Autumn has arrived and the start of September has been glorious- a good old fashioned Indian summer, and all is busy in the garden, lots of lovely vegetables being harvested and new crops being sown and planted.
The green beans are still thriving - they have been particularly successful this year, as are salad leaves, beetroot, courgettes and onions.
Amazingly the tomatoes, in the poly-tunnel, have been ripening too quickly this year, the complete opposite to last year when we had a glut of green tomatoes which were transformed into the most delicious Green Tomato Chutney by Eira at Inner City Pickle.
Turnips are a few weeks away from being ready and the Parsnips look very promising, we pulled one out last week and the smell of fresh parsnip was overwhelming a little teaser of delicious tastes to come,ready in October/November.
John has sown and planted a variety of winter lettuce along with Land cress, Corn salad, Rocket and two new comers..."Tatsoi" and "Llattughirio".
Brussel Sprouts (another first for us) are looking good and will be ready for Christmas. Its hard to believe we have mentioned Christmas already but as ever John and the growing season are always many steps ahead!
The six piglets who arrived at the beginning of August are proving to be a handful, these are the naughtiest lot we have ever had, escaping at every opportunity causing mayhem nearly as far as Creigiau village! Amusing at first but after an hour and a half the poor Caesars staff chasing them were beginning to lose their sense of humour, eventually all were returned safely and after extensive re-fencing we hope we have finally put an end to their adventures. A big "thank you" to all involved in rounding them up!!!
More massive "Thank You's" to all who joined us for our annual event at Caesar's Arms Restaurant Sunday 25th August, we raised over £5,000 for our nominated charity Diabetes UK Cymru.
The theme for the evening was Caribbean Night and everyone who partied with us came dressed for the occasion, on arrival they were greeted with Champagne, Pina Coladas and the deceivingly delicious Rum Punch. The steel band "Duo-Flex" were excellent getting everyone into the party mood followed by a superb BBQ and authentic curries. Again our fab staff at Caesar's who worked that evening surpassed themselves they really are an amazing bunch.
Finally just to let you know we are organising a Halloween week during October half term at the farm shop, including competitions and raffle, we shall let you know more details a bit nearer the time.