Relentless rain and winds up and down the country are making for some tough conditions out in the fields this week. As well as harvesting produce, many growers are struggling to sow new crops for the season ahead too. Spare a thought for those working outside during these storms, and forgive us if certain lines seem a little muddier than usual.
We have our first direct pallet form Strawberry Fields in Lincolnshire for a while: there’s a great mix of rocket, kales and spring greens expected on Friday. Spring greens are a tasty and brilliantly versatile brassica; they’re easy to prepare and cook in minutes – try braising them with chilli and seasoning with lemon zest, a great addition to pasta or noodles for a quick and satisfying mid-week tea.
We’ve a one-off delivery of watercress from Glebelands Market Garden down the road in Sale on Friday. Glebelands are our most local veg suppliers, best known for their seasonally-changing salad leaf mix. Their locale means we get a delivery three times a week – a fresher salad leaf, you will struggle to find…
Spanish blueberries are tasting lovely at the moment and texture-wise have a pleasing ‘pop’ of juice as you bite into them. One of our suppliers is sending them to us in open punnets to reduce on plastic packaging; if you remember, please bring along your own container or bag to transport them home to avoid using an extra paper bag.
Lastly, celery is deserving of a special mention right now. Generous, tall, verdant bunches with fantastic leaves and a superlative, slightly salty flavour. Not just for crudité, celery transforms many a risotto, soup or stew, either as part of a soffritto or simply on its own.