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Kate Monk

Food & Farming

Local Salad Farm Stars on BBC’s Escape to the Country

The BBC feature Gourmet Leaves on Escape to the Country.
Food & Farming

The Lettuce Growing Rollercoaster

Like many small businesses, Gourmet Leaves salad farm has had a tumultuous year. Thanks to Covid, they have had to change their business model five times and work flat out to keep their farm afloat. But somehow they have survived. Here Kate Monk looks back with pride on a year of extraordinary challenges and tentatively forward to their plans for 2021. 
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What A Two Week Break Looks Like At Gourmet Leaves

When lockdown started Gourmet Leaves salad farm had to rapidly change their business model or face ruin. Kate Monk and her family worked flat out to set up a new home delivery service. The deliveries proved popular, but after two months of relentless working, they ran out of salad and energy, so they decided to take two weeks off. As Kate reports, it was far from a restful break. 
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The Ramblings of Life on a Smallholding

Gourmet Leaves is a family lettuce farm navigating a new path for their business in response to Covid -19. In the second of her blogs, Kate Monk looks back to 2012 when they decided to take on a neglected vineyard in an idyllic spot of Devon. Life proved to be far from idyllic in the first years, as they battled against the weather living in a dilapidated park home.
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Growing with Covid-19

Kate Monk describes how her family is trying to find their way through the crisis.