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Veg news 20th August

What’s new? Well, Friday saw our first arrival of shallots from Carey in Herefordshire. They’re the Zebrune variety (also known as banana shallots), and have lovely mild sweet flesh. Also new to the range is a selection of local heirloom tomato varieties from Glebelands’ Stockport site… the final piece in an impressive August tomato jigsaw.

Following an early-season flush prompted by a warm spring, broccoli has gone from feast to famine. Fortunately other brassicas remain plentiful… there’s some lovely tender local kale from Farmstart near Northwich, while our cavolo nero supply is now more consistent thanks to Ormskirk’s Royal Oak and the Wasses near Thirsk.

Fruit-wise, there’s an abundance of local plums from Dunham Massey. If you’re making plum jam however, the yellow Pershore variety from Carey comes highly recommended (and offers good value). Late-season raspberries are tasting fantastic, as are the black Muscat de Hambourg grapes (always a staff favourite), Spanish watermelons, and early season figs.

Finally we’d like to point you in the direction of Strawberry Fields’ Twitter feed: @Organic_pam. Growing organically since the 70s, Pam Bowers is responsible for a huge chunk of our UK range. There’s some lovely photos of your food in her fields, plus the exciting arrival of a laser-guided robotic weeding machine!

Last Modified - 20th August 2017

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Veg news 20th August

What’s new? Well, Friday saw our first arrival of shallots from Carey in Herefordshire. They’re the Zebrune variety (also known as banana shallots), and have lovely mild sweet flesh. Also new to the range is a selection of local heirloom tomato varieties from Glebelands’ Stockport site… the final piece in an impressive August tomato jigsaw.

Following an early-season flush prompted by a warm spring, broccoli has gone from feast to famine. Fortunately other brassicas remain plentiful… there’s some lovely tender local kale from Farmstart near Northwich, while our cavolo nero supply is now more consistent thanks to Ormskirk’s Royal Oak and the Wasses near Thirsk.

Fruit-wise, there’s an abundance of local plums from Dunham Massey. If you’re making plum jam however, the yellow Pershore variety from Carey comes highly recommended (and offers good value). Late-season raspberries are tasting fantastic, as are the black Muscat de Hambourg grapes (always a staff favourite), Spanish watermelons, and early season figs.

Finally we’d like to point you in the direction of Strawberry Fields’ Twitter feed: @Organic_pam. Growing organically since the 70s, Pam Bowers is responsible for a huge chunk of our UK range. There’s some lovely photos of your food in her fields, plus the exciting arrival of a laser-guided robotic weeding machine!

Last Modified - 20th August 2017

Veg news 20th August

What’s new? Well, Friday saw our first arrival of shallots from Carey in Herefordshire. They’re the Zebrune variety (also known as banana shallots), and have lovely mild sweet flesh. Also new to the range is a selection of local heirloom tomato varieties from Glebelands’ Stockport site… the final piece in an impressive August tomato jigsaw.

Following an early-season flush prompted by a warm spring, broccoli has gone from feast to famine. Fortunately other brassicas remain plentiful… there’s some lovely tender local kale from Farmstart near Northwich, while our cavolo nero supply is now more consistent thanks to Ormskirk’s Royal Oak and the Wasses near Thirsk.

Fruit-wise, there’s an abundance of local plums from Dunham Massey. If you’re making plum jam however, the yellow Pershore variety from Carey comes highly recommended (and offers good value). Late-season raspberries are tasting fantastic, as are the black Muscat de Hambourg grapes (always a staff favourite), Spanish watermelons, and early season figs.

Finally we’d like to point you in the direction of Strawberry Fields’ Twitter feed: @Organic_pam. Growing organically since the 70s, Pam Bowers is responsible for a huge chunk of our UK range. There’s some lovely photos of your food in her fields, plus the exciting arrival of a laser-guided robotic weeding machine!

Last Modified - 20th August 2017

Grow a Grocery

We think there’s room for a Unicorn-type store in every city, and perhaps more besides. We have no plans to expand outside the one shop, so we’ve put together a guide intended to help facilitate the emergence of new stores run on similar lines.

Starting a new business is a daunting process. The guide is based on the model Unicorn has tried & tested since 1996, and walks potential grocers through all areas of the business, in the hope that it will make starting a new shop an easier process and help existing shops improve and/or expand.


Read the guide here

Last Modified - 10th October 2013

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