This period is our hungry gap. We have finished much of our spring/summer/autumn 2013 crops and the new season’s crops 2014 haven’t grown sufficiently yet.
During this time we will have to buy in some of our vegetables. This is not an easy solution because most other growers are also running out of crops unless they use supplementary heat and light. So we try to buy from Growers which are as local as possible and as Organic as possible but this is not always achievable – we do our best.
Tread that cob!
There’s a new page under Events telling in pictures the story of how we built our wonderful pizza oven at Runfold in 2013. Do take a look. OK, so it is nearly a year late…
There are some great parsnip ideas in Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage Veg everyday! book. Here is one I regularly do. Continue reading
Would you like to learn about bees & beekeeping, become a beekeeper yourself and have your own honey?
Farnham Beekeepers Association (a division of the British Beekeepers Association) will again be running courses for beginners in 2014. Continue reading
Welcome to the new and shiny year-round FLF!
Before we start with our first harvest this Saturday I need to get some admin out of the way.
I am assuming you are continuing with FLF with the share size unchanged. We are now offering 3 different payment plans: to pay by monthly instalments, to pre-pay 6 months (we’ll give you 1 week free veg as a discount), or to pre-pay 12 months (we’ll give you 2 weeks free veg as a discount). Once you have decided on your payment plan please find the details below:
1) You would like to pre-pay 12 months: Please transfer:
- £ 367.50 for a Small share,
- £ 563.50 for a Standard share,
- £ 759.50 for a Large share.
2) You would like to pre-pay 6 months: Please transfer:
- £ 183.75 for a Small share,
- £ 281.75 for a Standard share,
- £ 379.75 for a Large share.
3) You would like to pay by monthly standing order.
- For a Small share please transfer £ 31.88 to cover January and then set up a standing order of £ 31.88 starting on February 1st for the remainder of the year.
- For a Standard share please transfer £ 48.88 to cover January and then set up a standing order of £ 48.88 starting on February 1st for the remainder of the year.
- For a Large share please transfer £ 65.88 to cover January and then set up a standing order of £ 65.88 starting on February 1st for the remainder of the year.
Our bank details are:
Account Name: Farnham Local Food
Sort Code: 30-93-20
Account Code: 02362221
Branch: Lloyds TSB Farnham
Please read our updated 2014 Terms & Conditions, they are less boring than the file name suggests and contain lots of useful information. Also, the 2014 Cost & Payment schedule; I have summarised its content above.
If you didn’t take a share last year then please disregard above information; if however you would like to sign up for a share then please let us know!
Happy New Year! And a big Thank You for staying with FLF.
Dear FLF Member,
2013 has been a great year for us and for our vegetables! New members, more sunshine and loads of great tasting vegetables that we trust you all enjoyed.
We are now eagerly looking ahead to 2014 and making preparations for another good year. To help Susie in the field and enable FLF to stay sustainable we have decided it is necessary to take on more paid help so we are delighted to be able to welcome Gavin to FLF. We are a host farm for Gavin whilst he undertakes a Soil Association apprenticeship, training to become an organic grower. To be able to pay his small salary we need to sell more vegetables.
Following your support at our AGM and subsequent discussions by the Board, we will now be supplying veg all year round. If, as expected, we cannot grow enough crops ourselves, we will buy in from suppliers who match our twin principles of being “As Organic as Possible” and “As Local as Possible,” keeping your share size stable.
The new FLF year 2014 will start on 4 January and run right through to 20 December.
This week we have Borlotti beans in our share. A variety of kidney bean, this is a large plump bean that is pinkish-brown in colour with reddish-brown streaks. Borlotti beans are widely used in Italian cooking and have a sweetish flavour with a smooth creamy texture.
We posted some recipes back in 2011 here are a couple more ideas of what to do with them.
We have been nominated as a finalist in this month’s Country Market X-citing Projects campaign.
Voting is easy, simply email email@example.com with the name of the project you want to win in the subject box or call Tilly Bull on 01403 783400. Voting will last from Thursday 10th October until Sunday 27th October. Votes received after the closing date will not be counted.
Our awareness of this campaign came about the week we dug our pond and wondered how are we going to pay for the liner, hence the set intention of spending the money should we be successful. Finishing our pond will be another step towards enhancing bio-diversity on our site. £1,000 would also enable us to set up rainwater harvesting along the large polytunnel to fill it and use for watering our crops and do more still. Simply every single penny helps us to grow deeper roots and keep growing delicious vegetables with and as a community for our local community. Many thanks for any votes received they will be much appreciated.
The story of the pond so far.