By now you may have already hear of Farmison, the new online store that launched Nationwide this month. If not let me tell you a bit about it. Farmison.com is short for ‘farm produce is on-line’. It is a new online food store delivering the finest British produce, directly from farmers across the country, who traditionally supply our great British chefs to UK homes. They work with over 75 of the best independent British suppliers across butchery, fruit and vegetables, and farmhouse cheese – more than 60% of which are not available anywhere else online.
To promote their launch I was kindly sent a sample box to review here. It arrived today and I have to say it all looks great quality. It was sent by city-link couriers and I was surprised to see it included a couple of small pots of yogurt wrapped in a freezer pack which I was happy to see was still very cold.It came with a handy table showing what was included in the box, how to store it, where it was farmed/produced and some serving suggestions. There were also a couple of recipes included although bizarrely one of the recipes used vegetables that weren’t in the box this week.
Here’s what the box contained:
- Baby onions
- Squash (onion variety)
- Parsley root
- Sweet pointed peppers
- Romanesco cauliflower
- White turnip
- Organic, natural yogurt
The majority of the food was sourced in the UK except the melon, parsley root and garlic which were grown in France.
I’m really looking forward to cooking with these ingredients but I have to say a few of them have thrown me a little. To start with I’ve never heard of parsley root before, in fact if I hadn’t read the helpful list inside I would have assumed they were parsnips. I’ve never really cooked turnip either and certainly never Romanesco cauliflower (neither of us like white cauliflower). I’d love to hear any suggestions you have for making the most out of these beautiful vegetables (the fruit will be eaten simply I imagine). I try to cook a few meals a week where the vegetables are the star of the show (usually pastas or risotto) but we are not vegetarian so ideas for side dishes would also be considered. Have you cooked with parsley root before? how can I cook/eat the baby onions? What would you do with the sweet pointed peppers? or the squash or Romanesco cauliflower?
I’ll write a follow up post when I’ve cooked all the ingredients. Thank you to Farmison for my sample box.