Autumn Gathering – 22nd October 2011

Join us for a day of events to celebrate & share local food

Saturday 22nd October

Autumn Fair
10am to 1pm at
Newsome Scout Hall
Newsome Road South

Pumpkin carving with the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust – free pumpkins for the first 30 participants. Pumpkins kindly supplied by Morrison’s as part of their Let’s Grow scheme.

Jam, chutney & cakes on sale – made in Newsome from local produce.

Family activities with Newsome Out To Play – Help to make a scarecrow or try your hand at Vegetable Skittles.

Reading Circle book stall (with all sorts of books).

Recipes and produce swap – please bring along your recipes, home grown fruit and veg, or anything you’d like to share.

Spice Co-op – small bags of spices on sale.

Autumn planting vegetables for you to take home.

Plant protection materials on sale.

Tea, coffee and home made cakes available.

Plant pot and jam jar amnesty – please bring along your spare pots and jars.

Souper Soups:
served from 12 noon to 1pm

Enjoy a choice of seasonal soups for lunch at the Scout Hall, made with local vegetables and accompanied by fresh bread from the Handmade Bakery in Slaithwaite.

Stirley Farm harvesting:
1pm to 3pm

Join a guided walk from Newsome Scout Hall to the Stirley Farm veg garden, where we will harvest the ingredients to make your own delicious soup. If you have too much to carry, we can transport your pumpkins & other goodies for you.

Organised by Growing Newsome and the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.

Broad Bean Plasticine and other adventures

Thank you to everyone who supported us by visiting our stall at Berry Brow Carnival on Saturday 6th August – and to everyone who helped with getting the food and plants ready. We were determined to make a few goodies with some of our produce from the community allotment, and with the fruit that you’ve started donating for the Growing Newsome ‘jam factory’.

As usual, it was a pleasure to hear your stories about growing your own food at home, on local allotment sites and elsewhere – we really love finding out how you’re getting on. We were also delighted to have the chance to swap some of our broad beans for two big bags of plant pots, and to meet people who might like to participate in our community projects.

We even persuaded the Mayor of Kirklees, Cllr Eric Firth, and his wife Janet to try our produce, including Cherry’s new inventions, Broad Bean Pate and Potato Bread (made with veg from our community allotment).

The pate was given a slight adjustment overnight after someone who shall remain nameless (but who may be related to Cherry by marriage) unkindly dubbed it ‘Broad Bean Plasticine’. A little lemon juice and it looked much more like pate, and it still tasted great (well, we thought so anyway).

But did the Mayor like it? See if you can tell from his expression…

Our visitors also tried my tomato tart and went away bearing a jar of Newsome-grown Redcurrant and Blackcurrant jam, chosen from our little array of jars. Rachel’s Carrot and Orange Marmalade was also a big hit and (not for the first time) there was nearly a fight over the last jar of lemon curd. We admit to not growing the lemons, but maybe someday we can manage to produce a few local eggs to make it with?

What we made:

Broad Bean Pate
Tomato Tart
Broad Bean and Pea salad
Potato bread
& some lettuce

plus a selection of jams, chutney, marmalade etc.

Photos: Berry Brow Carnival 2011

Help us to find some fruit

If you’ve been wondering what we’re going to do with all those jam jars that you’ve been kindly donating, it will probably come as no surprise to you that now we’re on the hunt for some fruit.

We’re opening our ‘jam factory’ soon. It’s not really a factory of course, but we’re encouraging everyone to make jams and chutneys with locally grown fruit and vegetables – and we intend to do our bit.

We hope you’ll see us out and about at community events for the rest of the year with those jam jars filled with local produce and local enthusiasm.

But first, we’ll be needing some ingredients…

Please let us know if you have any surplus fruit that you’d be willing to share with Growing Newsome, or if you can recommend a good spot for us to go foraging. We’ll be looking for ingredients between July and October, so whenever you spot something going spare please let us know.

We want to start making better use of Newsome’s bounty, so please help us to make sure that no locally grown food goes to waste.

Please get in touch if you can help.

You can contact us using this site, or email Diane:

Stirley Farm Supper Evening

Stirley Farm Supper Evening and Celebration of Our First Harvest

Tuesday 19th July

from 7pm to 9pm

Hall Bower Chapel, 69 High Lane, Newsome, HD4 6RL

With a presentation from Rob Stoneman, Chief Executive of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, an exhibition of paintings of Stirley Farm from Hall Bower Art Club, a chance to meet the staff and find out how you can get involved and feast on a meal of Stirley Farm vegetables.

Booking is essential – catering for a maximum of 50 guests. There is no charge, but the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust will welcome donations towards the project.

To book your place telephone 01904 650440.

We regret that the chapel is not wheelchair accessible.

Sharing the fruits of our labour

Growing Newsome is all about sharing.
Thank you to everyone who has already shared something with other Growing Newsome participants. Last year you shared your plants, patience, jam jars, elbow grease, equipment, seeds, knowledge, skills and enthusiasm – by the bucketful, bagful, basketful and pocketful. And in ways that can’t be measured.

We really appreciate everything that you’re all giving to this project. We wanted to let you know that nothing ever goes to waste. If you’ve come along to one our previous events and you wonder what we do with the ‘leftovers’, here are a few examples…

We used the apples that Gwen and her son brought to our Autumn Fair to make apple cakes, apple jelly and chutney, which we sold at the Paddock Christmas Fair to raise money for our community growing projects.

We used the potatoes from last year’s Seed Swap (which were kindly donated by Information by Design) to start off our Community Allotment.

We used the marrows that Andrew and Karen brought to our Autumn Fair from their allotment to make ginger & marrow jam. Surprisingly tasty (honest). In the process, Diane learnt how to make jam (in a borrowed jam pan), ably assisted by her mother and by Rachel, our Timebanking Co-ordinator. Rachel also made the lovely curry and soup you might have tasted at the Fair.

We potted on the seedlings that you brought us last Spring – some for the next Growing Newsome event and some for planting in communal food growing spaces around Newsome after the last frost had passed.

What do you want Growing Newsome to do next?
We’re going to carry on sharing what we have – including our ideas and aspirations. If there’s something you’d like to give (or to get) this year, please let us know.

You can Contact us here.

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