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By meadowsweetorganics, Jul 20 2016 11:56AM

I'm pretty sure that yesterday was the hottest day of the year so far! we were out in the heat hoe-ing brassica crops and watching everything grow. I have time to write this because it is currently torrential rain and thunder storms outside right now; the perfect recipe for plant growth. Our lives and work are always dictated by the weather.

We've been harvesting lots of veggies including cucumbers, salads, beetroot, new potatoes, cabbages and courgettes. And lots of flowers for bouquets and weddings including ammi, cornflowers, sweetpeas and nigella. And lots of herbs too including St Johns Wort, elderflower, nettle and mullein, which means new herb tea blends coming soon!

And there's much more to come! like tomotoes, which should start ripening up any day now :)

We've also had our share of pest problems, which are inevitable when you choose to work with nature as conditions are different every year bringing always new challenges like the diamondback moth, which swarmed into our field about a week ago and started happily munching away and reproducing on our brassica (cabbage family) crops. It's a big problem all over Scotland and the UK and unfortunatly they're resistant to most methods of control. The birds have been helping us by eating them off the plants and other moth predators are enourged by the phaceilia growing around our crops. Here's an article on them if you're interested; http://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/diamondback-moth-epic-journey.html

..It just might be a while before we see kale back on the menu..

We've also had lots of amazing helpers over the past week helping with the big job of weeding and thinning the beetroot and some very late leek planting. People volunteered very quickly when we threatened that there wouldn't be beetroot if we didn't do it soon :) thank you Alice & Benny, Peter, Mum and Auntie Helen, Anna, Johanna & Minna.

Next Monday we're re-starting our Edinburgh vegbox deliveries, which can be ordered in advance from the shop page on our website and then picked up from the Pavillion Cafe on the Meadows between 12 - 5pm. Our vegboxes are unique because they are full of 100% seasonal, organic produce that's as fresh as can be and we don't buy anything in.

Farmer's market are going very well and we have 2 markets on the last Saturday of this month; Kinross and Kirkcaldy and then St Andrews the following week. Don't forget about the Falkland 'Local Food Works' Markets every Saturday (apart from the last of the month) from 10:30 to 12:30 where you can buy our produce from the Falkland Growers & Producers stall.

Summer is definatly with us now, despite the rain today (and all the other days :)). Everything is growing happily, we're working hard and there's much more to come in the new few months!

By meadowsweetorganics, Jun 15 2016 07:13PM

Time has flown by! we are now working at full speed ahead as mid-summer is fast approaching.

There were 3 weeks or so of super hot sunshiney weather when we got to test our new irrigation system followed by this torrential rain that's happening right now and gives us time to take a breather (and watch the weeds grow!).

Half of the polytunnel is now planted up with 4 different cucumber varieties and 8 different kinds of tomatoes, colours including orange, green, pink and purple!

We have also been planting hundreds of cabbages, cauliflowers, kales, leeks and squash and direct sowing plenty of carrots and beetroot.

There's still lots to go.

It's also been a difficult month with our mower breaking and watching the farm slowly turn into a jungle. We finally purchased a mower attachment for the tractor last week and the second it was unloaded from the van, the skies opened after weeks of drought! So the farm is still a bit of a jungle right now..

We have been harvesting lots of lettuce, salads and edible flowers are back as are cut flower bunches and sweet peas. Meadowsweet are once again attending the St Andrew's farmer's market on the first Saturday of the month, Cupar this Saturday coming and Kirkcaldy the week after. You can also find us as part of 'Falkland Grower's & Producers' at the weekly Saturday Falkland village hall market from 10:30 to 12:30 (apart from the last of the month), which has been a great sucess so far.

We've also just started our Edinburgh deliveries again and have started selling to the New Leaf co-op in Marchmont and Grow Wild in Linlithgow. Vegboxes will be starting again next month.

The first early potatoes are beginning to flower, so we're looking forward to harvesting them soon and the summer cabbage are hearting up. Looking forward to harvest time now and the rewards for these long days!

Come on Summer!

By meadowsweetorganics, Apr 24 2016 02:50PM

Everything has finally sprung back into action since I last wrote!

What a beautiful warm and dry week we've had, although it looks to get colder again this coming week as it often does this time of year. By now the early tatties and second earlies are in the ground; maris bard & bambino. We've also planted out the first of our outdoor crops; lettuces, cauliflowers & cabbages, which are now tucked up in fleece as we prepare for a cold week ahead.

Spinach and radish seeds have also been sown outdoors and we are beginning to learn that you can never be short of polytunnel space in Scotland at this time of year!

We've been harvesting too over the past month or so; spring greens, lettuces, spring onions, lots of salad bags, spinach, purple sprouting broccoili, rocket and herbs. Our produce goes to Pillars of Hercules just down the road and the Farm Shop Direct on Kirkcaldy high street and we did a delivery to Edinburgh a couple of weeks ago. On Saturday 30th April we have our first market of the season at Kinross from 9am to 1pm, come and say hello if you're close and will also be doing a one off market in Edinburgh this Thursday at St Andrews square in the afternoon.

Our first Fife market will be the 21st of May in Cupar and there will also be a weekly market begiining in Falkland around the same time.

Back into full swing nearly!

By meadowsweetorganics, Mar 8 2016 04:26PM

Welcome to our first blog post!

David and I have finally emerged from our winter hibernation and are beginning to prepare for a second season at Meadowsweet Organics!

The first seeds have already been sown including leeks, onions, lettuce, early cabbages and some hardy flowers. The propagator is full once again and the polytunnel beginning to fill up with seedings.

The polytunnel is also a hive of activity. It seems those hardy wee plants who braved the winter have made it through and are now growing away happily in the March sun including lettuces, spring greens, spinach and salad leaves.

We have started selling again locally, just some leeks, salad bags and kale, but not quite enough to any big orders or markets quite yet. That all depends on how the Spring goes, but so far so good with plenty of sunny, cold, windless days over the past weeks, which have been perfect for getting on with building our packhouse with is almost ready! David is installing the final wall as I speak and then all's left to do is the shelves and a table and then we will be packing vegetables in style!

Not much is happening outdoors on the farm apart from the overwintered broad beans and herbs, which are slowly coming back to life. We are going to grow a lot more potatoes this year and a whole room of our house is full of chitting potatoes! They should be the next crop to go in the ground.

Other exciting news includes our new logo! which was designed by our friend Jenna in Edinburgh. We love it! (see pics below) and we have a tractor! which is co-owned by ourselves and our neighbours 'Falkland Kitchen Farm'. Look below to see a picture of David modelling the new tractor.

Dreaming of those long days when the field is bursting with life!

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