• Rosehip picking

    When we lived in London, we still picked quite a lot in the wild. If you haven’t lived there, it’s easy to think that there isn’t much green space, but in fact there are some pretty big and wild ones. Among others Walthamstow and Hackney Marshes, where we spent a lot of time on bicycle and on foot picking blackberries, rosehips, sloeberries, elderflower and more. A couple of days ago we picked rosehips by the coast just south of Falkenberg and it was a completely different experience with salty autumn winds and a lot of sand. But just as fun and satisfying. We’ve made whole rosehip powder (extra nutritious and…

  • Recipes and ideas

    Now we are halfway through our first year of growing here in Falkenberg. We’ve tried to keep to a broad selection with the goal of having a mix of roots, leaves, pulses, brassicas and herbs for as much of the season as possible. During the summer we have lived almost entirely on our vegetables as well as dairy products and eggs from Skrea Ost down the road. Some of the vegetables we’ve sold to customers have come with a string of questions. We realise that we grow some things that are less commonly found in the supermarkets and may be harder to find inspiration and recipes for. We’ve therefore added…

  • Pesto from carrot tops

    Here’s an improvised pesto that we made today when we proudly picked our first small carrots for the season. First, we munched our way through the wonderfully sweet and aromatic roots. Next, we took the tops and added these other ingredients to the food processor: A bunch of carrot tops A small handful of hazelnuts (roasted if you have time) A small clove of garlic (optional) About 1-2 cm preserved lemon peel and “liquid salt” from the lemons to taste (can use ordinary lemon juice or grated rind and a little salt) A piece of Parmesan cheese (can be excluded for vegan option) Some olive oil A splash of water…

  • Weather challenges

    It’s been an unusual spring with hot summer days in April followed by hail and snow. We’ve covered the frost-tender plants, but most have received some degree of hail damage. Their still just as tasty, but storage times are shorter and they’re more vulnerable to pests and disease in the ground. We’ve therefore harvested large amounts of spinach, salad leaves and radishes lately. We eat lots of fresh spinach and have frozen some. Friends and family have helped us get through the mounds of fresh salad. Early spring radishes are very popular with us, but there’s still a limit to how many can be eaten. So we’ve pickled some too…

  • Apple picking

    We have lived here for a couple of weeks and have struggled to resist the temptation to explore our new outdoor space instead of unpacking boxes. There are several old apple trees, some pear trees and a damson tree. Over time we hope to plant more fruit trees, but first of all we want to take care of those already here. And the wonderful apples that are waiting to be picked. Many are already on the ground and we feel an urgency to pick them. No wonder each box unpacked has quickly been re-occupied. And then a bit of a rush getting hold of some juicing equipment…