Open Farm Sunday – Virtual tour
This year Open Farm Sunday is virtual but there is still a great opportunity to see what is happening on the farm at Tiptree via the video which coincides with British Food Fortnight. It had been hoped that Open Farm Sunday postponed from June would take place later in the year but this will not be possible.
Strawberry picking which started in May will continue through to early October, depending on the weather, and the fresh fruit can be found in Sainsbury’s, local shops and the Tiptree Jam Shop. The last of the stone fruit, the traditional damson were picked at the beginning of September and these will be used in Damson Conserves and English Damson Gin Liqueur.
The video is a chance to see a variety of seasonal fruit across the farm and there may even be a glimpse of the last fruit to be picked: the medlar, an ancient fruit popular in Victoria times when the fruit was picked, stored in bran and served as a sweetmeat at Christmas. At Tiptree we usually pick the medlars after the first frost so that they will softer (“bletted”) before they are cooked and made into a crimson coloured jelly that is served with meat.