Week 46: What's happening?

We've been making a lot of turmeric and ginger drinks at home this week - this turmeric milk is lovely - very excited to have organic fresh turmeric in the shop this week, have only ever used the powder before but the fresh stuff is GOOD (even if it could be used at Halloween as a fake hand). If you don't want yellow stained fingers (been there), apparently it's ok to not peel it. It's long been our intention to get an electric van, and Chris went to see one last week that wa

Week 45: What's happening

We're rattling through November, and the woolly jumpers are definitely back out of the cupboard. This weekend we've got a couple who are hoping to start a veg box business visiting the field to see what they can learn from our 3 years of doing what we're doing. They're just in the process of buying land and so at the very start of the journey, but hopefully we can give them some pointers. It's also looking very likely we'll have another local organic veg supplier soon which i

Week 44: What's happening

Hands up if you got drenched in some of the sudden showers yesterday - certainly kept us on our toes, fortunately the harvesting could all be done inside. We managed a lovely walk to Hilbre Island on Sunday (if you don't know where it is, look it up, well worth a visit but check the tides before you go) in beautiful sunshine and got back just before sky went black and it poured with rain. In the field...well it's less of a field, more of a bog at the moment! Harvested tomatoe

Week 43: What's happening

Wow, we are normally used to the wind living in Prion but it's been a pretty calm summer and so we've forgotten what it's like to be battered! Getting used to it again now, ready for winter! If you've not got yourself a pumpkin and want one for this weekend - get a locally grown from Cae Derw (Llanrhaedr), also being sold at Y Ty Gwrydd on Back Row. Chris has done a video update this week from the relative shelter of the polytunnel - here it is if you want to watch. As any of

Week 42: What's happening

So beautiful to see the leaves suddenly changing colour - it seems to happen in the course of a just a few days. Nature never fails to amaze. Our polytunnel is changing with the seasons too - already looks so different from a couple of weeks ago. In the field, we've been weeding and generally tidying up (including greenhouse). Also dodging the rain - the field is starting to get muddy! Received 100 or so strawberry plants for next spring. About to plant out last of Winter cro

Week 41: What's happening

Many thanks for all the lovely feedback we're getting on the veg at the moment, the boxes are definitely looking pretty good! We managed to get to Snowdonia last weekend in the caravan for a bit of hiking and relaxing which was fab, and Chris managed to cajole a complete stranger into getting his kit off and jumping in one of the lakes on the Miner's Track by just saying a few words as we passed...! Very entertaining, especially as Chris had no intention himself of going in.

Week 40: What's happening

So lovely to see lots of our customers at the Denbigh Plum Feast on Saturday, have to say my voice is still suffering as a result of 6 hours talking!! So hard with face masks too. Chris's big tomatoes went down very well, makes it worth all the effort that went into them! In the field we've mainly been dodging the crazy rain, and doing a lot of harvesting. Eat Your Greens veg boxes: Small boxes have got butternut squash - wouldn't normally buy butternut as we prefer the other

Week 39: What's happening

We are already missing those still evenings from earlier in the week as the wind kicks in! We had a bbq late into the evening the other night, and not a breath of wind (very unusual in Prion!). Always lovely to be able to enjoy the light evenings whilst we still have them. A little note from our wholesalers (Organic North) which made us smile, although clearly it's not really laughable stuff.... 'On the national crisis wheel of fortune this week, it’s the turn of fuel supplie

Week 38: What's happening

Hope you're all enjoying the beautiful weather, a couple of people this week have said September is their favourite month and I'm starting to think I might agree with them! In the field, we're transitioning from summer to autumn/winter in the poly tunnels - removed courgettes and patty pan and planted out nearly 200 lettuces! Removed most of the leaves from the tomatoes and snipped the tops - looked like a bit of a tomato massacre leaving cascades of green tomatoes hanging fr

Week 37: What's happening

We've been feeling the change of season this past week - it's really starting to look and feel autumnal, despite the lovely sunshine over the last day or so. In one way it's a relief as we know things calm down a bit from a growing perspective, but in another we're suddenly feeling like there's lots to do before we fully move into the next season! Think we might just have to get used to that feeling, suspect it never actually goes away.....! This month it's Organic September

