Our veg of the month for October is the knobbly celeriac. Often overlooked, perhaps owing to its peculiar shape and irregular protuberances, celeriac has a gorgeous apple-sweet fragrance and a mild, clean, yet hearty flavour. The bulb is the root of the celery plant and has a gentle celery taste to accompany its potato-like texture. It is a really versatile root vegetable – sitting marvellously in a silky mash, blitzing down to a rich, creamy soup and roasting to a crispy finish in the oven. Our current supply is split between loose roots from the Wasses in Yorkshire and bulbs with the tops still attached from Carey Organics down in Herefordshire.
Our first arrival of quince form Windmill Orchards are beautiful – a vibrant yellow flesh with a heady scent. We recommend stewing one alongside some Bramley apples for a pie or crumble filling.
We received our first direct pallet from New Farm Organics down in Lincolnshire today. A family run farm since the 1700s, they are led by traditional methods of organic farming that show respect for the soil and surrounding environment. We’ll be seeing plenty more of their fantastic broccoli and cauliflowers as the season unfolds.
We’re receiving a regular supply of interesting squash varieties and kales from local growers Farmstart from their plot just a few miles away in Cheshire. Farmstart is an initiative set up by the Kindling Trust to encourage people to get involved in commercial organic growing. A brilliant project and one we’re dead proud to support by selling their produce – look out for the name on our display.