East Coast Organic stir fry

August 21st, 2007 Fay

On a wet, wet Saturday morning we went along to Edinburgh Farmers’ Market to thank East Coast Organics for donating vegetables to add taste, colour and texture to the FEAST filming session.

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Despite heavy rain bouncing off the roof, the guys on the stall were amazingly cheerful and people were queuing up to buy purple beetroots, yellow gourds, green beans and all the other healthy stuff they grow on an organic farm near Pencaitland in East Lothian. Every Saturday they are here from around 8.30 am whatever the weather but for the first time anyone could remember the boss, Mike Callender, was away on holiday catching some sun.

On the phone a few days later, Mike admitted that he hasn’t had much time for summer holidays with the family in the last ten years. But demand for organic vegetables has been growing steadily. And East Coast Organics, who have been coming to the Farmers’ Market on Castle Terrace ever since it began now deliver 1800 ‘eco boxes’ of seasonal fruit and veg, bakery and eggs to customers in Edinburgh and the Lothians every week.

Most of the produce is grown on site with the help of 10,000 square feet of polytunnels (where it always feels and smells more like summer) but East Coast Organics also work and trade with other local organic farms to give a viable alternative to selling through the supermarkets.

Mike, who has a degree in architecture but decided to do something completely different to earn a living, says he enjoys Chinese cooking. “When people ask what they can do with a vegetable they haven’t tried before I usually recommend soup or stir fry. Especially if you don’t really like something, flashing it up in a wok with soy sauce works wonders.”

See East Coast Organic website for other recipes!

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