More recipes for mooli

Mooli are back in the share this week so Susie & Gavin thought it would be helpful to add some more recipes to the website using this slightly peppery member of the radish family. It is as good raw as cooked so listed below are recipes for a carrot & sesame salad, a pumpkin curry and a savoury patty (a bit like a chinese rosti!). If you search on FLF web page there is also a recipe for a Burmese potato curry using mooli. Continue reading

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Jim the Polytunnel successfully moved

A quick-and-late report on moving “Jim the Polytunnel” to its Winter quarters:

Jim in transit

After a productive season harbouring our tomatoes, I’m delighted to say that our polytunnel-on-skids has been slid and rolled for the first time to its new location alongside the existing long tunnel, over the pre-planted winter salad. This was a bit of an alarming prospect but Vince and his work-experience lads from the Linden Education Centre rose to the challenge with good humour and a can-do attitude.

We braced the tunnel for the stresses of the move by binding the hoops together along its length with purple webbing straps to stop them from splaying, joining the door rails with steel bars and positioning the massive steel tow-bar at the leading end.

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Willow weaving and chai drinking

It has been several years since we planted our willow arbour and it is sprouting wonderfully.  This week we made some trimmings and weaved ourselves dreamcatchers. Continue reading

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Gratin of pumpkin and borlotti

As we were fortunate enough to get more borlotti beans in this weeks share a recipe that combines the best of what is available at the moment. You can add cubes of pancetta or streaky bacon but the original vegetarian version works really well as a meal in itself and goes really well with FLF spicy winter salad! Sarah K’s recipes for borlotti from last year are also on the website .. I can recommend the soup. Continue reading

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Green tomato soup & curry .. if chutney isn’t your thing!

A couple of recipes as an alternative to the ubiquitous chutney to make most of the green tomatoes in this week’s share. Joanna W recommended the Nigel slater green chutney recipe to me and so I have given that a try as well ! Continue reading

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Successful Squash Harvest party

October is the month when Summer produce starts to give way to more Autumnal fare. The bean and pea plants have given of their best, and are close to being consigned to the compost heap. Probably the definitive October crop is pumpkin, with its associations with Halloween.

To celebrate the pumpkin and squash crop, we held a harvesting party at our Dippenhall site on Sunday 5th October. Over 30 people turned up to pick a variety for squashes, and to enjoy the Autumn air. Unlike the previous day, when the brave harvesters were soaked through, it was a gloriously sunny day.

Planting GarlicThere was work to be done, of course. As well as picking pumpkins, the volunteers planted garlic, spread manure, tended a bonfire, and even found time to scavenge a few fallen walnuts. The reward was a plate of jacket potatoes and delicious vegetarian chilli. That was followed by a selection of cakes and biscuits, many baked by FLF members.

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Squash Picking Up Work Party

Squash Pick Up Work Party

You are invited to a SQUASH HARVEST DAY
with Bonfire and lunch provided.

On Sunday 5th October 2014, 10am until 3pm
for any amount of time 

We need a hand at our Dippenhall site with gathering in the squash harvest and with some general tidying up before winter. Come and see where the sweetcorn, the cabbages, the winter squashes and lots of your goodies are grown.

We will have a bonfire and will cook up a big stewpot of mild but tasty veggie chilli with baked-in-the-bonfire jacket spuds. Please bring your own flask as we don’t have any tea / coffee making facilities. Loo facilities are rudimentary!

At our Dippenhall site (directions here). Please park at the ‘Factories’ just past our site, on the bend, on the right – if coming from Farnham, then walk carefully down the road to our field – we will have signs out to direct you)
Please RSVP to Susie: so she can work out the catering.

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Recipes to make the most of new carrot crop

Some simple recipes for a Carrot dip, a Carrot and Corn salad and Beetroot, Carrot & Goats cheese muffins which I hope will do justice to the new crop of FLFy (Gavin’s ) carrots . Continue reading

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Annual General Meeting 2014

AGMFLF’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held at Runfold at Harvest and Food Hub day – Saturday 20 September at 2pm. Come for a review of the year, elections to the Board and have your say about the direction, running and vision for FLF in the coming year.

An agenda will be published here soon. If there is something you would like discussed please contact any member of the board or the grower team. You can also email

We look forward to welcoming old and new members alike.



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Open General Meeting, July 2014 – Minutes

We are what we are because of our Members. Our General Meeting last month was a forum both for informing and for discussing where we are, how we go forward and some of the challenges ahead (and behind!)

Do take a look at the Minutes, carefully taken and written up by Marlies. Feel free to comment – here or in person to any board member.

Open Meeting Minutes PDF

David, Secretary

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