Veg News July 1st
The range of local and northwest produce continues to expand…
Glebelands in Sale are entering their most productive period of the year. As ever, their salad leaves look and taste magnificent – complete with edible flowers! Their herbs are becoming more abundant, with the basil always being a real treat. Cucumbers, rocket, courgettes and broad beans are starting as a trickle, but expect a wealth of all four in the coming weeks.
On the Fylde Coast near Blackpool, Ward and Thompson have an abundance of spring onions come the weekend. Their wild rocket is also a little special (albeit quite limited). Elsewhere in the northwest, expect a smattering of beans from Libby Flintoff near Preston, and purple (yes, purple) mange tout from Royal Oak of Ormskirk.
The main addition to the UK range is celery courtesy of Strawberry Fields in Lincolnshire. Be sure to use the tops – finely chopped as a garnish, or to flavour soups and stocks. Look out too for some fantastic UK cherries from Herefordshire, a rare treat!
In Europe, it is still all about the stone fruit! French peaches and apricots are abundant and offering good value. Sicilian cantaloupe melons are also worth mentioning, rich and syrupy, while Spanish plums offer good value.
Last Modified - 1st July 2014
Co-ops Fortnight Competition!
It's Co-operative Fortnight 2014 from the 21st of June to the 5th of July!
“Co-operatives Fortnight is the perfect chance to explore your local co-operatives. A trusted and ethical way of running a business, co-operatives are owned and run by their members, giving people an equal say and share of the profits.”
For the duration of the fortnight, there are 10 Co-ops Fortnight orange heart logos hidden throughout our website.
You might notice we have just changed our website domain to .coop, the only domain that is reserved for co-ops & organisations guided by cooperative values and principles.
Find all the logos and be entered into a competition to win a lovely bag of Unicorn shopping worth £40, all produced by fellow co-operatives.
Download the entry form below and email it back to firstname.lastname@example.org or drop it off at the shop before end of 5th July. Good luck!!
Winner will be contacted shortly after the 5th of July.
Competition entry form
Last Modified - 21st June 2014
Veg News June 17th
An exciting time of year in the Unicorn veg-ordering office! The volume of imported produce is falling rapidly week-on-week as the trickle of UK produce becomes a steady stream.
Ward and Thompson on the Fylde coast are showing the benefits of growing in polytunnels. While outdoor crops of spring-sown broad beans and courgettes are still a few weeks away, under cover near Blackpool, theirs are thriving. Expect more of both come Friday, along with their beautifully mild French breakfast radishes. They are one of our earliest suppliers, their quality is second to none, it it always an absolute joy to work with their produce.
On a similar note, local salad leaves from Glebelands in Sale are abundant and looking great. The mix is packed full of colourful mustards & endives and cannot really be compared to supermarket bags of loose lettuce leaves, we think it is in a league all of its own. It even contains some slightly wrong sounding flashy-butteroak lettuce leaves!
From Europe, we have been having a few logistical issues getting our goods across the Channel. Apologies for any inconvenience caused, and rest assured we are working hard to solve the problem. The stone fruits that have made it across have been great – apricots in particular are the flavour of the month!
Last Modified - 17th June 2014
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