Autumn is just around the corner

Autumn will soon be settling in and we can start to expect some cold snaps no doubt. But it’s a lovely time on the farm and as this year’s growing and harvesting season comes to an end we now have to get planning for next year. The Swallows have been lining up on the wires around the farmyard and soon they’ll be setting off for the long flight back to Africa and we often see the beautiful white Barn Owls gliding silently over the stubble fields looking out for an unwary mouse.

31st August also sees the start of the Norfolk Food & Drink Festival with dozens of events taking place all over Norfolk right through to 12th October – its 10th Anniversary this year – celebrating the very best of our county’s fabulous food and drink from local producers and helping to support our farmers and our local economy too.

September is of course the ideal month to get pickling and preserving that last glut of summer’s fresh produce and make jams, jellies and chutneys to enjoy through the long, darker days to come. There should be plenty of blackberries, damsons, elderberries, apples, pears and plums about right now. If you don’t grow your own, why not visit your local Farm Shop or even spend a few hours at one of the wonderful Pick Your Own farms around Norfolk – children love it and it’s great for them to see how their food is produced.