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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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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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This week’s news from Hughes

Good morning At last the season seems to be gathering momentum.Some warm nights and clear mornings have stimulated a noticeable increase in tempo. Courgettes are reaching their peak but are getting difficult to pick as they grow into a thicket. The outdoor ones are flowering now so we’ll be able to switch in a week or so. Bean yields are also picking up with more coming into production and will be plentiful by next week. Cucumber and Aubergine continue to host the annual swarm and feast of aphid and ladybird.…

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News from Bunwell today, 09/06/15.

Good morning It was good to see the first bunched Carrots last week. They were a real taste of early summer and very welcome after a sparse period for vegetables and of roots especially. With Cauliflower finishing for a few weeks this welcome sunshine should hasten the early Broccoli. It could well appear next week, it’s been waiting for the sun. In the Glasshouse we have all the Summer crops planted with some space left for some Melons to go in next week. Courgettes have begun cropping in earnest and…

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Notes from the glasshouse 30/05/15

Good morning It’s almost June. The planting is almost finished, just a day’s work remaining. Then the task of trimming and training begins in earnest, especially if the promised warm and bright weather comes our way. We have seen the first Bean flowers virtue of a day’s sunshine and they should start to pick in a couple of weeks. Courgettes have already started in a modest way.but should be plentiful by next week. We have some male flowers but few pollinators in this dull weather. Most are setting OK though.…

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Grahame’s weekly news:

Good morning The Bank Holiday gives us a slightly extended period to complete the Summer planting. We might make it with the extra break from harvesting, but it will be close. We have to be quick because we are seeing the first signs of cropping of the earlier plantings with Cucumbers beginning in a small way and Chard ready for a light cut. Flowering Courgettes should also trickle in next week although the cloudy outlook will not help unfortunately. Celery is also gathering pace, while Beans stubbornly refuse to open…

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Notes from the glasshouse 18/05/15

Notes from the glasshouse: Good morning The mid May plants arrived this week and at quite an advanced stage so we must hurry to establish them to take advantage. There is much to do but the temporary lull in cropping will give us a little more time. Peppers and Aubergines will fill the space vacated by Spinach and Salads. Maincrop Courgettes have germinated but will wait until June before planting outdoors, meanwhile protected Courgettes are on the point of flowering as are climbing Beans. Cucumbers are even closer. There will…

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Notes from Hughes today, 11/05/15

Good morning The first Summer transplants are taking root and showing signs of renewed vigour prompting the period of trimming and training to channel growth into a manageable form. It will be an ongoing theme of the summer At least it is mostly standing up. The Spring Spinach season will tail off this week, a little early due to mice, and Salads will slow down at the end of this month as the increasing temperatures make it more difficult and space requirements dictate a reduced area. And so we will…

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A word from the growers 07/04/15

Good morning March departed with the fiercest winds we have suffered for several years. For the most part we have missed the worst of recent storms but the wind at the beginning of the week really rattled the Glasshouse, shaking several cracked panes loose and shattering them along the rippling roof, nerve tingling moments. It was our main harvesting days so we had to grab the leaves quickly and head for the safety of the warehouse to pack.The winds were sustained for a long period as well but in the…

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News from the glasshouse 30/03/15

Good morning While it always feels auspicious at the passing of the Spring equinox and the start of British Summer Time the accompanying wind and rain have hardly felt like Summer. There is however a promising warmth with the Westerlies that we haven’t felt for weeks and it’s good to feel some Atlantic weather even it has been a bit messy. The increased temperatures will help with germination which has been noticeably erratic and has encouraged us to sow early Beans and Courgettes in the hope conditions will have improved…

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News from the glasshouse – 23/03/2015

Good morning The incessant cloud, which obscured the eclipse for all but the last gasp, finally lifted today giving a welcome burst of sun to lift the gloom. It is still too cold to risk Courgette and Bean seed and even Salads and Spinach is struggling to germinate but a bright spell will make all the difference. There is still plenty of Chard which is making it,s burst of Spring growth before starting to flower. We should have plenty for several weeks. Salads have been slow growing but there is…

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Notes from our main suppliers, received last Monday:

Good morning Another quiet week although a couple of very cold nights frayed nerves regarding the irrigation system. But although fairly exposed, the lagging did it’s job. We had also just taken delivery of some beautifully stored squash and were desperate for it not to get chilled which required the use of the cold store to maintain a higher temperature than the warehouse. Squash needs a temperature of 10c for storage which is why ambient storage is difficult beyond December. It was difficult to achieve the higher temperature with water…

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