Veg Box Newsletter 22nd August: Times of Plenty

In the Veg Boxes This Week

Subject to last minute changes

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The Nice Bit

We got through the scrag end of winter, with its stored roots and scarce greenery; we survived the hungry gap, those difficult months when we’re waiting (with bated breath) for the chard to be ready. And now we’re in the time of plenty, when we’re running to keep up with all the beautiful bountiful veg they’re harvesting on our growing sites. 

Locavore’s veg is special, and not only because it tastes really good. You know that the people who grew it are dedicated to doing so with the interests of the soil in mind. Traditional farming techniques damage the delicate and intricately complex ecosystem that help plants to grow. Without the diverse lifeforms that build the structures of the soil, plants are more vulnerable to disease and pests, and have a harder time getting all the nutrients they need to grow. This leads to farmers adding more pesticides and fertilizers, which only serve to make the problems worse.  

Our growing sites disrupt this pattern, growing in ways carefully chosen to give back to the soil. We grow organically and low-till, observing crop rotation and using green manures. This is hard work but it pays us back in the form of plentiful delicious vegetables. This week alone we have celery, cucumber, chard, salad greens, lettuce, french beans, runner beans, spring onions, chillies and fennel from our farms. I hope you enjoy your share of the bounty- it’s yours as much as anyone’s, as your choice to subscribe to a veg box helps us to invest in our growing sites and give us the security we need to be able to prioritise the health of the soil- and of the planet. 

You can read more about soil health and our growing sites here