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News from Hughes 09-05-16

Good morning The promised heat wave certainly risked the temperature. It has been round 30c in the glasshouse and time to irrigate, which keeps me cool. It makes harder work of establishing new crops and speeds on existing ones. It is a blessing though and will hopefully make up some lost time for the early yielding crops. It looks like being a late season though. The season has brought on the Batavia Lettuce nicely and they will flush for a couple of weeks and hopefully the Oak leaves will soon…

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News from the glasshouse

Good morning. At last some sunshine to speed things up and although the outside air is still cold, the glasshouse soon warms, at least by day. We will see the difference this week both in the standing crops and the seedlings, which will soon be chasing us for attention after a period of slow growth. We will complete the over wintered Spinach and Lettuce harvest this week and will have to wait a few weeks for the Spring plantings to mature. Chard will fill the gap and Leaf salads will…

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Latest Hughes News:

Good morning The cold has certainly slowed things up. Sprouting Broccoli is still scarce although it has been possible to gather some Cauliflower between frosts, some of which have been quite severe in Lincolnshire. So we do have some Cauli available although it will be of smaller size, being packed at 15/box, rather than be allowed to grow on and expose the curd to the frost. As soon as the weather turns for the better we hope the Spring Brassicas will be full on. In the Glasshouse it is similar,…

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A word from Hughes:

Good morning As anticipated the cold has held back the Cauliflower for a week but the promised crop should begin along with some PSB next week we hope. The glasshouse continues to make good progress. The timetable gradually takes shape as the plant raising schedule is confirmed. We look set to be busy planting through April and May. Over wintered crops must be cleared to make way, so now we can schedule the harvesting of the Chard, Spinach and salads that currently occupy space and the stream of seedlings ready…

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Cabbage Recipes Chard Recipes Kale Recipes Recipes Spinach Recipes Spring Greens Recipes

Calzone with greens

Ingredients 500g strong white bread flour 1 tsp dried yeast 1 tbsp olive oil semolina or polenta for dusting For the filling 12 slices chorizo 2 garlic clove, finely chopped 200g kale cavolo nero or other leafy green 2 balls mozzarella, torn into pieces walnut-size lump of Parmesan Method Put the flour, yeast, 1 tbsp oil, 300ml lukewarm water and a big pinch of salt in a bowl and mix to a soft, wettish dough. Knead in a mixer or by hand, lifting the dough as you work it to…

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News from Hughes

Good morning. There is a thin layer of snow on the ground, and a chill Easterly wind outside so we have a brief taste of Winter, I hope. Just as the mild weather has prematurely wakened the plant world and insects (I spotted several ladybirds this week), I have been feeling quite enthused for the new season, but a spell of cold will slow the haste to set seeds and the ladybirds will retire for a longer rest. So a brief spell of cold I hope. Our fieldsman will have…

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News from early February

Good morning As February looms I realise it is time to draw all the thoughts and plans for the coming season together. Ordering becomes increasingly imperative as sowing and planting dates loom ever closer and the sense of urgency increases after a relatively relaxed period. Should the Winter continue in a mild vent then there will be advantages to be gained early on. We have some over wintered salads coming ready to plant and some Chard germinated at ambient temperature over Christmas! More sowings are planned for this week to…

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News from our suppliers.

Good morning. As we enjoy another mild period after our little Winter there does not seem too much harm taken. So produce remains much the same although the Cauliflowers are in their last week before a gap in production principally due to the early maturity in the mild weather. There is also a rise in the price of Carrots to be noted. Otherwise supply is reasonably stable. As January comes to an end it is time to focus on seed and plant schedules which always casts one’s mind to new…

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Grahame and Lizzie’s words from last week.

Good morning We hope everyone has enjoyed enjoyed a restful and replenishing break from the general routine but of course at some point we have to address the realities of a new year. Nobody thinks too much about it during the Christmas period and little information is available regarding crops. Usually things are much as they left off pre Christmas with cold weather stabilising or at worst possibly threatening crops, but not this year. With temperatures 9.5c above average and sunshine levels way higher than normal in December it is…

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Last week’s news from our growers:

Good morning A first taste of Winter this week. The gales did little harm at the Glasshouse although slightly more vulnerable when from the North. A few flakes of snow and more seasonable temperatures introduce us to the perils of Winter weather. The Savoys here at the Breckland Organics farm have been fleeced to protect from the sharp drop in temperatures. Brassicas subject to that howling Northerly will have felt the icy blast all the more since they have enjoyed unseasonably warm weather until now. The ice reminds me that…

