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Veg news 20th April

All change this week!

Most excitingly, we’ve received our first delivery of UK asparagus from Bedlam Farm in Cambridgeshire. This will be the backbone of our supply for the next fortnight, at which point our (favourite) Lincolnshire supply from Vine House Farm should kick in. As ever, the season will be short, with the last cut being the longest day – June 21st, so make the most of it!

From the northwest, the abundance of leafy greens (spinach & chard) continues apace – including plenty from Glebelands new Stockport polytunnels. Thursday also sees a welcome return for produce from Ward & Thompson near Blackpool. Their early season spring onions are usually something to behold!

Old season potato stores are dwindling, but we’re hopeful that an influx of varieties from Skea Organic near Dundee will help tide us over until growers begin lifting this year’s new potatoes. All being well, anticipate this being the second week of May.

Like last week, the selection of fresh herbs from Lincolnshire’s Strawberry Fields is buoyant. Our first Isle of Wight tomatoes went down well, so plenty more this week. From the continent, peppers remain a challenge. Mainly a knock on effect from the serious flooding at the end of last year affecting the planting of the spring crop, and the result being they’re now thin on the ground. Courgettes on the other hand are plentiful and offer great value!

Last Modified - 20th April 2017

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Veg news 11th April

Enjoy the kale through the beginning of the week… Last weekend’s blast of warm sunny weather has caused it to flower and most growers are reporting a smaller yield. So here begins our annual kale gap – most likely to last through to June.

While the mild weather means the last of this season’s kale, it looks likely to bring an abundance of UK spring crops a couple of weeks earlier than in 2016. This week, that’s most evident in the fresh herbs from Strawberry Fields in Lincolnshire – mint being the latest addition, plus a continued abundance of leafy greens (ruby chard, perpetual spinach etc). Next week we anticipate a growing selection of lettuce varieties, plus a sprinkling of radishes and spring onions. UK asparagus is even being whispered about!

From the continent, calabrese broccoli remains tricky, but Cornish purple sprouting is fortunately abundant. The blood orange and clementine seasons are drawing to a close, but there’s a wealth of Spanish berries to provide a good range of fruit across the top shelf.

Tomatoes! We’re starting our much-loved Isle of Wight supply this week. The cherry vines in particular taste a little special.

Last Modified - 11th April 2017

Veg news 11th April

Enjoy the kale through the beginning of the week… Last weekend’s blast of warm sunny weather has caused it to flower and most growers are reporting a smaller yield. So here begins our annual kale gap – most likely to last through to June.

While the mild weather means the last of this season’s kale, it looks likely to bring an abundance of UK spring crops a couple of weeks earlier than in 2016. This week, that’s most evident in the fresh herbs from Strawberry Fields in Lincolnshire – mint being the latest addition, plus a continued abundance of leafy greens (ruby chard, perpetual spinach etc). Next week we anticipate a growing selection of lettuce varieties, plus a sprinkling of radishes and spring onions. UK asparagus is even being whispered about!

From the continent, calabrese broccoli remains tricky, but Cornish purple sprouting is fortunately abundant. The blood orange and clementine seasons are drawing to a close, but there’s a wealth of Spanish berries to provide a good range of fruit across the top shelf.

Tomatoes! We’re starting our much-loved Isle of Wight supply this week. The cherry vines in particular taste a little special.

Last Modified - 11th April 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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