Riverford Wicked Leeks

the aftermath

By now you probably all know what a yurt is; after its two weeks at Stockley Farm we certainly do. Those of you who joined us in our travelling restaurant during the first week saw it pitched in a beautiful green field, but by the time it left, thanks to a massive amount of rain, the field looked more like a bomb site. But what an experience; the food was amazing and meeting so many people who have an interest in what we do was truly inspiring for us all at Stockley as well as the team from Riverford.

Anyone eating in the yurt or who made it to our harvest event last weekend will have seen or tasted the wonderful veg that is in abundance on the farm right now. I always love this time of year; meal times are so easy with such a variety of fresh veg straight from the fields. Not all of you got to see the veg growing, but I hope the displays got your mouths watering. A big thank you to everyone involved with putting on both the yurt and the harvest event; both were a huge success.

Elsewhere on the farm, we are busy picking potatoes, which are cropping well and giving us tubers big enough for baking potatoes. Usually we have to wait for the Valor variety, but this year the Orla have surpassed all expectations and are proving to be great-tasting bakers. Combining went well and thankfully we got everything harvested before the rains came; we just need an Indian summer now to get the next crop in. We are contemplating bringing in the cows (or some of them at least) as they can quickly make a mess in the bad weather; if the nights become cold they might start to rebel.

The open farm has been busy over the summer and we gear ourselves up for a harvest theme over the next few weeks, before the Halloween festivities begin. We have a busy programme this year, culminating in the great Monster Mash Bash on 30th October; a family do with food, drink and entertainment laid on. For more details keep an eye on www.stockleyfarm.co.uk.

I hope we’ll see you there.

John Walton