Courgettes and Cucumbers
We’re having a pretty mild hungry gap this year! Onions and beetroot have lasted longer than usual, and we’re expecting the start of the high season from local farms in a few weeks. But it’s still the hungry gap, and in order to keep the boxes as full as possible, and to offer the best value for money we can, we are including a few items from overseas in the main boxes this week. Mainly this is courgettes, as UK courgettes won’t be around for a while yet, but we’re also using both UK and Spanish cucumbers in the boxes. We’ll be back to UK-only boxes soon.
Chicory, Oyster Mushrooms and Green Garlic
Doesn’t that sound amazing? Three great ingredients to add a little variety to your meals. And as adding variety is what the supplementary veg bags are for, you won’t be surprised to hear that adding a small supplementary veg bag to your order for this week will mean your fridge has such grand exciting ingredients as these. Need ideas? No problem- try combining your chicory with the courgettes for a great side dish, turning the oyster mushrooms into vegan fried chicken, and making a potato salad with a green garlic dressing. To add, log in to your veg box account on our website or send us an email- either way, you have until 9am on Monday morning. Don’t miss out!
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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Munch of the Month
We had a lot of amazing entries for this month’s competition, from mushroom pho through to a parade of gorgeous crumbles to make use of the rhubarb and kiwis from the fruit bags. But this month’s winner has to be Fiona Louise, with this gorgeous-looking salad. It features pickled radishes, spring onions, tomatoes, and salad leaves all from the veg boxes, alongside butter beans and feta, all brought together with a dreamy-sounding lemon and dill dressing. This is perfect Spring-food, a salad built around what we have and what we want to eat, full of fresh flavours. I can imagine switching out the butter beans for new potatoes for a warm version, maybe as part of a picnic on a sunny day. We’ll have the recipe uploaded in a few days, so keep your eyes peeled. Well done Fiona- enjoy your hamper!
If you’d like to enter June’s Munch of the Month competition and have a chance to win a hamper of Locavore shop goodies, just cook something featuring your veg box and/or fruit bag contents and post a photo on Instagram or in our Facebook group, tagging it with #locavoremm and #locavorevegbox so we can find it. We love seeing what everyone is cooking, and those tags are definitely worth a scroll through for inspiration.
The Nice Bit
Hi folks, this week The Nice Bit is by me, Sophie – I’m the new events co-ordinator for Locavore. I’ve written a few words for the newsletter in the past, but have now moved from the veg box team to doing events instead. I’m slowly resurrecting our events programme, which has been on hold since, well…you know.
We’re starting off our events with some free, informal shop tours – Intro to Locavore which focuses on tips and tricks for shopping zero waste, and a practical guide to our refill stations; and Locavore on a Budget where we show you how to shop ethically on a shoestring, and talk openly about the true cost of food and the impact of seasonality on price. We’re all feeling the pinch with prices rising everywhere at the moment, so we hope these tours will help you to continue enjoying your shop with us, even if money is a bit tighter than it used to be!
We’re also holding screenings in our Govanhill, Edinburgh and Kirkintilloch shops of Zev Robinson’s fantastic documentary film Feeding the City. Zev Robinson is a Canadian-British artist and filmmaker. His work looks at the relationship between art, film and food. Feeding the city features interviews with Max Johnson of The Washhouse Garden, Scott Erwin of Greencity Wholefoods, Abi Morden of Propagate, plus our very own head of Locavore, Reuben Chesters. There will also be a Q & A after the film, with a chance to discuss the film in more detail. The date for our Kirky screening is still to be confirmed, but we’ll announce that soon!
Lastly, we’re super excited to be attending the Kirky Gala Day on Sat 11th June! Its a day of family fun, music, dancing and a chance for the local community to get together. The Kirky team will be there with some tasty samples for you to try, and some of the items we stock in the shop, all from our amazing local producers like Ed’s Bees honey and Caurnie Soaps. Come down and say hello!
We’ve got plenty more coming up too, so watch this space for more dates to be announced soon. If you are interested in collaborating with us please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re always looking to work with other like minded individuals and organisations, particularly those who share our values and ethos.