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Notes from Grahame 26/01/2015

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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News from the growers 05/01/15

Good morning and best wishes for the New Year We hope you all enjoyed the Christmas break. We have had quite a restful period as it is definitely down time in the Glasshouse and with a break in trading it has been a good rest. Hopefully the Christmas trading went well for you. It is always a challenge to get everything catered for and we also had one of our two vans out of action. Produce was sufficient and generally good although Brussels Sprouts proved predictably difficult after such a…

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A word from the growers 02/12/14

Good morning Today has been a proper November day and the ground is saturated so the Monday Carrot harvest will be messy and the Leeks even more so, but the Breckland harvesting gang are a hardy crew and work through all conditions. But even these free draining Breckland soils will be challenging after this. The Glasshouse is showing it’s leaks and time spent repairing glass will be well spent now to help conserve warmth as well as keep out rain. It looks likely temperatures will be dropping. Winter is certainly…

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Notes from the growers

Good morning Everything has a real wintry feel suddenly. Of the Summer crops, only a few Beans remain in the Glasshouse and the tall crops have been replaced by the small, and suddenly it seems very large! Steadily we are refilling it and fortunately  the seedlings do not race away this time of year. The better we can establish now the earlier we will be in the New Year so it is worth the effort before the temperatures and light really diminish. Field crops are feeling more wintry too. Celeriac,…

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Notes received last Monday from Grahame and Lizzie follow

Good morning November already. But October provided a finale fitting of Spring. I was fortunate enough to visit Woodlands Farm in Lincolnshire on Friday and it was as beautiful a Spring day as you could wish for. It could have been May except for the Dahlias still flowering in a field. Weird weather but very pleasant. Woodlands have a good store of Squash, Celeriac, Potatoes and Cabbage as well as fresh Sprouts, Kale, Carrots, Parsnip and Swede to take us through the Winter, their speciality period. Depending on the weather…

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News from 02/11/14

Good morning With the clocks changing we are reminded of the time of year. It has been so warm one might take it for mid September. But the diminishing daylight is the defining factor and this is definitely entering Winter mode. We have been favoured this Autumn, with stronger growth than normal but one of the few down sides is the premature and abrupt end to the Broccoli season. Rapid growth and the recent stormy downpours have hastened it’s demise at both Breckland and Woodlands farms. In the Glass planting…

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News from Hughes

Good morning The changeover continues with more plants removed and new ones planted. We have numerous plants waiting so the pressure is on for a while. With a slowing down of cropping we should have more time and at least under glass we don’t have to worry about the weather. Cropping certainly is slowing. There are plenty of Beans but development is slow so this week will probably be the last of plenty. Peppers continue but Tomatoes are diminishing rapidly. After a rush of leaves, I think it will become…

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News from today 06/10/14

Notes from Hughes received this morning: Good morning September has been kind, enabling the late Summer planting to provide plenty of Leaves and clearing in time for the Autumn planting that will spread through October. Cucumbers,Aubergines and Beans have already started to be replaced and we will try to keep a steady supply of Leaf crops through the Winter, weather permitting. How will it be? Squash are safely gathered and are in high demand. Most varieties have done well except the Crown Prince, which for some reason has not. A…

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Hughes Organics notes from 22/09/14

Good morning We’ve started taking the Winter squash crop into store with Celebration, Harlequin and Delicata leading the way and Crown Prince, Kabocha and Kuri to be harvested next week from Wakelyn’s Farm in Suffolk . These are readily available now and an excellent winter staple. With only a few weeks left for Sweetcorn and glasshouse salads reducing in volume we will be increasingly looking towards winter crops coming through and Swedes and Parsnips will soon be available. but we have a little left in the summer crops yet with…

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Hughes notes from yesterday 08/09/14

Good morning, With the warmer air has come renewed growth in the Glasshouse but not alas, to the Courgettes outside. They are really struggling with mildew, a true mark of the end of Summer. No Courgettes. But Squash is only a week or so away we hope. Leeks from Breckland make an appearance this week. A true sign of Autumn. In the Glass, the new crop of Beans is gathering pace as the old fades, good planning! and the late crop are also beginning to flower to further extend the…

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Notes from Grahame and Lizzie 28/7/14

