Wednesday, 27 September 2017

What to eat - September/October


It is most definitely feeling Autumnal on the farm. We've got a shop full of lovely fruits and vegetables that are reflecting the changing of the season - plums, apples, greengages sit happily alongside kale, cauliflowers, squashes and brassicas. In the kitchen it's the perfect time to start thinking about  heartier meals - foods that warm and nourish for those colder days. Here are a few of our own home grown vegetables that we are currently harvesting to get you in the mood for some Autumnal cooking.


Chard 

A leafy green vegetable related to the sugar beet, has large tough leaves that taste like spinach. The stalk has an earthier flavour, more of a 'beetroot' taste. Chard is rich in iron. You can use it much the way that you would cook spinach or try some of these ideas below:

Cheesy Chard Gratin  from BBC Good Food.

Chard and Feta Tart or Chicken Salad with green beans and chard - both recipes by Nigel Slater

Chard and Bacon Pasta Sauce or Tomato, chard and sunflower seed pasta - recipes from Riverford

Chard and New Potato Curry - recipe from River Cottage


Sweetcorn and white maize 

How to use it - Boil for four to ten minutes depending on ripeness in unsalted water. Eat with melted butter. Use in fritters or soups too. Keep it in the fridge with the leaves still on but try to eat it as soon as it is picked as it is at its sweetest.  Here are some other recipe suggestions for corn or white maize:

Mexican sweetcorn pancakes, poached egg and salsa from BBC Food.

Sweetcorn dhansak from Riverford.

Thai sweetcorn fritters from Riverford.

Chicken and sweetcorn soup from Good Food.



Squash 

One of the real highlights of Autumn, we grow many different varieties on the farm and they all are delicious. But they can be difficult to peel! They are best roasted - leave the skin on, quarter and deseed and lightly coat with olive oil. Roast in the oven for around 30 - 40 minutes before peeling back the skins and then chopping into chunks. Lovely in soups, stews, pasta dishes and risottos. Here are some other ideas to try with our beautiful squashes:

Squash, orange and barley salad from BBC Good Food.

Squash and lentil soup with chilli from Riverford

Squash and turkey bake from Nigel Slater

Squash and sausage risotto from BBC Good Food


Kohl Rabi (left image) 

We get asked a lot in the farm shop what is this and how do I cook it? Kohl rabi is a brassica and its name translates as 'cabbage turnip'. It has a light flavour and is slightly sweeter and milder than a cabbage or a turnip. It is great steamed, stir-fried or added to soups and stews. Below are some other ways to try these strange looking veg!

Kohl rabi and potato gratin from Riverford

Kohl rabi and peanut stir fry from Riverford

Kohl rabi, savoy cabbage and lamb bake from Delicious Magazine

Kohl rabi and carrot slaw from Delicious Magazine

Veg Box (right image)

Don't forget that we can provide you with our own veg boxes delivered to your door. Further details can be found on our Veg Box Delivery page here. Pictured above is one of our most recent £10 boxes.

Thanks for reading and we'll be back soon, once we've harvested all the pumpkins!



Thursday, 25 May 2017

May in the Nursery



May has brought us rainy days followed by sunny days and together they are making the plants in our nursery very happy indeed! With the bank holiday weekend approaching, do pop in and see our large selection of evergreen shrubs, perennials and bedding plants. The rhododendrons are looking particularly stunning at the moment, showing off their beautiful blooms against the blue sky. We have large specimens for sale alongside smaller dwarf varieties as well as some glorious red azaleas - all are great at brightening up those borders. If you are looking for perennials, then the lupins and foxgloves are starting to flower and are great for pollinators too!




























In the poly tunnel we have a wide range of bedding packs to fill borders, containers and hanging baskets. From bright red geraniums, begonias in stunning shades of salmon pink to trailing lobelia, there are plenty of options to bring a bit of summer colour to your garden.



We have lots of vegetable packs for you to grow your own including kale, cauliflowers, lettuce and sweetcorn as well as offering single pots of cucumbers, chillies and tomatoes. If you are looking for something specific then please give us a call or send us a message on Facebook, details are at the top of this page.

Happy planting and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Bank Holiday Monday opening hours are 9am - 4pm. 

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

The Spring Wake Up






It's been a busy few weeks on the farm with lots of potting on and pricking out and moving plants out to the sales areas from the work areas behind the scenes.

This time of year is a particular favourite of ours with a riot of colour beginning to come through in the nursery after the gray cold days of winter. The days are getting longer and the sun finally has a little warmth to it, some days we are even down to t shirts when working in the tunnels.

Our customers smile more when they come in and the sky is a shade of blue that you only ever seem to remember it being like on holidays when you actually take the time to notice.

Our honey bees are out and you can also see the Queen Bumble Bees out on the plants gaining energy before she finds a new home after her winter hibernation and begins to lay this years generation. You can help the bees by planting up early flowering plants such as heathers, alpines, hellebores and forsythias so that they can replenish their stores.

Spring is also the time to feed the garden, and make preperations for the forthcoming season. We have topsoil and manure along with Humax compost to put the goodness back into your soil. If you have any spare old compost bags then we would appreciate you bringing them in so that we can reuse them and help to keep the planet a little cleaner. We like to reuse and recycle!

We are happy to advise you on what to plant and where, if you bring in photos of your garden it helps us to plan it out with you. Remember that we have our own gardening/tree surgery team to create your perfect garden even if you don't have the time to do it yourself.

We hope that we will see you very soon.