Enjoying the Harvest

So all the hard work is done and now it's time to enjoy the fruits of your labours. There are lots of great recipes on the Internet, with websites like All recipes UK and Love Food Hate Waste having thousands of recipes for fruit and vegetables. We've linked to some useful recipes at the bottom of this page.

But sometimes you just get too much, and you can't face another courgette. Or you have more apples than you can eat and hate to see the rest go to waste.

Luckily, we have some useful resources for you. Abundance Reading, which is part of Transition Town Reading, can help with picking excess fruit and vegetables, and distribute it to good causes around town.

Or you can trade your surplus on the Reading Local Exchange Trading Scheme (LETS) and acquire Readies to use in exchange for other things or skills.

We also intend to provide advice and signs for giving it away on your allotment or at your house.




Related resources

Fruity Bakewell Tart

Ideal for apples and/or pears and also a good way to use home-made jam


A great recipe for chutney, using whatever's in season. All the right ingredients are likely to be found in your kitchen

Pear and Plum Chutney

Recipe to use up ripe pears and plums

RFGN Guide to Growing Beetroot

The Reading Food Growing Network guide to growing beetroot.

Download: RFGN Guide to Growing Beetroot (PDF format)

RFGN Guide to Growing French Beans

The Reading Food Growing Network guide to growing French beans, both climbing and dwarf.

Download: RFGN Guide to Growing French Beans (PDF format)

RFGN Guide to Growing Onions

The Reading Food Growing Network guide to growing onions.

Download: RFGN Guide to Growing Onions (PDF format)

RFGN Guide to Growing Radishes

The Reading Food Growing Network guide to growing radishes.

Download: RFGN Guide to Growing Radishes (PDF format)

RFGN Guide to Growing Salad Leaves

The Reading Food Growing Network guide to growing salad leaves, including rocket.

Download: RFGN Guide to Growing Salad Leaves (PDF format)

RFGN Guide to Growing Squash

The Reading Food Growing Network guide to growing squash.

Download: RFGN Guide to Growing Squash (PDF format)

Roasted Jerusalem Artichokes with Parsnips, Desiree potatoes and Rosemary

A great autumnal recipe, combining Jerusalem artichokes with other seasonal root vegetables

Upcoming events

Get Growing: Harvesting & seed saving
Sat 14 Jul 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm Erleigh Road Community Garden, St Lukes Parish Hall, Erleigh Road, East Reading RG1 5LR

This year Food4families will be running 6 separate 'Get Growing' modules, on the second Saturday of the month from 10 am - 12 noon, including a light refreshment break.

The sessions cost £15 each or sign up for 4 for £50.

Seed to Plate - A Meal in a Jar: Preserving and Fermenting for Winter
Sat 1 Sep 2018 10:00am - 4:00pm Walled Garden Packing Shed, Hardwick Road, Whitchurch-on-Thames RG8 7RB

A day of learning, making, and tasting ancient and traditional methods of preserving vegetables – from lacto-fermentation to long shelf-life vegetable medleys.

Who is the workshop for? This workshop is aimed at gardeners, cooks and food-lovers who want to learn how to preserve vegetables to enjoy throughout the year. This workshop will not cover jams and chutneys; we will focus instead on traditional – savoury and healthy – methods of preserving!

What will you learn? This workshop will take you through the basics, deal with your queries and build your confidence to get preserving and create your own home-cooked meals in a jar! It will involve both a theoretical and a practical session and introduce participants to key essentials, including:

  • Health & safety in the preserving kitchen
  • Different methods of preserving veg – from lacto-fermentation to long-life vegetable medleys and whole tomatoes in their own juice
  • Taste and discuss our own home-made preserves and pickles over lunch!
  • Two healthy, savoury recipes which we will make together – picking veg directly from the garden and preserving it together in the kitchen
  • The theory behind the techniques and recipes so you can experiment and create your own meals in a jar at home!

You will leave the workshop with two jars of preserves, and print-outs of the recipes. You will also have the possibility to buy veg to take home if you want to carry on preserving more of our delicious summer harvests!

Autumn Herbal Medicine and Foraging
Sat 8 Sep 2018 10:00am - 5:30pm Braziers Park, Ipsden OX10 6AN

The third of our seasonal herbal  days with expert medical herbalist Rasheeqa Ahmad of Hedge Herbs. Foraging in the beautiful and bountiful meadows and woodlands of Braziers Park. Learn how to identify beneficial plants in the early autumn, discover how to connect with instinctive plant wisdom and practice different methods of preparation to make your own healing, herbal remedies for yourself and as special gifts.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Additional meals and accommodation available at Braziers’ 3-tier rate. Cost £75 each day, £200 all 3 days booked together.

Ridgeline Harvest Fete
Sun 16 Sep 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm Ridgeline Therapeutic Garden RG6 7BY


RFGN at Reading Town Meal
Sat 29 Sep 2018 12:00pm - 4:00pm Forbury Gardens, Reading

The biggest "picnic in the park" that Reading has ever seen will return to Forbury Gardens on Saturday 30th September and you are invited to this fantastic celebration of local sustainable food. It's one of the events that makes Reading a special place.

In addition to a free meal, there will be workshops, community stalls, activities, music and more.

We will be there with our seed swap, sharing a gazebo with Abundance and the community apple press.

Winter Herbals Weekend – Making Winter Tonics & Christmas Presents
Sat 17 Nov 2018 12:00am - Sun 18 Nov 2018 12:00am Braziers Park, Ipsden OX10 6AN

Spend a cosy winter weekend at Braziers preparing for the season of darkness by concocting healing herbal goodies to support the immune system and to give as beautiful handmade Christmas presents.