It’s all go this autumn with Operation Farm

The apples are ripe for picking, the leaves are falling from the trees and frankly it’s gone a bit chilly, it can only mean one thing…

…..autumn has arrived!!!

Down on our allotment

More produce than ever has been harvested on the plot this year, with more still to come! A bountiful harvest of salad leaves, cucumbers and tomatoes was put to good use at the first cookery session at The Grafton Centre recently. Looking ahead, seeds have been ordered, and along with planning what veg we’ll grow next year, there’s plenty to do – harvesting later crops, clearing beds, composting and adding organic matter to the soil. And although the weeds are growing more slowly now, there is still weeding to be done!

Whilst we welcomed 2 new volunteers, we are hoping more Hyde residents over the age of 55 would like to get involved in free fruit and vegetable growing sessions on our allotment and in the community orchard. The weekly sessions on Tuesdays are an opportunity to learn new skills, or share existing ones, in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, with all the benefits of being out in the fresh air. You can find more information here


Abundance news

The first pick of the season was super early this year and was certainly a bumper crop! It was great to pick nearly 60lb of different varieties from our first harvest at Mossley Community Orchard

The first press of the season was at Fairfield Moravian Allotments, a first for Operation Farm, with a further juicing the next day at Mossley Community Centre’s Horticulture Show. Sadly back to back scratting proved too much for our ever temperamental scratter and we were reduced to pulping the apples with rolling pins! It was fun, but not very productive for juicing, so we need to think of some quick fixes for this autumn and some fundraising for next year to buy a new one!

We’ll be juicing at the Harvest Festival on 8th October in Hyde Park and Hulme Community Garden Centre on Sunday 29th October for Apple and Pumpkin Day


Cooking up the harvest!

Funded by the People’s Health Trust, we are hosting 5 cookery sessions at The Grafton Centre, Hyde. At the first session, we prepared 9 different salads using our home-grown allotment produce – beetroot, salad leaves, red onions, garlic, tomatoes, runner beans, edible flowers and herbs. Check out this funky little video to give you a ‘taste’ of what we made. Here’s our cookery plans over the next few months:

 

  1. Super Salads
  2. Soups and soda bread
  3. Stews and sides
  4. Bake and take
  5. Christmas novelty cupcakes

Please get in touch for copies of the recipes.


The Big #SoupShare

Next week see’s the Young Operation Farmers prepare a 7 veg ‘n’ herb autumn soup for the Big #SoupShare – you can read Green Fingered George’s blog all about that here


Events

Our next event is the Harvest Festival 8th October 11-3pm in Hyde Park Community Orchard. This will be our 8th annual Autumn Festival in Hyde Park and our Young (and a little bit older) Operation Farmers are going to be souper busy!

Thanks to support from Making Britain Blossom, Abundance Tameside will be picking and pressing lots of lovely apples, the lottie crew will be haggle ‘n’ bartering, Green Monster Arts will be doing something crafty and Ali and her cooking crew will be taking part in the national RHS Campaign for School Gardening #SoupShare and dishing out some delicious seasonal soup.


We’ll leave you with this lovely wee video of our crew at Mossley Horticulture Show

Have a great autumn folks!