Christmas is Sprouting All Over

It is now only 35 days to Christmas Day, that’s just 5 weeks away!

So we now have our first sprouts in the standard box (they will definitely be in our Christmas box – more details on this below). Since we have had our first frost the sprouts will be perfect for eating, rather than just the tops you’ve been getting. Apparently the flavour of parsnips also improves after the first frost so see if you can tell the difference next time they’re in the box.

For the Christmas and New Year season, there will be the usual collection from Friday 19th December and an early Christmas box (no prizes for guessing what’s in this box) available for collection from Tuesday 23rd December rather than the usual end of week collection. A double box for a single collection is also possible, but do let us know. Usual collection will resume after the New Year from Friday 2nd January.

If you are away for Christmas and/or New Year give us a jingle bell to let us know which boxes you would like to skip. And more generally, if you ever are away or need to skip a box (including for those of you on the trial-month) please let us know by the Monday of the week you don’t want the box. More details on the “Holiday/skipping policy” section of the Tower Green Hamlets website’s FAQ.Also, how about giving a trial box or trial month as a Christmas gift? It will be a unique gift, a pleasant surprise and a special treat that doesn’t add clutter to the house. It will also give a great start to the New Year after endless (over)eating, perfect for all wonderful New Year resolutions!

On what to do with some of the vegetables in your veg box here are a few ideas, some of which from our past newsletters/ blog posts:

  • Beetroot – Have a look at our “Need some aprohdisiac? Try beetroot!” blog post for some ideas and also our Beetroot and Feta Couscous post. Our frog friends from across the stream (where they eat a lot more of them) also recommend cubing or slicing them into a salad then dressing with French vinaigerette (oil, vinegar and mustard)
  • Turnips – Not as common here as across the river (but remember they don’t know what they are missing out with parsnips), our frog friends recommends adding these to stews as you would other root vegetables. Also perfect for a winter vegetable soup with chorizo and puy lentils
  • Rainbow Carrots – Have a look at From Purple to Rainbow blog post (also for cabbage) for some ideas on how to eat them and check out some photos to inspire you

For those of you getting parsley as a no-potato substitute, try standing them vertically in a jar with an inch of water before storing in the fridge, they will last for far longer than you can imagine!

This Week’s Bounty

Standard Box
* Romano Potatoes, Lincs
* Rainbow Carrots, Lancs
* Onions, Norfolk
* Beetroot, Lincs
* Spinach, Perry Court
Turnips, Perry Court
Jan King Cabbage, Kent
Sprouts, Lancs
Small Box
Items starred (*) above

No-Potato Substitute
Parsley, Perry Court

Fruit Supplement
Pears, Kent (standard only)
Clementines, Spain

 

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