Its been a much quieter week this week on Plot 33, with all the hard work making sure all was spick and span for last weeks event im happy to say there wasn't much in the way of weeding to be done (as long as you ignore behind the greenhouse). So we've mainly just been watering, harvesting and cooking our produce.
The blackberry continues to be very productive so i thought id ask around for some more adventurous recipes to use them and was given one for Blackberry Siroppo a fermented blackberry syrup. It is delicious if a little scary to make, you leave the berries in a shallow dish at room temp and mash twice a day for 2-3 days how it doesn't go moldy i don't know but it does bubble away (sorry no photos but it did look pretty) then strained and boiled with sugar. to me it smells like red wine and can be made into a drink, eaten with yogurt or ice-cream
Now does anyone have a recipe idea for the mountain of courgettes???
During the week was really busy getting the plot ready for our event on Saturday 28th August ...which was a a bit of a celebration of our small grant from Get Creative (https://getcreativeuk.com)to buy some tools so we can extend our participatory activity. We invited people who have been involved(including other allotment holders) or have expressed an interest in Plot 33 to come along to have a nosey, participate in some activities and partake of some soup and cake made (as far as possible) from allotment produce.
In preparation there were trips to the dump to get rid of the rubbish we are pulling out of the top end of the site. We are clearing and digging it out to create a lovely space for our bespoke shed/compost toilet. There was lots of weeding and general tidying/sweeping of paths and the area around the greenhouse...it looks so much better. Wonder Women helped a lot and finished off some of the fence painting. We attached Wonder Women's decorated tin can planters to the fence.
Saturday dawned beautiful and sunny. We arrived early and set up the site using some flags and bunting made in previous projects and installed the more recently finished Mysterious Moth banners. Chris from Wonder Women came early too and while we set up some creative activities and the refreshments she harvested some tomatoes, apples, courgettes, petit pans and cucumbers for people to take away. In spite of being bank holiday we had 23 visitors over the day, 10 of which had never been before. All the soup (Golden Tomato and Shallot & Rosemary) and the Chocolate Courgette Cake disappeared. It was a really lovely day and we are very inspired by peoples comments and suggestions. This was us dipping our toe in the water to see what worked and what didn't. We are definitely going to organise further events. Watch this space!
Greening Stoke is a project run in partnership between Festival Stoke and Letting in the Light. We are based in Stoke-on-Trent.
We are started this adventure in January 2021 in the middle of a national lockdown. Gradually, as things begin to open up, close down and then open up again, Rachel and Anne abided by all the Covid-19 Government guidance, worked in a socially distanced way, to prepare and maintain Plot 33 so that they were eventually able to invite the community to work with them.
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