While Extinction Rebellion are rightly taking to the streets, inside The Secret Acre kitchen this autumn, things haven’t been hotting up, so much as becoming constantly warm.
Our local climate change has been the result of the purchase of a
dehydrator, as another bow to our harvest preservation options.
So far our initial tests have involved plums, pears, apples and beetroot.
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The Mayor gave us a silver cup, which was nice.
As always, the arrival of
this summer’s harvest also marked the start of the village show season.
Regular readers will know we have enjoyed
mixed form at the village show over the last seven years. Continue reading
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Back in May I opined about how on top of all things veg we seemed to be this year, warning that it surely couldn’t last.
And that hiccup arrived almost immediately in the form of a prolonged spell of unexpected parental care, now all fine fortunately, but leaving Emma to cope solo on the veg patch.
So the harvest we have enjoyed is all down to her hard work. Here’s a pictorial roundup of some of the action.
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It seemed a slightly odd harvest this year.
Thanks to the unusually hot and dry summer, some old reliables failed, like our potatoes, while some pervious underperformers flourished, like our aubergines.
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August’s harvest rapidly flowed into the Sept/Oct apple crop (more on this in the next blog) and before you know it here we are in November!
But while this hectic period was on, we still found time to enter September’s traditional local Village Show.
Now, veterans of this blog will know
we have form when it comes to Shows.
Well, I say we, but although we have both entered before, only Emma had actually triumphed.
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No sooner had we made our ‘ Beauty Bath Spiced Apple Chutney’, than August’s harvest arrived en masse.
Suddenly every spare minute was taken up in the kitchen with the preserving pan. The
Blaisdon Plums were our biggest crop, with Emma heroically creating over 100 jars of various plum based jams and chutneys for the storeroom. Continue reading
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We’ve been quiet online last month, an indication of frenetic activity in the garden and kitchen, as harvest season started to kick in.
It all started with apples. Which may seem odd. Our main
apple orchard harvest occurs in mid-September and October after all. But up by the house we have a Beauty of Bath apple tree, a variety cultivated to crop very early in August, which resulted in it being awarded a Royal Horticultural Society First Class Certificate in 1887 no less. Continue reading
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