Crop share for the week ending 21st August 2018

This week's crop sharePotatoes, onions, cucumbers, peppers, cabbage, kale, chard, beans. And someone gets the 1000th cucumber of the season in their share.


The shape of vegetables

A study from Edinburgh University finds that a third of farmed fruit and vegetables deemed too ugly to sell.

Meanwhile Lidl in the UK is trialling a damaged 5 kg veg box in selected stores to see if customers will be interested in this offer.

And there is the story from another small company has found the ugly side of ugly produce where it was contacted by a company that now makes a great profit from buying up ugly produce that might otherwise be sold cheaply in poor neighbourhoods or even donated to food banks.

Meanwhile here at Go Local Food our crop shares include fresh vegetables picked on the day without fear or favour with regard to shape but chosen just how they come because they are all edible.

It’s been a good year for …

comfreyAt Go Local Food we have had a good year for some things:

  • Downy mildew which starts off on the comfrey (of which we have a lot) and spreads to other susceptible growth such as courgettes
  • Docks which haven’t been sturdy and strong but which have been plentiful and with lots of seeds
  • And now thistle seeds – Ian the grower has the flame gun out every other day to try and control the number and spread
  • Onion white rot which once you have it in your soil is almost impossible to eradicate – luckily so far we have escaped this problem

We really didn’t want any of the first three but we have them all.


The Pioppi Diet – celebrating green leaves

salad on a plateAn interesting read sent to us by Ian Richardson with his initial thoughts on the subject:

I have just read a book about the The Pioppi Diet (aka a Mediterranean diet as practiced by the villagers of Pioppi) – this seems very compelling, destroying a number of myths and taking a holistic view of how our diet impacts our health for good and ill.

Foods to be avoided:

  1. Bread and everything else made with flour
  2. Cereals
  3. Potatoes and other white root vegetables
  4. Foods containing much sugar
  5. All sweets

You can eat as much as you like of the following foods:

  1. Meat, fish, birds
  2. All green vegetables
  3. Eggs
  4. Cheese
  5. Fruit, except grapes and bananas

BOOK: The Pioppi Diet: A 21-Day Lifestyle Plan. As heard on The Jeremy Vine Show, BBC Radio 2 – 29 Jun 2017

The Pioppi Diet: Eat Like An Italian For Heart Health And Longevity by the Be Well Team