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August 12, 2016 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Apley Walled Garden overflowing with produce

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Homemade warm raspberry & strawberry coulis

Walnuts not quite ready

Walnuts not quite ready

We’ve spent yet another team family early evening last night in Apley Walled Garden harvesting the abundant fruit & vegetables ready for the weekend. The fruit cages have been cleverly planted to avoid gluts & famines. So now the raspberries are nearly over, the gorgeous loganberries are ready. We’ve missed the gogiberries & seem to have lost the blueberries, but blackcurrants were perfectly ripe, following the red currants last week. Within a month, the cultivated blackberries will be ready as well. The artichokes are over, the patti-pan squash are perfect, sweet peas & courgettes too. we’ll have to wait a month or more for the hazelnuts & walnuts.

Best of all is the huge harvest of cucumbers in one of the old greenhouses, restored with plastic roofs. Gavin pruned the tomato plants, as the first tomatoes are becoming available. I love the smell of tomato plants & the warmth (23 degrees there this evening) of the greenhouses. I’ve forgotten to mention the carrots & radishes – so much fresh, local & basically ‘organic’ produce (it’s very bio-ethically produced, but we’re not registered with the Soil Association).

The Apley Harvest & Craft Fair at Apley Farm Shop is this year being held over two days 24-25 Sept in our shopping courtyard. Visitors will enjoy free tasters from local food producers & meeting face to face with local Shropshire crafters. It runs 10-4pm on both days & is under the cover of marquees in case of Autumnal showers ! It’s free entry & always a fun day out for all the family.

On my way to catch up with colleagues in the farm shop today, I passed our farm manager Adrian who’s very happy with this lovely dry week for harvesting, though he needed these John Deere engineers to fix a belt on our combine harvester. Some fields have already been baled & disc-aerated.

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