For a few years, I have had my veggie box delivered from a well-known organic farm more than 75 miles away.The produce has always been first rate but I have been becoming increasingly aware of the struggle that our local growers are having, especially since Mr Tesco opened a store at the edge of the village.
I was chatting about this with a local young farmer and discovered that he does a home delivery of freshly picked vegetables at a fraction of the cost of my usual order. Not that price is the deciding factor for me, I think that, as a nation, we pay far too little for our food. As a result, we have lost some of the best varieties of fruit and vegetables.
I placed an order and I have been delighted with the three boxes I've had to date. This week I had lots of lovely asparagus and rhubarb and a surprise gift from the farmer's son: a box of little pullets' eggs. Here they are in a bowl with a regular hen's egg, small but perfectly formed and quite delicious.
I am going to be away for a few days and won't be posting or visiting any of your blogs until next week. I will be with a group of very energetic and enthusiastic young volunteers, planning for this year's summer camps. I feel exhausted already!