Saturday, October 14, 2017

Veg Box News 17th - 20th, October, 2017

A mixture of roots and leaves grace the boxes next week – although broccoli of course is actually a flower head, so…

Next week we will be taking part in the Bradfield Farmers Market again so if you’re out that way come and pay us a visit.

Here are the lists for next week…

A








Potatoes 1kg
Carrots 600g
Onions 500g
Broccoli 400g
Pointy Cabbage
Leeks 600g
Beetroot 600g



B's will get a Lettuce in place of the potatoes
G's will be as A or B
D's will get a further 800g Potatoes and a Lettuce
E's will get 400g Peppers and a Lettuce
L's and M's will get the Peppers, Lettuce and a Squash.




K
  • Apples 600g
  • Banana 600g
  • A Grapefruit
  • Avocados 300g
  • A Mango
  • Mandarins 500g


Q's will also get a portion of Kiwis


With the wetter weather coming we would appreciate it if you could keep empty boxes dry when leaving them our for us to collect - just fold them flat and pop them into a binbag if you haven't got anywhere undercover to store them.  No expense has been spared to bring you this stunning tutorial video...

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Veg Box News - 10th - 13th October, 2017

Autumn is well and truly here now and over the next few weeks Box customers can look forward to delicious English root crops for hearty stews and roasts, but just before we get there we’ll be taking a last few shots of greens, this week Kale, Broccoli and Chard.  If you’re thinking: ‘What? Three types of greens?’ I’ve included some links to recipes below which would offer a range of different options.

Boxes will also all receive a squash this week.  It’s always best to roast squash to bring out
the nutty flavour.  Cut into slices or chunks dress with a little olive oil and salt and roast in a moderate oven for 40 – 50 mins.  You can eat just like that as a side vegetable or incorporate the roast squash into other dishes – soups or stews or mash.


A

  • Potatoes 1kg
  • Onions 500g
  • Carrots 600g
  • A Bag of Kale
  • A Head of Broccoli
  • A Squash
  • A Pack of Rainbow Chard


G’s will be the same
B’s will receive a Swede instead of the potatoes
D’s will receive a further 800g Potatoes and a Portion of Mushrooms
E’s will receive a Swede and a Portion of Tomatoes
L’s and M’s will get the above additions and a Lettuce.
 
K

  • Apples – Rajka 600g
  • Pears – Conference 600g
  • Bananas 600g
  • Oranges 600g
  • Grapes 400g
  • A Lemon

Q’s will also get a portion of fresh Figs.


Kale

Kale is a versatile vegetable and can be finely shredded and eaten raw; steamed, stir-fried or added to soups.  Try shredding it and then roasting in the oven with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkling of salt.  Roast until dry and crisp for delicious healthy Kale Crisps
Other ideas:

From the Hemsley sisters: Kale and Quinoa Sauté 

Broccoli

Broccoli has of course long been a family favourite but have you tried roasting it?
Break into florets and split any thicker stalks.  Peel and quarter the thick stem – it really is the best part especially for children who don’t like the flowery bits of the head…(speaking from experience) Preheat the oven to about 180°C.  Toss the florets into a roasting tin with some salt and olive oil and place in the oven for about 40 mins but do check for doneness from about 30 mins because cooking time will vary according to how small you’ve cut the florets.

I find stir-frying broccoli can work providing it is either blanched first or cut very finely.

Tempura is also a tasty way of preparing this vegetable (and many others).
It is easier than you might think to make tempura and I find it is mental preparation which is the key – prepare ahead of time and think about timings of the meal before embarking.  Ideally tempura is served straight from the wok so it becomes an eat-it-as-it-comes meal.  There’s a sense of drama though which can be a great ingredient to tempt younger eaters!!
From www.MaryMakesGood.com:  Kickass Vegan Tempura

Chard

Of the three chard is the lightest leaf and requires shortest cooking time.  Try shredding and adding at the last minute to pasta, or simply briefly sauté with a chopped onion in a little butter or olive oil.  It behaves and tastes similar to spinach so you could substitute it in any of your favourite spinach dishes.



