Produce Available Saturday 30th October | Fern Verrow

Produce Available Saturday 30th October

It feels like the end of term here at Fern Verrow. From the end of this week we are without our seasonal workers, so Harry and I have the farm to ourselves again. We are in a good place with animals set up for winter (almost) All storable crops( squash, potatoes, apples and onions) are in storage and keeping well. Leaves are begining to fall and shades of brown, orange and red on the trees fill the hillsides. November is predicted to be warmer than usual without too much rain, so let’s hope that is the case. A cold and frosty winter is forecast, all good especially for the soil. Ice in the ground allows a greater remineralisation of the soil, and effectively recharges the batteries for next years potential growth. The cold also promotes the blossom, and therefore fruit production, as this season has shown.

With nights drawing in we have found more time for reading. Just wanted to “big up” a couple of books that we have. Very kindly we were given Nigel Slater’s Tender Vol 2, a cook’s guide to the fruit garden. Have to say it is brilliant. The recipes are for both sweet and savoury uses of fruity things. A must have!

Many people ask us about books that explain the biodynamic approach to agriculture. There is much written on the subject, but for a very accessible, clear and comprehensive explanation we really like a new publication- “Cosmos, Earth and Nutrition” by Richard Thornton Smith, which describes the foundations on which not only biodynamics but also the wider organic movement is based. The author builds bridges between mainstream science and Steiner’s insights. Fascinating and enlightening. A wonderful book.


For sale at 55 Stanworth st (9am-2pm) and Borough Market (8.30am-4pm)  this Saturday

New potatoes- Charlotte and Franceline
Main Crop potato- Arran Victory, Cara, Desiree, Nicola
Lettuce-  Cocarde, Endive and Catalogna
Beetroot  golden and red
Swiss Chard
Erbette Chard
Romanesco Cauliflower- light green cosmic spirals of fine taste
Red Russian Kale
Cavalo Nero- everyones favourite Kale
Green Kale
Red and White Onions
Cabbages- Savoy and some crunchy green
Salsify- well worth trying, nice and sweet and not too rooty
Hamburg Parsley root
Winter squashes- Red Uchiki Kuri, Buttercup, Stella Blue, Blue Ballet
Salad Leaf bags- young chard and beet leaves, corn salad and landcress,Golden streaks, Green in snow amongst the mix
Herbs: mixed bunches, dill and chervil
Parsley moss and flat
Raspberries- Autumn bliss the sweetest of them all
Eggs- hens are laying better so a few more boxes available
All the above is produced at Fern Verrow and is certified Biodynamic.
 Bought in Produce: All organic and in many cases biodynamic
Lovely seedless muscat grapes from France- very special ( Biodynamic)
Apples and Pears
Lemons- new season from Italy
Red Peppers
Maron Chestnuts
Beef and Lamb from Model Farm Society- all organic

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