Fruit in a new way

It was two months since we had last been to Old Sleningford Farm for the volunteer workday and it was great to see so many people there today. No doubt the summer weather had something to do with the turnout.

‘Summer weather’ is perhaps taking something of a liberty. It was actually decidedly chilly and the unseasonally low temperatures meant less fruit to pick than could have been expected.

Still, I think we all enjoyed the treasure hunt for gooseberries. 

The highlight of the day for me was getting a new idea for using my own abundance of strawberries. The farm sells a cordial using a variety of summer fruit which my daughter seemed keen on. So, hopefully she will be just as partial to the version I made back home this evening.

This seemed to use more rhubarb than strawberries but I think a pure strawberry cordial might be a bit sickly. Instead, the drink is quite sharp and would certainly reach the parts other drinks don’t on a really hot summer day!


About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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8 Responses to Fruit in a new way

  1. Oh I wish I had a strawberry problem .. Yum

  2. This is our first year without the pick your own strawberry farm at the edge of our village, and I’m really missing it. There really is nothing better than freshly picked strawberries. Lucky you to have an abundance in your own garden!

    • Helen says:

      Same you no longer have a PYO strawberry farm nearby. Ours similarly closed a couple of years ago. Thank goodness my own strawberries have taken off.

  3. Awesome update thank you for sharing have a blessed day

  4. Fresh Ontario strawberries from a nearby farm have been so delicious this year.

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