If you try any of these recipes or have any that you would like to share please add a comment below.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Veg Box News: 3rd - 6th October, 2017

Bit late this week with the posting so just a skeleton Veg Box news today.
So here are the box lists for the first week in October....


A

  • Potatoes 1kg
  • Onions 500g
  • Carrots 600g
  • Savoy Cabbage
  • Sweetcorn x 2
  • Salad Pack
  • Celery

Rainbow Chard
B's will get Red Peppers (approx 300g) instead of the potatoes
D's will get a further 800g Potatoes and a Bag of Rainbow Chard
E's will get Rainbow Chard and Red Peppers
G's will be the same as the Standard boxes as all produce is UK grown
L's and M's will receive Rainbow Chard, Red Peppers and a Squash

K
  • Apples - Windsors 600g
  • Bananas 600g
  • Pears 600g
  • Pomegranates x 2
  • Oranges 600g
  • A Lemon

Q's will also get a portion of Grapes 400g

Monday, September 25, 2017

Veg Box News: 26th - 29th September, 2017

Organic September continues and there is still time to enter our competition to Win an Organic Hamper from Windmill Foods - just drop us an email with 'I'd like to win the Organic Hamper' in the subject line.  Your name will be entered into the draw and your email address will be passed on to Windmill Organics and added to our newsletter list.  You can, of course, unsubscribe from either of these at any time - but we don't send out mail to you more than once a month under normal circumstances and our newsletter is always full of news regarding products and special offers.

Here are next week's lists.

A

  • Potatoes 1kg
  • Red Onions 500g
  • Carrots 600g
  • Parsnips approx 500g
  • Cauliflower
  • Pointy Cabbage
  • A bunch of Salad Onions


B’s will get a two Corn on the Cob in place of the potatoes
G's will be the same as A's as all produce is UK grown
D’s will get a further 800g Potatoes and a Salad Pack
E’s will also receive Corn and the Salad Pack
L’s and M’s will have the above additions and will also receive a Pepper

K

  • Bananas 600g
  • Apples - Autumn Red 600g
  • A Melon
  • Pears 600g
  • Lemon



Q’s will also get some Oranges

  

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Would you like to try one?
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Sign up during Organic September and get a free Beanies tea-towel and your fourth box free.


Veg Box News: 19th - 22nd September, 2017

Cavolo Nero, or Black Kale,
great as a side vegetable or in a Bean Stew
Try Caldo Verde
or Cavolo Nero, Potato and White Bean Soup
Well the mornings are turning quite nippy now and with Golden Nugget Squash and Cavolo Nero appearing in the boxes this week, things are beginning to feel a little more Autumny.

Here are the lists for next week.  All produce in the Standard Boxes is UK grown so  G's will be the same as A's and B's.


A

·        Potatoes 1kg
·        Onions 500g
·        Carrots 600g
·        Fennel
·        Golden Nugget Squash
·        A Bag of Cavolo Nero or Curly Kale (which is coming from Sheffield Organic Growers and will depend on which is best to cut next week)
·        Tomatoes 500g

B’s will get a Cucumber in place of the potatoes
D’s will get a further 800g Potatoes and EITHER a Bag of Pak Choi on Tuesday and Wednesday OR a pot of Mushrooms on Thursday and Friday.
E’s will also receive Pak Choi or Mushrooms and also a Cauliflower but they won’t be receiving the Cucumbers this week
L’s and M’s will have the above additions and will also receive a Lettuce


Golden Nugget Squash





Golden Nugget squash can be prepared with or without its skin, but the skin should be removed prior to eating. It can be baked whole or halved, or cubed and then roasted, steamed, boiled, and sautéed.

