Happy New Year Abundancers and friends!
We’ve been in hibernation since mid-December, but are now coming out to wish you a Happy New Year & also to invite you on behalf of Hogacre Common to join us A’Wassailing, TODAY! From 4 – ~7:30/8pm at Hogacre Common Eco Park, you won’t miss us on the common! Off Whitehouse Road.
We’ll be celebrating last season’s pressing and “toasting” the orchard for a good crop this year: think mulled cider around a big fire with folk song and lots of lovely people!
Yes, ‘tis already that time of year!
- Wassailing: Come join us A’Wassailing at Hogacre Common, a lovely free winter warmer for ALL, as we celebrate last year’s pressings and, as per age-old tradition, ward off the evil spirits to keep the Hogacre Orchard in good health! There’ll be a traditional Wassail cry, led by Hogacre’s expert master of the Wassail Tim Healy, folk song, music (bring a guitar/instruments!), fire, mulled cider and juice and you’re encouraged to bring home-made cakes and crumbles! More info here!
2. Chutney-Making: We’ll be cooking up a storm with food surplus, preserving them to enjoy later on in the year and sharing skills as we do! Look out for a date and time for that, it’ll be one evening next week!
3. Pruning Now the days are getting longer we’ll also soon be thinking of PRUNING too – email us on ABUNDANCEHARVESTSOXFORD@GMAIL.COM if you’d like to learn how to, and join in!
4. ORFC16 Some of us have already been getting into foodie things at the Oxford Real Farming Conference, #ORFC16, a joy-filling few days of meeting growers and farmers, hearing their struggles, learning more about policy that is framing the way they can grow and thus, what we can eat; remembering how important it is to support our local farmers and how much hard work farmers are putting in so that we can have food on our tables. Support your local farmers markets and Monday Shop as much as you can! Find out where your food comes from today!
Hope to see you wassailing later today, all ages welcome, bring an instrument and cake to share, wear warm clothes and bring any songs to share around the fire, or just bring yourselves for a lovely winter warmer!
Gluts of Love,