Riverford Wicked Leeks

harvest time + farm events

What a difference a month makes; last newsletter I was crying out for rain as the country basked in sunshine, but now it won’t stop raining. On one hand it is a huge relief to see the vegetables recover and thrive, but on the other, despair as visitors to the farm dive for cover as yet another shower passes overhead. At least the cows were happy to see the rain; after weeks of standing waiting for the grass to grow and wondering where the next meal was coming from, they now have plenty of grass, full stomachs and a spring in their step.

As the budding gardeners amongst you will know, August and September are a grower’s paradise, with the fruits of your hard work, blood, sweat and tears coming to fruition. It’s harvest time and our vegetables are looking great. Bryan, who is in charge of growing, deserves a big pat on the back for working tirelessly with his team to make sure everything survived the dry spell. We are holding an open day on Sunday 12th September, when you can come and see your veg growing in the fields and get a sneaky peek at what’s to come over the next few months; put the date in your diary.

The farm has been busy over the summer holidays and we’ve still got Scarecrow Week and the Teddy Bear’s Picnic to come, as well as our Monster Mash Bash at the end of October. Before then, I hope you’ll join us for the farm open day or at our Travelling Field Kitchen restaurant between 2nd-12th September. If you haven’t already booked, hurry; places are going fast, as I realised to my detriment when the days I wanted to book had gone. So if you see me camped out on my own under a little gazebo next to the yurt, please say hello and bring me a drink.

Until then, enjoy your food.

John Walton