News from the Market Garden – Thurs 13th March 2014

by admin on March 13, 2014

News from the Market Garden – Thurs 13th March 2014

Your weekly news from the market garden – what’s in your veg box this week, industry news, recipes and more. We’d love to feature customer recipes or your foodie news/blog – your own  or interesting ones you’ve found. Send us your links!

The growing troops come together to shelter from the weather in the RMG nerve centre – caravan come staff room come office! Volunteer Anne adding the much needed feminine touch with some decent crockery and a tablecloth – thank you!!

What’s in Your Box this Week?

Our standard box contains potatoes, carrots, onions, winter salad, leeks, kale, a stir fry vegetable pack, purple sprouting broccoli.

Cook with your Veg Box this week.

Here’s a nice and simple Oriental Turkey Stir-fry with Broccoli, Cashew Nuts and Shiitake Mushrooms from Delia On-Line. We’re into the difficult hungry gap now where winter crops are finishing and summer crops not yet ready, so we have to make the most of what’s available  – and the older salad leaves make a great stir fry ingredient. Or chop and wilt slightly, pour over some beaten eggs and have yourself a tasty green omlette!

Oriental Stir Fry from Delia On-Line

What’s Going on at the Garden this week

Seeds are being sown – spring cabbage, green sprouting broccoli, lots of herbs – lovage, dill, fennel. Winter salad is being replaced with early salad leaf crops, and we’re planting Jerusalem artichokes. As the soil dries we’ll be getting ready to cultivate the open field areas – nice to get a feel of spring in the air  – even though it doesn’t seem to last long! Lots of pre busy growing season tidying up jobs being done.

Tidying up the side of the polytunnel – a nice sheltered and sunny micro-climate for hardwood cuttings – soft fruit and native hedgerow plants.

Beyond the Garden

All has been a hive of actvity preparing for our crowd-funding bid which goes live next Wednesday!

We are going to use this as a means of funding much needed capital items that are hard to fund through other means, but deperately needed in order to help us diversify, and grow sufficient veg to be ecomomically viable.

‘The market garden now aims to move into other areas to further support its core business, and to offer its local customers a wider range of sustainably produced goods. These include extending the viable season for vegetable production and weather protection (with a new polytunnel to grow year round crops and microleaves) , as well as ‘micro-tunnels’ to protect field crops (a project involving design by university students), associated field drainage works, and also to explore processing ideas including soups, dehydrated and preserved fruit and veg, vegetable crisps and herb teas’.

We’ll send more information and links out in next week’s news.

Grow Your Own and Sustainability Courses

Our neighbours at the Coed Hills Forest Garden are running some fantastic growing courses via the Growing the Futures scheme (also at Riverside Community Allotment) Grow Your Own in a Year.  One day a month, just £10 a day, no need to commit to every one – learn basic horticultural techniques in nice company!  They also have lots of other interesting courses – fungi, forest gardening, pruning.

And check out  Skills for Sustainable Living workshops from Green City Events  Cardiff – everything from urban chicken-keeping to willow work and spinning natural yarn.

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warm regards,

Debbie Leigh and all at Riverside Market Garden

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