Baklava ‘Bananza’

The ice cold chills that have swept across the country, have meant that this weeks outdoor crops, as you can imagine, have suffered a little. The good news? We’ve got a slight respite from the scrumptious winter roots, as tomatoes, broccoli, celery and bananas make an appearance in this weeks boxes!

Why not try something a little different with your broccoli – a savoury twist on the sweet Turkish pastry Baklava. This Broccoli, Feta and Almond Baklava can be found here and will be sure to be a favourite at any Christmas do’s that require ‘nibbles’.

Stepney City Farm has some wonderful Christmas events on in the next few weeks. Highly recommended, based on last years performance is The Salvation Army’s Nativity Play which is at 2pm this Sunday.

Below are the availability of our Collection Points opening hours. But please keep your eyes peeled for emails over the next few days regarding Christmas Delivery information.

Mile End Climbing Wall: Collection until 9pm on 23rd Dec
Growing Concerns: Collection until 12pm on 24th Dec
Bow Quarter: Collection until 9pm on 23rd Dec
St Anne’s Limehouse: Collection until 6pm on 23rd Dec
St Paul’s Shadwell: Collectiion until 9pm on 23rd Dec
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
Valour Potatoes, Lancs
Leeks, Kent
Parsnips, Lancs
Cabbage, Kent
Broccoli, Suffolk

Medium & Large Boxes
Tomatoes, Spain
Celery, Kent
Beetroot, Perry Court

Large Box
Jerusalem Artichokes, Perry Court




Fruit Supplement

Apples, Kent (All Boxes)
Bananas, Dominican Republic (Medium & Large Boxes)
Pears, Kent (Large Box)

Gotta have a real donkey…

We are so lucky in Tower Hamlets to not just one but three city farms. It also means that donkeys do make an appearance at some of our local nativities.

There is the Salvation Army nativity at Stepney City Farm (you will definitely see a hee-haw or more) this Saturday from 2-4pm. Also happening at the same time is the real nativity (rumour has it it won’t just have a real donkey but a real baby!) and Christmas carols outside Idea Store Roman Road.

Other local events to check out this weekend include carol service on Sunday 6pm at St Paul’s Shadwell and at East London Tabernacle at Mile End, just a stone’s throw away from The Coffee Room, there is carol singing tonight at 7:30pm and again next Tuesday 6:30pm as well as a Christmas service at 5pm on Sunday.

Also, for the Christmas and New Year period there will be a double box on Tuesday 22nd December rather than the usual weekend collection, with usual collections resuming on Friday 8th January 2016 (!) Can you let us know if you will be away over the Christmas/New Year period?

For ideas on how to eat the vegetables in this week’s box, try searching on our webpage for past blogs or check these articles out:
  • For those with Jan King cabbage check out last week’s post with lots on cabbage
  • Harlequin-in-the-Box – all you need to know about harlequin squashes
  • It’s not Green and White but every bit as relevant for red kale
  • Hark back to the Autumn Equinox and Harvesting posts for more on celeriac (with pear), kale (with apple) and ideas to get through all those apples and pears of your fruit supplement!

This Week’s Bounty

Standard Box
* Sarpo Mira Potatoes, Perry Court
* Harlequin Squash, Perry Court
Parsnips, Perry Court
Leeks, Perry Court
Onions, Norfolk
Cauliflower, Essex
Celeriac, Kent
Red Kale, Kent

No-Potato Substitute
Rainbow Carrots, Lancs

Small Box
Items starred (*) above
+ Chestnut Mushrooms, Suffolk
+ Jan King Cabbage, Lancs
+ Red Onions, Norfolk
Fruit Supplement
Pears, Kent
Apples, Kent (standard only) 

Christmas is coming…near to your collection point!

Some mandatory administrative details before we get onto some of the Christmas events happening near our collection points. Veg box collection windows for the remainder of the year and the start of next year are as follows:

  • This week – Fri 12th Dec to Sun 14th Dec
  • Next week – Fri 19th Dec to Sun 21st Dec
  • Christmas and New Year double box available for collection on Tues 23rd Dec & Wed 24th Dec
  • No box first weekend of 2015 – Fri 2nd Jan to Sun 4th Jan

Normal collection will resume on Fri 9nd Jan to Sun 11th Jan.

Please email us as soon as possible to let us know if you are around for Christmas and New Year (and would like the double box) or not! 

If you missed out on the Stepney City Farm at Christmas nativity play by the Salvation Army down the road from the farm then check their Aladdin pantomine this Friday and Saturday night!

And belt out some carols  at St Dunstan’s across the road from our beloved Stepney City farm…

Or ELT Baptist is around the corner from Mile End and two of our collection points – Southern Grove Community Centre and The Coffee Room…


Traditional Carol Service – Sunday 14th December 5:00pm
Family Carol Service – Sunday 22nd December 10:30am
Christmas Day Service – Thursday 25th December 11:00am

Or check out St Paul’s Old Ford in between Chicchi on Roman Road and Victoria Park Hub

Or whip around from Wapping Market to St Paul’s Shadwell:

Christingle Family Service
Sunday 14th December 11am
A fun and informal family service (children especially welcome)

Nativity Service
Friday 19th December 4pm
A nativity play by the children of St Paul’s and surrounding areas

Carols by Candlelight
Sunday 21st December 6pm
A service of readings and carols, followed by mulled wine and mince pies (adults only please)

Christmas Day
Thursday 25th December 10.30am
A family service followed by Holy Communion

Happy carolling!

Now, on what to do with the vegetables in your box here are a few ideas from our past newsletters/ blog posts:

This Week’s Bounty

Standard Box
* Valour Potatoes, Perry Court
* Carrots, Lancs
* Leek, Lancs
* Black Kale, Kent
* Pumpkin, Kent
Cauliflower, Kent
Swede, Kent
Chioggia Beetroot, Lancs
Small Box
Items starred (*) above

No-Potato Substitute
Garlic, Spain

Fruit Supplement
Oranges, Spain (standard box only)
Pears – Comice, Kent


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