Veg News 22nd August 2016
A very exciting week for us on veg. Long-time Unicorn customers will be familiar with Glebelands City Growers in Sale. We have had a very special relationship with this local market garden, right back to its inception in 2001 by one of Unicorn’s founder members. Receiving deliveries 3 times per week means we’re able to maximise the freshness of key lines such as salad leaves. With Glebelands taking our compostable waste in the other direction, it makes for a great loop!
Last year, with the Glebelands team 4-strong, they took on some new land with polytunnels. The new site at Woodbank Park in Stockport is rented from Stockport Council and shared with another of our suppliers, Kindling Trust’s Farmstart project. Although they have been growing there since last summer, this weekend marked the first time we've been able to sell produce from the site, as it has been going through its organic conversion process.
We have been incredibly happy to contribute to the project, and can look forward to the imminent addition of tomatoes, spinach and French beans from the new site. Longer term, the extra space will improve our access to local veg, perhaps most notably helping to provide us with a more regular supply of winter salad leaves!
Last Modified - 22nd August 2016
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