It was really exciting to be part of the new Bradford on Avon Food Assembly launch a couple of weeks ago: this weekly Food Assembly is every Thursday now, and such an easy way for people to click and collect local food! You simply go online to https://thefoodassembly.com/en/assemblies/9325 and then order what you fancy, from veg, salads, fruit, meat, bread, eggs, fudge, wine, microgreens and more, before 2am on Wednesdays; then come along to Mount Pleasant on a Thursday evening from 5.30-7pm to collect your order from the producers! Nicer, easier and generally cheape than ordering from the supermarkets, woohoo!
Look, it’s not often that veg growers get to be please about anything ok; so I’m going to throw caution to the wind, tempt fate, and be smug about how well the leeks & pumpkins have done so far. In fact, the leeks have done really, really well in the new field – pulling them out of the ground is proving rather difficult for these big bag boys, since the root systems are so robust. Still, nothing a good forking doesn’t sort out.
I’m also halfway through picking and storing the pumpkins in the Little Polytunnel, to help them finish ripening & protect against any frosts – I won’t even start on the squash until next week at the earliest, partly because their foliage is still green (the pumpkins have pretty much died back now), and partly because I have no room until some of the pumpkins have been shifted, and/or more tunnel veg is finished and space becomes available. The pumpkins have done so well again this year, hurrah for the weather (and slight smugness about getting the timing right for a change); a mixture of Baby Bear for the small pumpkins to bake whole, and Jack O’ Lantern for the bigger carving pumpkins – on sale now in the farm shop! It’s dead exciting though looking at all the Crown Prince, Uchiki Kuri, butternuts and few randow squashes peeking out from under the leaves. Happy harvesting!
I’m really excited to be showcasing and selling my veg and herbs at the Trowbridge Apple Day this Saturday, from 11am – 3pm at Courtfield House, Polebarn Road. Yes, the day is about apples of course; but you’ll surely be needing some veg with that too?! Especially my lovely pumpkins, squash and cabbages, which can be roasted with the apples to create the ultimate autumnal warming dishes. As well as my veg – oh and apples galore, apple pie competitions and apple pressing – there will also be story telling, craft stalls, music and Morris dancing! I can’t wait, should be an excellent day!