This week on the VegVan: 8-10 August

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Our Master of Communications Emma is away on holiday in Deutschland so we’re delaying the start of our What’s On the Van Roundup email by one week, but in the meantime it’s all still here on the blog. If you’d like to make sure you’re on the weekly email just.. err… send us an email. See you on the van! To find your nearest 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… just in case someone comes along a buys something! As if… A note on bread: in order to avoid wastage, we have to run out of bread by the end of the day. If you’d like to reserve a loaf, you can send us a text at the beginning of the day and we’ll let you know if we can keep one back for you until we get to your stop.

Staples

New potatoes
Onions [Sandy Lane Farm. Organic] Carrots [North Aston Organics] Broad beans [Sandy Lane Organic / Cultivate]

Season’s Best

Tomatoes* [Sakura and super-sweet Golden Pearl cherry toms from our tunnels are joined this week by larger plums and Douglas varieties] Courgettes [Sandy Lane Organic]

For the first time…

Cultivate broccoli* SOLD OUT
Cultivate Cauliflower* limited supply)
Oriental Greens bag [a NEW exotic mix of mizuna and other oriental leaves bagged up for a salad or stir-fry from the excellent Springhill landbased training initiative. limited, from Thursday onwards] Pak Choi [NEW, limited, and delicious… from Springhill, from Thursday onwards]

And then some!

Spring onions*
French beans* [now in full flush from our field!] White Cabbage*
Rainbow Chard*
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] Little Gem & Red oakleaf Lettuces* [the little ones and the curly ones respectively – a new crop of the popular romaines coming next week] Mushrooms [Chelbury Organic flat, brown chestnut. Oysters are off this week, but back soon if there’s sufficient demand!] Beetroot* [psst! eat the leaves!] Cucumbers* [some giant ones, some less giant] Aubergines (limited)*

And to garnish…

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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