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Bringing in the harvest

Bringing in the harvest

Harvest festivals

The local pub in Croscombe, The George, is hosting an harvest auction this Saturday (19th September) in aid of a couple of good causes. It made me realise (along with the copious amount of rain and the noticeable drop in temperature) that Summer is well and truly over.

Harvest festivals

During the next few weeks, as Autumn really sets in, harvest festivals will be held all over the county. I think that harvest festivals have greater significance if you live in the countryside. You’re more aware of the changing season (and not just because you get stuck behind tractors and trailers hauling their loads…) Apparently, nearly half of Somerset’s population live in a village, hamlet or on the fringes of a town. Urbanites we are not!

Somerset is certainly a ‘foodie’ county. Agriculture and food and drink production are major industries in the county. Many household brands are based in Somerset; Yeo Valley, Butcombe, Lovington’s, the list could go on and on. Ask a visitor what they most associate Somerset with and the answer is likely to be food and drink related (with the Wurzels getting the odd mention…) Most answers would probably contain the words, ‘cider’ and ‘cheese’. (Not far from me, the Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company still produces handmade Cheddar Cheese – one of the few places in the country still to do so. And as for cider, the county has a couple of very large cider companies and a number of small, independent producers).

If you fancy a day out tasting the wares of a number of local producers (big and small) then you should put Sunday 11 October in your diary. This is the date of the next Wells Food Festival when over 100 producers and street food vendors showcase their wares. This year’s event is running from 10.30am – 4.30pm, giving food lovers 6 hours of munching time!

Here at The Cross, I will shortly be undertaking my own small harvest. I planted an apple tree a year ago and the first crop is nearly ready to pick. Small scale but still very rewarding!

Happy harvesting.


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