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Veg News April 16th 2014

We are open as normal on Good Friday and Saturday, only closing Easter Sunday.

The supply of local leeks from our own land near Leigh has come to an end, which means we can only look forward to seeing the first new season crop from Moss Brook Growers… Asparagus is apparently just around the corner!
Spring starts to bring us some long awaited produce, with the arrival of the first UK lettuces (green oakleaf and little gems) from Strawberry Fields (Linconshire). We also expect a delivery of perpetual spinach from Libby Flintoff near Preston, just in time for the week-end.
From the continent, Spanish lemons and aubergines are still offering good value, while the supply of Dutch conference pears does not show any signs of weakening (normally ends in February!). Also, it is a great time to enjoy some tasty beefsteak tomatoes from Spain.

Last Modified - 18th April 2014


Veg News April 8th

Make the most of the kale over the next week or two… Longer days and mild weather means our supply is coming to an end as the plants run to seed. We do expect to have some over the weekend from Cornwall (Francis Sampson) and Strawberry Fields (Lincolnshire). After that, expect gaps in our supply until July when the new season begins.

A fantastic UK squash season is finishing. We have never seen the harvest last this long, in fact, we have almost bridged the gap to the new UK marrow season! As trailed last week, there is a sprinkling of spring crops (radishes, rhubarb and spring onions) from around Ormskirk. Also, more of our herb range is now hailing from the UK.

From Europe, lemons, courgettes, avocadoes and aubergines all continue to offer good value. Grapefruits, blueberries and avocadoes all taste great!

Price check (8/04/14): Morrisons (non-organic), Unicorn (all-organic)
Rhubarb: Morrisons £5.00 (UK), Unicorn £2.84 (Royal Oak/Ormskirk)
Lemons: Morrisons 5 for 99p - medium (Spain), Unicorn 19p each - medium (Spain)
Leeks (loose): Morrisons £2.49/kg (UK), Unicorn £2.16/kg (Royal Oak/Ormskirk)
Swede: Morrisons £1.38/kg (UK), Unicorn £1.30/kg (Wass/Yorks)

Last Modified - 8th April 2014

Grow a Grocery

We think there’s room for a Unicorn-type store in every city, and perhaps more besides. We have no plans to expand outside the one shop, so we’ve put together a guide intended to help facilitate the emergence of new stores run on similar lines.

Starting a new business is a daunting process. The guide is based on the model Unicorn has tried & tested since 1996, and walks potential grocers through all areas of the business, in the hope that it will make starting a new shop an easier process and help existing shops improve and/or expand.

Read the guide here

Last Modified - 10th October 2013


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October 2013

bullet Food Sovereignty - Reclaiming the Global Food System

July 2013

bullet Co-operatives Fortnight 22nd June- 6th July 2013

June 2013

bullet New Unicorn Film
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December 2012

bullet Co-operatives United
bullet Steady State Manchester Launch

October 2012

bullet Meet the Co-operatives - Monday 24th September
bullet Manchester Film Co-op is back – first FREE screening 11th Septem
bullet Free Punjabi cooking classes, Sunday 23rd September
bullet FREE 4 day commercial horticulture course this Sep and Oct.
bullet Edible Gardens Open Day in Manchester - Saturday 15th
bullet Chorlton – Big Green Living Streets meeting
bullet Celebrate Organic September with Bud Garden Centre
bullet Big Dig for Housing Associations - 27th September
bullet An evening of film and discussion about a community in Rossport
bullet A weekend of food-related activities throughout Didsbury

September 2012

bullet Food & Drink Festival nomination and events


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