Category Archives: Springdale Produce

Marmalade Season 2019

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Delicious new season Seville Oranges have been transformed into Springdale Produce’s tangy, fruity marmalade.  We have been selling it at Usk Farmer’s Market, which takes place every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month.

 

 

All our labels are newly designed with the the Springdale logo, our lovely Magnolia tree, and Wye Valley Jam with the variety named below.  Available to buy from us, or at Leaf Creative, Huntley Garden Centre, Huntley, GL19 3EX or from The Pantry, St Briavels, GL15 6TA

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Springdale Success at Usk Show 2018

Our entries into the Usk Show this year were very successful

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Clip from Monmouthshire Beacon

Here’s a selection of our Prize Winning Jams and Cakes

Bara Brith

Polytunnel

July 2018

Lettuce, tomatoes, chillis and peppers being grown in here at the moment

Tomatoes are just starting to ripen

Variety – Sweet Aperitif

Freshly picked

Lettuce, tomatoes, Jalapeño chillis

Courgettes from the fields

August 2018

Update on the polytunnel

Left side

Right side

Tomatoes

Rosette Apple

The Rosette Apple – A beautiful early season apple

Rosette is a bright red early season apple, with an amazing rosette-like pattern of marbled pink or red flesh that is revealed when you cut the apple open!

The flesh does not brown (oxidise) that quickly either so it can be used to add an interesting colour to savoury or fruit salads. It was a good choice of apple tree and although only in its third year has a good crop in 2018.

Loganberries

Planted last year, 2017, this is the first year (2018) for picking our loganberries.

They look like raspberries but the fruit is a little longer and firmer. The loganberry is a raspberry x blackberry hybrid with quite a tart flavour which is ideal for cooking or jam.

The fruit is a sharper than a raspberry but makes delicious jam which sets in minutes.

A jug full of loganberries can be turned into three of these lovely jars of jam!

French Beans

French bean seeds were planted towards the end of May, and potted on, planting into well manured ground on 8th June 2018,  In 6 weeks these were ready to start picking.

Three varieties of French Beans are ready for picking.

Purple Queen at the top, Saxa on the right, and Kinghorn Wax on the left.

Saxa variety – 10lbs picked so far (21.7.18), 5lbs now blanched and frozen, the rest have been eaten! The Dwarf French bean ‘Saxa’ (Phaseolus vulgaris) is a strong variety that seems to give a good crop and can be harvested early.  The Kinghorn Wax (Phaseolus vulgaris) is also an early to late, stringless, dwarf French bean, but a lovely yellow in colour. 2lbs of these so far (21.7.18).  The Purple Queen, dark purple in colour, turns green on boiling.  However this seems to be a later variety and the pods are still developing.

Blackcurrants

The weather this summer, 2018 has been so hot. Our crop of blackcurrants has been good but the older blackcurrant bushes have produced currants of a much smaller size. All of the bushes have been grown from cuttings from our bush in Eaglesham, Scotland where we previously lived.

6lbs of blackcurrants picked

Springdale Blackcurrant Jam

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Broad Beans

Broad beans were planted late this year, April 16th 2018.  The ground was very wet.

Aqua dulce is the variety.

A lot of slug pellets were needed around the emerging plants.  Also to try and keep the black fly off they were covered in fleece.

Date of photo of beans covered in fleece.- 28th May 2018 – Hoops and garden canes were used to hold the fleece above the plants and pegged down along the edges.

Broad beans ready for picking and podding

July 14th 2018

Ready for the pot! And some to be blanched and frozen. 10lbs in total of podded beans.

Monmouth Show 2018

Saturday 7th July 2018

Success at the Monmouth Show!

Scroll down for the shortbread wars!

Overall home baking – The Sterrett Perpetual Challenge Cup won by Deb!

The Ken Brown Challenge Cup for Savoury Muffins won by Sheila!

With the President of the Monmouth Show 2018

Receiving cups

Certificates

Sheila – Three 1st Prizes – For Raspberry Jam, Apricot (stoned fruit) and Savoury Muffins and Ken Brown Cup for Savoury Muffins, 2nd Prize for Shortbread

Deb – Five 1st Prizes – Bara Brith, Six Pieces of Tray Bake, Round of Shortbread, Damson Chutney and Six Strawberry tarts, Two Second Prizes for Welsh cakes and a loaf of bread, and one Third Prize – strawberry jam

Six Pieces of Tray Bake

Damson Chutney

Six Strawberry Tarts

Sheila’s Savoury Muffins

Winning entries

Round of Shortbread

Six Pieces of a Tray Bake

Damson Chutney

First Prizes for Sheila’s Raspberry and Apricot Jam

Deb’s Strawberry Tarts

Deb’s Loaf of Bread – White Bloomer

Sheila’s Raspberry Jam

Deb’s Damson Chutney

Deb’s 2nd Prize Welsh Cakes

Deb’s First Prize Bara Brith

The Shortbread Wars!!!!!

First and Second!!!!!

Third for Strawberry Jam

The Sterrett’s Cup won for the most points overall 

The Ken Brown Challenge Cup won by Sheila for the best savoury muffins