The 2016 salad season has begun!

Lane Cottage Produce salad Herefordshire

This season we’ll be growing 20 -25 different leaves and herbs – lots of mustards and spicy things.

What makes Lane Cottage leaves special?

  • We grow in soil using only natural fertilisers – muck, seaweed, organic chicken manure.
  • We use no artificial pesticides and rely heavily on nematodes which are the creatures that eat the baddies which eat our salad
  • The leaves are watered with our own mineral-rich spring water

Our leaves are available from lots of local shops – see the list here. Or please get in touch if you would like to become a stockist or use our leaves in restaurants, cafes or catering. Email us here richardandmandy@lanecottageproduce.co.uk.

Lane Cottage Produce salad

Lane Cottage Produce Salad Leaves Herefordshire

Hay Festival

 

Hay Festival food catering

For the first time we supplied our salad leaves to several caterers on the Hay Festival site and to the pop up Rule of Tum restaurant in Hay on Wye. Early morning starts to get the deliveries there before the crowds.

Some lovely feedback –

Colin Gray Events,  “Amazing Leaves from Lane Cottage Produce made all the difference”.
Rule Of Tum,  “Best Salad Leaves ever,ever!”.

It was a really great experience and we met some lovely people. Plus we even got to enjoy the Hay festival on the final night when Nigel Kennedy performed.

Hay Festival Lane Cottage salad

Louis helping out at the Hay Festival site

 

Rule of Tum Hay Festival

Rule of Tum pop-up in Hay on Wye

Hay Festival Hay Castle

View of Hay Castle

Hay Festival deliveries

Henry helping out with deliveries to Hay

Autumn

Salads are slowing down now that we’re into wintry/autumnal weather. Every now and then we need to clear a complete polytunnel,rotavate and re-sow; there is never a good time to do this but we try not to do it midsummer when demand is at its peak. Which means that we have now taken two polytunnels out of production – they will be lovely when they’re all up and running but, of course, germination and growth is so very slow right now.

But on a more positive note other crops are coming into their own. We are now picking large amounts of delicious and highly nutritious Kale – green curly, red curly, red russian and cavolo nero. Broccoli and especially our tender stem broccoli is proving very popular – Tesco are charging over £10 a kilo for it, ours is just £5. Chard is still plentiful; winter squashes, pumpkins and cabbages are all taking shape. Not long until the Jerusalem Artichokes are ready either. Finally,we may get some Spinach.