News From The Farm August 2020

Our homegrown fruit has just about come to an end now. The picking team will now prune raspberries and have a general tidy up. They will finish earlier this year with no PYO or maize maze being open. We hope to see them all again next year. August is also when our full time farm staff can take a well-earned break.

Currently available in the Farm Shop and homegrown in our fields are savoy cabbage, red cabbage, summer cabbage, hispi cabbage, strawberries, raspberries and cauliflowers.

The new season’s potato harvest is just about to get underway with the tops ready to be burnt off and the crops harvested in early September. The variety of potato we will have this year is Marfona. It looks like we will have a bumper onion crop this year, they will be ready to harvest by the end of the month and then will be left to dry before being bagged.

We should be harvesting successive crops of cauliflower, cabbage and broccoli right up to Christmas or the first really cold spell of weather, whichever happens first. Sprouts are looking like they will be a good crop again this year too.

Pumpkins are growing well despite a terrible year for weeds and mildew and we hope to be able to open our PYO Pumpkins and Spooky Maize Maze in October. (Subject to government guidelines).

It has been a strange season so far, we have never not been able to open our summer PYO before or enjoy the maize maze. The farm staff are looking forward to enjoying lunches again onsite once our Strawberry Fields Restaurant opens, as do many of our customers!