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Results of the quizzes held at Corbridge and Cherryburn

Go Local Food Herbs

We have been doing a herb quiz at recent local events that Go Local Food attended – Corbridge Midsummer Festival on June 22nd 2017 and Beefest, Cherryburn on June 25th 2017

The answers were:

1  Parsley
2  Oregano
3  Coriander
4  Mint of a chocolate variety
5  Tarragon
6  Basil
How good were you at getting all of the herbs correctly named?

You say rocket, I say arugula

small potatoesRocket and new potatoes (in the share this week) are two key ingredients for one of my favourite recipes of all times – Roast chicken with potatoes, arugula and garlic yogurt.

Arugula is the way Americans say rocket, which they think is quaint. You can get away with quite a lot with a British accent, like the time my son had one of his American aunts convinced that the Brits say grape to rhyme with wrap not tape.

For this recipe I use new potatoes, sriracha rather than harissa, ignore the comment about not using Greek yogurt and consider dill optional. If you follow the instructions about not crowding the pans and use sriracha, I guarantee that this will be one of your favourite recipes too.

 

News from the fields

Rusby Wrapping Machine M2More ploughing, rotovating and laying of bio-degradable cornstarch has been done in order to prepare more space for winter brassicas. Apparently the rows are not very straight mind you. Not sure what the tractor driver had in his flask in the hot weather but Ian, our grower, does admit that he has never been very good at absolutely straight lines anyway.

More successional sowing has been undertaken – chard, beetroot, fennel, carrots, French beans and peas to but name a few items to keep the harvest coming for the weekly crop shares.

Any crop that is not netted outside is subject to being eaten by the wild life which seems to be mostly rabbits and pigeons at the moment (as usual). Ian feels that a better system of securing the netting in place needs to be sought.

The first tomatoes have set in the poly tunnel housing the tomato plants. It took Ian two days to thoroughly cut back the side shoots. This is just one of those jobs and sometimes more side shoots seem to grow as soon as you turn your back.

There is a row of potatoes that is worrying our grower. The recent weather has been hot and humid and these conditions have been ideal for the spread of blight. As it is lifting time for the new potatoes to be included in the weekly crop shares, this could be bad news.

The grass paths are being cut regularly now but it seems that keeping up with the weeding is a bit more of a chore.

A Grey Fergie tractor would be good for Go Local Food

North acomb little grey fergieNorth Acomb Farm is selling tickets for their raffle of a grey Fergie tractor.

To quote: “Who has spotted our little grey fergy? In association with the Massey Ferguson club we are selling raffle tickets for your chance to win this tractor. £2 per ticket available in the farm shop.”

As Go Local Food does not own a tractor it would be lovely if our members all bought tickets for this raffle. It would support another local business and if you are the winner it would be very generous of you to give the prize to us it would support us too. It would help us to work our fields to grow crops for our weekly crop shares if we owned our own tractor.

Crop share for week ending 24th June 2017

New Potatoes

Ian says new potatoes, onions, broad beans, strawberries, rocket, coriander, mixed bag (beetroot, mangetout and peas)

And of course some of the cut and come again herbs in the tubs.