In contrast to last week we have had the flip side of Autumn, bright warm days and cool nights. We have beenvery happy to be able to weed and tend to the crops again, and bask in the warm sun whilst doing our work. All the animals are looking well, our new cow and calf are settling in although alot of moooing can be heard in the mornings, we think she is calling her herd, wondering did she say anything wrong. We have been chatting to her daily and tempting her with windfall apples, and she is from time to time taking these out of our hands with her sandpaper tongue. Meat chickens are fattening well and should be ready in a few weeks., as will some ducks. At the moment we are feeding them on grain soaked in Neal’s Yard Creamery whey, they also get lots and lots of fat hen and chickweed which is full of vitamins, they all rush to the gate and all you can see is a flurry of feathers and bobbing heads, very amusing. Our fruit trees are full of ripening pears, apples, damsons and plums. We will of course be bringing ready varieties to the Markets this week. Some of our squash are ripe, and the green leaves (Chard, Kale and Spinach) are looking bright and shiny and will be plentiful this weekend. Next week we will have the first of our sausages since the spring, in the meantime this week we are introducing some “sourced” lamb and beef. This comes from a small co-operative ( ibelieve only half a dozen members) of biodymanic and organic farmers in our area. The co-op is called Model Farm Society and the farmers employ two butchers to cut and prepare the meat to their standards. Harry and I have been trying the meat over this summer and were very impressed with the taste especially. So we thought that we would bring some to sell. This week we will have rump and sirloin steaks (Hereford) and lean beef mince.. Lamb , both leg and shoulder joints and lamb chops. These will be for sale at The Arch only. We welcome feed back on these, as it is something that we may be able to offer every week, along with our own meat of course.
New potatoes- More delicious Charlotte and Franceline new potatoes- tasting fantastic
Lettuce- a few, apologies for the absence of lettuce recently, hot weather meant a bit of a gap.
Fennel- young and tender for salad and roasting
Beetroot golden and red
Cucumber- nothing like a freshly picked cucumber!
Young Red Russian Kale
Cavalo Nero- everyones favourite Kale
Spinach- a true spinach variety
Carrots- one of our best crops ever
Long Red Florence onions- sweet enough to eat raw, these look very smart in an onion tart, (see Nigel Slaters article in last weeks Observer)
White Musona Onions
Milano red onions- sweet enough to use in salads
French slender beans
Courgettes and Yellow Crookneck – try these if you haven’t before, they are very good
A few winter squashes
Salad Leaf bags- young chard and beet leaves, corn salad and cress,Nasturtium flowers amongst the mix
Herbs: Sage, Mint, tarragon,Rosemary, Thyme
Parsley moss and flat at it´s best right now
Mixed herb bunches
Tomatoes- lots of tasty and interesting varieties picked fresh from their vines. Purple Calabash, Olirose, Matina and Gardeners Delight
Flowers- Roses, sunflowers, dhalias,Gladioli, and lots of sweet peas
Raspberries- Autumn bliss the sweetest of them all
Plums- Victoria and some dark purple ones!
Eggs- sorry not very many at the moment, we have had words
All the above is produced at Fern Verrow and is certified Biodynamic.
Coming soon … salsify, coriander, dill, new salad leaves, brocolli and cauliflower
We will also be bringing some fruit that will be selected in Stroud on our way up to London on Friday evening . All of it is Organic, and in many cases Biodynamic: ( Demeter is the accrediting body for biodynamic growers and farmers)
Melons Charentais and Galia this week
Lovely seedless muscat grapes from France- very special ( Biodynamic)
Apples and Pears
Peppers – red pointed and orange (Biodynamic)
Pink Fir Apple Potatoes
Beef and Lamb from Model Farm Society- all organic