When I first made this website, I had the idea of posting a monthly newsletter, a weekly recipe and numerous other articles on growing, preserving and general self-sufficient stuff. As we went deeper into the season, however, time has run away with me in multiple directions, tugging at my limbs, it seems. All of the wonderful, though often naïve, dreams I had of virtual endeavors are buried deep in the compost with the barrow-loads of weeds. For now I will write to you every few months.
Since the last newsletter, I've started a part-time job, working for Trill Farm two days a week as a host. I've also been working hard trying to preserve as much of our harvest as possible for the winter months on top of the planting, weeding and harvesting in the Mandala Garden.
Jon has been busy in the top field, fending off hoards of rabbits and deer as they ascend upon the brassica patch. Thankfully, with our second installment of veg box payments, we were able to buy butterfly netting which has stopped them in their tracks- though doesn't seem to fool the butterflies too easily, ironically.
The current yield is plentiful. We have tomatoes in their thousands (many of them being dehydrated for storing as I write this), courgette coming out of our earholes- many of which our Veg Box customers have munched on in these past 10 weeks and kale galore- our varieties of cavolo nero being the most prolific and beautiful.
As the weather becomes colder, we now look forward to the leafy brassicas that we weren't able to grow during the hotter months due to them bolting (sometimes even in their seed trays!). The unpredictable weather has taken it's toll on our crops and, all too often, on our sanity, but soon it will be cool enough to get them in the ground again. Spicy rockets, mustards, pak chois, and land cress are all on the menu, as well as the ginger and turmeric we've been so longing for. Here's a sneaky peak at some. We just couldn't wait!
We celebrated our second month at the Chard Eco Market this Saturday passed. It was wonderful to see so many faces, familiar and otherwise, and hope that the market will only grow in popularity as the months go on.
Today we had our Soil Association inspection which consists of lots of paperwork, documenting the origins of everything we bring onto the farm to use in our growing. It went off without a hitch and we're ecstatic to be working under an Organic License for a second year.
On September 14th we'll be taking part in A Taste of Autumn at Forde Abbey and Gardens, celebrating all that is in abundance in September. You can join garden writer Sally Nex, head gardener, Joshua Sparkes, local chef Ed Versluys, and us, for a day long course in how to grow your own and make the most of this season’s harvest.
As the future months progress on the farm, we await aubrey tones and nights by the fire. Our autumnal pallets will gladly greet the flavours missed since our last loop around the sun and divulging into all the bounties of the season jarred up in the pantry.
We thank you all again for your ongoing praise and support. The uplifting feedback we've received so far in this journey has been quite humbling and we couldn't have achieved it so wholeheartedly without our whole hearts being so full from the kindness of our community!
Greetings and love to the lot of you!