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Veg News March 28th

A good spread of spring crops from the northwest for the week ahead…

We’ve been enjoying Duncan Gielty’s Ormskirk lettuces and coriander for the past few weeks. They’re now joined by his first parsley of the season, plus an abundance of tender young spinach leaves. Come the weekend, Glebelands are into their next cut of spinach from the new Stockport site, alongside their ever-changing (and tasty) mix of seasonal salad leaves.

Brassica-wise, a hearty dose of sunshine means many overwintered crops are bolting – running to seed as they strive to flower. Flower sprouts are coming to an end, and hearty cabbages (savoys, January Kings etc.) won’t be far behind. Fortunately there are some lovely spring greens stepping in to fill the hole, both from Strawberry Fields in Lincolnshire, and from Duncan Gielty. Cauliflowers are still abundant and seemingly bigger by the week, while sprouting broccoli remains plentiful!

From Europe, there’s good value to be had on lemons, kiwis and courgettes. Squash wise, it’s just butternuts for now as we keenly await the first Sicilian pumpkins later in the spring.

Final shout for potato growers. The next fortnight will offer the last opportunity to get your maincrop seed potatoes chitting and ready to plant!

Last Modified - 28th March 2017


Grow a Grocery

We think there’s room for a Unicorn-type store in every city, and perhaps more besides. We have no plans to expand outside the one shop, so we’ve put together a guide intended to help facilitate the emergence of new stores run on similar lines.

Starting a new business is a daunting process. The guide is based on the model Unicorn has tried & tested since 1996, and walks potential grocers through all areas of the business, in the hope that it will make starting a new shop an easier process and help existing shops improve and/or expand.

Read the guide here

Last Modified - 10th October 2013

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