Wednesday 8 February 2012

This Week At Farm Direct....

Brrrrrrr. It's is still freezing outside and with much of our veg under a blanket of snow, our farmers are working around the clock to ensure we have plenty of produce available this week. We are likely to be without a few of our leafy greens and salad leaves (which are suffering from the bitter cold), but everything else will be available as usual.

Meanwhile, the repercussions of our unseasonally mild January are still being felt - with our cherry tomatoes ready a whole 6 weeks early. We don't usually see these sweet little fruits until at least April, but with the the recent weather and high levels of light on the Isle of Wight, they are now ready for picking.

Next Tuesday marks St Valentine's Day, that time of year where we celebrate the burial of 14 ancient Roman Christian martyrs by presenting heart shaped cards, cooking extravagant meals and whispering sweet nothings into the ear of our significant other. Always keen to facilitate romance amongst our customers, this year we have a St Valentine's section, complete with hand-made chocolate, British wine and romantic meals for 2.

If you want to further grease the wheels of love, rock oysters are on special offer this week (6 for £3.79 or 12 for £6.99). Take a look at Pip's tips for some helpful advice.

With the reared game season now over, this is the final week to make the most of our end-of-season game sale. We have plenty of partridge, pheasant & mallard available at reduced prices. Next week expect the return of rabbit and pigeon, as shooting resumes for the really wild game.

Goufrane has prepared another batch of traditional Lebanese treats for us this week. Choose from venison samosas (made using our own wild venison), pumpkin kibbeh or tomato, onion and cheese bread.

And finally, New to our cupboard section we have two soups from the Yorkshire Provender (Caramelised Onion with Cider Vinegar and Sage & Beetroot, Parsnip, Horseradish and Ginger), as well as peanuts from Shire Foods (salted, chilli and dry roasted).

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