Happy Birthday Our Dear Queen!

We won’t be writing much on the produce this week, apart from an apology to small-box folk that we managed to count an extra veg item as a fruit this week…we’re getting all set for celebrating the last weekend of HM Queen’s 90th birthday. Why not join in the tea party and fun day at the Roman Road Yard Market.

It you haven’t been an Eastender for life then apparently street parties have been an East End tradition for over a hundred years and join right in to bring back their spirit this Saturday with sandwiches and cake, tea and squash, free craft workshops, plus a Right Royal Bake off with some fantastic local prizes to be won.

So why not come make the most of your rhubarb and make the beautiful rhubarb custard tea cake for a definite prize contender. Or make an apple crumble cake – it’s a truly juicy and luscious with yummy crumble topping, very easy to make and always moist. Or even make use of your beetroot to make some beetroot brownies, with around half the fat of regular ones, but still with that intense chocolate hit!

And on Sunday 12th June hop over to the Big Lunch Birthday at Stepney City Farm (bring a dish to share if you can) to celebrate 6 years of the farm with a communal picnic to remember. And you can have another crack at winning best cake and best jam / chutney.

There’s loads of activities planned: meet and greet the animals, have a go at swing dancing and watch performances by the awesome Swing Patrol dance group, hear from the lead archaeologist of the Crossrail Dig at Stepney Green about history of the site and recent unearthings, take part in a planting workshop, join in the treasure hunt and decorate your own cake. Plus take part in the Farm Olympics from 2pm, featuring the egg and spoon race, sack race, three legged race and more!

For more ideas on how to eat the vegetables in this week’s box, try searching on our webpage for past blogs!

This Week’s Bounty

Standard Box
* Colleen Potatoes, Perry Court
* Red Onions, Egypt
* Carrots, Italy
* Savoy Cabbage, Suffolk
* Green Garlic, Perry Court
* Broad Beans, Kent
Rhubarb, Cambs
Lettuce, Kent

No-Potato Substitute
Beetroot, UK

Fruit Supplement
Topaz Apples, Kent
Kiwis, Italy

Small Box
Items starred (*) above

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