This week on the VegVan: 15-17 August

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This week we have some waxy organic milva potatoes new in from Coleshill Organic farm 20 miles away to the west of Oxford. Where possible all of the produce on the van is certified organic or produced without artificial pesticides and fertilisers. The main exception at the moment is the soft fruits, which growers find hard to produce without the application of a limited amount of pesticide at certain points in the season – we’re looking out for local organically grown fruits, so let us know if you can find us some! And ps we’re only weeks away from the arrival of the autumn fruits… which we’re looking forward to with great anticipation. (LANDOWNERS – Do you / will you have gluts of tasty and good quality tree fruits that you’d like to supply to the VegVan..? If so, get in touch. Thinking wild plums and ancient apple varieties. Medlars anyone?)

To find your nearest VegVan stop this week, look up www.cultivateoxford.org/vegvan.

Please note: the following list is indicative and we can’t absolutely promise to have everything… This is particularly true of bread, which we need to sell out of by the end of each day because it won’t keep. If you’d like to put in a regular order for bread to pick up at your stop, get in touch with us.

Staples
Potatoes [Milva, Coleshill Organic] Onions [Sandy Lane Farm. Organic] Bunched carrots [Coleshill Organic] Broad beans*

Season’s Best
Tomatoes* [Sakura and super-sweet Golden Pearl cherry toms from our tunnels are joined by larger plums and beef varieties] Courgettes [Sandy Lane Organic] Patty pans [Flying-saucer shaped yellow summer squash, from Springhill]

Continuing
Cultivate broccoli* (limited supply)
Cultivate Cauliflower* (limited supply)
Oriental Salad bag [a lovely peppery mix of mizuna, red mustard and other oriental leaves bagged up for a salad from the excellent Springhill landbased training initiative. [Limited, from Thursday onwards] Pak Choi [Red and green leaved, limited, and delicious… from Springhill, from Thursday onwards]

And then some!
French beans* [now in full flush from our field] White Cabbage*
Rainbow Chard* [Reduced price rainbow from this week] Kohl rabi* [Now a firm favourite with some VegVan visitors, the small alien vegetable still draws a blank for many – join our campaign to get the Kohl Rabi recognised as the superveg that it is] Romaine lettuces* [New crop now in, back by popular demand] Beetroot* [psst! eat the leaves!] Cucumbers* [some giant ones, some less giant] Aubergines (limited)*
Sweet peppers* [properly turning red and yellow now, both bell and romano varieties] Chili peppers* [Hungarian hot wax, jalapeño, cherry bomb, available in bags of 5, mixed or not] Parsley*

Plus: locally produced jams, pickles and preserves by Elder Stubbs and Cultivate member Jill; Brightwell honey, organic free range eggs from the University Farm; Tiddly Pommes apple juice (please bring back the bottles so they can be reused by Rupert); sourdough and local wholemeal loaves; East Oxford Oatcakes by Roz (sold out last week, but now back!); and amazing Just Change tea!

NEW: 100% local flour in white, wholemeal and spelt varieties. Absolutely no added gluten and ground by stones for more of the good stuff. Also new and going down a storm – Oromo Coffee! Oromo is an Ethiopian coffee from the first ever community-owned direct trading coffee business, operated by a group of Oromo people from the Oromia region of Ethiopia how living in England. It’s available in bean and ground form and tastes rather superb.

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