Here are just some examples of produce that is flowing through our door from this wonderful valley of abundance. The tomatoes that were disappointing for so long – well, we now pick about 3 bucketfuls a day.
Apples, pears and quinces in boxes cover the shed floor, awaiting juicing and bottling that will be undertaken tomorrow afternoon.
The Preserves cooking class here in the morning will make good use of a lot of those tomatoes, and some of the quinces too. Just as well as many more quinces are arriving on Sunday. Well need those to make quince paste over the next few days.
Today we’ve been picking crab-apples from nearby in the Derwent Valley, and they will make their way into jelly inevitably, but there’s plenty still to make a batch or two of sparkling crabapple (crabapple “champagne”).
The large bowlful of hawthorn berries we picked from down by the river a couple of days ago will make their way into hedgerow cordial, maybe even haw jelly.
All in all, and definitely from my perspective, autumn is by far the best time of year.