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Veg News 20th July 2016

UK cherries are abundant this week. Joe Pardoe’s from Herefordshire are always eagerly awaited by Unicorn staff and they don’t disappoint this year: deep red and full of juice and flavour. He has warned of meagre volumes due to lots of rain in the spring, so we’re not expecting to have them on the shelves for more than a few weeks.
Strawberry season is ending, but you can take your pick from a local supply of raspberries and blackcurrants from Alan Hewitt’s orchards in Dunham Massey, and redcurrants and jostaberries from Carey in Herefordshire.
UK Broad beans are beautiful and offer good value. Double podding or not is a personal preference but the trick of adding bicarb of soda to the boiling water really works to make it easier! French bean plants are also very productive in this weather so add green beans to your summery salads while they’re bountiful!

Last Modified - 20th July 2016


Veg News 8th June 2016

It’s a very good week for UK lines; lots of new additions to look forward to, especially those of you that like a brassica or two on your plate are in for treat:

Wednesday we’re starting with green kale, pointy and savoy cabbages from Home Farm, Nacton in Suffolk, and on Friday they’re delivering the first lot of UK broccoli!

Courgettes are loving the sunshine as much we are, so the bulk of our supply this week comes from Lancashire growers Libby Flintoff and Ward & Thompson.

Courgettes are our veg of the month, so look out for lovely courgette based salads and soups from our deli counter.

Over on the fruit side, we’re chuffed to be welcoming strawberries from Whitethorn Farm down in Herefordshire (for the weekend & beyond). It’s a couple of weeks later than 2015 after a cooler spring, but still in time for Wimbledon… Black and redcurrants are a few weeks off, but Spanish Blueberries are plentiful and offer good value, as do watermelons.

Last Modified - 8th June 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

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