The sun is shining on the South Coast and we are picking the most beautiful berries.
We’re growing a wonderful variety bred for the Queen's Jubilee year, it's called Centenary and the first berries are HUGE.
These stem, or King, berries are going in a special pack for Waitrose. We are so careful with them, we even cut them from the plant with little snippers so they arrive in store in as good a condition as they possibly can be.
Nick says the cool nights and bright days are wonderful for fruit size and firmness. I say, YUM, give them to me NOW!
We're a little bit behind our original production schedule but we should be picking strawberries in volume next week. Here's a sneak preview - the very first of our 2016 Centenary strawberries!
In the sixteen years we've been farming strawberries, Nick has always presented me with the first berry of the season. Yesterday, after a crazy morning running around like a loon, I was delighted to come back to my office and find this beauty on my desk.
Reader, I ate it. IT WAS DELICIOUS.
Yours, The Farmer's Wife.
Just when you think you're through the winter storms along comes a late one. A really late one. We called a halt to tunnel building as soon as we knew Storm Katie was on the way, but about half were already up. Nick stalked BBC weather with a heart rate rising and falling in line with the predicted wind speed.
I can tell spring is here - I 'm here trying to spruce up the farm website and I've had a lovely walk with My dog - and both of them have ended up in a boggy mess!
My blog seems to have deleted itself so I've lost all my past posts! I thought I'd saved them to a file but no, I wasn't that clever.
Then my dog got all hot and bothered out on our walk and decided he needed to cool off in the ditch.Obviously a day for tidying up!
Mind you, at least it is a beautiful day! Bring on the sunshine - Nick is counting lumens - measurements of light - and rubbing his hands together with glee . Thank goodness for that! Happy St. Davids day everyone!
The Farmer's Wife