Farming

10th August 2013

Farmdrop hit the fields: The Bosely Patch, Henley-on-Thames, Berkshire

Check out what we got up to when we escaped FarmDrop HQ to visit Tamsin, a market gardener who set up the Bosley Patch in Berkshire. Having spent a number of years working in the food and farming industries, including 5 years climbing the ranks at the Soil Association, Tamsin returned to her home town and started, well, growing things. Ten years later, in addition to growing a wide selection of stunning flower, Tamsin operates a truly seasonal veg box scheme, selling only what is grown on the patch through the seasons.

Jumping at the chance to escape our desks for the day, we pulled on our wellies and with some guidance from a “wwoofer” called Alexis from Canada got stuck into picking, pulling and digging an abundance of seasonal goodies ready for this week’s boxes.

Tasting as we went, we were simply, completely and utterly floored by everything we popped into our mouths. Sweet carrots of all colours, plump and crunchy sugar snap peas and perfectly fresh and perfectly formed sweet-sour raspberries. Is there anything better than a fresh raspberry plucked seconds from its branch? We thought not, but then found ourselves in a polytunnel bursting with ripe tomatoes of all shapes and sizes. The smell coming from the vine ripe toms was intoxicating enough, but these little gleaming balls of sunshine were the sweetest tomatoes we’ve ever encountered. Just other worldly.

After a lunch devouring Tamsin’s homegrown salad and homemade sourdough bread, chilli sauce (which George is still talking about) and elderflower cordial we spent the afternoon digging for pots, drilling, planting and watering planting baby leeks and calabrese, rounding the afternoon off with some rather satisfying weeding.

Five days later we’re still feeling satisfyingly achy from our ONE day working at the patch, which really drives home the incredible amount of work involved in growing, and just how hard dedicated growers like Tamsin work to provide us with lovingly and locally grown produce.

It’s really important for the FarmDrop team to get out and meet these often unsung local food heroes and our day in Henley was a real eye opener and rather inspirational.

We’re busy arranging trips out to lots of other growers, farmers and producers over the next few months so stay tuned for our next Farmdrop hits the Fields instalment.

Lastly, a huge thank you to Tamsin and Alexis and really looking forward to heading back to the patch soon.

Next stop: The Black Pig Chiltern Hills

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