Summer Fun

IMG_20140831_104944 copyRecovering after a lovely sunny day yesterday at the Hartley Farm Summer Fayre – the day went by so quickly I didn’t get much of a chance to take all the events and stalls in! I was in the enormous awesome tipi with a load of other stallholders, and it was great to catch up with some of the usual regulars too. I did catch sight of Alice in the distance doing some hula hoop classes to the delight of parents and children alike, and managed to catch a stroll around the beautiful and immaculate Not So Secret Garden (puts my scruffy patches to shame!) before grabbing a tasty chicken burrito from chef Gary. There was also storytelling in the gazebo, and booked out tractor/trailer rides which were really popular – Richard and Tom were doing sterling work as tour guides too!

Most of the foodie stallholders were giving out samples, and my various cherry tomato samples were popular – I had to go and pick a fresh batch a couple of times as I was running out! That’s the beauty of selling from the place you grow the food: not far to go for fresh refills. It was brilliant to see so many people come along and enjoy the sun on the farm; I’m terrible at guessing numbers, but there must have been several hundred people around at any one time. It was also great to chat with new and regular farm visitors, and swap veg tips and stories. I heard an interesting idea from one gentleman about using a water/hot chilli spray around to keep badges away. Must try that in the field by the courgettes and squash next year…


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