November 12, 2013
It feels a bit like Christmas when you’re a kid – the anticipation builds up for what seems like forever, the day itself comes, is glorious, then passes in the blink of an eye; the harvest season is almost over and if you’ve been in the thick-of-it, like we at Grow Sheffield have then you’ll know what I’m talking about.
Alas, its the time of year again when we say farewell to the harvest….but not without a mighty good send-off!
Around here we call that send off ABUNDANCE WEEK and its happening from November 22nd to December 1st (a bit longer than a week in fact…). There’ll be all kinds of frolicking and frivolity to be had from artful-browsing to apple-chopping, from cider-making to ceilidh-dancing!
You can keep up-to-date with whats going on by checking our events page between now and the end of December.
October 3, 2013
See if you can spot yourself
August 14, 2013
Communities Live Interview on Sheffield Live
Listen to Daniele and Stephen waffling on about Abundance and extolling the virtues of Sheffield cherries.
July 31, 2013
Wild and Free Fruit
For anyone who’s interested in foraging their own locally growing fruit this is the map for you. This is a national map of identified public and wild fruit sources. We have just begun adding details of community garden sites in Sheffield. Hopefully the map will become a comprehensive resource for public fruit picking in Sheffield over time.
July 26, 2013
So I don’t know if you’ve noticed but there are plenty of cherries around this year. They’re often easy to spot; deep purple-red blotches on the pavement next to scattered stones; vivid red, maroon, purple and black jewels dangling gracefully among smatterings of leaf green; or a broken branch, like that tree at the corner of Mount Pleasant park, that someone overzealously clambered to reach the juicy, tempting fruits.
The majority of Sheffield’s cherries are preferred by the birds, or the jam-makers. Small, dark and slightly bitter. However, there are some real beauties on our sloping shores, that would satisfy the most sophisticated of cherried palates. Anyone walking down Attercliffe high street for the first time would never imagine the bountiful harvest awaiting them in the area’s cemetery. And what a bounty! Think of the tastiest, juciest, sweetest cherry you’ve ever eaten, then imagine picking and eating as many as your stomach can manage sat in the middle of a beautiful 100+ year old tree. Well, you dont have to keep imagining…
Lucy Lad’s Classic Cherry Cordial Recipe
500g de-stoned sour or sweet cherries
250g golden caster sugar
Place the cherries into a saucepan with the caster sugar and water, bring the ingredients to boil.
Leave the mixture to simmer for 5 minutes until the cherries have started to soften, remove from the heat and allow to cool.
Place the mixture into a blender and blend until the liquid is smooth.
Pour into sterilised jars/bottles. Refrigerate once opened.
Use within 1 month.
June 10, 2013
Check out the (relatively) new Abundance Network website for information about harvesting groups throughout the country as well as for advice on various aspects of fruit growing and harvesting and fruity recipes. Here’s some useful advice on how to look after your new fruit trees during the Springtime.
February 1, 2013
Have a look at our Harvest and Events Page to find out about Early Spring workshops and events being organised by Abundance, including fruit tree grafting workshops in February and March.