SO FAR JUNE may not be the sunfest we'd like it to be. But even when appearances suggest otherwise, it has what it takes to turn May's struggling juveniles into July's productive adults. That goes for livestock as well as the vegetables. The secret of June's success is its daylight hours. Quite simply, it has more than any other month. Okay, only a few more than July, which will of course continue the good work. But here in Devon it has a whole 54 minutes of daylight per day, on average, more than May. And we can all imagine what could be achieved if we added an hour to every working day. June's long days and rising temperature are felt in the sea as well as the land. Perhaps not by bathers on the beach - the shock of entering the water will make them catch their breath for a month or so yet! The mackerel, bream and bass, by contrast, are thoroughly excited by the subtly rise in water temperature. The lobsters and crabs are on the move, too. Here at River Cottage HQ, the finishing touches are being put to our biggest bash of the year where we'll be enjoying a glorious harvest of fresh, homegrown fruit and veg with Hugh and the team. Tickets remain for the opening night on Friday 6 July. And don't forget about Dad this weekend. We'll measure him up for a free, limited edition River Cottage apron if you book him onto one of our unique courses at River Cottage HQ for Father's Day. See you soon X
Four Days at Park Farm
THIS HUGELY-POPULAR hands-on cookery course is the perfect River Cottage experience. Over four days we celebrate our unique approach to meat, fish, veg and baking with the expert band of chefs at Park Farm. You will head back up the famous track with all the confidence, skills and enthusiasm to cook a wide range of delicious dishes back at home. "The pace is just right, balancing heads-down cooking with downtime to savour your efforts and the magic of Britain's most-filmed farmhouse," says Claire Hargreaves from the BBC Good Food magazine.
Father's Day, Producers' Festival and picnic hampers
WELL WE'VE JUST about recovered from the busy Jubilee weekend - we hope you have too! The glorious weather had seen us dining outside and it was so popular until the rain came! Fingers crossed then for more sunshine ahead of Father's Day this Sunday, our summer-long Producers' Festival in Plymouth and our new picnic hampers. Our Producers' Festival gets underway on Saturday with Country Cheeses paying a visit. Then of course on Sunday it's Father's Day. There are plenty of gift ideas for Dad in both Plymouth and Axminster, and we're putting together an extra-special menu for the day itself. Finally if you're planning a day out this month, we've put together the perfect picnic hampers, full to the brim with River Cottage yumminess. Just pop into the Plymouth Deli after 11.30am and we'll make up your hamper. Take a taste of River Cottage on your travels. See you soon.
"It's right to describe yesterday's commitment by EU ministers to a discards ban as a "massive breakthrough". Our Fish Fighters should be delighted that our message has been heard and acted on. Read more
Coming to a Channel 4 screen soon!
We've been busy making a special mini-series at Park Farm with some of Hugh's good friends. We can't tell you too much about it now, but keep your eyes peeled - we'll be back on Channel 4 before you know it.
We have got together with our dear friends at the Eden Project to offer free tickets to this Summer's Eden Sessions. It's our way of saying thank you for all the support you've shown us this year. Find out More>
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