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March 2018

Hello and Welcome to Eden Farms new blog. 
Winter on the farm is always a bit grim, and we are wading in sludgy mud, lots of clothes and rubber suits on, longing for the weather to warm up- please!!
We've managed to get our first planting of lettuce in the polytunnels, and sacks of seeds are everywhere waiting to go in the minute we can get on the land.
Meanwhile, we have just passed our latest inspection with the Soil Association, when rigorous checks are made on all our practices; last year I got a black mark for paperwork- always my weakness! So more effort has resulted in a (nearly) perfect result!

Now is the time for lots of healthy dark greens to boost your immune system and complement the sturdy roots that predominate in February and March. Many of our customers use the various kales we grow in juices- it's a big benefit that they are organic, as the concentration of nutrients would also increase the pesticide content if conventional greens were used. Kale mixed with organic apples, grapefruit or oranges is pretty tasty and brightens up a sluggish system which just wants to hibernate....

We love purple sprouting broccoli (PSB for short!) This is a leafy dark green with tasty purple shoots, much smaller than the broccoli usually seen in supermarkets( which can only be imported at this time of year). PSB can do pretty well anything that it's better known  relative can do, look on our website for some recipe ideas-
It can be a stand-alone veg, great with pasta, in a gratin- enjoy it while it's here, March and April are the prime months to enjoy PSB!

Eden Farms uses the minimum of packaging, aim to reuse all our boxes- if you return them to us- and will accept all our packaging back to either reuse or recycle. We would love to send our lettuce and kales without plastic, but unfortunately it just loses tone, texture, nutrients and taste if exposed to the air for too long. But please send back our plastic bags and we will put them to good use!
 If you enjoy growing your own veg you will be champing at the bit, but don't be tempted to rush out with seeds and seedlings until the day and night temperatures pick up. Remember, many plants do not germinate below 6* and we aren't having much of that! As for protected crops, unless you have a super-snug greenhouse with some heating, waiting a week or two will benefit your tomatos and courgettes far more than exposing them to our current freezy weather. Spring will come, it just may be a bit late but longer days and warmer conditions soon pick up the delay!
Check our website to see what we have to sell and where we will be near you!