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An Investment in Local Farms - Driven By You

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An Investment in Local Farms - Driven By You

Our growth in the last couple of years has been something we have spoken about briefly. The most pleasing thing with growth is that it gives us the chance to push projects we believe in. The backbone of this business is supporting local growers and we try to make sure we make all decisions with growers in mind. In recent weeks, we have had extensive conversations with farmers as they begin to plan their planting schedule for seasons to come. The growth has allowed us to go to farms like David Catt & Sons and Wye Orchard and fully guarantee...

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A Packaging Conundrum - Trying to lessen our impact.

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A Packaging Conundrum - Trying to lessen our impact.

The thorny issue of packaging is something that we are continually looking at with regard to our Fruit + Veg Boxes. How can we be as environmentally conscious as possible, but still maintain perfect produce? This is a question that companies everywhere are grappling with, here’s what we do… Our 100% Biodegradable bags Our biodegradable bags that you see looking after our soft fruit and tomatoes are made from something called low density polythene (LDPE) and include a bio-additive that accelerates degradation. They’re designed to break down into natural elements (co2, water, humus, minerals) within 2-5 years (depending on how...

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Meet The Producers - Brogdale Collection.

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Meet The Producers - Brogdale Collection.

Last week we introduced our good friends at the Brogdale Fruit Collection, and how to contribute to the wonderful work they do by purchasing some heritage fruit. We thought we’d expand a little bit on what the charity do, and why we jumped at the chance to get on board and help out. The national fruit collection is held at the site in Brogdale and they provide education and access about the history and heritage of fruit in this country. Set in over 150 acres of farmland, they have over 4000 varieties of fruit trees ranging from apples, pears, quinces...

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The Much Maligned Marrow

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The Much Maligned Marrow

If the humble marrow had the money you’d assume they’d hire a lawyer and take their little brother with the fancy continental name, the courgette, to court for libel and slander. The case for the prosecution would hinge on the fact that they’re the same thing. The marrow has been left in the ground to mature a bit longer. That’s it. In the past, leaving the courgettes at the end of season to mature into marrows allowed the skins to harden. This means, similar to squash, the flesh is protected and therefore if stored correctly can sit quite happily for...

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The Oversized Aubergine and The Slightly Blemished Apricot

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The Oversized Aubergine and The Slightly Blemished Apricot

Although the title of this blog post sounds like a children's book (In fact, I'm about to copyright it so if I see it in Waterstones, prepare to hear from my lawyers), I assure you it'll make sense. Stick with me!  Early last week we received a call from Wye Orchard. They were in a bit of a pickle.  After a few issues in cropping they were faced with a dilemma, one that farmers hate. Due to cold and a mix of other various factors, all the Aubergines they had planted had exploded and grown massive seemingly out of nowhere...

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