These are blogs where we share information about our products and also some of the fantastic visits to our growing facilities. This includes our glass houses where we grow our different collections of Cut Micro Leaf, Heritage, Inspired, Taste of the Sea and our Herbs.
Thursday, 23 August 2012
Westlands Inspired by Seasons
We, like many other Growers of fresh produce, experience all sorts of challenges in the growing year, but in particular trying to predict when one season comes to a close and when another is about to start is one of the toughest. The other constant, in a fresh produce growers life, is the delight and obsessive weather watching, and how it will affect our different types of crops.
Certainly the relatively mild winter of last year coupled with the unseasonably warm March, the combination of almost constant rain, warm to hot weather this summer has increased humidity levels. The effect has meant that some wild crops, like traditional Blackberries for example, have produced less fruit and the fruit has ripened earlier than usual (in the case of Blackberries some 1-2 months early).
As many of you know a lot of the innovative fresh produce that the growing team at Westlands grow is trail work, that combined with the unpredictability of the British weather means that sometimes, just sometimes, the results we expect don't always materialise.
Thankfully, with the skill of not only the growing and operations team but the variety and depth of ranges that we grow, Westlands are able to recommend alternative items from our collections via our knowledgeable and experienced technical and marketing team.
Unless there is a dramatic change in the weather we will bidding a fond farewell, in the next week or so, to one of our Inspired products, the delightful Westlands Butterfly Sorrel Flowers. Don't worry they are a firm favourite in our Westlands Inspired collection and will reappear around May/June time 2013 (weather dependent of course).
Westlands Inspired - Butterfly Sorrel Flowers
What we would really like to know, just before Butterfly Sorrel Flowers take a bow and we say our goodbyes, is how have you used Westlands Butterfly Sorrel Flowers? Please do share any photo's and recipes on Facebook WestlandsWow or Tweet us @WestlandsWow