Autumn pursuits

After the many weather events of the last few months, this Autumn has turned into a bit of a rollercoaster with fluctuating temperatures. At the moment it’s unseasonably cold.

Like other small farmers and gardeners, we have our well documented lists of what to do during each season. We’ve taken our dahlia bulbs out of the ground, planted our garlic, shallots and leeks, and begun cover cropping our fallow beds. The work gets done sometimes in spite of the weather and temperature. Not always pleasant but necessary.

As we move into winter one of our tasks is preserving farm produce. Our ancient pear tree always provides a dilemma about what to do with the pears. We think it’s about 200 years old and that it is a ‘winter keeping pear’.  It is still a prolific producer anywhere between 10 – 20 bushels off one tree. But it is not a good eating or table pear. And so over the years, we’ve tried a variety of recipes – from jam to chutney to vinegar and perry.

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This year we are attempting perry – or pear cider again. Stay tuned we’ll let you know how we fare!  We’re also making some pear & ginger jelly – made from our pears and the baby ginger we grow on farm. Some of our best recipes are informed by our work on the farm – pairings of products that come ripe about the same time. We pulled our ginger out a few weeks ago in advance of the cold weather and our pears are ready to be picked about the same time.

Enjoy Autumn!

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