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latest news update Saturday 4th July

We are glad to say that all of our crops have survived the storms we had last night,
and with the recent warm weather all crops are ripening up nicely.

We have available for picking this weekend plenty of red and black currants, green and red
gooseberries, a reasonable crop of strawberries and the first few raspberries are ready, with the main crop
ready in a few days. The blackberries are just starting to turn and should be ready by the
middle of next week.

news update

We are now open ( tuesday 30th June at 10.00 ) and hope to be able
to stay open with most fruits ripening well.

We have available for picking at the moment red and black currants, green gooseberries
and the first few red gooseberries and a limited amount of strawberries.

With this hot weather we hope to have the first few of our raspberries ready by the weekend.

CLOSED SUNDAY 28TH JUNE

Thank you for your interest in our fruit farm news.
We have had a huge number of customers today, Saturday 27th June,
and all our ripe available strawberries have been picked. We have
therefore had to take the decision to not open tomorrow Sunday 28th June.

We hope to be open on Tuesday 30th June when we expect to have available plenty of gooseberries,
redcurrants, the first few black currants and a limited amount of strawberries.
The prospect for ripe fruit for the coming weekend are excellent, particularly
as the weather forecast is so good.

Please remember to either telephone the answer phone on 01727 831224 or check the
internet before coming to save having a wasted journey.

More news soon

OPEN SATURDAY, 27TH JUNE

At long last we have had some warm weather to help ripen our fruit.
We shall open Saturday 27th June at 9.00 a.m.
We currently have available for picking a reasonable crop of strawberries, an excellent crop of green gooseberries and redcurrants.
The red gooseberries will be ripe by next weekend and shortly after the raspberries and blackberries (especially if we have the heatwave
they are forecasting)

We look forward to you coming to visit our small family pick your own fruit farm.

We do suggest that you always either telephone our answer machine or check the internet before coming.

Thank you.

DATE CHANGES

Unfortunately we will now stay closed until next SATURDAY 27TH JUNE. We are sorry if this causes any inconvenience but the strawberries are just not ripe enough for picking. We will also have green gooseberries and red currants available for picking. The red gooseberries will be ready in about a week and the raspberries and blackberries in about two weeks (depending on the weather).

NOTICE.The farm will be closed ALL DAY Sunday 21st June

We will as promised be opening the fruit farm for strawberry picking on Saturday 20th June at 9.00a.m. However our supplies are very limited as we await more warm weather to help bring on the main crops,

We will close on Saturday at 14.00 hours and will be closed on Sunday all day, We will reopen hopefully on Tuesday, but please check the web site on Monday.

OPENING DATE FOR OUR PYO SEASON

We seem to have seen at last some sunny days which has materially helped bring on the ripening of the fruit.

We will be opening our farm for the first time this season on SATURDAY 20th JUNE AT 9.00 A.M. UNTIL 6.00 P.M. when we hope to have available our first ripe strawberries and gooseberries (green).

Our remaining fruits, raspberries, blackberries, red and black currants will hopefully follow on shortly in the following couple of weeks.

thank you for your interest and we look forward to seeing you at our farm

opening of fruit farm for 2015 season

1st June, 2015

Welcome to the first of our updates to the coming fruit season. May has been generally cold wet and windy with lower temperatures than we would normally expect. As a result although the strawberries are growing well we do not expect to open until the third weekend in June. We hope to have our first crop of strawberries and possibly green gooseberries. Raspberries and cane fruits will be a week or so later.

Next update 7th June.

Our Currants

Red Currants

Nutritionally, redcurrants are high in Vitamin C. They also contain fibre, Vitamin B, iron, potassium and phosphorus, and are good for the immune system. The antiseptic properties of redcurrant jelly make it an effective treatment for minor burns – after cooling the affected area with cold water.

Choose red currants which have an even, rich colour and plump form. Remove the fruit from the plant by snapping the stalk at the top of the stem, rather than picking individual berries.

