Michaelmas Blackberries

Michaelmas Blackberries

“Michaelmas, a wonderful celebration of harvest’s end and the start of autumn’s mists and mellow fruitfulness.”

As Keats wrote in his famous poem, I have always loved this time of year and I'm fascinated with the ancient feast and festivals that surround this now mostly forgotten date.

Old Michaelmas Day is also called “Devil Spits Day”, it is the last day that blackberries should be picked, according to old British folklore. This is known as the day that the Devil came to earth, he fell from the skies, straight onto a blackberry bush, whereupon he cursed the fruit, scorched them with his fiery breath, stamped on them and then spat on them making them unfit to eat!

To make the most of these devilish delights, why not try Nigel Slater’s stunning recipe for Pork Shoulder with Blackberries

You May Also Like

Lambing 'Live'

Lambing 'Live'

Today is officially the first day of spring, although strangely on the farm it has felt like spri... Read More
Lamb, Hogget or Mutton? What's the difference?

Lamb, Hogget or Mutton? What's the difference?

For hundreds of years, sheep were the backbone of the British economy. For many early sheep farme... Read More
#Trottergate - how a pigs trotter turned into a viral sensation

#Trottergate - how a pigs trotter turned into a...

Hitting the headlines last week 'Instagram censors image of pig's trotter'... Last week chef and ... Read More
Celebrating International Women's Day

Celebrating International Women's Day

This Friday 8th March is International Women's Day, we're celebrating all the wonderful women in ... Read More