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Seasonal

  • September Seasonal Table: Apples

    We are getting reports of people having a good crop of apples in Ireland this year so we thought we'd take a closer look at what we can do with a bumper harvest of apples. Apples are delicious and they are nutritious! They are a good source of fibre and Vitamin C and are extremely rich in antioxidants, although most of the apples nutrients are found in the skin rather than in its flesh so it's wise to eat them unpeeled. Apples are a pretty versatile fruit when it comes to cooking with them and using them in the kitchen. They are good at breakfast, lunch, and teatime!
  • How to make Sauerkraut

      Cabbage drill Make sure your pot and all utensils are clean before you start. Give the cabbage head a good rinse and remove any insects or debris. Remove and discard the stump and chewy parts (inside) the cabbage head. This can be done most simply using a cabbage drill. Remove two large outer cabbage leaves for use later.   Mandolin for slicing cabbage. Before placing the cabbage into the crock for fermentation, the cabbage has to be cut up - this is best done using a cabbage slicer or mandolin. Thinly sliced pieces make it easier for the juice to be
  • What to do with late summer surplus produce

    It's the time of year when many people can have a glut of produce in the garden. You may find you have a bumper crop of beans, courgettes, carrots, cabbage, onions or kohlrabi....well we have a few ideas of what you can do with your surplus produce. Fermentation is our favourite way of dealing with a glut of food and we have some tips and recipes for you here. We also offer some alternative options for preserving food over winter. Fermentation Fermentation is (quite literally) one of the oldest tricks in the book. Put simply, it is the utilisation of naturally
  • August Seasonal Table: Blackberries

    It's that time of the year again when wild blackberries are getting ripe and can be found in abundance growing wild around Ireland. We think that wild blackberries have an amazing flavour and we have a few tips for picking the best berries and, if you can manage to refrain from eating them all as you pick them, we have some tips on how to store them or cook them up in the kitchen! Collecting Wild Blackberries If you have small children, going on a blackberry foraging adventure is a great way of getting them to eat these little beauties which are low in energy, fat and
  • How Does Your Garden Grow - Featured July Winner

    Congratulations this month go to Eve from Lowertown in Schull, Co.Cork. We love how she deals with the slug problem in a very organic and beneficial way and that her garden is a place for relaxing in whilst also providing food for her large family. Well done Eve, hope you enjoy spending your €50 voucher here at Fruit Hill Farm and that it helps with your future plans for your garden! If you'd like to  win a €50 voucher for Fruit Hill Farm and have your garden featured in the How Does Your Garden Grow section of our website CLICK HERE for full details on how to
  • Seasonal Table July - Courgettes

    Easy to grow and producing a rewarding crop, courgettes are a popular vegetable to grow.  Sow indoors from April in medium sized pots at a minimum temperature 20c. Harden the plants off slowly and plant outside after last frost at a spacing of 30cm x 30cm.  Courgettes like a sunny spot and rich soil so incorporate some compost or well rotted manure into the soil before planting.  Alternatively, you can use a NPK fertilizer such as Greenvale. Keep the soil constantly moist by watering around the plants, not over them. They need plenty of water, so sink a 15cm pot
  • June Seasonal Table: Strawberries

    The first fruit to ripen in summer - and the most popular - strawberries are everyone’s favourite. Strawberries are a  member of the rose family and aren't really a fruit or a berry but the enlarged receptacle of the flower. First cultivated in ancient Rome, strawberries are now the most popular berry fruit in the world. Planting Strawberries Strawberries are best planted in the spring or autumn. They prefer a sunny and sheltered position in fertile, free-draining soil. Improve your soil with lots of organic matter such as compost or well-rotted manure prior to
  • How does your Garden Grow - Featured June Winner

    We all absolutely loved Aileen from Antrim's entry for this months How Does your Garden Grow feature - not only is it lovely to see the change and growth in her garden over time, but we all loved her inventive way of trying to keep the rabbits away!! Congratulations Aileen - we hope you enjoy spending your €50 voucher for Fruit Hill Farm and we hope your garden continues to grow and flourish! If you'd like to  win a €50 voucher for Fruit Hill Farm and have your garden featured in the How Does Your Garden Grow section of our website CLICK HERE for full details on
  • How Does Your Garden Grow - Featured May Garden

    Muriel from Greystones in Co.Wicklow is this months featured garden. It's great to see such a variety of plants and produce growing in a small garden and it's obvious that Muriel and her family get great use and enjoyment from their garden. We hope you enjoy spending your €50 voucher for Fruit Hill Farm and that your potatoes produce a good yield! My name is Muriel, I live in Greystones.  I have a fairly small garden with one single raised bed, it is south facing but overshadowed by a high wall. Despite the lack of ideal conditions, I still manage to grow a fair
  • May Seasonal Table - Radishes

    Ravishing radishes; quick and easy to grow they are often the first spring crop.  With their delicious crunchy texture and peppery taste they are real delight after the dull months of winter. How to grow tasty radishes Sow indoors from late winter or sow directly from late spring through to early autumn. Radishes can be planted from as early as the soil can be worked. Make successive plantings of short rows every 10 to 14 days. Plant in spaces between slow-maturing vegetables (such as broccoli and brussel sprouts) or in areas that will be used later for warm-season

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