We welcome the first Cornish New potatoes this week; the variety is ‘Coleen’ a tasty variety popular with organic growers. The spring cabbage is from Herefordshire, and from closer to home we have Lancashire pak choi, East Yorkshire cucumbers and in the no-potatoes boxes leeks from North Yorkshire. Larger boxes have Yorkshire asparagus. The new potatoes and the Spanish new carrots are very expensive so for a while the portions will seem a bit mean. Rising costs are likely to put some pressure on prices this year, but as this is true of conventional as well as organic agriculture it remains to be seen whether this will have a further negative effect on the organic movement. The market for organic food fell by 6% last year after a drop of 13% in 2009; a few years ago it would have seemed unthinkable that organic growers would convert back to conventional production, but the number of organic producers fell by 4% in 2010. The good news is that last year saw a tiny rise in sales through box schemes like ours, and we greatly appreciate your support in these difficult times.