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Veg News 26th August

Little change from last week… fine by us, as our range is pretty much full to bursting!
The only difference you’ll notice is the influx of British apples. The contrast with the sweet Southern Hemisphere varieties of recent months is marked. Straight from the tree, varieties like Discovery, Lena, & George Cave are all bursting with early season tart fresh flavours. Word on the street is we should expect a bumper crop – with Kentish growers faring particularly well.
Closer to home, this is prime picking time for Glebelands in Sale. Their seasonal salad leaves are abundant, as are courgettes, but the spring onions are the star of the show… almost 2 feet long, be sure to use all the tops!
From Bagthorpe Farm in Norfolk, the new onion season has begun. They are cured, rather than fully dried, so don’t expect them to keep quite so well as when we move into the autumn. Taste great though, and red ones won’t be too far off. Spring greens and leeks from Ormskirk’s Duncan Gielty offer good value, and there’s a great selection of different kale varieties too.

Further afield, it’s a tricky time of year for citrus fruit. Lemons have been particularly scarce this summer, and we’ve had to look to the Southern Hemisphere of late. With the new Italian season yet to get going, we’re finding them tricky to source… watch this space!

Last Modified - 26th August 2015

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Veg News 5th August

A similar range to last week, with a fantastic selection of veg from across the North-West.
We’ve been really impressed with Duncan Gielty’s early season carrots from near Ormskirk. His farm, Lyncroft Farm, has been organic since 1980 when it was run by his father Alf. In addition to some good value brassicas (savoys, spring greens, etc.) and roots (leeks & potatoes) from his field scale operation, he also has 8 polytunnels. In recent months, these have provided us with pak choi, tomatoes, cucumbers & beans… plus now the appearance of green peppers.
On a similar note, we expect a more regular supply of UK aubergines in the coming months. Those from Carey in Herefordshire look particularly stunning. All being well, there will be aubergines from Libby Flintoff near Preston before too long. From Libby’s near(ish) neighbours Ward & Thompson on the Fylde Coast, lettuces are abundant… more from them come the weekend, including the slightly exotic looking (and very tasty) Italian oakleaf. Chillies too – Hungarian Hot Wax & Cayenne.
European logistics continue to be a trial at the Channel. We are still experiencing some delays. You may notice the occasional gap as a result, but in the grand scheme of things it doesn’t seem that important. It also illustrates quite how much of our veg range is from the UK at the moment.

Last Modified - 5th August 2015

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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