The weather has been glorious the past few weeks here on the farm, although an occasional sea fret has stopped the humidity becoming unbearable. All this lovely sunshine and warmth has really helped our fresh fruit production.
Our strawberry season started nearly three weeks ago and they are still going strong. The strawberry beds are littered with juicy, red fruit and seeing so many children enjoying picking them has been one of the highlights of the summer. We are offering pick your own, or ready picked punnets if you don’t have the time (or inclination) to tread the fields.
After numerous requests for raspberries we are happy to announce that these are now available. Raspberries always take longer to mature and colour than our other fruit but this looks like it could be a cracking year. Much of the fruit is still green or slightly pink but there seems to be alot of it!
Our gooseberries are also still available but those embarking on a pick you own mission would be well advised to bring some stout gloves as the prickles are vicious. For those of you who haven’t sampled the humble gooseberry and are not sure what to do with it, they are wonderful in a variety of desserts.
One of our favourites is a strawberry and gooseberry crumble, as the tang of the gooseberries set off the sweetness of the strawberries. Given the hot weather we would advise adding cream rather than custard.
Gooseberry fool is also a refreshing summer dessert. The quick and easy way of doing it is boiling up your gooseberries until very soft, drain well and leave to cool. Whip up some cream and them stir in the gooseberry compote. Eat and enjoy!
Sadly the Lincolnshire weather has not worked its wonders on our blackcurrant bushes. The few we have are beautifully black, glossy and plump but there just aren’t enough of them. Still you can’t have everything.
If you haven’t already visited come down to the farm (we are in New Waltham, just outside Cleethorpes) and sample some fresh fruit.