Nice piece from the London Review Of Books here.

Umami (deliciousness=apparently),MSG,some racism and a hoax.Despite sounding like some duffers from Surrey the LRB has been a pretty good news/info source at a time when UK printed media is effectively over.Not to so good when they go a gallery visit mind. https://www.lrb.co.uk/.../n17/daniel-soar/the-sixth-taste

Trydan a Glaw/Apologies for Problems Today

A game of 2 halves today as the latest drought broke(to our great relief)but the electricity failed midway through the day. Apologies to those turned away while back-up electricity was arranged.
12mm of rain should keep a lot of crops alive after more dry weeks.Weather extremes continue to nibble away at all our lives while many people are reluctant to stop flying,driving or even use our local bus.A belief in technological fixes(Eg electric cars en masse)rather than basic cultural stuff like walking more is a serious problem.
Crops have yielded well on ever improving soils,with some impressive Leeks,Squash and Brassicas coming through now.Each year we continue to tweak sowing dates and attempt to squeeze more in to finite land areas to match demand growth.There are economies and diseconomies of scale in this process as well as the very satisfying creation of paid work.
While polytunnel 3 is now about to extend to same length as the other 3 tunnels progress on the long awaited shop extension has been slower. Throughout the pandemic we have been very keen to increase the working and shopping area for everyone's benefit and safety.For those who have noted the CO2 meter in the shop you might be reassured by readings that rarely get past 500ppm while we are open,(we are). Still unclear why such a cheap and effective device has been recommended for schools so late in the day......

Sul y Pasg-Ar Gau + Newyddion Mwy/Easter Sunday Closed

We take a brief farmshop breather on Sunday although the plants are not on holiday unfortunately. Great to see some reopenings in the area as outdoor food, and soon drink, re-emerge. Seeing young locals fronting Crwst/Tymor/Tafell+Tan/El Salsa/Pizza Tipi is really encouraging, especially for us duffers looking on.
Demand has remained robust and we have been short of some seasonal crops Eg early Leek finish for us. Apologies if we haven't had everything on every day. Imports and other UK crops are also affected by higher prices and some shortages, not least because of the deteriorating Brexit realities biting.
Seasonally we are busy planting early outside crops, sowing Summer tender items, dock digging and prepping land. We remain in debt to many local contractors to get it all done when we've needed help. Gratitude to all at Graham Parkes, MD Recycling and Kevin D for recent assistance.
With a Senedd election looming the wider UK looks increasingly perilous. Continued looting by UK Gov.officials, seemingly without sanction, means many of us in Wales remain anxious about Westminster governance.

Adam ar Youtube/Food Production-WOW Interview

25 minutes worth on localised food production,market gardens and the Glebelands version;


Newyddion o'r Fferm/View From the Farmgate 10.2.21

Amidst lengthening days,increasing birdsong and a brief dry period you can feel Spring approaching.We have been busy prepping for the new season,a combination of spreadsheets,forecasting,masses of previous data and elbow(+real) grease.If it goes well then our 5 year rotation,pricing,paid hours plan and happy customers all mesh seemlessly together.The relative lack of Market Gardens and UK veg importing suggests it's not so easy, or indeed lucrative. Our optimism is always at its highest at this point.
Local pop-up "Tymor"having fed us several times over the Summer reappears for a Valentine night this Sunday using several contributions from us in a Mezze menu(see accompanying pic for details).Tafell a Tan reopens at Llangranog,and local chippies and Borlottis keep local food options open.Local Bakers Crwst,Anuna,Queens and our own Phil are also doing a sterling job.
Demand has been steady and sufficiently above last year to leave us short of some crops on some days.Apologies if we haven't had everything you might have normally expected.Eg Watercress.Wider UK and European supply remains fragile with Brexit effects continuing,Eg shortage of labour,transport chaos.Most UK growers remain reluctant to grow any more Eg Caulis,while prices remain historically low and UK supermarkets so dominant.This appears to suit clients of Jacob Rees Mogg a lot more than nearly everyone else.
As ever what does the season offer? The Spring means leafy crops,always first to emerge;Salad,Rocket,Pak Choi,Herbs,Chard,and Sorrel,while early new Kale and Beetroot won't be far behind.Our early Carrots are just germinating inside and our propagation benches are filling fast.
Back home in St.Dogmaels it's a mixed picture as on one hand a great local campaign has driven on the purchase of the closed White Hart pub for community benefit while the 2nd homes problem continues.A vote at Pembs C.Council beckons on a minor tax increase but amidst continued foot dragging local young people continue to rehome themselves elsewhere.Needless to say empty houses don't create much grocery demand, job creation or vibrant culture.
We were pleasantly surprised to find £800 was raised in the Food Bank bucket.Who says facecoverings don't pay? While covid rates in W.Wales are recently encouraging the UK Gov determination not to control travel continues to reintroduce infection widely.Failure to distinguish between low risk activity Eg nearly everything outside and high risk activity Eg schools and workplaces without ventilation and building assessments,means covid reinfections will continue.Refer to Indy SAGE briefings to keep abreast of what vaccination outcomes are likely to mean ie no magic bullets.There seems little interest in the UK in copying the success of New Zealand.S.Korea,Australia,Vietnam or many other "elimination"countries.

