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Looking ahead to the new growing season

January 20th, 2011

At Dovecote Farm we’ve been growing asparagus for many years.  The “official” season for English asparagus runs from 24th April to 21st June, although we can never guarantee this thanks to our variable British climate.  All the asparagus on the farm is hand cut by our staff and goes on sale in our farm shop on the same day.  You couldn’t get fresher produce than that!Red currants growing at Dovecote Farm

Usually, the strawberry season starts in late May and we now grow all our strawberries on tressle “table tops” for ease of picking.  We use several different varieties of strawberry to give as long a picking season as possible.  The rest of our soft fruit crops – gooseberries, raspberries, red currants, black currants and blackberries all follow during June, July and August.

We’re looking you informed about the availability of our soft fruits during season, so be sure to check our blog regularly.  And don’t forget, you can also visit the Dovecote Buttery for a cup of tea or a full lunch.  Here’s hoping for some fine summer weather in 2011 !