The Foodies Books By Joanne Roach

As a former teacher and now a farmer’s wife and farmer/smallholder myself, I love books that are fun but still manage to educate children about food, animals or farming. I was delighted to come across The Foodies set of books written by Joanne Roach. “The Foodies Books are a series of 12 illustrated stories for … Read more

Strawberry Picking On Strawberry Farm

This week I was shown round the local strawberry and raspberry farm by the owner. It was interesting to see the different varieties of strawberries at the different stages of growth and how they are grown. The strawberries are grown in poly tunnels and have been planted in grow bags and then placed on a … Read more

Harvesting Medlars

This weekend I harvested the medlars on our tree. Medlars can be harvested at the end of October and through November. Once harvested the fruit should be left in a box in a cool dry place until they turn a dark reddish brown and become soft and juicy. This ripening process is known as “bletting” … Read more

Raspberry Canes Planted

Back in November 2007 I received some raspberry canes as a gift from my cousin and his wife as a thank you for letting them stay with us in the Summer when they were over from Australia. We planted the canes and added some straw on top of the soil to help retain moisture, keep the weeds … Read more

Strawberry Plants – Green Thumb Sunday

Although the recommendation is to plant strawberry plants in late Autumn, I have just planted three elsanta strawberry plants that I recently purchased from a local garden centre. Which variety of strawberries do you grow? Any advice on how to look after the strawberry plants through the Winter would be appreciated. Green Thumb Sunday Logo … Read more

Damson Chutney

At the weekend I made damson chutney following the excellent recipe from Fiona @ The Cottage Smallholder. Here are the ingredients in the pan before the four hour simmer! This is the ingredients after a four hour simmer. Here is a jar of the damson chutney. This damson chutney looks delicious – my thanks go to … Read more

Nutritional Value Of Apples

Apples are a fruit that are a good source of; vitamin C, vitamin A, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and dietary fibre. The nutritional value of apples will vary slightly depending on the variety and size of the apple. Other Health Benefits Low in calories. No cholesterol in apples. No sodium in apples. Click on the image … Read more