The “hungry gap” is the traditional time when fresh veg is scarce in the UK because the winter veg has run out and the early summer veg hasn’t really got started. Exactly when it falls varies according to the weather in the months leading up t,o and during, the late winter and spring, but typically if falls somewhere in April/May with a hangover into June.
This time of year was a real worry when we set up our Community Supported Agriculture scheme. Eating with the seasons is great in August, and not bad in December, but April and May can be a real challenge.
What happens? Well, we run out of things like leeks, parsnips and carrots, as well as some of our brassicas. But we do our very best to have crops that are doing well outside, and with careful planning, a lot of hard work and a bit of luck, our polytunnels serve us very well, yielding spinach, salad leaves and radishes.
Check out the most recent boxes to see what is happening, during the hungry gap they are usually quite leaf dominated*, but hopefully they are reasonably abundant, a if so, this is a testament to the hard work of all our CSA members – well done all! And thanks to The Oak Tree Preserving Group we also have a few extra goodies to enjoy during the hungry gap.
We always hold a wild food walk where we make the best of nature’s bounty from the hedgerows to cook a delicious shared meal.
* Science note: Leaves are one of the first things to form on a plant and so leafy vegetables are generally ready to harvest long before roots, tubers, fruits, flowers or seeds.