Local LeaVEs for Summery Salads
When we were setting up the new salad bar, we were eager to make sure the base of the salads- leaf was as healthy as it could be with no nasty pesticides or chlorine affecting the taste of a salad.
So we started visiting local farms that were organic or farming organically (it is very expensive for small outfits to get soil association accreditation). We trialed mixed leaf from one place and there were a few too bugs- we were sure it was organic but were unsure we could pass our salads as suitable for vegetarians!
When we found Adeline's farm in Long Newton on the Gloucestershire- Wiltshire border. They farm using organic methods, which includes having ponds in their poly tunnels so the frogs eat the slugs and the bugs- clever huh!
We have also been flexing our own green fingers, planting our own salad crops on the decking, making the most of the suntrap. We have used upcycled containers from the kitchen and bathroom to create planters, including old cooking pots from a Military base, a bath, and old basins and plastic tubs.
The things that are growing well are the herbs and lettuce leaves, that we can cut and they grown back- 'cut and come again' is what they say in the gardening world! We also have a bath full of sunflowers that will be flowering in the next couple of months and baby tomatoes growing in wall planters.
We hope this has inspired you to have a go at planting some seeds or plants yourselves, as you really don't need a garden or allotment to enjoy some summery leaves. And of course failing that you can enjoy our fresh salads on the decking on a lunchtime. See the menu here.