Damsons in Syrup & Damson Jam

Okay – so we like damsons, which is fortunate given the amount we have here. Suz has again been boiling up various concoctions in the kitchen and out popped more Damson-ey goodness in the form of these beauties. Damson’s in syrup with vanilla icecream, can’t wait!!

Damson Gin

Having been given some offcut Damson branches laiden with damsons in exchange for some eggs, I decided to make a little something to help combat the coming winter nights…damson gin.

Really easy this one:

  1. Wash and stone 500g of damsons.
  2. Add to a washed kilner jar or similar.
  3. Add the equivalent amount of sugar.
  4. Top up with 1 litre of gin.
  5. Shake vigorously until all the ingredients are mixed together.
  6. Repeat 5) every few days for three months.
  7. Decant liquid into a new bottle and drink, small amounts at a time.
  8. Use the fruit pulp in an amazing damson pie, or a very drunk trifle 🙂

Onions Finished

Just a quick post to show the finished onions, shallots and garlic all strung up or bagged up. We’ve enough onions to sell some out front, to help pay for next year’s seed and sets.

Potato Sorting

Having left them for a day drying out, the next task was to bring all the spuds up to the garage to sort through and bag. None were so badly blight-struck that we had to bin them, so a bag of mixed tattys was made up to eat now or give away, and the rest were bagged up separately for storage into hessian sacks 🙂

In the background you can see the onions, shallots and garlic, far back right are the Desiree, middle right are Valour, front right are Edzel Blue and front left are Anya, named after Lord Sainsbury’s wife…but apparently the spuds ain’t  bad 😉

Merrybower Growers II

Finally we have proper chalk boards…nothing much to write home about, but it does seem to bring the sunshine out when you see them 🙂

Merrybower Growers

A tongue-in-cheek title for our communal produce stall outside No2 Merrybower Cottages – nothing like the size of the old and ancient grower families around the Melbourne area in South Derbyshire, but a start nonetheless. A glut of produce means we have spare to sell, two thirds the price of Asda up the road means we have a fair chance of selling it to any local who walks past, with the added bonus that no chemical were used in the making of these beauties. Newly-painted chalkboards are drying as this is typed up.