|Physalis in the early morning sun|
About ten years ago when we first started sourcing as much local and organic produce as possible for the hotel restaurant we realized there was a problem getting a selection of good fresh organic fruit. So we started planting a variety of different fruit crops on the farm with the idea that some day we would be able to supply more fresh fruit for the hotel restaurant ourselves.
Here is a pictorial blog of the fruit on the farm and what we are harvesting at the moment.
|We have been particularly successful with our soft fruit with huge harvests of raspberries. At the moment we are harvesting Polka an autumn raspberry|
|We are normally cropping raspberries from late May to September and often have so many raspberries we serve them for breakfast|
|Blackberries; we are just coming to the end of our blackberry harvest and last year planted two new varities with the idea of extending the harvesting season|
|Strawberries; big harvests but we are in the process of planting new strawberry beds with a more tastier variety Albion. The variety we have at the moment Selva has a disappointing flavour|
|About ten years ago we planted ten different cherry trees but there are also some old trees on the farm so we now have a good selection of both red and black cherries. All we need to do is harvest them before the birds do!|
|Summer deserts in the restaurante making the most of all our home grown soft fruits|
|Blackcurrants; we have just finished cropping our blackcurrants but these we mostly freeze and use with meat dishes as well as in parfaits.|
|We are just about to harvest "Nashi" or Asiatic pears, our tree produces huge numbers of fruit, but they are rather small.|
|In the orchard as well as cider apples we planted a few pear trees and some eating apple trees, the fruits of which we will be harvesting from late august onwards.|
|This is how are persimons look at the moment, we always get an abundent harvest but they dont ripen till late November when the hotel is shut!|