This week on the VegVan: 5-7 September

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We’re excited about the fennels this week – you won’t fail to notice that they’re very frondy. Don’t chuck the tops! Chopped fennel fronds are great cooked with fish in the oven (wrap up in foil), put into yoghurt dips, tossed in with oven-roasted veg, or chopped up fine in a late summer salad as our young Field to Fork chefs-in-training did at their end of programme meal.

Also this week, the return of the mushrooms! After much public demand, organic portobello and chestnut mushrooms will be back on the shelves.

NB The nature of what we do means our supply is limited! If we ever run out of what you wanted, remember that you can ask us to keep items back for you by texting the VegPhone on 07579 965374 with as much notice as possible, telling us your name and which stop you want to pick up at. 

Nicola Potatoes [Sandy Lane Farm. Organic – a good waxy potato for salads and boiling] Carrots [Sandy Lane Farm. Organic] Onions* [red and white] Shallots* [Red Sun variety]

Tomatoes* [round and beef toms from our tunnels] Courgettes [Sandy Lane Farm. Organic] Sweet peppers* [red, yellow and green] Cultivate aubergines* [very shiny, deep purple] Chilis* [including jalapeño, cherry bomb and hungarian hot wax]

Sweetcorn [Sandy Lane Farm. Organic] Baby sweetcorn* [yum, a good snack, or use in a stir-fry or salad] French beans*

Cultivate broccoli* [limited this week] White Cabbage*
Beetroot* [with and without very edible leaves] Celery* [very tasty stuff, lots of leaves for stocks and soups] Leeks*
Fennel* [small and fresh, with loads of great fronds]

Oriental salad bag [from the excellent Springhill landbased training initiative. From Thursday onwards] Cucumbers*

Rainbow Chard* [now at a lower price] Perpetual spinach*

Garlic [Cultivate’s own – it’s not fully dry yet, so use quicker than a normal garlic] Parsley* [by the bag] Basil [North Aston Organic]

Blackberries [Rectory Farm -c-] Apples [from Waterperry Gardens]

Plus: locally produced jams, pickles and preserves by Elder Stubbs and Cultivate member Jill (new and very Jillicious stock just in); 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 and oat cookies by Roz; amazing Just Change tea and spices, and Oromo Coffee either beans or ground. And, now back in stock, heritage harvest local flour!

* = Cultivate’s own!
All produce is either organic certified or we are satisfied that producers are using non-certified ecological practices, except where marked -c- for conventional.

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