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Home farm blog – a northern perspective

As I sit here eating my lunch and reading my partner Guy’s newsletter from deepest Devon, it amazes me that for such a small country, the weather (the biggest influence on farming), can vary so much.

While up here in the North, conditions have been extremely challenging, we seem to have fared far better than our cousins in the South. Yield potential for the potatoes is a slight concern, but the sweetcorn and her various vegetable friends are looking tremendous. Even the pumpkins are looking good, which at one point I had completely written off in my mind.

Indeed, we’ll be celebrating this year’s harvest at Home Farm on Pumpkin Day, Sunday 28th October. Hundreds of pumpkins will be harvested for the event between 11am to 4pm and visitors will have the chance to take part in a pumpkin carving competition. There will also be tractor rides, games, cookery demonstrations and sampling and food stalls. Local folk band, Fiddlyn Man Doris, will also be on hand to provide the entertainment. Entry is free and we hope to see you there!

We were also delighted to hear that our local suppliers, Acorn Dairy and Pierce Bridge have recently won Soil Association awards for their quality food and commitment to organic.

Peter Richardson

Once bittern

bittern at Riverford Organic, YorkshireI am still reeling from a flirtation with a (feathered) bird last week. I was driving down the road on my way to Maunby when a bird flew out of the hedge and straight into my Landrover. The impact stunned the bird so I backed up to have a good look at it. The bird was unfamiliar looking and quite a fair size. It wasn’t in a good way so I called Mark back at the farm and asked him to come down with two large boxes as quick as he could. Mark turned up five minutes later with two large veg boxes (turns out he thought I had run somebody over and wanted to give them some veg to say sorry – not that I wanted something to put the bird in). We took a photo of the bird, looked it up and discovered that it was a bittern, one of the most threatened species in the UK – apparently there are only 50 males left. Gradually the bird got his senses back and crawled into the hedge. I went back an hour or so later to check on him and he launched at me – he seemed to be improving. Then I walked back to the farm to get my dad to come and have a look, but by the time we got back the bird had flown away. Glad to see a happy ending.

Peter Richardson from Home Farm in Yorkshire

Summer party, Home Farm

We had a great time at our summer party  at Home Farm, Northallerton. We hope you did too…

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