 

Blackcurrants

Latest research has discovered that the blackcurrant outshines the rest when it comes to health boosting benefits. They have a very high content in antioxidants and vitamins. In particular, they’re very rich in Vitamin C (and for this reason they were farmed on a massive scale in the UK during World War II). Blackcurrants also contain several rare nutrients, like GLA ( Gamma Linoleic Acid, a very rare Omega-6 essential fatty acid) and MAOI (Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors), and are therefore be used in therapies against depression.

  

Our Gooseberries

We grow two gooseberry varieties at Hawkswick – one with the traditional thorns, and one without. Traditional green gooseberries come from the heavy cropping, sweet tasting Invicta. In addition we have the dark red dessert flavoured Pax.

Both varieties are difficult to find in the shops and are wonderful in pies, especially good when made into a compote or, better still, a fool.

Gooseberries are very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. They are also a good source of Vitamin A, Potassium and Manganese, and a very good source of Dietary Fibre and Vitamin C.

Gooseberries have a tough skin and are easy to pick by lifting up tip of a branch with one hand and picking off the hanging ripe fruits with the other hand.

Our Blackberries

Blackberries are a good source of antioxidants, which have been shown to help prevent cancer and reduce the signs of aging. Blackberries are also low-fat, saturated fat-free, sodium-free, cholesterol-free, high in fibre, high in vitamin C and a good source of folate.

There are two types of blackberry to know about: thorny and thornless! We do both at Hawkswick. Obviously, the thornless are easier to pick, but some people claim the thorny varieties are sweeter. With the thorny plants, you want to reach into the plant in the gaps, so you don’t need to touch anything but the berry you’re after, avoiding the thorns.

A ripe blackberry is deep black with a plump, full feel. It will pull free from the plant with only a slight tug. If the berry is red or purple, it’s not ripe yet. Reach in between the stems to grab for hidden berries ready for harvest. Bend down and look up into the plant and you’ll find loads of berries that other people missed!

When picking blackberries, remember the dark purple juices will not only stain your hands but also your clothes. In olden days blackberry juice was used as a dye!

Our varieties, which will start to ripen by the end of June, are:

 

Our Raspberries

There has been a major and successful breeding programme over the last 15 years resulting in a huge increase in the size and taste of our raspberries.  In particular we hope you will enjoy the major expansion of Cascade Delight now grown.  The berries are very large – we hope you enjoy them!

Raspberries are a very healthy food; they are high Vitamin C and naturally have no fat, cholesterol or sodium. They are also a good source of iron and folate (which is used especially in treatment of low red blood cells or anaemia). They contain a natural substance called ellagic acid, which is an anti-carcinogenic (cancer-preventing) compound. Raspberries have been shown to lower high blood cholesterol levels and slow the release of carbohydrates into the blood stream of diabetics. Raspberries are also high in fibre, potassium, vitamin A and calcium.

The three varieties we are growing at Hawkswick this season are:

Our Strawberries

 

This season we are growing four different varieties of strawberry which enables us to provide strawberries throughout the season, right through until the middle of August – weather permitting, of course! The plants are grown on raised beds for easy picking.

Strawberries are fat-free, saturated fat-free, sodium-free, cholesterol-free and are a good source of fibre, potassium, vitamin C and folic acid. Strawberries top the list of fruits high in antioxidants, which are important for disease prevention.

Strawberries should be picked with the stem attached. This helps the fruit to stay fresh longer.

Our varieties this summer are:

Fresh Blackcurrant Lollies

These mouth-tingling purple lollies explode with taste. A great way to keep healthy and cool!

Makes: 14 50ml lollies

200g blackcurrants
100g caster sugar
Grated zest and juice of 1 unwaxed lemon Water

Place the blackcurrants, sugar, lemon zest and juice in a pan with 75ml water.
Heat gently, stirring until the sugar dissolves, then bring to the boil.
Simmer gently for 5 minutes then allow to cool.
Purée the mixture with a hand-held electric blender until smooth (or tip into a blender to liquidise).
Stir in 300ml chilled water.
Tip the mixture into a jug then pour into lolly moulds and freeze for at least 4 hours, until solid.

End of 2014 Season

The fruit season has now finished for us this year and we would like to thank all who have visited the farm to enjoy the excellent picking weather.

We look forward to seeing you again next year.