Here's a simple recipe to try from Epicurious.com : Roasted golden nugget squash

Cooked squash can be pureed and added to risotto, soup or curries. Cooked squash can be added to casseroles, pies, tacos, salads, pasta dishes and chili. Its petite size is perfect for stuffed and baked squash applications when filled with grains, vegetables, and cheeses. Its flavour marries well with cinnamon, nutmeg, curry, sage, chard, kale, parsley, coriander, bell pepper, apple, pear, quinoa, rice, maple syrup, toasted pecans, butter, cream, melting and hard cheeses, and balsamic vinegar. Gold Nugget squash will keep in cool, dry storage for one to two months.


K

·        Bananas 600g
·        Apples 600g
·        A Punnet of Red Grapes
·        Kiwis 500g
·        Limes x 2

Q’s will also get some Oranges


Need to change your delivery order?  Need to cancel for a holiday?  Email us on info@sheffieldbeanies.co.uk


Veg Box News: 12th - 15th September, 2017

Organic September is upon us - the Soil Association's annual promotion.

Win an Organic Hamper from Windmill Organics

 This year Windmill Organics are offering a hamper of organic goodies in return for you granting access to your email inbox.  Send us an email for a chance to win - put 'I want to win the hamper' in the Subject line - that's all -  and we'll add you to our mailing list and Windmill will add you to theirs. (You can unsubscribe at any time!)  Of course, if you want to share a vegetable related joke at the same time we'd be delighted to receive them - but the quality of joke will not affect your chances of winning

Here are the lists for next week's boxes.  At this time of year most of the produce is grown in the UK and so G Boxes will resemble the standard A and B boxes.  As usual some lines are grown very locally - this week the Leeks and Kale are both from Sheffield Organic Growers.  SOG are also supplying all our requirements for courgettes in the shop.  Cucumbers and parsley are also from these local growers. Fennel will be coming from Wortley Walled Garden.

A

  • Potatoes 1kg
  • Onions 500g
  • Carrots 600g
  • Broccoli 400g
  • Fennel
  • A Bag of Chard
  • Leeks 500g

B's will get a Kohl Rabi in place of the potatoes
D's will get a further 800g of Potates and a bag of Kale or Cavolo Nero
E's will get the Kohl Rabi and some Pointed Peppers
G's as per standard boxes
L's and M's will get the above additions and 2 Sweetcorn

K

  • Apples 600g
  • Pears 600g
  • A Melon
  • Grapefruit
  • Bananas 600g


Q's will also get a Mango.

This weekend (Sunday 10th, September) we will be attending Kelham Island Farmers market


Need to change your delivery order?  Need to cancel for a holiday?  Email us on info@sheffieldbeanies.co.uk




Veg Box News: 5th - 8th, September 2017

Apologies for late posting!  But we’re having a few problems posting things on our website at the moment so I’ve set up this blog as a temporary place to post Veg Box News.  It’ll take a little getting used to this end so bear with me!  I hope you find it easy to use.  Our archive is still available on the website but this will gradually grow as a resource too.  I'll keep you posted of any further changes.

A

  • Pots 1kg
  • Onions 500g
  • Carrots 600g
  • Beetroot
  • Broccoli 400g
  • Sweet Corn x 2
  • Punnet of Tomatoes


B’s will receive a Salad Pack in place of the Potatoes
D’s will receive extra potatoes and a Celery
E’s will receive the Celery and the Salad Pack
L’s and M’s will be receiving other mystery additions from Sheffield Organic Growers.

All the produce in the Standard Boxes is UK at the moment so G boxes are the same as A's.

K

  • Apples 600g
  • Oranges x 3
  • Bananas 600g
  • Pears 600g
  • A Punnet of Plums
  • A Lemon


Q’s will also get a portion of Kiwi fruit.

We will happily take back the punnets used and either reuse or recycle them.

The weather has changed now and there is a very autumnal feel.  If it looks like rain on your delivery day please put any empty boxes in a dry place or wrap them in a bin bag.  It only takes one rain burst to make the boxes unusable.  Thanks!!

Need to change your delivery order?  Need to cancel for a holiday?  Email us on info@sheffieldbeanies.co.uk


Veg Box News 17th - 20th, October, 2017

A mixture of roots and leaves grace the boxes next week – although broccoli of course is actually a flower head, so… Next week we will ...