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

Glutney

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

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A Meal in a Jar: Preserving and Fermenting for Winter
Sat 31 Aug 2019 10:00am - 4:00pm Walled Garden Packing Shed, Hardwick Estate, Whitchurch-on-Thames RG8 7RD

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

Price £100/person. Price includes a delicious home grown, vegetarian lunch and preserves to take home.

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Get Growing: Harvesting and seed saving
Sat 7 Sep 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm Whitley GrowAllot, Meavy Gardens, Whitley RG2
  • Explore different harvesting methods
  • How to extend the harvest
  • How to store your produce
  • Saving seeds for next year

Price: £15 per session or 4 sessions for £50.00

Light refreshments included

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Harvest Fete
Sun 15 Sep 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm Ridgeline Trust, 25 Whiteknights Road, Reading RG6 7BY

A chance to enjoy the Ridgeline Trust's beautiful garden and help them raise funds to support their work in improving people's quality of life through horticultural therapy.

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