Friday, December 1, 2017

Veg Box News - 5th - 8th December, 2017

Brrrrr!
Well, Winter seems to have arrived this week.  It rather goes against the grain for us but we’ve actually had the shop door closed the past few days so that it’s slightly more comfortable for staff and customers!  So don’t be put off if you come over and the door’s shut – we are open!

Here are next week’s box lists and then a few details about Christmas arrangements…

A

Potatoes 1kg
Carrots 600g
Onions 500g
Leeks 600g
January King or Savoy Cabbage
Parsnips 600g
Squash

B’s will get Fennel instead of potatoes
D’s will get a further 800g Potatoes and 400g Brussels Sprouts
E’s will get the Fennel and some Peppers
L’s and M’s will get those additions and also a lettuce.

K

Apples 600g
Bananas 600g
Oranges 600g
Grapefruit x 1
Clementines 500g
Avocados 250g

Q’s will also get a portion of Grapes

As I mentioned last week vegetable deliveries will be as normal in the week prior to Christmas.  There will be no delivery in the week between Christmas and New Year.  It is also possible that we may not be able to source enough vegetables to make boxes on the first Tuesday in January but we’ll let you know!

Some customers have already been asking us what might be in the box the week before Christmas.  Generally we like to make sure you receive your basic Christmas goodies.  So the standard box will contain
 
1kg Good roasting potatoes – probably Arran Victory or Maris Piper (of course subject to availability)
Carrots 600g
Onions 500g
Leeks
Sprouts
Parsnips
Red Cabbage

It is at this stage impossible to predict what additions the larger boxes will have but there will probably be Lettuces involved…

If you are going away over the Christmas period don’t forget to let us know in plenty of time.  Alternatively you may wish to augment your order with some extra veg.  It would be helpful if we can have your order as early as possible.  You are welcome to email us – our address is info@sheffieldbeanies.co.uk.

Please resist the temptation to reply to any Direct Debit notices you might receive – replies to these tend to get filtered out by our system and we would hate to miss a message from you.  Do make sure you have put your name, address and delivery day in the email too – this makes it much easier for us to make sure you get what you ordered (rather than your namesake on another round!)


Saturday, November 25, 2017

Veg Box News 28th November - 1st December, 2017

It’s a chilly weekend!!  Wrap up warm.
Here are the lists for next week’s boxes:

A

Potatoes – bakers 1kg
Carrots 600g
Onions 500g
A bag of Purple Sprouting Broccoli
Leeks
Peppers
Portion of Squash (for Tuesday and Wednesday Rounds)
Celery (For Thursday and Friday Rounds)

B’s will get a portion of Sweet Potatoes instead of the Potatoes
D’s will get an additional 800g Potatoes and a January King Cabbage
E’s will get the Cabbage and a portion of Sweet Potatoes
G boxes will receive UK grown substitutes for the Peppers and the Sweet Potatoes
L’s and M’s will get the Mushrooms Cabbage and some other line as yet undecided

K

Bananas 600g
Navelina Oranges 600g
A Lemon
Comice Pears x 3 (depending on size)
A Mango


Q’s will also receive a portion of Clementines

Friday, November 17, 2017

Veg Box News 21st - 24th November, 2017

We are continuing to discuss our plans for that week in December that we don’t mention yet.  As the 25th December is a Monday boxes will be unaffected in the week prior to it.  Traditionally we are unable to deliver between Christmas and the New Year as supplies are very limited.  It looks as if we may not be able to deliver on Tuesday 2nd January either as it would seem a little unlikely (and unreasonable to expect) that our organic suppliers will be out picking on New Year’s Day!  We will confirm all these details nearer the time.
You can of course supplement your veg box with additional stock from the shop.  Give us a ring or drop us an email with your requirements.  Please make it clear if you have a preference for organic or non-organic produce.  Our email address is info@sheffieldbeanies.co.uk

Here are this week’s box lists:
Sprout tops - delicious lightly steamed, or shredded and stirfried

A

Potatoes – Bakers 1kg
Onions 500g
Carrots 600g
Sprout tops
Beetroot 600g
Courgettes 400g
Pointy Peppers

B’s will get a portion of leeks in place of the potatoes
D’s will get a further 800g Potatoes and a Head of Broccoli
E’s will get the Leeks and the Broccoli
L’s and M’s will get these too and a further mystery ingredient as yet to be confirmed.

All produce will be UK grown so G’s will be as per the standard boxes.
Please remember that when we put weights against items this is purely a rough guide as it is impossible to accurately weigh 600g carrots.  We do err on the generous side though and will always balance any major shortfall by adding additional amounts of another item.


K

Bananas 600g
Apples 600g
Mango x 1
Clementines 500g
Avocados 300g
Lime x 1


Q’s will also receive 600g Concord Pears

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Veg Box News 14 - 17th November, 2017

Just a bare bones Veg Box News…
We will soon be publishing our plans for Chr… sorry… *whispers* the midwinter season around the 25th December.  We would like to draw your attention to our a la carte service if you need any extras.  We can put up boxes to order either to come alongside your delivery in the run up to the …ahem… or for you to pop in and collect over the weekend just prior.  So while you’re planning your menus make a list of the extras we can bring and save all that stressful queueueueing!

Here are the lists for next week’s boxes!

