LESS talks to Becky from The Average Cabbage- a local business that grows vegetable, salad and herb seedlings for Grow-Your-Own enthusiasts.
How did you come to set up the Average Cabbage?
“About five years ago a friend and I talked about setting up The Average Cabbage. I was already growing flowers at the time and so was interested in a wider variety of plants. It’s something I have always loved doing having grown flowers, fruit and vegetables since childhood”.
“In 2013 I took the business on myself and I am now in the third year of running The Average Cabbage as a rural based enterprise”.
Tell me more about the Average Cabbage and your products?
“We are a micro-business based outside Wray village that grows vegetable, salad and herb seedlings in polytunnels which are sited on land at our smallholding. All of our plants are raised using organic seed, low-peat compost and spring water. The only extra input is organic seaweed liquid to give the plants a natural boost”.
You can find out more about the specific types of plants The Average Cabbage grows by visiting the business’s website: www.theaveragecabbage.co.uk
What do you enjoy about your work?
My work is great as it fits around children and other commitments. I start the growing season in late January /February with sowing, and finish the growing season around mid-July, so it’s a short season”.
Why do you use low peat compost?
“I started off with purely organic compost and organic seed, but felt it became too expensive for my small business to sustain so I decided to go affordable and buy as low-peat compost as I could possibly find, which I use with an organic seed. Peat-free is the next step.”
Where do you currently sell your plants?
“The Average Cabbage’s plants are sold at; Tebay Services North and South; Bay View Garden Centre in Bolton Le Sands; Dawson’s Fuels in Sedbergh and The Big Onion shop at Staveley”.
“I also run stalls at fairs such as the Seedy Sunday with The Big Onion in Staveley, the Wray Fair and Scarecrow Festival, The Artisan Market at Sedbergh Fair, and recently I attended the Midsummer Market in Lancaster”.
“The Average Cabbage can also deliver plant orders free of charge to locations relatively near to Wray and Bentham or to a wider distance for a small fee of £5.00”.
To find out more about The Average Cabbage and other local food businesses visit LESS’s online Local Food Directory.