Week 36: What's happening

Hope you've all been enjoying the sunshine this week - the polytunnels were not a good place to be, we've been going out early and trying to get stuff done before it gets too toasty. Not a bad problem to have though, especially when we're still waiting expectantly for some of our rather large beef tomatoes to ripen. Chris has managed to do a video update this week where he shows you round the field. I'm going to say 10/10 for enthusiasm, perhaps a little less for video qualit

Week 35: What's happening

A busy bank holiday weekend getting stuff done in the garden and being sociable, then a productive week in the field and on the computer. So we're feeling ready for the shift in tempo as summer starts to wind down. I always think it's interesting how the school year affects us all, regardless of whether you have people in your house actually going to school or not, and how the start of the new school year somehow always feels a like a bit of a new chapter with a slightly diff

Week 34: What's happening

Between us we managed to tag team a few days away in our caravan - the 2nd in our fleet of teeny tiny vehicles. It helped that there was lots of cloud and rain so less need for regular watering in the green house. We've worked out that, generally, our time away is much more relaxed if there's absolutely no sunshine....! There's still a lot of harvesting happening, hurray, over 50kg on Monday alone. We also had a visit from a soil expert who gave us very complimentary feedback

Week 33: What's happening

The blackberries are ripening and August is definitely cracking on. And the weather has decided to give us a bit of a reminder that we can't wear shorts for ever (actually, if you're one of the lovely Prion Royal Mail staff then you can in all weathers apparently). But, we're excited to be harvesting so much veg - it's fab. This pic below shows just Monday's harvest. In total this week we've harvested: 4.5kg of beetroot, 8kg green beans, 9kg chard, 5.5kg of courgettes, 7.5kg

Week 32: What's happening

Hands up if you can't believe we're already part-way through August! Such is the life of a market gardener - summer is busy but we know that the winter months bring time for recharging and evenings in front of the fire. If you get eggs this week, they've been packed by a very careful egg-box-packer (yes, in a woolly hat, don't ask). In the field, we've got lots of green beans and we're hoping runner beans are on their way (1st one harvested this week but we've planned for the

Week 31: What's happening

Not sure about anyone else, but partway through summer holidays I'm not sure I know what day it is, what happened yesterday or the day before or what happens next. But, all is well on the veg front, and we're VERY proud of these onions! Apparently Charles Dowding (the no dig king) lays them out like this so we figured why not! These will be going into the boxes next week. We're waiting - impatiently - for the tomatoes to ripen, we've managed to harvest the first few, just wai

Week 30: What's happening

As I write this, our 5 year old is leaping about 'being a gymnast / hockey player / diver' having watched some of the amazing Olympic action. A bit of an Olympic throwback factoid for you - Chris was lucky enough to coach the UK Youth Olympic sailing team to Gold when the 2006 Youth Olympics took place in Sydney which was a pretty amazing experience. Spot the sporting hero he was over the moon to meet whilst there and is next to him in the 1st pic (Clue: he coached the Englis

Week 29: What's happening

Hope everyone is managing to stay cool and find shady spots. Seriously warm. Chris has been holding the fort whilst we visited family, but he has everything under control (!), as you can see in his video below, despite the need for constant watering. He went on a mini adventure last weekend up the Carneddau so it wasn't all work and no play. We managed to freeze the last of the broad beans so looking forward to pulling those out later in the year when we've forgotten what the

Week 28: What's happening

School's nearly out - hope everyone with kids has a lovely summer holiday, and those without managed to avoid places with too many over-excited children!! Looks like we're going to get a bit of a heat wave over the weekend, so the veggies are going to need a lot of tlc. We've been harvesting our carrots this week - amazing that all the work that's gone into watering (daily), weeding and then harvesting them gives us a cost price of £1.50 per kg of carrots - that's before we m

Week 27: What's happening

Well we had our first weekend away together from the business since pre-Covid. That's a long time! It was really great to just be able to switch off and combined with seeing family we have very much missed over the past year or so and it was a great mid (?) season re-set. We managed to get out sailing, had dophins swimming on our bow and spotted a seal! - felt very lucky. Having lived overseas for a good few years, we feel grateful that as things re-open we can reconnect wit