VegNews 11th July 2013

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The incredible, edible nasturtium flower!
The incredible, edible nasturtium flower!

Think, as you basked in sunshine this past week and sipped on Pimms whilst watching Murray take the Wimbledon cup, growers around Oxfordshire toiled under the midday sun, frantically trying to get enough water to their treasured crops, lest they bolt! 

Along with the sweat, the heat has brought many joys to the VegVan this week. Herbs such as coriander, basil, sage and oregano are now growing well, as well as with the first green courgettes from Sandy Lane. Ashtree’s Farm in Benson is supplying the VegVan for the first time with juicy organic gooseberries, redcurrants and blackcurrants. We also see organic strawberries from Westmill alongside the conventionally grown variety that we continue to stock from Rectory Farm.

New from the Cultivate farm come edible nasturtium flowers that are growing so well they can now be bought separately. Our first Broad Beans are making an appearance, along with the first Rainbow Chard of the season.  We also continue to have bunched carrots despite the rabbits’ best efforts to sabotage the crop…

Finally Jillicious jams and chutneys will be back on the VegVan from Friday! See if you can choose from Marmalade, Strawberry Jam and Spring or Curried Rhubarb Relish, or take all four!


Goats cheese with arugula (rocket) and nasturtium flowers

Nasturtium flower butter

.. or I think they’re at their finest just thrown into a salad.

We also have a whole load of beautiful sorrel – try these recipes.


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Please be aware that we have small quantities of supply from many producers and we cannot guarantee any product mentioned above will always be in stock on the VegVan or at the market on the day you shop!