September 2019

KIRTON AND FALKENHAM GARDENERS CLUB
October meeting – Hodmedods British Pulses – Josiah Meldrum
Thurs. 10th. October - 7.30pm Village Hall

September meeting - Suffolk Farmhouse Cheeses, Jason Salisbury
Jason’s milk is pasteurised on farm then carefully hand made by wife Katharine into cheese using recipes tried and tested over many years. The farm produces three main cheeses, Suffolk Gold a creamy semi hard farmhouse cheese, Suffolk Blue a creamy lightly blue veined cheese and Suffolk Brie a creamy and full flavoured cheese. All cheeses are made from pasteurised milk and with vegetarian rennet. The cheeses are available at various local, regional and national outlets including farmers markets, farm shops and delicatessens. They also sell direct from farm The milk is produced from the small herd of 60 Guernsey and Jersey cows at the state of the art voluntary milking system , yes, the cows milk themselves!! Suffolk Farmhouse Cheeses is a family run business established in 2004 by Jason and his wife, Jason has over 20 years experience in the dairy industry and wife Katharine is a qualified vet. Jason’s brilliant talk covered his life from leaving school at 15 and how he achieved his life’s ambition through sheer hard work and personality. All the farm’s products are available at the shop at Whitegate Farm , Creeting St. Mary, opening hours Thurs. 10-3, Friday 4-6 and Sat 3-5. Around 50 members enjoyed the first talk of the season and were able to sample and purchase the milk and cheeses. A great evening.

Summer outing
The weather was kind to us for our September summer outing visit to RHS Wisley which included the annual summer flower show. Overnight rain had cleared by the time of our 10.30 arrival and we had warm sunshine and gentle breezes , ideal for wandering the acres of gardens, lakes’ and glass houses for which Wisley is famed. There was also the summer flower show with those amazing flower heads, the standard of dahlias, chrysanths and glads was outstanding, and many trade stands spread throughout the whole area. Not a place for the faint hearted but there are a variety of refreshment facilities to cater for all tastes. There was also a saxophone quartet providing gentle music amongst the lawns. Outstanding for me were some amazing orchids in the famous glass house. In other words something for everyone and 55 members and friends arrived back at the Green at 7.15 with their precious purchases. Our thanks to secretary Jenny for making it all possible.

October meeting
Hodmedods British Pulses - Josiah Meldrum. Hodmedods is a small , growing, independent business, formed in 2012 sourcing and supplying beans from British farms All pulses and grains are British grown. They supply retailers and caterers of all sizes from their base in Beccles. Tickets will be on sale for our Christmas party and don’t forget to bring any produce for the stall. So come along, Thurs. 10th. October , 7.30pm Village Hall.

Christmas party
Our Christmas party is on Thurs. 12th. December, 7.30pm in the Church Hall. Our guest speaker will be Nick Bailey from BBC TV’s Gardeners World who will be talking on ‘The Make Do & Mend Gardener.’ Tickets will be on sale at the October meeting, priced at £5 members and £10 guests. We will have the usual buffet, mulled wine and soft drinks plus our grand Christmas draw. We expect a full house to hear Nick so make sure of your tickets at the Oct. meeting.
Produce stall - I hope to be running a produce stall at our Oct and Nov meetings so if you have any surplus items bring them along , any moneys raised will go to club funds. I will have butter nut squash available this autumn so let me know if of interest, I can deliver!

Roger Salter
Sad to report that Roger died recently after a long illness. He was a founder member of the club and offered his help in the early days which was invaluable as the committee had little experience in running a gardeners club. He is sadly missed.

Tales from the Allotments
So it is October and we are into the Autumn and it is not long , the 27th. before the clocks go back and on a dull day it will be dark by teatime, not a happy thought if you are an outside person. Unfortunately I am old enough to remember the days when we had the so called double summer time and daytime extended to near midnight. I am not sure whether the two hour change came in one go or if it was first one hour then two but the main object was to give short handed farmers the help to bring the harvest in. All the family would work in the fields and I can remember more than one occasion when primary school holidays were extended so children could help with the harvest. Of course no TV or smart phones to distract in those days! So on the 27th. it’s back to GMT. Anyhow back on the plots it has been a strange summer , raspberry and strawberry crops were cut short because of drought, but butternut squash have produced record crops. If you fancy them let me know! Root crops are surprisingly good especially carrots but my bramley apples have fallen early, are rock hard and have no moisture. So it is down hill all the way to Christmas, Tesco’s had Christmas goods on some shelves late August but Notcutts went one better with advent calenders !! So it is the time of the year when there is a lot of tidying up to do, strawberry bed to prune, raspberry canes and asparagus to cut back .Black and red currants have been pruned but gooseberries best done in November.

Roy Matllett