Wednesday 18 January 2012

This Week At Farm Direct....

The mild winter has certainly been a tremendous for our green crops and even with the recent frosts, our veg is still flourishing. Frost damage is, however, not the only factor that can prematurely end a season's growth. Notable in their absence this year have been the huge flocks of continental pigeons that often blight our chard and spinach. The trade off is a few more aphids, slugs and caterpillars, so you may see a few more unexpected protein bonuses in your leafy veg!

The cold does however stunt growth, so we do have a crop gap in our rainbow chard and salad rocket from Ripple Farm. These have been replaced by organic cavolonero kale and rocket from Perry Court Farm. Our pak choi is now green (the red was eaten by slugs) and we have a green winter lettuce from Lea Valley.

In a weeks time it will be Burns night, celebrating the life and works of Scotland's most famous poet. This year we have haggis for the first time as well as all the neeps and tatties you can eat. For desert, we have mincemeat puddings at 25% off. See our Burn's night section for more inspiration.

Today our newsletter has two contributors, Donna's recipe of the week is a fish rosti bake, while Philip Dundas, author of Cooking Without Recipes, provides us with some helpful hints and tips on how to make the most of your Farm Direct produce.

Due to popular demand we have brought back both the low fat strawberry and low fat peach yoghurt from Tim's Diary in Buckinghamshire, both are available at £1.29.

And finally, from this weekends service our delivery cost will be £1.99 for a 2-4 hour slot or 99p for Saturday any-time delivery. With delivery spanning over 4 days and with 8 different delivery slots we still think this is great value and hope that you do too. Don't forget you can still collect from either of our depots for free.

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