We are in the thick of the Hungry Gap and this week is the worst in the year! Out of 8 items in our Medium Veg bag, seven are bought in. And even this was not easy. Our organic suppliers are suffering too, with almost no UK produce in stock and what with our desire to keep the price down and affordable, our customers’ loyalty is put to a test! The only produce we have at the mo’ is chard, beetroot, a bit of lettuce, spring onions suffering from drought, the last of the French parsley and the very last of the spinach.
This is a reality of the Hungry Gap. Weather is fantastic, it is warm, hot even, people are thinking BBQ and Al Fresco at the weekend, but Nature is taking its course in getting things ready.
There is a lot to come in the next 2 weeks – young onions, carrots, lettuce, salad mixes, just bear with us! And with the Hungry Gap.
And we have had a “badger situation”!
Just as we started selling our earliest ever crop of strawberries, and the word spread around, it must have got as far as the local badger community, as a whole family must have had a feast in the polly-tunnel the other night, and destroyed the most part of the ripe fruit. Even pink and green fruit – all was devoured. It will recover in some time, but it does mean we are 4-5 days away from the next pick. And we are “treating” the uninvited guests to a potion of 18,000 volts of electric fence. It will not kill any animal, but it should put them off.
And we shall make sure we have enough strawberries, in the field, for our Strawberry Solstice on 21 June!
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