We’re using a fancy coloured carrot mix this week, so don’t be alarmed when you scrub the dirt off them! Purple sprouting broccoli is traditionally a spring vegetable but new varieties are now available that will flower in mild spells throughout autumn and winter. The UK grown green broccoli is finishing now and in the winter is imported from Spain, so purple sprouting is a useful local alternative. This week’s batch is Yorkshire grown, as are the tomatoes and the ‘January King’ cabbages in the potato free boxes. The celeriac is from Herefordshire.
If you have a favourite potato and would like buy a sack (25kg) or half sack, they cost £17.50 and £9 respectively. We usually have Desiree, Sante, Cara and Marfona in stock and should be getting some Arran Victory in a couple of weeks. You may find buying in bulk and switching to a no-potatoes box is useful at this time of year; not only do they store well now, we all tend to eat more of them.
Celeriac and Porcini Gratin
We stock a good value dried porcini mushroom (‘cepe’ in French) £4.95 100g. They are a very useful ‘store-cupboard’ item and have a lovely intense flavour.
(Based on a recipe from ‘The Cranks Bible’ )
The winter season for European citrus fruit is starting; the clementines are Spanish and the grapefruit Italian. This week’s English apples are ‘Beauty of Babylon’ and ‘Egremont Russet’ and the pears are ‘Comice’.