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Veg News 31st July

Well, we’re not exactly basking in summer sunshine at the moment! Although we might not be grateful for it now, the heavy rain of recent days has been much appreciated by many of our growers. Those growing potatoes were particularly pleased. It should hopefully give the final push that ensures their main crop tends towards cricket ball rather than golf ball size in the coming months!

The wet, cold, and often unpredictable weather has though caused problems for other crops. Growers are finding it tricky to get a good continuity from their successional sowings. French beans seem particularly affected by this, and we expect a sporadic supply at best in the next week or two. Conversely, other legumes are thriving. Broad beans are abundant from Duncan Gielty near Ormskirk, and Newfield Organic of North Yorkshire. The brief window of opportunity for fresh British peas is also upon us… the ones from Royal Oak in Ormskirk have been beautifully sweet, and we expect something similar from Newfield come the weekend.

Locally, there’s a great range from Glebelands in Sale right now. Rocket, coriander and spring onions are the stars, along with their seasonal mixed salad. If you fancy growing some veg of your own, you’ll notice that we’re expanding the range of plants that we source from Glebelands. This month and next are the ideal time to be planting brassicas to keep you going through the winter months ahead.

Last Modified - 31st July 2015


Veg News 15th July

UK cherries are abundant this week, with two deliveries from Herefordshire courtesy of Carey Organics and Joe Pardoe. It will be a shorter season than usual due to the unpredictable British weather bringing on all the varieties in one delicious flush…..enjoy them whilst you can!

It’s high season for courgettes too – all sizes and colours should be available most of the time, largely from farms in the North West.

Cold nights earlier in the year have meant French and flat beans are harder to source, so expect gaps or fill in with broad beans or new season peas (from Royal Oak near Ormskirk) until they become more abundant in a few weeks.

Finally don’t forget your salads – all tasting and looking great.

European-wise, Dutch aubergines and peppers offer good value. French peaches and nectarines are still abundant whilst apricots are drawing to a close.

Last Modified - 15th July 2015

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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