Growing Newsome Seed Swap & Huddersfield Potato Day – Saturday 3rd March 2018

Seed Swap and Potato Day
Get your growing year off to a great start with our bumper early Spring event…

Seed Swap and Potato Day

Saturday 3rd March 2018
10am to 1pm

Newsome Scout Hall
Newsome Road South
Huddersfield HD4 6JJ

Pink Fir Apple, British Queen and Sarpo Blue Danube


Huddersfield Potato Day

Choose from 30 different types of seed potato, including popular easy-to-grow varieties and some more unusual types. All seed potatoes are £2 per dozen (pick and mix) or 20p each. Our 2018 varieties are:

1st Earlies:
Casablanca (organic), Colleen (organic), Lady Christl, Maris Bard, Pentland Javelin, Red Duke of York, Rocket, Sharpe’s Express.

2nd Earlies:
Athlete, British Queen, Charlotte (organic), Divaa, Jazzy, Kestrel, Maris Peer (organic), Nicola (organic), Sarpo Una.

Mains:
Ambo (organic), Apache, Cara (organic), Desiree (organic), Highland Burgundy Red (organic), International Kidney, Pink Gypsy (organic), Pink Fir Apple, Rooster, Salad Blue (organic), Sarpo Kifli, Sarpo Mira (organic), Shetland Black.

Potato picker 2018 – descriptions of all our varieties (PDF)

Our top 5 potato picks


seeds and seedlings


Seed Swap

Seeds galore – We’ll also have vegetable and salad seeds, sprouted garlic, onion sets and shallots on offer. You can either swap, or pick up some seeds in exchange for a small donation. Try our seed starter packs – ideal for growing in small spaces.

Activities – Seed planting and crafts for kids.

Local food – Jam, pickles etc. made from fruit and veg grown in Newsome.

Books – Reading Circle book stall with all sorts of books.

Refreshments – Tea, coffee and home made cakes available all day.

Help with growing – Please ask for advice.

Plant pot & jam jar amnesty – Bring along your spare small plant pots or small jam jars (1Ib or less).



potato day food and activities
Join us for lunch

served 12 noon to 1pm 

Enjoy a warming cooked lunch, featuring some local ingredients.

Free admission. All welcome. And please tell all your friends!

Seed Swap 2018 leaflet (pdf)

Huddersfield Potato Day leaflet (pdf)


WYOGOrganised by Growing Newsome

Our special thanks to the
West Yorkshire Organic Group
for supporting our Potato Day.


Want to help?

We’re looking for volunteers to help out with our events and activities. Contact us at growingnewsome@gmail.com to find out more, or ask on the day.


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Potato Day 2018 – order your seed potatoes in advance

baskets of seed potatoesOur annual Huddersfield Potato Day is always popular. If you want to make sure you get the best pick of the potatoes, you can order from us in advance.

The idea of our annual Potato Day is that you can choose from around 30 different varieties of seed potato. This means you can just get what you need, instead of having to buy a whole bag of the same variety. It’s ideal for anyone with a small garden or containers, or if you just want to try something new.

It’s not always possible for us to get all the varieties that we’re asked for, but we do our best to get your favourites (based on what you order in advance and what was popular at our last Potato Day).


Our 2018 varieties are likely to include:

1st Earlies: Casablanca (organic), Colleen (organic), Lady Christl, Pentland Javelin, Red Duke of York, Rocket, Sharpe’s Express, Winston.

2nd Earlies: British Queen, Charlotte (organic), Divaa, Jazzy, Kestrel, Maris Peer (organic), Nicola (organic), Sarpo Una.

Mains: Ambo (organic), Apache, Cara (organic), Desiree (organic), Highland Burgundy Red (organic), International Kidney, Pink Gypsy (organic), Pink Fir Apple, Rooster, Salad Blue (organic), Sarpo Kifli, Sarpo Mira (organic), Shetland Black.

You can find descriptions of many of these varieties in our 2017 potato guide (PDF)

Our full 2018 guide will be available nearer the time.


Sorry, our advance orders are closed now – but you can still choose from 30 different varieties at our Potato Day on 3rd March 2018.

 

 

 

 

Growing Newsome’s 2017 homegrown preserves for sale

Jam gift boxes
We have a selection of preserves available now, all freshly made this Summer and Autumn from fruit and vegetables grown in the Newsome area…



gift boxes and bagsChristmas gift boxes – £5 each

We’re offering our popular gift boxes again this year. Each box contains two 8oz jars of homegrown preserves – you can choose the contents from our selection of jams, jellies and pickles. Look out for more Autumn preserves as we make them.

They are boxed with a pretty fabric ribbon and tag (designs may vary).

