What’s in your box: Chard – aka Swiss chard, silverbeet, rainbow chard…

Written by Pete Richardson. Posted in Latest News

Westmill 14 - rainbow chard (TBC)

Along with a range of other fresh, tasty, organic veg, this week’s boxes will contain the good old favourite, chard.

Also known as Swiss chard, silverbeet, rainbow chard, and roman kale, chard is in the same family as spinach and beets. As such, it’s an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin A, and the B complex group of vitamins, as well as magnesium, potassium, iron and fibre. Health-wise, it’s great for preventing osteoporosis and anemia, and protection from cardiovascular diseases, and colon and prostate cancer.

If you’re looking for inspiration with what to do with your chard, why not try this delicious Greek-inspired silverbeet (chard) pie? It’s perfect hot or cold – making it ideal for what’s beginning to look like yet another changeable British summer!

Weed killer residues in our urine? Another good reason to choose organic

Written by Pete Richardson. Posted in Latest News

Another good reason to choose organic: Independent laboratory tests commissioned by Friends of the Earth have found traces of the weed killer, glyphosate, in the bodies of people across numerous European countries, including Britain. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in some of the most widely used herbicides in the world, but it’s probably best known as Monsanto’s RoundUp weed killer.

Things are taking off at Westmill Organics – literally!

Written by Pete Richardson. Posted in Latest News

As the old saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun. Sorry for the lack of communication of late, but we’ve been extremely busy getting things up and running – not to mention dealing with some pretty atrocious weather!

A couple of weeks ago we lost one of our six polytunnels in the gale-force winds: it literally took off and landed spectacularly in the hedge! Fortunately, no one was hurt and no crops had been planted, but it’s in tatters and it means we’re going to have to rethink some of our cropping plans.

          Before…                                                    And after…

            Westmill 10 - Polytunnel              Damaged polytunnel 3

But apart from flying polytunnels, things are generally shaping up very nicely and it’s getting to the point where I’m beginning to find a little more time to get on with other things. So this blog is the start of more regular communications with you all. I’m also excited about using Facebook and Twitter to keep you up-to-date with what’s happening here at Westmill Organics and to answer any questions you might have.

So what have we been up to since February?

Welcome. Welcome. Welcome.

Written by Tony Hillier. Posted in Latest News

This is the first day of trading for Westmill Organics.

We are very pleased to be continuing to deliver quality organic produce. Ian, is up to his wellies in harvesting parsnips and carrots and leeks and Pete is putting the final touches to the state of the art Packing Shed ready for our first delivery next week.

Boann, who completes our Westmill Core Team of three, has been in earlier to set up the office ready for her first day next Thursday.

Clearly, we may meet some glitches in our systems in the early weeks and we apologise in advance if this happens. To this end, we would like you to contact us immediately if any issues arise for you. … and in the fields outside this window at Westmill Farm … your organic vegetables continue to grow …

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