Veg News March 4th 2014
What news this week? Well, the supply of local leeks from our own land near Leigh has come to an end. After a challenging season last year, it has been great to see Rob and Stu of Moss Brook with such a success story this time round. So expect to see more leeks from Royal Oak in Ormskirk, before we look to France or Holland in April. There will also be a few from Whitethorn Farm near Hereford, sharing a pallet with their fantastic cider and a late-season supply of cooking apples at the end of a bumper harvest.
From Moss Brook, this leaves (pun intended) a surprise crop of perpetual spinach benefitting from the mild spell. Even closer to home, Glebelands salad leaves are thriving. Their parsley plants have survived the winter, so expect a smattering of local herbs very soon – another side effect of the unseasonably warm weather.
Elsewhere, the UK brassica range is still strong, despite nearing the end of the season. Strawberry Fields spring greens from Lincolnshire are particularly good. Kale might not be as pristine as through the winter months but is holding up well, though we would recommend not keeping it for quite so long as at the start of the year.
From the continent, tomatoes are the biggest challenge, with only cherry varieties abundant. On the flipside, courgettes, broccoli and avocadoes are all abundant and offering good value. Be sure to make the most of the Dutch conference pears, with only a week or two left…
Last Modified - 4th March 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