Choose any two jars:

  • Jam – Plum, Plum and Apple*, Blackberry and Apple, Tayberry and Lime, Blackcurrant, Strawberry, Rhubarb and Ginger, Courgette and Ginger,
    Rich Summer Fruit*.
  • Jelly – Redcurrant*, Blackcurrant, Bramble.
  • Other preserves – Sweet Pickled Beetroot, Rhubarb and Ginger sauce
    (with pear and orange).

*low stock

recyclable

Easy to recycle or reuse

Our gift boxes are fully recyclable. The box, tag, labels and stickers are made of paper and card. Our ribbons are fabric, which can be composted or reused.

Glass jars can be taken to bottle banks or recycling centres – or you’re welcome to return the jars to us at any Growing Newsome event.



Christmas gift bags – £7 each

Our gift bags contain two 1lb jars of some of our most popular preserves. Choose any two of: Blackberry and Apple Jam, Plum Jam*, Blackcurrant Jelly, Rhubarb and Ginger Jam, Orange Marmalade. The sturdy paper bags have windows, a pretty fabric ribbon, a Christmas tag and a “Handmade with love” sticker.

*low stock


Individual jars*

We also have a good selection of individual jars of preserves. Please ask for our latest information on 6oz, 12oz and 1lb jars.


*Prices

Our standard individual preserves are:
£2.40 (1Ib jar) or £2.20 (12oz jar) or £1.80 (8oz jar).

Our chutney is £2 for an 8oz jar.
Our beetroot is £2.20 for a 12oz jar.
Our quince jelly (soft set) is £1.80 for a 6oz jar.


Apart from the citrus fruits, all our fresh ingredients are homegrown, so we have limited supplies and therefore not every preserve may be available in every jar size. 


Delivery or collection

You can pick up your preserves from us in Newsome or in Huddersfield Town Centre – or we may be able to drop them off for you if you’re nearby. Please email growingnewsome@gmail.com to make an order.

or visit our stall

  • Christmas Craft Market – Saturday 25th November 2017
    10am to 2pm at Berry Brow Methodist Church, Birch Road, Berry Brow

 

Garlic bulbs available at our Autumn Gathering 2017

garlic bulbOur Autumn planting vegetables this year will include seven different varieties of French garlic, which is certified to be 99% virus free and fungus free. Pick up yours at our Autumn Gathering event on 28th October 2017.

Garlic needs a month or more in the ground at a temperature of 10C or less, and Autumn planting gives you the best chance for this.

So you can get planting yours soon – all you need to do is decide what sort to grow.

To help you choose, here are some notes from our supplier (Jennifer Birch)…

Sprint

  • A well-known, early cropper.
  • Plant in October for harvest in June.
  • Attractive purple heads.
  • A garlic with stiff stems which will naturally flower.
  • Should keep until the December following harvesting.

Arno

  • Winner of RHS Award of Gardening Merit 2004.
  • A good keeper – will store until the Spring following harvesting.
  • Produces the largest bulbs of any long dormancy type.
  • Plant between November and March for harvest late July or August.
  • A white head with pink cloves.
  • High multiplication ratio.

Cristo

  • A white garlic head with pale red cloves.
  • Consistent cropper, good size for a long dormancy type.
  • Plant before or after Christmas for harvest in July or August.
  • Winner of RHS Award of Gardening Merit 2004.

Dario

  • A newly developed variety, popular with French growers.
  • Plant in October or November for harvest in July.
  • A non-flowering variety which can be strung or plaited.

Germidour

  • Winner of RHS Award of Gardening Merit 2004.
  • Plant in October or November for harvest in June.
  • A rich purple head with ivory clove skins – very attractive.
  • A non-flowering variety which can be strung or plaited.
  • Lift as soon as mature. Should keep until December following harvesting.

Sultop

  • White head garlic with attractive red clove skins.
  • Plant before or after Christmas for a July or August harvest.
  • A really good keeper – will store until the Spring following harvesting.
  • Has hard stems which flower naturally and can be made into posies.

Thermidrome

  • A traditional variety producing large heads and cloves.
  • White head with white clove skins.
  • Plant in October or November for harvest in July.
  • A non-flowering variety which can be strung or plaited.
  • Should keep until the December following harvesting.

You can pick up your garlic bulbs at our Autumn Gathering event on 28th October 2017, 10am to 1pm at Newsome Scout Hall. We ask for £2 per whole bulb to cover our costs. This is ideal if you have a small garden or plot, as you don’t need to buy a whole pack. It’s also great if you fancy planting more than one variety and you just want one bulb of each – or if you want lots, but want to save some pennies (and avoid paying for postage).

