Have an Egg-cellent Easter

If you are having a traditional lamb roast this Easter weekend to celebrate the death and resurrection of the Lamb we’ve got the perfect box with all the vegetables you need for all the classic dishes to a roast.

Before we come onto the details of that, do note that whilst Stepney City Farm is usually closed on Mondays, it will be open on Bank holiday Mondays which means that you can collect your boxes on Easter Monday in addition to the usual Friday-Sunday window. Check out the many events happening this weekend including an Easter treasure hunt. There are also Good Friday and Easter Sunday services, meditations and family fun day at St Anne’s Limehouse and St Paul’s Shadwell, two of our other collection points (click on links for times).

The Guardian’s 10 best roast dinner side dishes by Ottolenghi is one of our favourite links. It covers just about the entire box for this week:

  • The first recipe for leafy greens with lemon, parsley and capers work just as well for green kale. Or try this smoky creamed kale with dry mustard and smoked paprika.
  • Try the carrot puree with some ground mace (or roast with honey and coriander/ cumin spices if you prefer) and the roast parsnips with maple syrup and sesame seed for a little touch of magic.
  • The cabbage recipe with bacon, rosemary and red wine vinegar works just as well for the red cabbage in the box this week. Or try this roasted red cabbage slaw with hazelnuts and honey lemon
  • It’s golden yellow beetroot this week, but it works just as well in the beetroot and shallot gratin full of double cream and cheesey goodness with beautiful wafts of thyme and rosemary aroma.
  • If you’ve still got room (or the guests do) a wondering roasted caulifower cheese with fried capers – extra special with some gruyere or Comté and a grating of nutmeg. Perfect big meal with leftovers for the rest of the long weekend.

And after a glorious Easter meal along with way too many chocolate eggs and bunnies, leek and potato soup (if you haven’t eaten up all those crisp spuds) may just be in order for the rest of the week…

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
* Linda Potatoes, Perry Court
* Cauliflower, Kent
* Carrots, Lincs
* Leeks, Kent
* Parsnips, Lincs
* Green Kale, Notts
Red Cabagge, Yorks
Beetroot Golden, Lancs

No-Potato Substitute
Turnips, Perry Court

Fruit Supplement
Russet Apples, Kent
* Grapefruit, Spain

Small Box
Items starred (*) above




Bright Rainbow Lights

We have rainbow chard this week so if you are scratching for ideas for how to eat it this week’s newsletter is written for you (white chard recipes work just as well).

Lentil dal with hearty greens together with naan bread (yes, from the ready-made or frozen section unless you really are up for making from scratch) is definitely a recipe to put those beet greens to work (yes! you can eat those beetroot tops) as well as swiss chard.

Be really innovative and use your swiss chard leaves as taco shells as suggested by this swiss chard taco wraps with cumin-lime sauce. You don’t have follow the wraps recipe exactly, simply fill with your favourite chilli con carne and some cooked wild rice if you fancy. Or never thought of using swiss chard as salad? Here’s one for you: chard salad with garlic breadcrumbs and parmesan.

For the fuss-free mid-week supper this really easy but delicious one pot chicken and rice with swiss chard nails it, and makes use of your carrots (or parsnips) too! And a great meal to make in make in advance  and to come home to is the white chard stew/soup recipe – canned tomatoes would work just as well and it’s great for your less-than-fresh-out-of-the-oven bread.

For your other vegetables in your box here are a few ideas from our past newsletters/blog posts:

This Week’s Bounty

Standard Box
* Sarpo Mira Potatoes, Perry Court
* Yellow Onions, Norfolk
* Rainbow Chard, Perry Court
* Parsnips, Perry Court
* Beetroot, Perry Court
Carrots, Lancs
Swede, Lancs
Red Cabbage, Lancs

Small Box
Items starred (*) above

No-Potato Substitute
Spinach, Perry Court

Fruit Supplement

Pears – Conference (standard only)
Apples – Spartan

From Purple to Rainbow…

This week we move from purple carrots to rainbow carrots. So we will definitely have yellow and maybe red carrots (and sometimes white ones too) added to the mix of purple and orange. How about a rainbow carrot ribbon salad to make the most of their colour?

Last week we didn’t get around to featuring the red cabbage and some cooking ideas for it (sorry, was having a bit of a blue week last week with a broken foot, and even now it is somewhat odd-looking at toes that have turned a slight green hue) so if you still have it lingering in your box like we do over here try the traditional braised red cabbage with apples (with those apples plus onions in the box this week) or braised with balsamic vinegar as per Jamie. Or check out BBC GoodFood’s top 10 ways for more ideas.

And also check out this compilation of 10 best cabbage recipes for this week’s Primo cabbage. We love the caldo verde cabbage soup (it uses up the onions, celery and potatoes from this week’s box or any left from last week). For a variation use pancetta or chorizo for the meat option instead, and you could also try some rosemary or more paprika, except it won’t be very Portuguese any more!

One housekeeping matter: if you would like to return the boxes or crates, we will happily re-use them. Just leave them where you found them.

Or shake out any good ol’ organic soil remaining in the boxes and think about how you can re-use them at home. Maybe as storage boxes instead of a trip to Ikea to buy yet more plastic or cardboard? If you have kids, give it to them as their latest toys. I mean the cardboard box is even on the US National Toy Hall of Fame. Seriously. Check out what you, sorry I meant, they can be making on this how-to-work-with-cardboard blogpost (scroll right to the end). Or here’s another link for more inspiration.

Oh and one more thing (it’s better than the iWatch, really): we are working hard at getting some lettuces and rhubarb from a community garden right off Roman Road into your boxes. And you won’t have to wait till January next year, it may just be with you in the next week or so…in the meantime, enjoy your Apple (no, not the one you may be reading these ramblings on but the one in this week’s box)…

This Week’s Bounty

Standard Box
* Valour Potatoes, Perry Court
* Onions, Kent
* Rainbow Carrots, Lancs
* Spinach, Perry Court
* Broccoli, Lancs
Round Tomatoes, Perry Court
Kohl Rabi, Kent
Primo Cabbage, Kent
Small Box
Items starred (*) above

No-Potato Substitute
Corn-on-the-cob, Kent

Fruit Supplement
Cox Apples, Kent
Oranges, Spain