminder we’re just open Fridays 9.30am-1pm for now. Please bring your own bag and remember it’s cash only at the moment. Anyone you know who wants to be kept updated on what we have in the shop needs to email us on and we’ll add them to this newsletter. 

This week we’ve got quite a range of veg available – see list below with prices

Finally, you may have seen Pat of Pat’s Country Kitchen at one of the markets around the Vale. She makes preserves from home grown and locally sourced produce using traditional recipes. She’s got a range of products, from marmalades and jams through to pickles, chutneys, jellies and cordials (from £2.50 – £3). If anyone wants to buy anything from her you can email her – we may be able to include them in our boxes if we can organise it with her, although she does deliver in the Denbigh area. 

We also found out this week that the brilliant Juliette at Llanrhaedr PO has a website which sells lots of the yummy things she stocks. It’s a great website and worth checking out, you can get her lovely hampers on there too – great Christmas pressie idea, especially this year when we don’t really know who we’re going to get to see in person. Shop local, folks!