Plum and Cobnut Day event, 18th August 2018 at Home Farm, Great Green, Thrandeston, Suffolk IP21 4BL, running from 10am to 4pm.
Drop in any time to see a display of plums, gages, damsons and other stone fruits, cobnuts and filberts, and bring any of your plums or cobnuts you would like identified.
If you do decide to bring some fruit for display we would like at least 5 examples of ripe, (preferably not over-ripe) fruit or nut clusters with their stalks and a small twig with some leaves; we would also value knowing what you do with the fruit or nuts - eat raw or cooked for example - and a photograph of the tree is always helpful. In the case of cobnuts they will still be green, but in mid-August the kernel should be fully grown, and edible as a green nut, which was always one way in which they were sold in the past. You can always keep early fruit in a refrigerator if you think they won’t make it to the day.
Fruitid (see www.fruitid.com) is just commencing to add plum and cobnut identification to their website and this day in an opportunity to test some of the Fruitid principles, demonstrate the range of these crops in the region (and offer an opportunity to taste them). Identification of these two crops is in its infancy; we are all still learning ourselves; and we also realise that there are many varieties grown in Britain, of both species, that are not yet properly described.
Food Historian and Cook Monica Askay will be there with an opportunity to taste a range of plums, gages, and cobnuts. There is also an opportunity to walk a 1.3km permissive footpath (dogs welcome but on a lead, please) round this part of the farm (with a 12 year old orchard). The sheep may not be there though, and currently it’s more like African savannah than the Suffolk claylands, and the orchids are long over!
This event is in and around one of Orchard East's Co-Chair Paul Read’s barns, with parking close by in the nearby field (with portaloo). The post code in Satnav should bring you to the parking field gate entrance, and there will be notices along the lane.