Undercover work at Bridge of Muchalls

 
 
These modern fleeces are brilliant. They offer full protection against all sorts of insect, bird, mammal pests and last for years. Not the most pretty thing to look at, a bit of a blot on the landscape, but as so often is the case ugly has such a lot of benefits. Lovely though when the fleece comes off and he presto,the most beautiful thing in the world ; a perfect crop of vegetables.

Broad Beans Al Fresco


Broad Beans

 
Last year, I decided not to replace any tunnel covers anymore. It is a bit of an investment/effort that I am reluctant to make so close to retirement, and leave this to my successors.

This year the weather gods decided to take some covers of. Humm. Time to grow some small patches of open ground vegetables like broad beans. Humm.

Peaking through the snow like snowdrops and almost as tasty (?!). Well, picked young, which I intend to do, they are tasty and help bridge the hungry gap in the local vegetable year. Let's see how it goes (drumroll)...............

More Delicious Crops from Lembas

Thanks to our lovely and capable team of Francesca, Rose  and seasoned boss Paul, we are able to sow, plant, cultivate, weed and harvest more delicious veg crops again this year.

All crops are looking good, despite the changeable weather patterns from cold to hot and vice versa and long dry spells,which caused only the occasional problem.

Check out our new gallery to see what's happening at Lembas. 

Radished

radishes

Did you enjoy the hot weather ? I hope you did, I enjoyed it too as long as I did not look in my radish tunnel. The high day time and low night time temperatures played havoc with the tender radish leaves and made them mature far too fast.

This has never happened before to this degree and we have had to throw out a whole week's production. It would have been ok if we did not bunch the radishes but sold them in a plastic bag as we did the last few years, but plastic is a no no nowadays. For good reason but it makes marketing fresh produce so much more difficult. The radish itself is very nice to eat but bunched it is a sorry sight. Humm.

The Perfect Storm...

Have you got a minute ? This article 'COVID, Climate Change and Brexit: The perfect storm' by Sonia from Coleshill Organics sums up the present situation we are finding ourselves in very well.

Well done Sonia.

 

New Order Deadlines and Brexit Update

Due to Brexit  we can no longer make amendments to our orders on Fridays as before and the new order deadline for BESPOKE orders is: Before Wednesday mornings 9 am the week before delivery. We understand this to be rather hard especially since some of you will not have received your produce  from the previous order yet. However this is the best we can do to guarantee that at least most of what you order will come.

New deadlines for the STANDARD boxes for our Wednsday round : Monday morning 10 am for delivery/pickup same week wednesday.

We will of course still accept orders after the deadlines but it will be subject to what we then have estimated and those with arranged  repeat order systems will receive these as before.

There can and will  be of course still other unexpected causes at times that some product may not be available after all, as we’ve all experienced  before.

Due to new  export and Import paperwork and the fees connected with this,  Brexit is not only increasing costs but also complicating some imports tremendously. This hits small businesses which import lots of different product lines, like us, per consignment harder than bigger ones who can spread these costs over more volume per item. For example wether we buy 100 boxes of tomatoes or only 10 the fee per product is the same. On top of this  come other fees per consignment.

CHEESE can only be imported accompanied by a  complicated health certificate, which none of our Dutch suppliers want to get involved with just now, so our cheese list will become reduced for now whilst stock lasts  until we find new suppliers or British alternatives depending on wether there will be demand for these.

CHEDDAR CHEESE will remain on our list.

We have decided therefore currently not to import ourselves  but have joined with our existing Scottish supplier so that he can  import more quantity per single product line, which hopefully benefits you again by the Brexit costs being spread out more on the European produce.

We hope to grow more produce ourselves as well. Fingers crossed.

We will do our best under the new circumstances,

Many thanks for all your support.

Broccoli

Broccoli

The hens gone some land has come available for growing veg and having some very welcome helping hands with the growing now here we are trialing broccoli for our Wednesday round. A bit up and down this year but we are learning. The Dutch believe that babies come from the cabbage patch. Here it seems that three year olds do.

Sign of the times

Empty Chicken Shed

Freya has retired from the poultry part of the business. No more hens, sheds are empty. And when someone retires around here, there is no succession it seems. We have tried to find someone to take over this part of the business which has done well, is well suited to our conditions, complemented the veg growing to a tee, offered further expansion and would lend itself well for a social care project, but we have not found anyone. Too many local project have stopped and are gone. The organic movement keep growing apace but mostly elsewhere it seems. This seems to be a bit of a story in Scotland altogether. 

But let us raise our glasses to Freya, who started with a handful of chickens next to our house in Maryculter in the 1980's and build up one of the best little commercial units in Scotland, got many remarks on the quality of the eggs and got a pat on the back from our chicken breeder for the way our hens looked and were cared for. 

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