Well the crops have been abundant this year. We have a freezer full from our tress of apricots, plums, pears & apples. The herbs have gone mad and are all frozen for later use as well. Another few weeks and the apple tree will be able to lift it's branches again as we will have 100's of pounds from them - never seen them so loaded as this year. The season is turning slowly with the wheat field behind us cut & ready for the next sowing, but at least we can see the rabbits & pheasants again - not just heads bobbing about!
I have cut some of the slower selling lines from the range going forward, however this just means I can create some new ones like the Pear & Vanilla Chutney requested by Stamford Cheese Cellar!! The courses are providing a source of inspiration as well.
The farmers markets have been slow this year so far, however positive signs on the food festivals & fairs. Not long now until we don the victorian clothes again for the Louth Victorian Market!
Modens Plum Bread & Saints & Sinners are doing gift bags for Christmas as well as the gift bags I normally produce anyway. These can have a choice of your favourite preserves in rather than the pre made offerings you can normally buy from shops.
We are taking a couple of weeks break in September so a mad rush to get the stock levels up!
Have a good bank holiday & hope to see you soon.