A

Potatoes 1kg
Carrots 600g
Onions 500g
Broccoli 400g
Cavolo Nero
Swede
Celery

B’s will get a Red Pepper in place of the potatoes
D’s will get an additional 800g Potatoes and a portion of Squash
E’s will get the Squash and a Red and Green Pepper
L’s and M’s will get a Salad Pack from Sheffield Organic Growers as well as the other additions

K

Apple 600g
Orange 600g
Bananas 600g
Persimmon x 2
Lemon

Q’s will also get a portion of Clementines 600g


Monday, November 6, 2017

Veg Box News 7th - 10th November, 2017

Just a bare bones Veg Box News this week owing to shortness of time!
Here are the lists for this week.  (G’s will be as standard boxes as all produce is UK-grown.)

A

Potatoes 1kg
January Kings
Carrots 600g
Onions 500g
Broccoli 400g
Leeks 600g
Squash 900g (approximately, depending on size of individual squash)
Beetroot 600g

B’s will get a January King Cabbage instead of potatoes
D’s will get a further 800g Potatoes and a January King
E’s will get a January King and a Salad Pack
L’s and M’s will get those additions and an item as yet to be confirmed.

K’s

Apples 600g
Clementines 600g
Bananas 600g
A lemon
A Pineapple

Q’s will also get a portion of 600g Conference Pears


Saturday, October 28, 2017

Veg Box News 31st October - 3rd November, 2017

Veg Box News is a bit of a guess this week.  Mark, who sorts out ‘the recipe’ has gone away for the weekend without passing it on! But Gemma has done a bit of detective work and this is her best guess based on what he’s ordered.  So all the usual provisos apply this week, regarding last minute changes.  If I can I’ll correct this post if necessary.

A

Potatoes – Picasso, a good all rounder   1kg
Onions 500g
Carrots 600g
Celeriac (possibly two) 
A Bag of Curly Kale
A Bag of either Pak Choi or Chard (Tuesday and Wednesday)depending on what you got last week.
Or a Salad Pack (Thursday and Friday)
A Bulb of Fennel – or two depending on size.

B’s will receive a portion of Leeks in place of the potatoes
D’s will have an additional 800g Potatoes and an Aubergine
E’s will get the Leeks and Aubergine and/or possibly something else ( tbc)
L’s and M’s will probably also receive a Squash

K

Bananas 600g
Apples – Ida Red 600g
Conference Pears
Valencia Oranges
A Lemon
A Pomegranate

Q’s will also receive a portion of Globe Grapes

Lottie Shaw Prize Draw

Rachael has asked me to draw your attention to a prize draw she has organised on our facebook page, the prize being a selection of Lottie Shaw goodies – flapjacks and parkin. 
https://www.facebook.com/beanieswholefoods/


To be in with a chance of winning you just need to find, like and share her post – just scroll down the timeline, past all the pictures of delicious fruit and vegetables etc – and then for an extra chance tag someone else in the comments.  Rachael will be drawing the winner in early November.

If you are social media person then do check out our accounts on facebook, twitter @beaniessheff and Instagram @beanieswholefoods.  Follow us for news from the veg room and from the wholefoods shop etc.  We try to keep the posts relevant and interesting so help us out by liking and following us if you can.  This bumps us up the algorithm rankings and helps us to reach more potential customers.

If you are trying to contact us via the website you may find your email bouncing back – APOLOGIES!
As you may be aware we have been having a few issues with our website recently partly because the platform on which it was built is rather old fashioned now and has rather been left behind by the servers it is required to run on.  I know!  I don't rreally understand it either...

There is a page to the right of this blog named 'Contact Us' with a link to our email so feel free to use that to contact us.
Please, please, please – if you are wishing to alter your box delivery or arrange a 'box holiday' please put your name, address and delivery day in the email – it makes it so much easier for us to make sure we’ve got the right person.

Happy Hallowe’en


Sunday, October 22, 2017

Apple Day at Sheffield Organic Growers

Visitors sample the freshly pressed juice
"I've been to an apple day!" I said to my father who asked what I'd done with my Sunday.
"This may be a stupid question, but what is an apple day?" was his response.

For him, and anyone else uninitiated with the joy of apple days, I thought I'd write a little review of the recent apple day at Sheffield Organic Growers.

Sheffield Organic Growers is a cluster of five independent organic growers, based on a 12-acre site in the beautiful Moss Valley on the edge of Sheffield. Part of their site is now a successful orchard producing a variety of desert and cooking apples and pears, supplying various shops across Sheffield including Beanies!
We arrived in the glorious sunshine to find the orchard already teeming with people; mainly, it turns out, from the University Conversation Club on an a day trip. There was plenty to do, including having a go at pressing apples to make fresh juice - an activity popular with the children and supervised by Beanies' own Matt West.

Hugh, another grower, gave a large group a tour of the orchard, explaining how they manage the trees in accordance with their organic principles, and dishing out tips and advice to budding apple enthusiasts in the crowd. Being allowed to pick and eat apples fresh from the tree and warm from the sun was a particular treat.

Matt pressing the apples
A mini cafe was set up selling proper coffee, homemade soup and cakes, and there was even a craft and story-time corner set up for the children. A chance to taste the different varieties such as Kidds Orange, Spartan and James Grieve produced on the orchard was well received! There was also plenty of freshly picked apples, as well as other produce from the surrounding fields available to purchase.

A delightful day all round, helped by the glorious weather and made even more special thanks to the lovely team working at the event. I'd strongly recommend future apple days and other events at this unique location in Sheffield.




At Beanies we currently have the aforementioned varieties and many more! Come visit!





Words: Rachael Eyton
Photos: Keenan Goddard-Donovan




Veg Box News - 5th - 8th December, 2017

Brrrrr! Well, Winter seems to have arrived this week.  It rather goes against the grain for us but we’ve actually had the shop door close...