It is Michaelmas today (Wednesday). The feast of Michael the Archangel,which is often associated with the begining of Autumn. At this time daylight hours and nightime hours are approximately the same. In the countryside this is a time of harvest, and battening down the hatches for the onset of winter.
With this weeks rather wet autumnal weather,we are very happy to have finished our potatoe and squash harvest last week. Young pigs have been turned onto the old squash beds and now they are busy clearing the ground of weeds and reject squash. Although there are many squashes lying on the ground, they like to chase each other across the field after one piece of squash. The little black piglet however appears a little brighter than the gingers, as he realises that there are many to choose from. Very amusing to watch. We are busy preparing new herb borders,planting spring bulbs and putting plants into the greenhouse for spring vegetables. The soil outside is wet and soggy now, and will probably remain that way for some months now. However we still have much to do, planting overwintering crops, for us usaully garlic, onions and broad beans. Next week we are hoping to get started on tidying up our hedges and woodland areas, this means chainsaws and cutting tools out and lots of bonfires, a lovely activity. Our biodynamic preparations will be made and buried too next week. We will take some photographs.
Much for sale again this week. Meatwise we have our sausages and some pork, these being leg joints, belly pork, chops and the like. We have some lovely sharp Bramley apples to accompany these.
For sale at 55 Stanworth st (9am-2pm) and Borough Market (8.30am-4pm)