2012 - THE WEATHER
In 2012, there was warm weather at the end of Feb/early March, followed by some late frosts and 3 cool wet months. This had a big impact on the harvest.
Impact of the weather
So we have to be more imaginative
Making something from ... not very much
1 bag of split/damaged pears fallen from a 40ft pear tree
+ 2 or 3 apples from a back alley in Motspur Park
+ a disappointing picking of damsons from Mitcham Common
+ surviving fruit from a blighted tomato plant
+ 4oz of dried dates + 8oz of brown sugar + assorted spices
+ melted wax from 3 candles + 1940s cast-iron long-arm mincing machine
+ 1 ancient recipe book
+ 1 sunny afternoon spent chopping, peeling and mincing
= 6 sealed jars of mixed-fruit chutney!