Last week was a week for ‘harvesting’ – potatoes and berries from our garden, carrots at Willows Farm and more berries and veggies at Parkside Farm.
We are pretty lucky to leave right near London’s only Pick Your Own (PYO) farm and we popped down there for an hour or so (before it got too hot!) last week.
Do not underestimate how into fruit / veggie picking kids are – ours (7 children with ages ranging from 2 to 7) were very diligent at picking, so much so, we had to encourage them to different varieties otherwise we would be eating one type of vegetable all week (luckily you can freeze most of this stuff).
Though to start with Imogen thought she should fill her box with stones! Well, it kept her busy for a while.
We didn’t go too crazy and picked up a bag of French beans, a bag of beetroot and half a box each of raspberries and strawberries.
We’ve roasted the beetroot and steamed the beans to have with salads this week and mostly eaten the fruit as it came. I find that soft fruit goes mushy quicker when you pick it yourself (at the farm or at home) and doesn’t last as long as fruit from the supermarket (which makes you wonder what they put on it at the supermarket!). Last year we made jam but didn’t feel like it this year.
We made the last of the mushy fruit into giant berry smoothies yesterday as Seren requested a day of sitting in the garden drinking smoothies. Suits me.
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