Sorry all this year’s Pumpkins have now sold out! Thank you to everyone who bought some. Have a spooky 2020 Halloween, and hopefully see you next year!
We have now sold out of Pumpkins for 2020
Moving toward Halloween, we have started selling our own grown Halloween pumpkins. These have been picked and are £1 each. Buy from the honesty stall. Find us at Chilcotts Farm in Bickington, Barnstaple.
Sorry, we do not offer pumpkin picking or pick your own.
It would appear we have a mouse problem in our store! After carefully picking and storing our apple crop, It would appear a little mouse family has come along and taken a bite out of nearly every apple!
Even worse, it would appear that we have had rat visitors too with big toothy bites out of some of the store squashes.
Wow! The colours of the medlar in autumn is incredible!
I have never eaten the fruit. Each year I store it, ready to eat, and never get around to it.
I am not sure if it is the fact that you have to let it get to the point of rotting before you eat it that puts me off?
However, I wait until the spring and the big flowers probably make up for what I may have missed.
I checked the walnut trees a week ago to see if the nuts were ready.
The tree still showed the green fruit intact with no signs of releasing its nut from the fruit.
I checked again yesterday, and within just one week, the tree had started to drop its fruit. The green fruit had split open, and some of the nuts were lying on the ground. Others were just about to fall.
I quickly gathered and picked all the nuts before an opportunist squirrel or mouse had the opportunity.
They are now all drying in the warmth of the utility room, to be eventually stored in our outside store, ready for eating at Christmas!
Today has probably been the first chilly morning, the temperature is beginning to turn. However, it is dry and sunny, so a chance to gather in some of the nuts.
We have a small young nut orchard with cultivated varieties. Primarily, hazel nuts, but also walnuts and sweet chestnuts.
Before Mr & Mrs Squirrel take my hazel nuts, I thought I would get in there first and pick them.
The walnuts and chestnuts aren’t quite ready yet, so will leave them for another day.
This year I have had a varying crop of apples. The Cooking apples aren’t as abundant as normal, but I have some cracking eaters.
These Fiesta apples are really tasty and soooo juicy! A real prize apple!