Sprouts, cabbages, cauliflowers, kale, leeks, onions, swedes, turnips, rhubarb, chestnuts. You could be forgiven for thinking that’s an ingredients list for a Lean-in-15 smoothie, especially if you chuck in some oysters and mussels for protein.
However, it’s a list published by BBC Good Food magazine of the produce that is coming into its own now winter is here (unlike us, sadly) – and more specifically, it’s growing (or living, in the case of our shellfish friends) here in the fields and coastal waters of Norfolk.
Many of our customers are part of Norfolk’s thriving food trade, providing seasonal local produce to not only this region, but many a gourmet restaurant in the capital. So, if your produce needs to travel, you need to pack it. That’s where we come in.
Sacks and nets
For bulky foods that need air and won’t cope well with moisture, nets and paper sacks are a good bet. They allow better air flow around produce, and will prevent condensation (or sweating) as you often see in supermarket polybags of veg. So for items like potatoes, carrots, swedes and parsnips, which also like to be out of the light, 2- and 3-ply paper sacks offer some protection from the elements, and a robust way of carrying heavier root veg.
For vegetables like cabbages, sprouts and onions, nets are more suitable as they allow goods to stay aerated when stored. This is also very handy for shellfish – the fibres are very strong and resist decay when exposed to moisture.
We’ve got some new lines to add to this section this year too. Take a look at our 5kg potato sacks with handles (brilliant if you have a farm shop) and our red 1.5kg monofilament drawstring nets, which are a perfect size for a portion of Brancaster mussels, or a selection of Christmas nuts.
Tubs, trays and wraps
If you’ve already shelled your shellfish or plucked your partridges, tubs and trays might be of use to you. We stock a variety of polystyrene trays (even some that are specifically poultry shaped), meat pads and the wraps you need to cover them. We also have a range of polystyrene and clear plastic tubs suitable for all sorts of foods, and available in sizes and shapes to fit anything from scallops to sandwiches.
Polythene bags for every use
Sometimes it’s important to see exactly how well your produce is faring, and for this clear polythene bags are the most suitable choice. Whether they’re perforated to allow air flow, or in a specialist shape for a specialist crop, we’ve got all sorts on the shelves for your use.
We’ve got bags that are already printed for your potatoes, open-faced bags for your brassicas, celery bags (which are also great for leeks) and a multitude of plain polybags as well as various ideas for sealing them.
This isn’t an exhaustive summary though – for example, we’ve got blue rubber bands for bunching veg, plastissue and disposable gloves to help when you’re handling meat, poultry and game, tissue paper for packing out trays, carrier bags, mushroom baskets, foils, cellophanes for hampers… the list goes on!
So if you’ve grown or reared something special and you’re looking for packaging solutions, give us a call on 01603 722264 or come in and see us. We’re happy to help.