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