St George’s Mushrooms & Wild Garlic

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This really couldn’t be a more helpfully named mushroom, as you can start looking for it around St George’s day with a fair liklihood of spotting it.  It is relatively common, likes grassy fields and the edges of paths and woodland and forms a ring that can be many centuries old.
As a result, once you find one mushroom (and there are very few mushrooms at this time of year, so it’s easier to identify) you should find the rest of the ring, and you can be sure that they will be there year after year.  I found one large ring on the headland above the Needles on the Isle of Wight, but keep an eye out for some closer to home.

It is a meaty, full flavoured mushroom and I would go for the smaller ones which are more tender and tasty.  Cut them thinly, and fry gently in butter with garlic, herbs and seasoning.  Fry them until all the water has evaporated and then they are ready.  They go very well with chicken and add wild garlic to the pot as well, as this should also be in abundance at the same time.

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Asparagus Season has arrived!

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There is no better indicator that winter is behind us and that we have a long and glorious season of fresh South Downs produce ahead, than the arrival of asparagus.  It signals the end of the hungry gap and what a special treat it is too.  Our asparagus is locally grown around Chichester – and I can’t stress how much the freshness affects the taste. … Read more…

Thank you, but why support fisherman Pete?

A huge thank you for all the people who turned up on Saturday to join us for the Farm Shop’s 2nd birthday party.  It was a great turnout, with over 250 people enjoying Gavin’s excellent homemade gnocchi, venison burgers, lamb koftas and salads, while the pizza oven was blazing away for the first time this year. We couldn’t have been more fortunate with the weather … Read more…

Farm Shop Birthday Party

On March 15th we will be celebrating our 2nd Birthday party in the Maze Courtyard from 12pm with free food and tastings.  Our pizza ovens will be fired up, the BBQ will be roaring and Gavin will have a selection of his fantastic salads.  Bring foodie friends and colleagues for what promises to be an entertaining farm shop party. We will have a number of … Read more…