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Veg News May 23rd

The hungry gap is finally drawing to a close and excitement is mounting for the UK season ahead. Reports from the sunny fields of Preston promise a sprinkling of courgettes and some rainbow chard this weekend, while Strawberry Fields in Lincolnshire will have kohlrabi and broad beans for the start of next week.

Rumours of strawberries, celery, broccoli and even some kale are all beginning to spread, expect to see them horizoning soon.

This week’s warm weather gives us chance anew to boast of the Glebelands salad leaves - ever changing, delicate yet distinct, the mix currently includes nine different types of lettuce, two endive, mizuna and mustard leaves. Simple yet sublime, and from just down the road!

Mini watermelons from Spain are really picking up in sweetness, the perfect accompaniment to a sunny bank holiday weekend. For the barbecue we recommend the pristine Dutch glasshouse aubergines and piquant Ramiro peppers - both offer good value too.

UK apples from the stores of Paul Baxter in Kent also deserve a special mention: a masterclass in how to preserve a harvest, the pressure and bite on these fruits is as good as the day they were picked, all those months ago in Autumn 2016…

Last Modified - 23rd May 2017

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Veg news 11th May

Today we welcome our first dig of new potatoes from Cornwall – lovely in summery salads or just lightly boiled, the Colleen variety is usually very reliable & tasty.

Spring onions, notoriously tricky to grow, are abundant at the moment, our supply is coming from Glebeland’s Woodbank site in Stockport, Duncan Gielty in Ormskirk and Ward & Thompson near The Fylde coast.

Also new are Gielty’s pak choi – the smaller bok choi variety – great in a stir fry with his spring onions and some smoky tofu.

Salad leaves, lettuces, tomatoes, cucumbers and radish are all plentiful too, perfect in this BBQ weather. But while we’re all enjoying the warm spell, farmers are hoping this weekend’s forecast rain will be enough to quench thirsty crops after an extremely dry April.

Looking beyond the channel we have an excellent range of stone fruits from Europe, tasting good for this time of year. Charentais melons from Morocco are sweet and beautifully flavoured, while French basil continues to delight.

Last Modified - 11th May 2017

Veg news 11th May

Today we welcome our first dig of new potatoes from Cornwall – lovely in summery salads or just lightly boiled, the Colleen variety is usually very reliable & tasty.

Spring onions, notoriously tricky to grow, are abundant at the moment, our supply is coming from Glebeland’s Woodbank site in Stockport, Duncan Gielty in Ormskirk and Ward & Thompson near The Fylde coast.

Also new are Gielty’s pak choi – the smaller bok choi variety – great in a stir fry with his spring onions and some smoky tofu.

Salad leaves, lettuces, tomatoes, cucumbers and radish are all plentiful too, perfect in this BBQ weather. But while we’re all enjoying the warm spell, farmers are hoping this weekend’s forecast rain will be enough to quench thirsty crops after an extremely dry April.

Looking beyond the channel we have an excellent range of stone fruits from Europe, tasting good for this time of year. Charentais melons from Morocco are sweet and beautifully flavoured, while French basil continues to delight.

Last Modified - 11th May 2017

Veg news 11th May

Today we welcome our first dig of new potatoes from Cornwall – lovely in summery salads or just lightly boiled, the Colleen variety is usually very reliable & tasty.

Spring onions, notoriously tricky to grow, are abundant at the moment, our supply is coming from Glebeland’s Woodbank site Stockport, Duncan Gielty in Ormskirk and Ward & Thompson near The Fylde coast.

Also new are Gielty’s pak choi – the smaller bok choi variety – great in a stir fry with his spring onions and some smoky tofu.

Salad leaves, lettuces, tomatoes, cucumbers and radish are all plentiful too, perfect in this BBQ weather. But while we’re all enjoying the warm spell, farmers are hoping this weekend’s forecast rain will be enough to quench thirsty crops after an extremely dry April.

Looking beyond the channel we have an excellent range of stone fruits from Europe, tasting good for this time of year. Charentais melons from Morocco are sweet and beautifully flavoured, while French basil continues to delight.

Last Modified - 11th May 2017

Veg news 11th May

Today we welcome our first dig of new potatoes from Cornwall – lovely in summery salads or just lightly boiled, the Colleen variety is usually very reliable & tasty.

Spring onions, notoriously tricky to grow, are abundant at the moment, our supply is coming from Glebeland’s Woodbank site Stockport, Duncan Gielty in Ormskirk and Ward & Thompson near The Fylde coast.

Also new are Gielty’s pak choi – the smaller bok choi variety – great in a stir fry with his spring onions and some smoky tofu.

Salad leaves, lettuces, tomatoes, cucumbers and radish are all plentiful too, perfect in this BBQ weather. But while we’re all enjoying the warm spell, farmers are hoping this weekend’s forecast rain will be enough to quench thirsty crops after an extremely dry April.

Looking beyond the channel we have an excellent range of stone fruits from Europe, tasting good for this time of year. Charentais melons from Morocco are sweet and beautifully flavoured, while French basil continues to delight.

Last Modified - 11th May 2017

Veg news 11th April

Enjoy the kale through the beginning of the week… Last weekend’s blast of warm sunny weather has caused it to flower and most growers are reporting a smaller yield. So here begins our annual kale gap – most likely to last through to June.

While the mild weather means the last of this season’s kale, it looks likely to bring an abundance of UK spring crops a couple of weeks earlier than in 2016. This week, that’s most evident in the fresh herbs from Strawberry Fields in Lincolnshire – mint being the latest addition, plus a continued abundance of leafy greens (ruby chard, perpetual spinach etc). Next week we anticipate a growing selection of lettuce varieties, plus a sprinkling of radishes and spring onions. UK asparagus is even being whispered about!

From the continent, calabrese broccoli remains tricky, but Cornish purple sprouting is fortunately abundant. The blood orange and clementine seasons are drawing to a close, but there’s a wealth of Spanish berries to provide a good range of fruit across the top shelf.

Tomatoes! We’re starting our much-loved Isle of Wight supply this week. The cherry vines in particular taste a little special.

Last Modified - 11th April 2017

Veg news 11th April

Enjoy the kale through the beginning of the week… Last weekend’s blast of warm sunny weather has caused it to flower and most growers are reporting a smaller yield. So here begins our annual kale gap – most likely to last through to June.

While the mild weather means the last of this season’s kale, it looks likely to bring an abundance of UK spring crops a couple of weeks earlier than in 2016. This week, that’s most evident in the fresh herbs from Strawberry Fields in Lincolnshire – mint being the latest addition, plus a continued abundance of leafy greens (ruby chard, perpetual spinach etc). Next week we anticipate a growing selection of lettuce varieties, plus a sprinkling of radishes and spring onions. UK asparagus is even being whispered about!

From the continent, calabrese broccoli remains tricky, but Cornish purple sprouting is fortunately abundant. The blood orange and clementine seasons are drawing to a close, but there’s a wealth of Spanish berries to provide a good range of fruit across the top shelf.

Tomatoes! We’re starting our much-loved Isle of Wight supply this week. The cherry vines in particular taste a little special.

Last Modified - 11th April 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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