Friday, 8 May 2015

British Asparagus Season

Hello there! Did you know that it is currently British Asparagus Season? Running from the end of April till mid June (weather dependent obviously!), it's a chance to enjoy this crop at it's absolute peak. Picked fresh and grown locally, the flavour of asparagus doesn't get any better. We have been growing it now on the farm for several years and it's always makes us blissfully happy when we get to harvest those first spears of the season!

So what do you know about asparagus? How about a few facts:

* It takes three years before it yields any spears, and it all has to be cut by hand. (You can see Bryn cutting ours in the second top image).

* It is known to be an aphrodisiac!

* It's super healthy - packed full of vitamins A, B, C and folic acid. It's also full of fibre and virtually fat-free (unless of course, like us, you slather it in lots of butter!).

* It's also considered to be a natural remedy to relieve indigestion.

* It can make your wee smell funny! But not everyone suffers with this. This is because sulphur-containing amino acids in the asparagus break down during digestion. Different people form different amounts of these compounds after eating asparagus. So some smell it, others don't. 

Cooking wise, Vicky likes it for breakfast served with a freshly laid duck egg (also available from the farm shop). Jeni enjoys it for tea especially in a risotto with lemon, peas and parmesan. For some more recipe ideas take a look at some of the links at the bottom of this post.

We are currently harvesting our asparagus every morning and it's only for sale in the farm shop. It's a short season, so come visit us soon if you want to try some of Yorkshire's finest!

Asparagus and sorrel soup
Asparagus cream pasta
Asparagus and lemon risotto
New potato, asparagus and feta frittata
Roasted asparagus with hazlenut dressing
Asparagus and bacon linguine
Chicken breast with cherry tomatoes and asparagus

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Blue skies and blossom

Hello! Sorry we haven't been able to update the blog recently. At this time of year we are so busy planting, sowing seeds and working on the nursery that the days are just whizzing by! But we have some beautiful shrubs, fruit trees, climbers, alpines and perennials in the nursery all bursting into flower and they were just screaming out to have their picture taken!

We now have a large selection of bedding plants available, in packs and individual pots. Perfect for summer baskets. And don't forget we have vegetable plug plants, tomato plants, fruit bushes, strawberry plants and seeds for all the grow your own fans. Plenty of well rotted manure, compost and topsoil available too.

We are now open Mondays and Tuesdays for the Spring season, 10am - 4pm, so do pop down and find the perfect plant for your garden.

Hope to see you in the farm shop and nursery soon.

Friday, 3 April 2015

Easter weekend

Yesterday was a beautiful warm and sunny day at the Market Garden. As opposed to the rest of the week when it was so windy we thought the tunnels would blow away!

The Easter weekend weather forecast is looking very promising and the farm shop and nursery will be open Saturday 9.30am - 4pm, Easter Sunday 10am - 4pm and Easter Monday 10am-4pm. So it's the perfect time to get in the garden, the allotment or even start a windowbox! We have lots of lovely herbs and vegetable packs all ready to be planted now. Currently we have chard, cauliflowers, several cabbages, calabrese, purple sprouting broccoli and lettuce packs. Lots more to come in the next few weeks! We also have our lovely strawberry plants for sale, one that fruits early summer, one midsummer and another that will take you right up till September. And don't forget we have a wide selection of fruit trees, including several dwarf varieties.

On the plant front, we have a great range of shrubs, ornamental trees, bedding plants and perennials. Including these spectacular dicentras (bleeding heart), hellebores and camellias as well as many more in the nursery. And of course, we have Humax compost, well rotted manure and top soil to help give your garden some extra nutrients should it need it.

Finally, lots of customers have been asking us for garden pots. We have now got a wide selection of these in the farm shop.

We look forward to seeing you in the nursery and farm shop over the Easter weekend. Thanks for reading!