Archive of November 2009

November 05

As the summer comes to an end ..

As the summer comes to an end we turn our thoughts to evenings at home rather than in our gardens/ allotments. With an abundance of fruit and vegetables this autumn we have put together some recipes for chutneys, piccalilli and pumpkin pie. All ingredients are available in the shop. If you can?t find organic malt vinegar use a vinegar which is 5%-6% acid and it will be okay for pickling and chutneys. You can use cider vinegar for most pickles & chutneys but others such as white wine and red wine vinegar depend on taste required. Printed copies of the recipes are available in the shop or we can email them to you on request. The BBC also have a good range of seasonal recipes. We have pumpkins from the farm together with sprouts, leeks and swedes. I know it seems early but we are now taking orders for Christmas poultry, cakes, puddings etc. Tomas, our baker, continues to bake bread, cakes, pies etc for the shop and also takes orders. He made some lovely Cornish pasties for War Weekend in Pickering and they sold like hot cakes! Anne On the farm, potato lifting continues, and we have planted 2,000 spring cabbage under fleece. We also have some spinach under fleece which we hope will be ready by Christmas. Grass is growing well and the cattle are still out. At the end of September we had 7 acres of ley direct drilled with a new ley and yesterday we saw that the new ley had germinated. Sowing new leys this way cuts down tractor work by two thirds and therefore carbon emission. We have taken on a 15 year old on one day a week for work experience from the local school, and already he has learnt to drive the tractor, Anne is keen to learn to drive the tractor as well. More in a month. Mike
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