Written by The Plot crop-share member April Haxby.

Are you getting your 30 different vegetable varieties a week?

The Plot North Lancashire is my favourite supplier of vegetables in Lancaster. Their vegetables are organic, varied, fresh as a daisy and I love the fact that I don’t know what is going to be in my box until a couple of days beforehand. It makes cooking more interesting. The worst thing about cooking for me is deciding what to make and so this gives me some inspiration. Grown locally, with no air miles, these vegetables tick all the environmental boxes too and, most important, they taste delicious. 

If there is one downside, it’s that the box scheme isn’t available in the winter. However, that makes the summer even more special.  

Since I first tried the box scheme in 2022, I’ve been hooked. I signed up again for 2023 and was not disappointed, and I’m now eagerly awaiting the 2024 season. I absolutely love the salad bags that arrive every week. They have several sorts of salad leaves in each bag and even edible flowers, which look so bright and pretty on your plate. 

There are usually eight different vegetables in the box, the bag of salad leaves counting as one, and extra if the farm has a good harvest on a particular week. And I think most weeks I get at least eight different varieties of salad leaves just in the salad bags, too. 

Another favourite of mine is the kale. I have a wonderful recipe for kale salad that I make with the beautiful fresh kale.  It is lemony and garlicky and I make a big bowl full that lasts about three days for two of us. A helping of that, some of the salad leaves and a very healthy lunch is almost made. I honestly cannot wait to taste that again soon. I have to admit that I am a huge vegetable lover though.  

I also know that I’m supporting local people to learn about growing vegetables and hopefully setting up their own market gardens that will help get even more wonderful Lancashire veggies on our plates.  

I pick up my vegetable box every Friday afternoon from Holly Farm. As I’m out on Friday afternoons anyway, it’s just a small detour for me to collect my box. I take my own bags to put the vegetables in, so the box just gets reused and there is little wastage.  

If you love vegetables, but don’t have time or space or the energy to grow your own, I believe this is the best way to get the freshest and tastiest ones in the area.

You can sign up for the 2024 season crop-share via the Plot web pages: www.the-plot.uk

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