This year in the Cottage Garden we have some lovely vegetables. Last night we pulled the first batch of fresh carrots and beetroots. On the Farm many years ago the cottage was occupied by an old farmer, his wife and children. They would have had a vegetable patch on the Farm and grown many types of vegetables. These were picked then stored or used in pickles and saved for the winter months. For our guests who come and stay on the Farm we try and recreate the story of the Farmer and his family and how they used to live. Many of you often say, this is how grandmother used to make or do things and its great to remember the old ways.
For the carrots we have stored them in a dry box layered with peat. For the base we put down some newspaper, then a layer of peat, then the carrots (not touching each other) and then covered with peat again and so on. We are told that these will keep for months like this if stored in cool, dry place. The beetroot is being boiled, mixed in vinegar and stored in big old glass jars for winter salads. Can’t wait !