Short and sweet this week as the Summerdown Farm is busy busy busy!
It’s amazing how the weather can change so quickly in a fortnight.
Last time we wrote we were in the middle of that hot and balmy weather which was doing brilliant things for our crops. Since then Farm Manager Ian has kept smiling despite gloomy skies and rain and though not exactly in full swing, harvest has begun.
Here are a couple of pictures of the organic lavender on the farm being harvested and distilled.
We’ve also started combining the oil seed rape but had to stop after half a day due to rain. The small combine is cutting Oil seed rape trials so that the seed can be tested.
We’re all set to start harvesting and distilling our Black Mitcham mint next week –fingers crossed and lots of sun dances please! The mint’s looking good but will be even better with some lovely sunshine to generate more oil. We’ve got two brilliant photographers visiting to capture the harvest of mint on the farm and the Summerdown collection – we can’t wait to share the shots with you.
So as it stands we’re about seven days behind harvest schedule now. But as the ever-positive Ian says, the Great British weather, you’ve just got to work with it!
And finally….we have got some very exciting visitors to the farm next week….all hush hush for the time being but we hope to be able to share more soon…watch this space….