We’re running at full capacity at the moment, even for us! Feels like we’ve put lots of things in motion and they’re all starting to rapidly gather speed. We’re just hanging on for the ride, hopefully it won’t be too bumpy! eek.
As we mentioned last week we’re not quite ready yet to talk about opening hours for the shop or to reveal new name and logo but will do very soon.
We know some of you bought some laundry and washing up liquid refills from Mrs Eco, we’ve been chatting with her and are going to start offering refills for our box customers so we’ll let you know more on that too – we’ve found a great supplier who’s local and whose products work for those of you on septic tanks like us.
Also in other exciting news, one of our lovely customers and friends is in the process of setting up Y Tŷ Gwyrdd – Denbigh’s first zero waste shop (and more) – if you’re on Facebook please pop on and like her page so she can keep you updated.
We’re still running low on boxes, if you could remember to leave any out next week that would be great. Last night we didn’t have any spare boxes when we’d finished packing.
Boxes this week
We had ordered sweetcorn but found out last minute that most of them were no longer saleable – as always in these situations, it’s annoying for us but nothing compared to how hard it is on the farmers who had spent all that time and effort growing a crop that they then couldn’t sell. We replaced them with our own tomatoes and courgettes.
The apples this week have a story! They are from Cae Main Orchards, located on the slopes of Moel y Parc above Bodfari. Marion and Nigel shared a bit of background about the orchards with us..
‘We’ve developed our orchards from scratch and planted our first trees back in 2008. You don’t find many orchards halfway up a hillside in North Wales, so when we started we didn’t have much to guide us about what to plant. But at the time, traditional orchards were being grubbed up all over the place and older apple varieties were disappearing in the face of commercial pressure.
So we built a philosophy of keeping things as natural and organic as possible and of growing mostly traditional, heritage varieties, particularly those from Wales. Fortunately, most of the trees we’ve planted have grown pretty well and we now have over 30 different varieties and have also tried out other interesting fruit trees such as greengage, quince, and mulberry.
We still like to try planting different apple varieties, but we’re running out of space and are getting very inventive about how and where to plant new trees! As well as eating, cooking and sharing our apples, we’ve enjoyed making juice and cider over the last few years and we’ll be doing the same this year’ [the juice is fab -we’re hoping to offer it in the shop / boxes asap]
We’re going to try to keep track of who gets what each week so hopefully you’ll get a good mix of different varieties. This week you got the following:
Monday boxes got Katy (s*), early Windsor (r*),
Wednesday boxes got Katy (s), Bardsey Island (r)
Thursday am boxes got Bardsey Island (s), Tom Putt (r),
Thursday pm boxes got Tom Putt (s), Tom Putt (r)
*s = small, r = regular
Katy – a well known dessert apple. Raised in Sweden in 1947 and corectly known as Katja. A popular ‘eater’ and also a good juicing apple.
Tom Putt – a very old variety, with many different tales as to its origin. We’ll go with the version that says it was raised in the late 1700’s by the Rev Tom Putt, Rector of Trent in Somerset. Grown widely across Devon and Somerset for many years, in gardens as well as orchards, leading it to being nicknamed the ‘Cottage Apple’. It became so popular because of it’s versatility. It’s a dessert and culinary apple, so an ‘eater’, a ‘cooker’ and good for both juicing and for making cider.
Afal Ynys Enlli or the Bardsey Island apple – a dessert apple and one of the welsh varieties we grow. It’s origin is a single old ‘mother’ apple tree found on Bardsey Island, located just off the tip of the Llyn Peninsular. Bardsey was a place of pilgrimage from Celtic times and, according to legend, the burial place of saints. It’s possible that the tree might be the last survivor from an orchard planted by monks in the middle ages. it was discovered in 1998 by Andy Clarke, who was studying bird colonies on the island. He took samples to Ian Sturrock, local expert fruit grower, who consulted scientists at the National Fruit Collection at Brogdale in Kent. They declared the Bardsey Island apple a new and unique variety, and the Bardsey tree therefore became ‘the rarest tree in the world’. Trees grown in orchards like ours are grown from grafts from the original tree. As well as an ‘eater’, it’s another variety which can be juiced or cooked down to a sweet puree.
What’s been happening this week?
More harvesting… leeks (30kg) – we’re v proud of these!, tomatoes (20kg), courgettes (10kg), runner beans (3kg), aubergines (2kg), red peppers (4kg).
We’ve been clearing the beds and getting compost down ready for winter sowings of spring greens, pak choi, and other yummg greeny goodness. We’ve even started planning what we’re going to plant next year – seems premature but we know how fast winter can whizz by and it’s a big relief to plan ahead.
EYG Wholefoods & Extras
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.
We’re running a bit low on stock at the moment as with moving to the shop we’re just trying to stay focused on the veg but we’ll top up again soon and let you know what we have.
- Malt Wheat Flakes (organic, British) – 500g @ £2.40
- Red fox carlin peas (organic, British) – 500g @ £1.40
- Green lentils (organic, British) – 500g @ £3.40
- Wholemeal flour (organic) – 1.5kg @ £3.80
Organic lemons – some available next week if you’d like.
Organic cooking apples – we won’t be putting these in the boxes but we should be able to sell some as extras over the next few weeks, so let me know if you’re interested in having any and I can find out what’s available and prices.
Organic marrows – we’ve got a few pretty amazing marrows (£1.50 each) if you’re interested in stuffed marrows or making chutneys / pickles!
Really sorry there’s no recipes this week, ran out of time! 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 give you some ideas.