On Saturday 23rd September we spent a glorious, sunny autumn day celebrating our annual Harvest Festival at the farm. September is perhaps our busiest time of year in our organic Market Garden and we so love to come together to celebrate all that our organic soil provides. Thank you so much to everyone who came along to help us make it such a special day.
Our Argentine fire pits were out in full force and the team put together an array of specials from pulled jerk chicken with buckwheat salad and hot sauce to slow-roast pork belly in a brioche bun with our infamous Market Garden leaves. Of course there was ample cider to be had and snacks and treats of every kind.
We also saw our Guest Chef demonstration tent and Cookery School come to life with a line-up of informative talks and masterclasses. Covering everything from quick classes for children and talks on how to make nourishing tonics at home, there was something for everyone.
This year our Market Garden team planted over 20 varieties of pumpkin and squash and our Head Gardener Jez says that 2017 has seen our best crop yet. Our orchard is dripping with apples of every kind, each with their own unique flavour and texture – perfect for cider making in a couple of weeks’ time. Of course there were cabbages, corn, carrots, kale, salad leaves, chillies, peppers and much more to be sampled at Saskia’s Raw Tasting Table.
PONY RIDES & OUR FARM ANIMALS
Always popular with our younger visitors, our rare-breed sheep and cattle were on hand to meet and greet our guests, while pony rides and our sheepdog demonstrations were also a great success.
Surrounded by our Cutting Garden in bloom, our Daylesford Garden team made beautiful garlands and headdresses from an array of freshly cut flowers and foraged finds.
TRADITIONAL GAMES & HARVEST ACTIVITIES
No Harvest Festival would be complete with out apple bobbing, onion string tying and traditional crafts such as skep making.
FORAGING & CRAYFISHING
And in our Bamford Haybarn Spa, hand massages, yoga and a masterclass in making your own botanical bath salts offered a moment of tranquility after a busy day.