The "hunger gap". Some of you who grow your own, or have shopped with us frequently enough will have heard of it. It's essentially the period between two seasons, when one season is ending and the other hasn't quite started.
Winter is finishing up, and Spring hasn't quite sprung. Don't get me wrong, our variety is still as big this time of year. It's just very... green. It's not a bad thing, but we do notice the surprise on peoples faces when we tell them that salads are pretty much all we eat/have to sell during these few weeks. (In saying that, Leeks had a great growing year last year, the end of them may never be in sight!) Our salad range at this time of year is larger then ever - mixed lettuce leaves, spicy leaf, rocket, landcress, watercress, lambs lettuce, purslane, sunflower shoots, pea shoots, herbs, parsley, dandelion greens, catalogna greens, cima di rapa, pak choi, mustard greens, spinach, baby spinach, barley grass & wheatgrass.
Our entire stall will be green & green alone in the next few weeks. It's a time for really working with what we have, being more inventive with how we use our food, and enjoying this interval of young, fresh leaves. Eating in season has never been so apparent.