Newyddion 2021/We Open Soon....(Thursday Jan 14th-10am)

Amidst a fracturing and sickly UK be glad you are living in an area with very low covid infection rates. We have updated our website on News and Links pages www.glebelandsmarketgarden.co.uk/news.html to enable anybody to stay abreast of news as available. Better days ahead we hope. While the UK looks to continue poor Pandemic management New Zealand, S.Korea, Taiwan and S.Vietnam continue to manage very well. It clearly doesn't have to be this way and if you voted Stephen Crabb or Simon Hart at the last election we are all paying a heavy price.
Cause for optimism might be that a sensible diet, behavior and clean air will give anybody a much higher chance of surviving this crisis. Efforts to support those less fortunate or vulnerable are heartening. Eg Cardigan Food Bank. Respect to those staffing NHS, Social Services Schools and other vital services while undertaking serious risk. No respect to those continuing to claim there is no Pandemic.
We expect veg supply to remain generally ok despite problems with all imported crops largely due to Brexit fall out. All Mediterranean crops Eg Oranges and Lemons will be permanently more expensive and some tropical crops the same Eg Pineapples and Turmeric. UK crops have suffered some frost damage but Cardigan has largely escaped the worst (Purple Sprouting oasis in SA43...). The UK Gov has extended permits for overseas workers to pick UK veg to stave off another Brexit problem. Neonicotinoids (the bee killlers) returned to the UK now EU control has ceased https://www.independent.co.uk/.../bees-kill-pesticide...
We will continue to provide a ventilated space to shop in and are looking at co2 meters as a simple test of air quality. It is now finally recognised that covid-19 is another airborne (ask the Victorians...) disease relying on poor air and vulnerabilities, not endless handwashing. Official advice and monitoring is so poor that you could still fly into Heathrow Airport from anywhere and be free to infect where you chose in the UK right now, despite a promise to sort it out.
More positively local bakers are cranking back into action with Crwst baking from Thursday 21.1.21, Anuna from Friday 15.1.21 and our inhouse star Phil from Thursday 14.1.21. Queen's Bakery also remain baking in Cardigan. Bara Menyn are now closed while new premises are sought.
Finally we will try to get a bit more on our recipes website page soon, focusing on Welsh ingredients in season. We still remain blessed with a mild maritime climate sufficient to enjoy a varied diet without relying on imports. Lets make the most of it. Ymlaen!

Newyddion Nadolig o Ardd Farchnad Glebelands/News+Happy Xmas From Us

We hope you have all noted extra Xmas trading days,repeated on accompanying leaflet pic.Every Xmas is different but this year definitely is.Food supply in the UK has held up v.well despite multiple covid challenges,it is however already wobbling once again as the Brexit process looms.If only because of higher transport/import costs produce from Spain,etc will be dearer in 2021.
We expect Xmas availability to be ok with a reasonably strong seasonal line up.We have plenty of Purple Sprouting,Leeks and Greens but few Caulis.Salad is fine but Watercress ltd(bit too popular).UK Apples and roots look fine.We have some Kalette tops and Asparagus Kale for the lucky few.
Pleasing to see Welsh Gov and others finally publicising the need for ventilation/clean air as part of any covid strategy.While clean hands are always a good idea that is not the route that covid is transmitted.It would be very unfortunate if the need to tackle air quality,poor nutrition and deprivation in the UK was forgotten in the current rush to achieve a mass vaccination solution. It remains sobering to look at other countries which have handled the whole challenge much better,in health,economic and social terms.BBC news bulletins in particular sound increasingly like a UK Gov mouthpiece rather than an objective deliver of facts and analysis.Lord Reith would not be impressed.
We hope to return recharged after our annual break and hope that local determination to maintain a Cardi rather than an Amazon economy continues.
Nadolig Llawen i Bawb