As such, the bumble bees have just arrived and are busy finding their feet in their new home full of flowers. Bumper crops are heading our way on many of our fruits this year, so look out for some good bargains for those of you who like to harvest and store for the winter!
We have made some great leaps in our growing plans for the farm this year and a little investment in equipment and technology; last week I was able to seed over 30,000 plants in one afternoon, although as you see we still use the trusty wheelbarrow! This accounts for our transplanting crops and we have sowing plans like this happening every 2 - 4 weeks from Nov to July, not taking into account all of those plants that are drilled straight into the ground. I am a very firm beleiver in the fresher it is the more flavour it has. This resonates here, with many meals on your plate or produce in the market growing just minutes before. We are already picking our first bunched spinach of the year as well as radish, sorrel, rainbow chard, a range of herbs from the kitchen garden and our early season rhubarb. And for the few lucky shoppers each day the very first of our bunched asparagus...finally we get away from all this foreign produce that dominates everybody's shelves and fridges for those winter months.
Soon to come will be our first bunched carrots (next week), pak choi, lettuce, golden turnips and our own spring onions. I couldn't resist pulling one of these young onions out this week and trying it... it tasted like they used to! With so much visiting our shelves from our own fields this year it really is going to be a blast from the past of real market days selling real food, knobbly, crooked, oversized, undersized, FRESH AND FULL OF FLAVOUR!
We will also be doing our best to offer as many rewards as possible on our own produce to boost your 'Community Card' savings and right now we have 50 points being awarded on our bumper crop of purple spouting broccoli.