Vegetables meant for pot left to rot

Andrew Dennis Woodlands Farm and his Free Range Chickens eggs and Turkeys
Andrew Dennis Woodlands Farm and his Free Range Chickens eggs and Turkeys

WOODLANDS Organic Farm in Kirton is one of the many suffering from the severe weather we have all been experiencing.

Owner Andrew Dennis believes his entire cauliflower crop – some 35 acres – may have been lost to the elements.

“I was only walking in the field yesterday and at least 80 per cent has been completely lost – I think the final result will be that it is all lost,” he said.

And with the latest spate of poor weather, all Andrew and his colleagues can do is sit and watch the crop rot as it is too wet to harvest.

“The resulting loss on sales is very significant,” he continued. “But it isn’t all loss, because if we have to plough the crop in then we will obviously save on the harvesting and packaging cost – despite this, it is still devastating.”

“The situation at Woodlands is by no means unique,” added Andrew. “The same problem is also being experienced with sugar beet, carrots… and the affect is clearly visible in the farm shops where there is less choice. The variety of UK grown produce is very limited. The same applies to the larger shops and supermarkets.”

One crop which has withstood the cold well is curly kale, said Andrew. He also has some cabbages and Brussels, which have survived.

Despite the poor yields of some vegetables, life at the farm remains busy with workers mucking out the cattle, planting hedgerow and getting the corn seed and other arable crops ready for spring drilling.

The farm’s award-winning box scheme also continues to be popular.

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