Viewing posts from: November 2000

End of Planting Season

by Paul Southall on 13th July 2017
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Tomorrow will see the end of our planting for this season. The last of the Purple Sprouting Broccoli (as seen in the pic) and Dwarf French Beans will be going in and we can then concentrate on irrigation and harvesting. The picking teams are really going for it now and we are about to split the pack house team into 2 shifts.

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Great British Menu?

by Paul Southall on 7th July 2017
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BBC 2's Great British Menu climaxed recently with a 'Taste of Summer' banquet held at Wimbledon. Throughout the show the judges complained quite rightly about the lack of vegetables used by the contestants. Come on chefs throughout the land  - as Anna is showing in the pic there is a great range of UK produce, including tasty fresh peas, beans, courgettes, onions available right now for you to create a taste of Summer.

A Taste of Summer!

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Barcelona Wedding

by Paul Southall on 30th June 2017
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The partners left the farm in capable hands to celebrate the wedding of Paul and Lindsay's son Tom to Jesy Santillan. A 15th century Spanish farmhouse near to Sitges proved the perfect wedding venue for friends and family who flew in from Dubai, the USA and the UK.

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Great-Uncle Jack

by Paul Southall on 18th June 2017
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On June 16th 1917 our Great-Uncle Jack died in the First World War. Although buried in France he has a plaque on the Southall family grave and, 100 years to the day later, his 9 Great-Nephews and Nieces gathered to remember him and toast him later at the Venture In restaurant in Ombersley. In a pencil-written letter sent from the front a few days before his fatal wounding Jack wrote to his mother how much he was looking forward to leave to be spent at Norchard.

Great-Uncle Jack Remembered

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Asparagus and Tomato Quiche

by Paul Southall on 12th June 2017
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Thanks to Beth for sending a pic of her freshly baked Asparagus and Tomato Quiche, using Southalls of Norchard spears. The Asparagus season will soon be over but there is still time to cook the sublime Broad Bean, Pea and Asparagus Rissotto whilst the 3 main ingredients are available fresh and local.

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Broads

by Paul Southall on 6th June 2017
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The farm is really starting to buzz now! We're harvesting Asparagus, Picking Peas, Sugar Snap Peas (delicious) and Broad Beans. Runner and Green Beans, plus Courgettes are only 2 - 3 weeks away and the Continental Onions are looking a picture. My pic shows some shelled broads - the ones on the right were drilled 1st November 2016 and we have just started picking them today. The slightly smaller ones on the left were drilled 70 days later but will follow on in less than a week. It's all about continuity and no gaps on the supermarket shelves!

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Pepys’ Pease

by Paul Southall on 25th May 2017
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On the 25th May 1662 Samuel Pepys wrote in his famous diary that "This day I had the first dish of pease I have had this year." At Southalls of Norchard, a mere 355 years later, we have just started to pick our early pea crop. I hope that Samuel's peas were as sweet as the ones I ate in the field today.

Bobby holding some early peas

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Ham, egg and asparagus

by Paul Southall on 5th May 2017
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Boiled ham hock, Cornish new potatoes, poached egg and Southalls of Norchard asparagus. Washed down with a dry white and accompanied by crusty bread and butter, Perfect for a May teatime!

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Souper Foods

by Paul Southall on 27th April 2017
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Lucy from Souper Foods called in today to buy some of our freshly cut asparagus and took the opportunity to check out the spears growing in the Big Field. Pleased to say that she has promised me a sample of her Worcestershire Asparagus Soup.

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Spanish Tunnels

by Paul Southall on 19th April 2017
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Just spent a few days out in the Almeria region of Spain. They had a what for them was a very hard winter, leading to shortages through Europe of veg like Courgettes and Iceberg Lettuce. They now seem to be back on track, with low tunnels, like the one pictured, stretching into the distance. They are also big on greenhouse type structures where a fleece material is tightly clad around wooden poles. When I arrived home I spotted Runner Bean plants growing under our low tunnels. Fingers crossed that they survive any late frosts!

Almeria Cloches

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