Trevaskis Farm
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The Big Weekend is here at last!
Edition 35 -  6/7/11

The Big Weekend is finally upon us and after months of preparation on Tracy's part, we are all just tying up the final touches before this massive foodie extravaganza takes place this weekend...read more below!

After a very changeable few days of rainy spells, then hot sunshine, then more rain...our crops are in heaven in this ideal growing weather and the fruit is dripping off the bushes and plants. We are delighted to welcome so many new faces to the farm, as Pick Your Own goes from strength to strength, with more and more families making the trip to pick fruit - what better pastime for children? A bit of picking, a walk round the farm and a look at the piglets, then an enormous cake to reward all that hard work. Bliss.

We even had a fair few pirates, fresh from their record breaking attempts in Penzance a while back, here for an afternoon of picking fruit, stocking up on the Vitamin C for those long months at sea. I searched for Johnny Depp in the strawberry tunnels, but must have just missed him...

For the full run-down on The Big Weekend including book signing with best selling author Jason Vale 'The Juicemaster'  and all our own produce ready now, read on...

 
 
An abundance of fruit ready now!
We need you in the fields today!

The last few weeks have been perfect growing weather with some much needed rain putting an end to the constant moving of irrigation around the farm, and some humidity that gave the plants an extra boost. Consequently, this is peak season for our own produce, so make some room in your freezer and make the most of these bountiful crops the way the older generations used to! Now is the ideal time to pick, blanche and freeze sugar snap peas, mange toute and shelling peas ready for the winter - a really cheap way of preparing for the winter. 

Also available for Pick Your Own at the moment are gooseberries; lots of fruit have already been picked and now is the last chance to collect these. Similarly raspberries, loganberries, tummelberries redcurrants and blackcurrants are in abundance at the moment and the chefs are busy 'Jamming', in the words of Bob Marley ready for the Big Weekend this weekend (...read more below). Also, after some hard work on the part of the farm staff, carrying around 30,000 strawberry plants into the tunnels, we will soon be able to resume 'Pick Your Own' on the strawberries (there was a bit of a lull between crops). These '60 day plants' that are cropping now have been frozen to allow us to manipulate the seasons a bit, which means that when they are defrosted, planted and pollinated, they have loads of stored energy and take almost exactly 60 days to produce the most fantastic, HUGE, strawberries. We will be picking these for sale (with lashings of Rodda's cream or one of James' meringues) at The Big Weekend.

The Market shelves are full of our own produce; courgettes - yellow, round and just the normal variety, runner beans, broad beans, marrows (the fantastically stripey 'badger - cross'), cucumbers are flooding in from the farm - we're getting some pretty whacky shapes and sizes which is, in itself, a great lesson for kids about what home- grown food really looks like. Bunched carrots are abundant, as are our own bunches of beetroot, purple sprouting, radish, globe artichoke, rhubarb, fennel, apricots, lettuce and more. We will soon be picking our Kol rabi - that weird combination of turnip and cabbage popular for use in oriental cuisine and  - my favourite - our own tomatoes will be ready for picking any minute now. Fresh off the plant, they taste like nothing else.

This really is the best time of year to visit the farm and see it at it's working best! 

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The Big Weekend is finally here!

9th / 10th July

The huge shopping marquee will arrive on Thursday, then it's full steam ahead, setting up stalls for around 40 of the finest local food and drink producers, showcasing their fantastic produce, some for the first time, to taste and buy with plenty of event special offers! The live events stage and all our event banners have been dug up and dusted down, with banners being hastily modified to represent our event sponsors, Aspects Holidays (main sponsors) as well as Winter Rule (demonstration stage sponsors) Stephens and Scown solicitors, Aussie  Marquees and St Austell brewery.

With Pirate FM entertaining the crowds on Saturday, and best selling author, of over 1.5 million books, Jason Vale the 'Juicemaster' giving a masterclass on Sunday and booksigning, not to mention our own excellent chefs, butchers, fishmongers and some special guest 'mini-chefs' from St Buryan school, the event is set to be another family foodie extravaganza!

Even better, the very popular Trevaskis hog roast will be available both days with our home-reared, rare breed pork, this year alongside our popular barbecue featuring home made sausages and south Devon beef burgers, served with a selection of our salads. Washed down with a pint of cornish ale or cider, it sounds like the perfect combination to me!

If you have children, they can be easily entertained on the bouncy slide or rodeo pig, after having their face painted. If you would like to get away from the crowds and give the children a run, the farm is open and looking beautiful, with our British Lop sows and piglets happy to be the centre of attention, as well as one South Devon cow and calf and another cow who's calf is ready to make it's entrance into the world at any moment (... not this weekend? Please?!). There are of plenty of picnic tables in the organic kitchen garden for picnics and with an absolute abundance of the finest food you could wish for available in the marquee you couldn't ask for a more indulgent lunch!

With free and plentiful parking, we have tried to ensure that this event provides a really pleasurable and informative day out for lovers of local produce or those of you looking for a really lovely day out with the family.

We look forward to seeing you there this Saturday or Sunday from 10 am! Call 01209 714009 for further details.

 
 
We look forward to seeing you all soon - Thank you!
Giles & the Trevaskis team