Look out for onions, shallots, broad bean seeds and some fruit and veg plants too – all suitable for Autumn planting.

If you can’t make it to our Autumn event, we will offer any remaining stock afterwards. You can Join our email list for updates.

The nights might well be drawing in, but there’s still lots to get growing.

Autumn Gathering – Saturday 28th October 2017

Growing Newsome preserves

Love local food? There’s lots for you to enjoy at this event…

Autumn Gathering

Saturday 28th October 2017
10am to 1pm

Newsome Scout Hall
Newsome Road South
Huddersfield HD4 6JJ

redcurrant jam
Lots of preserves and other goodies made from fruit, vegetables and herbs grown in Newsome.

Kids crafts – get creative in our craft corner using natural materials to make a collage or creature.

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

Recipes and tasters – find out what you can make.

Produce share – please bring along any surplus fruit or vegetables that you’d like to share.

Tea, coffee and home made cakes available.

Information about local volunteering, events and activities.

Jam jar amnesty – clean, small jam jars (1 Ib or less) are welcome.


Garlic bulbs for plantinggarlic

Autumn Planting:

Autumn planting vegetables for you to take home – including a great selection of garlic bulbs, onions, shallots, seeds, overwintering leaf crops and some fruit cuttings. We’ll also be taking advance orders for our 2018 seed potatoes.


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 served with a selection of fresh breads, followed by a hot Autumn pudding made with local fruit.



hedgehogHow you can help:

  • Display a poster:
    Autumn Gathering poster (PDF)
  • Bring something for the cake stall.
  • Bring along the rest of the family or bring a friend.
  • Please get in touch if you’d like to come along and help out on the day.

Organised by Growing Newsome


 

Stirley Farm Food Festival – 30th September 2017

Stirley Food Festival

Stirley Farm Food Festival
Saturday 30th September 2017
11am to 9pm

Join us for this very popular annual food festival. It’s a day of food, fun and celebration on our local wildlife-friendly farm.

There will be games, crafts, stalls and more to keep all the family entertained. Come see how the farm is developing and taste some delicious home grown food.

You can pick up some locally grown goodies from the Growing Newsome stall, including jams and other preserves made from fruit and vegetables grown in Newsome and donated by local volunteers and friends.

 

Stalls and activities on the day include:

jam stall

  • Local food and crafts
  • Beer and cider tent
  • Cocktails and live music
  • Stalls from local producers
  • Veg from the farm
  • Cookery demonstrations
  • Crafts local to the area
  • Kids tent with fun activities for children
  • Music and beer until 9pm

The festival is a drop in event and admission is free. There are charges for some activities and for food and drink.

Stirley Food Festival 2017 poster (PDF)

Cows in a field on a sunny day

Venue location

Stirley Community Farm
off Hall Bower Lane
Berry Brow
Huddersfield
HD4 6RP

Grid reference
SE147136


Organised by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust


 

Natural Kirklees Charity Fete – 13th August 2017

Greenhead Park

Natural Kirklees Charity Fete

Sunday 13th August 2017

From 1pm to 4pm

Venue: Greenhead Park, Huddersfield

Park information
Map & directions


Join us in the park this Sunday for local food & family fun

Natural Kirklees, Friends of Greenhead Park and the Parks and Greenspaces Team at Kirklees Council are hosting a special Charity Fete for groups who are involved in parks and green spaces in Kirklees. The Fete is a great opportunity to meet local environmental groups and there are lots of fun activities to try, both in the event marquee and around the park.

Join us in Greenhead Park on Sunday 13th August for family fun games and activities including mindful movement workshops, making fruit kebabs and drinks, a duck salad bar, nordic walking, pond dipping, forest school fun, origami, raffles, crafty activities and a chance to try out different mountain bikes. You can also purchase seasonal fruit, herbs and vegetables. There will be music from Hade Edge Band and the Ukulele Band. The Friends of Greenhead Park will be serving tea and cakes in the marquee.

jam stall

Growing Newsome will be there with plenty of home made treats, made from fruit and vegetables that have been grown in Newsome and donated by our generous volunteers and friends. Please come and visit us in the marquee on the event field near the top of the park (just across from the miniature train tracks). Our stall is open from 1pm to 4pm.

At 2pm Enjoy the sound of brass in the great outdoors with Hade Edge Band. They will be performing on the Greenhead Park bandstand as part of a programme of concerts organised by the Friends of Greenhead Park. Limited seating is available and you are welcome to bring your own folding chairs or rugs.  Free – there will be a collection in aid of the Friends of Greenhead Park.

At 1.30pm, 2.30pm & 3.30pm Take part in Nordic Walking or Pond Dipping in the park. You can register at the information stall.

We hope to see you there.

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