Woodlands Farm has been a family run farm since 1870 and they’ve been producing fully organic veg boxes since 2000. They are on the Lincolnshire Fens in a place called South Holland (how exotic sounding!) and their boxes can be delivered all over the East Midlands – to Leicestershire, Rutland, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire and Nottinghamshire. I love the fact that they keep their distribution area small – it ensures that the boxes are very fresh and more importantly local with very low food miles. All of their veg is organically grown and the boxes are completely seasonal although what I love is that you can check online what will be in your next box! Handy for meal planning. They also raise livestock on their farm and as well as veg, you can order meat boxes. Go on.. have a little look!
I was also interested to hear that the farm also has a small area dedicated to biodynamic farming. This is very sustainable, using the seasons, livestock and plants to farm in a way which is in tune with the land. Might sound a bit hippie but it’s very interesting and well worth reading up on!
- 350g podded broad beans
- 250g peas (frozen is fine)
- 25g butter (I used salted)
- small bunch of spring onions (I used a couple of baby red onions)
- handful fresh mint leaves
Fry the onions in half the butter until soft. Add the broad beans and stock, stir and bring to the boil, cover and cook for 5 mins. Add the peas and season. Cook for 5 mins or until tender. Stir in mint and remaining butter and serve! As easy as that.
If you’re a cat owner, I would recommend that once you’ve unpacked all your lovely veggies, you keep the box. Our little man is very taken with it! In fact, I posted this picture onto the Gingey Bites facebook and was very surprised to hear that this is a common occurrence! Woodlands Farm – you could consider a sideline my friends!