Good morning, Another bright week has seen increased Tomato ripening, lots of Cucumbers and some large Aubergines. It has been a proper Summer, but then we missed the serious storms. Tomatoes have seen the French heritage variety Marmande leading the way with Noir and the Salad variety showing colour this weekend. Cherries are already gathering pace but Jubilee, the yellow heritage, yielding just one ripe fruit. Soon we will be brimming full. Aubergine has really enjoyed the warmth and is large and abundant while Peppers are recovering from an initial…

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News from the glasshouse

Good morning July has hardly lived up to it’s expectation as far as sunshine is concerned. Although for a moment on Saturday afternoon the clouds broke and the temperature wilted both plants and me, more out of shock than anything. It is looking a little more hopeful for the coming week thankfully. Crops have still produced and even a few Cherry Tomatoes ripen so we do still have progress. But it would be so much more pleasant with some sun. Salad Onions have definitely finished until the next crop. I’m…

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Notes from Grahame & Lizzie 07/07/2014

Good morning The few days of sunshine and the warmer nights have combined to tip Beans and Courgettes to peak production in the glass, outdoor Courgettes start to yield fruit and cucumbers to start to accumulate. So a good week for growing. On the other hand we will have a break in salad production as we establish a new bed. The first crops of Celery and Salad Onions are also nearing their end but the first Peppers and Aubergines are showing and will soon be cropping if we can recover…

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Notes from The Glasshouse

Good morning A slow growing week means supplies of Courgettes and Beans are in shorter supply than expected although the brighter weather this weekend will speed them up. The outdoor Courgettes should start next week.which will improve the supply. Beans are also flowering well and should become abundant next week. Celery is filling well and is plentiful as are Salad Onions. We have also have cropped the first Cucumbers and they are developing a good crop for the coming weeks. Outside we still have plenty of bunched Carrots. So as…

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News From Hughes

Good morning The Winter roots have disappeared now, to be replaced with new Bunched Carrots which are growing well in the mixture of sun and rain. Chard is also plentiful and we also have the first Courgettes in limited quantity and have even eaten Round Beans for dinner! They should start to produce useful quantities next week. Both are both noticeably earlier than usual and a clear sign of a shift in season and a welcome change. Cucumbers will soon follow but Tomatoes Peppers and Aubergine will be later in…

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Growers’ Notes

Good morning And so it is June,  often the most difficult month for availability. Spring crops are depleting along with the overwintered while Summer crops are so close but not quite yet. We did pick our first Courgettes today, but of course only a few. Beans still look to be a few weeks away and Celery maybe two, the recent dull weather being of no great help. On a more positive note we have seen good growth of Silver and Rainbow Chard and they will be plentiful for a few…

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News From Hughes 14th April

Good morning Some rapid growth and lots of seedling emergence has been the order of the week as Spring really gathers momentum. Spring Lettuce and Spinach are close to cutting and we will start with some Salad bags this week. Although early Greens and Salad Onions are petering out there are new plantings replacing them and they will take their place in due course. Rocket is abundant both as Salad and wild Rocket, which grows as volunteers in the less cultivated areas and has responded well to being included in…

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Growers’ Notes Monday 7th April

Good morning The constant cloud of pollution and sand which affected us this week was a surprising check to the Spring flush but we enjoyed better conditions over the weekend and planting and sowing has moved on while harvesting creates space  for the next crop. Rain or shine, under glass we can keep busy but we were especially glad for it’s protection this week. We finished East Anglian Carrots and Parsnips last week but have a short term extension from our wholesale supplier in Herefordshire. This will be short lived…

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News from the glasshouse

Good morning The overwintered crops are beginning to fulfill their potential. It’s a great delight to see and hopefully the beginning of a bountiful season. Rainbow and Silver Chard, Spinach and Spring Greens have all made good growth. They should be plentiful for the time being and then the early sown Spinach and Salads should begin and the cycle will continue. We will have a shortage of the Winter salads for a while though, as the Oriental Brassicas take to flower as the days lengthen and we await new plantings.…

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Notes from Hugues 17/03/14

Good morning We have been enjoying a few days in Cornwall with Josh and Polly enabling a visit to Lizzie’s mother and a trip to the Eden Project today. Saturday we enjoyed Mediterranean sunshine and today was quite tropical! Well until we come out of the Biomes at least. It does mean the order days are going to be quite compressed and challenging. Although the fine weather has pushed the glasshouse crops forward we will be restricted in harvesting time but we will do our best to fulfill any requests.…

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