It was really exciting to be part of the new Bradford on Avon Food Assembly launch a couple of weeks ago: this weekly Food Assembly is every Thursday now, and such an easy way for people to click and collect local food! You simply go online to https://thefoodassembly.com/en/assemblies/9325 and then order what you fancy, from veg, salads, fruit, meat, bread, eggs, fudge, wine, microgreens and more, before 2am on Wednesdays; then come along to Mount Pleasant on a Thursday evening from 5.30-7pm to collect your order from the producers! Nicer, easier and generally cheape than ordering from the supermarkets, woohoo!
The good thing (actually, one of the many good things of course) about early spring is that those winter crops that were pretty much picked out have magically put on another flush of growth, just when you took your eye off them for a few weeks. Those mustards, lettuces and claytonia mixes in the tunnels have suddenly sprouted a whole new flush of fresh leaves; and the kales out in the field are also growing on again strongly. On a sunny still early March day, they whisper promises of further bountiful veg to come from their just-sown relatives, in summer and autumn: brilliant!
Ah the bleak days of January and February ahoy: at this time of year it’s all about finishing off the crops from the year before, where your hard work of the summer and autumn will come to fruition (or not). Fortunately the pak choi and mixed salad leaves in the polytunnels are still going strong, despite the many nights of -5C recently; and the longer days are encouraging more leaf growth and regrowth too which is great for the plants that have already been picked. All four larger tunnels have had salads in them over winter, and there’s just a of strips that haven’t been picked at all yet; the rest are the faster growing brassica leaves that should be able to stand another month or so before bolting, so we can get at least another pick off them.
There are still a few last leeks out in the field, and a couple of rows of parsnips that still need to be dug up; but other than that, there’s not much going on at the moment. The kale has pretty much been picked out for the time being, so will have a couple of weeks off. However, looking on the bright side, we have already started our sowings for 2017, woohoo! We’ve sown lettuces, spring onions, rocket, beetroot and spinach in modules, and in the next week or so will be filling our hot bed (hot box really) with fresh horse manure, and using the heat to get some tomato seeds off to a good start.