Archive of January 2016

January 25

Great planet drama

It's been lovely this morning - sun shining but rain is forecast for later.
Has anyone managed to see the great planet drama this month?
Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn can be seen simultaneously before dawn. They’ll remain visible each day before dawn until February 20, 2016. To find out more click here.
It's Burn's night tonight - we have organic nips and tatties to cook with your haggis.
For a full list of what's in the shop this week see our organic fruit and vegetable price guide.
Please note that the shop will close at 2pm this Saturday (30th January) to allow me to catch a train to London!
Have a good week.


PS if you or a friend can't come to the shop you can take a virtual tour! You can then email in an order and we will endeavour to deliver it - see our delivery page for details.

11:02 AM
January 11

More rain but Pickering is ok

My sister has gone to a funeral in Alderney in the Channel Islands and I thought I would do some research about the island and see if there are any links with organic food production.
I discovered that a gentleman called Jocelyn Chase, who was a founding member of the Soil Association, was after the war, approached by the government to provide help for the re-inhabitation of Alderney.
In June 1940 the island's 1500 inhabitants had been evacuated and it was turned into a prisoner of war camp by the German army. There were crops of asparagus, melons, strawberries, radishes and flowers, some of which were grown under cloches. The horticultural trade from Alderney continued to thrive until the early sixties, exporting produce and flowers to UK markets.
Chase Organics are seaweed extract and organic growing specialists and was created by Jocelyn Chase's father in 1912.


Returning to North Yorkshire, I don't know if any of you read this very interesting article in the Independent about how Pickering townsfolk dealt with flood defences.
They got together with top academics from Oxford, Newcastle and Durham Universities and came up with a plan to try to recreate past conditions by slowing the flow of water from the hills.
So no flooding in Pickering!
And now the shop ...
For a full list of what's in the shop this week see our organic fruit and vegetable price guide.
If you live in Scarborough and Malton areas and would like a delivery could you please let us have your order by Tuesday (Wednesday at the latest).
Finally can I please apologise for the assignment of fresh and smoked salmon that was lost last week, this was due to floods in Aberdeen.
Have a good week.


PS if you or a friend can't come to the shop you can take a virtual tour! You can then email in an order and we will endeavour to deliver it - see our delivery page for details.

04:25 PM