The 1st of the Jerusalem Artichokes

This weeks box contains the first batch of this seasons Jerusalem Artichokes!

Also known as sunroot, sunchoke, earth apple or topinambour, its closest veg in appearance is ginger however Jerusalem Artichokes are extremely sweet and even a little garlicky. They grow with gorgeous yellow flowers – similar to daffodils and go as a great addition to winter soups or served on their own roasted! If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, add them to any recipe with butter or cream, sage or thyme, or anything smoked!

Similarly to last week, this week’s box contains lots of varieties of ‘winter veg’ – almost all combinations will go perfectly to make a hearty winter soup or stew. And with the weather set to turn even colder tomorrow, we know that we’ll be needing something to warm us over the weekend!

We’ve come across this quiz in the East London Advertiser ‘How well do you know the history of London’s East End?’. We’ve taken the quiz and it’s a little harder than we thought! Jack who delivers your boxes every week, was born and raised in London’s East End (Roman Road to be precise) and only managed 6/10. Can you beat him?

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

All Boxes
Blue Belle Potatoes, Lancs
Leeks, Kent
Turnips, Perry Court
Parsnips, Lancs
Carrots, Lancs

 

Medium & Large Boxes
Savoy Cabbage, Kent
Squash, Perry Court
Turnips, Perry Court

Large Box
Kale, Perry Court

No-Potato Substitute
Swede

Fruit Supplement
Apples, Kent (All Boxes)
Pears, Kent (Medium & Large Boxes)
Grapefruit, Spain (Large Box)

 

Tower Green Hamlets Delivers!

Yep, you heard that right! We’re now offering home deliveries for all members of the scheme and residents of Tower Hamlets! We’ve had to increase our prices slightly to ensure we can make this happen, but rest assured a contribution of all boxes will now be going towards purchasing our very own Tower Green Hamlets electric delivery vehicle (or as we’re calling it, The Green Machine!). Collection points will still be our preferred method as this is by far the most eco-friendly option.

More information on home deliveries can be found here.

As we enter our final day before Autumn officially begins, our farm has promised all kinds of Autumnal goodies including Purple Carrots, Swede, Mustard Leaf and for the fruit lovers amongst you, Pears and more Apples! A little fact for you – did you know that pre-17th Century, almost all carrots were originally purple! They’ll be sure to add some colour to your Autumn soups.

As always, we’d love to see what you’ve created with your veg, so please don’t be shy and make sure you send us over a ‘before and after’ shot to guarantee an extra surprise in your next box.

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
* Charlotte Potatoes, Perry Court
* Onions, Perry Court
* Carrots, Perry Court
* Mushrooms, Perry Court
* Tat Soi, Perry Court
Sweetcorn, Perry Court
Summer Squash, Perry Court
Chard, Perry Court

Small Box
Items starred (*) above

No-Potato Substitute
Beetroot

Fruit Supplement

* Avocado, Perry Court
Grapefruit 

Going Stir (fry) Crazy

We don’t know about you, but we’re thrilled that Autumn is now approaching and with that hopefully some slightly cooler weather. As much as we’ve loved this summer and the gorgeous veg we’ve been getting, we’ll certainly relish less humidity!

So, as the new season is upon us, the farm is promising some autumnal goodies in the form of Rhubarb, Squashes, Golden Beetroot, Garlic, Ginger, Pears and Plums!

This weeks box includes some great ingredients to make a cabbage & pepper stir fry. The great thing about a stir fry is that you can practically chuck anything in, and it will still taste great (although we particularly love this combination)!

What you’ll need:
– Cabbage, peppers and green onions (from box)
– 4tsp Soya sauce
– 3tsp honey
– 1 lime
– Splash of dry sherry
– Sesame (or vegetable) oil
– Chili flakes
– Chicken or Tofu
– Rice or noodles

Pre-prepare either the rice or noodles and chicken or tofu. Add the oil to a wok and set on high heat.
Whilst the oil is bubbling, slice the peppers and cabbage into thin slices along with your green onions. Chuck your veg and chili flakes into the wok and set about making your stir fry sauce. Simply mix the honey, soya sauce and lime juice before stirring well. Add the sauce along with a splash of sherry before adding your meat/tofu.

This whole dish should be done in half an hour from start to finish so is a great way to create something special when you’re in a rush.

What’s in the box?
* Charlotte Potatoes, Perry Court
* Cabbage, Perry Court
* Green Onions, Perry Court
* Peppers, Perry Court
* Tomatoes, Perry Court
French Beans, Perry Court
Courgette, Perry Court
Bulls Blood, Perry Court
Fruit Supplement 
* Discovery Apples, Perry Court
Grapefruit
No-Potato Substitute 
Swede
Small Box 
Items marked with (*) above 

Please note that this may be subject to slight change depending on availability.