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Beetroot Recipes Recipes

Creamy beetroot risotto

Ingredients 500g fresh beetroot 2 tbsp olive oil knob of butter 1 onion, finely chopped 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 250g risotto rice 150ml white wine 700ml hot vegetable stock handful grated parmesan (or vegetarian alternative) 4 tbsp soured cream handful chopped dill Method Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Peel and trim the beetroots and cut into large wedges. Place on a large sheet of foil on a baking sheet. Toss with 1 tbsp olive oil, season, then cook for 1 hr until the beets are soft. Meanwhile, heat…

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News from Hughes 09/11/15

Good morning Another dull and damp week and it was the turn of Tomatoes to make their exit. Peppers will follow after a final pick and there are Winter plants waiting in the wings. We do have some Green Oak Lettuce making reasonable size and we will start harvesting this week, better to start young than hold out for more weight and encounter problems. Everywhere is exceptionally wet which is not ideal. Woodlands have eased into the Winter Cauliflower season.They have well wrapped curds which is essential for protection from…

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A word from our main suppliers 02/11/15

Good morning Gradually the Summer crops are being removed and replaced with seedling leaf crops and the Glasshouse landscape flattens out as tall summer crops are replaced with short salads. The Glasshouse seems quite big again. But it is filling and we still have a home raised batch of plants to be set out. There are plenty of Salad leaves now and Chard and Landcress are growing well. Beans have slowed up after a decent flush and the development has been poor in the dull light. A few more days…

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News from the growers 12/10/15

Good morning The season really is slipping away with the last Aubergine and Cucumbers picked and only Peppers and Tomatoes still producing from the Summer. But the late planting of Beans is flourishing in the warm sunshine by day and the residual heat should offset cooling nights with good fortune. A few more bright days would be welcome. The new plantings are also growing well with new plants arriving this week to replace the Summer crops. They should give us a modest supply through the Winter and a boost in…

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Notes from Grahame and Lizzie 28/09/15

Good morning An Autumnal list this week to accompany the pleasant Autumnal weather. Squash has become readily available and Leeks make an appearance. Kales available and Cabbage will respond to the sunshine and very soon follow. Maincrop Potatoes are also in full harvest now, with White Valor available with a variety to follow as they are lifted.. Meanwhile we continue to enjoy our diminishing Glasshouse harvest but which should also respond to the bright weather and give us another week. It will be a busy planting week as areas have…

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Notes from Grahame and Lizzie received last Monday.

Good morning As the Summer crops such as Aubergine, Beans and Peppers come into their second flush of productivity the cooler climate and shorter days are making harvesting more manageable compared to the dash of early July. Aubergines are abundant again and have plenty of developing fruit which will be useful in September. Beans are tumbling down from the high wire in another splendid flush but maturity is much more spaced out meaning lighter picks of generally more slender Beans. Peppers are also recovering and the new fruit has less…

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Recipes Squash Recipes

Gem squash with a cheesy spicy sweetcorn filling

Prep time 10 mins Cook time 10 mins Total time 20 mins This South African childhood favourite of gem squash filled with sweetcorn gets an adult twist with some spicy peri-peri sauce. Author: Jeanne Horak-Druiff Recipe type: Vegetable side Cuisine: South African Serves: 4 as a side Ingredients 2 gem squash 2 large spring onions 1 large clove of garlic 2 tsp olive oil 1 x 400g tin of sweetcorn 1 tsp hot sauce of your choice (optional) ½ cup grated mature cheddar cheese Instructions Slice the gem squash in…

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Courgette Recipes Recipes

Courgette Muffin recipe

Get kids busy in the kitchen with these scrummy courgette muffins, perfect for cooks aged between 8-14. Ingredients: 50g courgettes, cut into chunks 1 apple, peeled and quartered 1 orange, halved 1 egg 75g butter, melted 300g self-raising flour ½ tsp baking powder ½ tsp cinnamon 100g golden caster sugar handful of sultanas 1 tub soft cheese mixed with 3 tbsp icing sugar, to make icing Method Brush the muffin tin with oil. Ask your grown-up helper to switch the oven to 190C/ 170C fan/gas 5. Grate the courgettes and…

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