Veg Box Newsletter 12th April: Spotlight on Dear Green


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Just a reminder of what we collect from your door each week: 

Veg Boxes– we reuse these
Online Veg Box Shop boxes– we reuse these
Mossgiel Milk bottles – we return these to the dairy for reuse
Ed’s Bees jars – we return these to Ed (and his bees) for reuse
Plastic bottle lids – we recycle these
Plant pots from Locavore potted herbs- our farm reuses these
Locavore hummus Vegware pots – we return these to vegware to be biodegraded
Ella’s Kitchen baby food pouches – we recycle these

We aren’t able to accept glass bottles, egg boxes, or any other items for recycling, I’m afraid. Please dispose of these as you choose. 

If you collect your orders from the shop, you can return them there. 

We’re running low on veg boxes at the moment, so please do remember to leave them out- reusing them as many times as possible helps keep our veg box scheme as carbon-efficient as possible

In the Veg Boxes This Week

Subject to last minute changes

Check out storage guidance for helpful tips and tricks on how to prolong the life of your fresh produce. If you’re wondering where your veg comes from, have a look at these maps. You can also join your fellow subscribers over in the Facebook group for lots of tips, tricks, and recipe ideas!

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The Nice Bit

The sun is shining on Glasgow today. The tenements are glowing, the sky is cloudless, rare and blue. Dear Green is named after this city, the dear green place, although perhaps the name also references the green of coffee beans before they’re roasted. And the green of ecology, too, as it’s hard to imagine a more thoughtful roastery. Recently certified as a B-Corp, meaning that they embody a better way of doing business with ethics at its core, they’ve given a lot of careful thought to everything from the packaging of their beans (balancing the sustainability of biodegradable bags with the preservation of that high-quality coffee) to the farms where the coffee is grown. 

Dear Green proves, too, that prioritising ethics doesn’t always have to mean sacrifice. Their coffee is fresh and delicious, its flavours ready for extraction. If you’ve ever been out and about in Glasgow and had a very delicious cup of coffee- maybe in a Locavore cafe?- there’s a very good chance that Dear Green roasted beans helped to make it so special. As this is a city that loves coffee a lot, Dear Green has scented the literal air of Glasgow, the richly perfumed steam floating out the doors of the independent coffee shops everywhere in the city. 

And filling your kitchen, too, if you’d like, as we offer Dear Green coffee (ground or wholebean) by subscription or on the Online Veg Box Shop. This weekend I’ll be using whole beans to infuse a custard to churn into ice-cream. Perhaps I’ll also pour strong coffee over a generous spoonful (or two) of condensed milk. I might stir a spoonful of grounds into cookie dough for surprisingly subtle flavour that deepens the caramel brown sugar notes, or into a chilli to balance the tomato sweetness. For some of us, the careful making of coffee in the morning is important, a ritual that sustains. If that’s the case for you, using coffee that’s been as carefully sourced, roasted, and packaged will surely complete the picture. We love supporting companies that are as committed to their ethics and as thoughtful about their impact as we strive to be at Locavore, and Dear Green is a wonderful example.