We would like to thank all you our customers and friends for your continued support during this challenging time it really means a lot! We have already enjoyed so many conversations with you in the shop and really value your calmness and thoughtfulness.
Our shop is open as normal from 9-5 for customers who are able to come and get their own shopping. If you can’t then we are doing orders and deliveries .. read on and also click here for more information
Our shop is only small so although we can make up boxes for you to collect or to be delivered we can only manage to do about 10 boxes a day. Therefore we ask that you come and do your own shopping if feasible so that the boxes we pack are reserved for vulnerable people who are self isolating or others self isolating who have the virus. We are happy for people to collect boxes for you if you are in those categories.
We are sorry if sometimes the things you want are not in stock. We work with over 30 different growers and suppliers and as you can imagine they all face their own challenges. Everyone is working so hard to make things happen.
In the Harvest Farm Shop ..
We have made a few changes in the farm shop to ensure we can stay open for as long as possible:
Only one customer at a time in the shop please.
We have changed the layout a little so that no one is standing too close to the till
We are asking all customers to pay via contactless where ever possible
We are all taking extra precautions such as more regular hand washing and taking extra steps to maintain standards of hygiene and cleanliness. We are sanitising all surfaces, including dispenser handles, regularly.
Please keep the front door open to avoid other customers touching the door handle
Please wash all the loose vegetables. We are trying to reduce handling as much as possible but washing everything when you get home would be a good idea.
The shopkeepers will be doing all the weighing of loose goods in order to reduce the numbers of people handling the scoops. Please ask us for help
Please do not visit us if you or family members are sick. We hate asking customers to stay away but this to ensure we can offer our service for as long as possible
If you are unable to come to the shop due to staying safe at home please let us know. We can do a limited delivery/collection options to ensure no-one goes without. We would love to hear from anyone who is able to help do some home deliveries. The Okehampton COVID-19 Support Group may be able to help with deliveries contact them on 07707 565612. Find them on facebook here and read about these wonderful people here
Most importantly please look after yourself and those around you! Eat healthily and sleep well!
Harvest Workers Coop Events
We had a lot of great events planned for the forthcoming weeks. Sadly most of these will have to be postponed.
We are looking at being inventive. We are exploring if our film night might be live screened so you can watch it at home and join in with an online discussion afterwards and our family workshops activities – gardening, creative making, cooking and storytelling – will be published on line so you can join in!
We still have lots of amazing tasty nutrient dense organic local roots, but there is only a few days left to get what we think are the tastiest local chunky carrots around grown in rich Red Devon soil from award winning farm Shillingford Organics. We will have Bishops farm parsnips and Shillingford Organics tasty swedes, potatoes & beetroot still for a while.
Whether mashed, roasted, chipped, stewed, soup, steamed or grated raw, all can be cooked with their skins left on.
Many essential nutrients are concentrated in the skins of roots and eating fruits and veg unpeeled whenever possible grown from healthy soils is great for gut health. Peels are a rich source of fibre, vitamins, minerals, micro nutrients and antioxidants making the skin one of the most nutritious parts of the plant. Because they’re grown without chemicals, they can simply be washed and cooked.
Non – organic carrots are one of the most heavily sprayed crops today and just washing fruit and veg is not enough to remove wax coating, insecticides, herbicides or fungicides readily used on crops such as carrots so it is wise to soak them in baking soda and water for 15 mins before scrubbing well or peel them but I doubt pesticides can ever be removed.
Healthy organic soils rich in soil Carbon are teaming with a diversity of life, the soil food web of life is where trace elements and minerals are made available to the plant in a soluble form by soil life or traded via soil fungi directly into plant cells in return for carbohydrates/sugars, this process is suppressed under non organic industrial farming methods and why non organic sprayed food is partly lacking in essential nutrients which has been well documented. Also modern plant breeding of vegetable varieties that are bred to crop at the same time, look the same, same shape, same size to fit the supermarket cosmetic requirements can only be achieved by inbreeding and narrowing of genetic diversity at the cost of plant nutrition. Missing nutrients in veg is replaced by water.
The photos show organic roots stocked by Harvest with character of all colours, shapes and sizes. The practice of grading out mountains of veg and left on the field to rot because of tight supermarkets cosmetic controls is wrong and a waste of good food. Good for health, eat the rainbow of colours
What does every one know about how spuds are grown and how crop Desiccation occurs prior to harvesting in this modern age of Agriculture ? Long gone are the days of picking them up by hand behind the old potato digger on big farms. As ever Industrial Agriculture forged ahead in the chemical direction not thinking about nature, soil degredation or peoples health. The more the mechanisation, the more the compromises and chemical applications. Harvest Workers Co-op organic farm shop only sells Organic potatoes, all from Devon at this time and all really tasty varieties grown in soils teaming with life which attract so much wildlife to those farms.
Under intensive industrial methods, many potato crops are desiccated just before harvesting using weedkiller. How does anyone know if the potatoes have been sprayed or not on the supermarket shelves? they all look the same side by side. there’s no traceability or information on that. Other crops that are commonly desiccated around the globe in the same way are wheat, soya, oil seed rape, oats, peas, beans. The practice of Desiccation is prohibited under organic certification but as organic farmers know, chemicals are harmful to soil life which they depend on to build soil fertility. Here is a link to Wikepedia explaining Desiccation