Simon Thompson of Bungay greengrocer Giddens and Thompson is full of the joys of spring – with thoughts of rhubarb, asparagus and wild garlic
After a horrible start to the month, I feel that we can finally begin to feel a little more optimistic – and with that, I don’t just mean the milder days and the nights drawing out. I think that the NHS is doing an amazing job with the vaccination roll out and I for one feel that we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. This is the biggest vaccination process in history and all the staff are being amazing – I know I can’t wait for my jab!
Another reason why I feel so happy now is that there is a strong sense of spring coming with the amazing food we are now seeing growing in the fields and arriving at the shop. The first of these is purple sprouting broccoli, which is now in full swing and absolutely delicious. I get mine from the wonderful Tacons and I just love it. Such a versatile vegetable, and it brings some much-needed colour to our plates.
Speaking of colour, the forced English rhubarb is now in season and ours is grown locally here in Norfolk. Apple and rhubarb crumble is one of my all-time favourite desserts, and I love the splash of colour that it brings. It is as though nature knows when we need a lift and is there for us, even if we are not always there for her.
Looking at the beautiful fruit and vegetables arriving at Giddens & Thompson, you just know that spring is here and that the start of long days of culinary delights is not too far around the corner. Before we know it, it will be time for asparagus to be on the menu once more, and that always brings a sense of excitement. I have even heard some rumours of wild garlic already being out – not that I am a fan of garlic – but even that heralds the full promise of spring.
We continue to maintain our high standards of customer service and care during this pandemic, just as we continue to offer delivery to those who are isolating or prefer the ease of having their beautiful produce dropped off on their doorstep. Our website has been brilliant at making this an easier job for everyone, and I’d like to thank all my customers for adapting to ordering through it so well.
We all know that this government is not easing restrictions immediately, so we need to continue to support and respect one another. It will not be long before we are able to see one another again and, hopefully, begin to put the global crisis of the last year behind us.
Walking around Bungay and my home town of Norwich, I can see that not only are the snowdrops out, but the daffodils are also emerging. After such a prolonged lockdown, I think we will all enjoy the summer this year like no other before. And I know that I, for one, cannot wait.