The little plums in the share last Saturday are Britain’s wild plums, also known as Bullaces, from the hedge at West Farm. They’re related to sloes but far less sour and used to be the standard until choice plum varieties such as Victoria were introduced.
They are quite ‘dry’ (astringent) and are not great raw but really tasty stewed with Demerara or Muscovado sugar. Don’t bother trying to soak off the skins. Removing the small stones is a pain, too. I’ve a chip pan strainer that works well for removing plum stones but these little bullets go through the mesh! Ideas and inventions welcome.
Posted in Plum, Recipes
Can anyone offer some inspiring ideas for recipes using chard? We are rather short on the recipe page and more than one person has asked about chard recipes. One member said she used it for pesto but I never got her to spell out the detail of whether she steamed, hot soaked or used it raw, and what else she added (sorry I don’t know you name). I hope you’ll fill me in!
So with many shares of chard to come please write a recipe or comment on our web site!
(Other good veg recipes you’ve tried are welcome too).
Posted in Chard, Recipes
Our Annual General Meeting was held on the 9th July 2016 at the Runfold site. Here are the official Minutes from Marlies.
FLF AGM 2016-07-09
The Standard share this week: 16 July 2016
Lindsay and the team of harvesters have done a great job again today of putting together another lovely share!
With beetroot back in the ‘box’, more french beans than you could shake a bamboo cane at, broad beans, a delightful looking mixed salad bag (complete with edible flowers), a healthy helping of basil (over 200g), loads of calabrese (broccoli), cucumbers, courgettes and black currents (in addition to the bought in, locally grown new potatoes). With a standard share still working out at £11.50 a week, and everything grown to organic principles, we are certainly giving the supermarkets a run for their money!
The week before last Gerri kindly did a price comparison of our standard share against what she could find on the supermarkets’ websites. We came out much, much cheaper, with the supermarket equivalent working out costing nearly half as much again! I think that some people are under the impression that obtaining their weekly vegetables via Farnham Local food is less cost effective than the supermarkets. Thank you Gerri for dispelling this myth. Continue reading
We had an excellent day on Friday is glorious weather, helping prepare our Dippenhall site to become the veg distribution hub for our activities after we move from Runfold. Continue reading
Peppy has produced some last-minute advice for our seedling-growers. Click the links below to download the Letter and Instructions.
Letter for plant bonanza on June 5th
Seedling instructions – sowing plan 2016
Try these one to use the Rocket mix & garlic in today’s share
- Cheesy rocket scones (really easy!)
- Rocket & walnut pesto (and vegan version)
- Potato, garlic & rocket soup
Try one of these recipes using the fantastic savoy cabbages in this week’s share! Continue reading