Broad Beans!

If anyone is still at a loss as to what to do with last week’s broad bean tops, if they’re still fresh-looking – or you want to be fully prepared for next time,  saute them in a little butter and  add into an omelette – or they could be part of a stir fry!

broad bean tips





Broad beans in their next form are included in this week’s crop share as baby broad beans, which can be eaten whole. There’s a couple of tips in the following link. Love the idea of dipping them in batter and  frying them them!

Baby Broad Beans Recipes

What will you do with yours?


Crop Share and Field News (Week ending 16 June)

This week's crop shareThis week’s crop share will be
New potatoes, green onions, lettuce, baby broad beans, radish and cucumber.

We’re still in the Hungry Gap before the abundance of summer, but there are all the hopeful signs that this will soon be behind us. The first  courgettes have been planted in the polytunnels  and the tiny fruits are just appearing.  Beware though… turn your back on them for too long and they turn into giants!

Courgette plant with very small fruit growingOut on the field we continue to make sure we’ll be well fed during the winter, and the leeks are being planted using corn-starch membranes to keep the weeds down. Approximately 750 have been planted so far but there’s hundreds more to go!

Rows of newly planted leeks

The new composting bays

working composting areaDespite the official opening of the compost bays only happening last Saturday, the first bay is full and will soon have to be turned into the finished bay.

The second bay is nearly full and will probably have to be closed this weekend.

So that means that the third bay will be started next week.

Ian the grower is hopeful that there will be usable compost within the next two to four weeks that he can use around the growing site. This is where the system of having hot compost no dig beds will come into its own.

Compost sieveHowever there is just one job that needs to be done before Go Local Food starts to make use of the home produced hot compost.  The home-made sieve created from various spare materials around the Go Local Food site which is used to riddle and grade our onsite home made compost will have to be strengthened.

Wild life on the fields

The wood pigeons are getting clever. Though the covers over crops have stayed in place despite the high winds, the pigeons have worked out how to spot where the wind has lifted the edges and walk in to have a sneaky peck at the brassica edges.

wrenWe seem to have a goodly crowd of wrens on the fields. They have been appearing from insect hunts in the long grass as Ian the grower has walked around and fluttered next to him to survey him. As they are such small birds, Ian has noted that their wings have really been working double and treble time. But they are welcome to hunt insects that we don’t need to attack our crops.


Fred the rodent operative (OK he’s the cat you may see) from the Halls of Heddon glass houses and growing areas is still patrolling the area so he must find food.

Bridget opened her second new hive (the one created after the recent swarm) to see how the brood was doing. Things seem not to have calmed down as there is no sign of a new queen yet.

Filling up the fields at the start of June 2019

sproutsGosh there’s been a major planting out session over the last few days:

  • 2 rows of peas straight into the ground
  • 25 donated courgettes which seem to be surviving the winds that have blown this week (and previous ones
  • 280 winter brussels sprouts planted out through membrane (gosh that’s a lot)
  • Purple sprouting broccoli, summer cabbage, summer brussels sprouts
  • There are plans to do another sowing of broad beans (probable) and then French beans to fill up the spaces outside

That is quite some hard work undertaken by the work shares over a week.