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Scores of summer fruit

April 4, 2014
summer fruits tassie farm 2014
Summer has vanished but the season’s tastes still linger. Plums, apricots, mulberries, blueberries, strawberries and cherries – all grown on The Tassie Farm. Here is the score sheet for our small but memorable harvest:
Plums 8/10 thanks to our bird netting.
Apricots 4/10 (ordinary) but plentiful enough to make two batches of jam which scored 9/10.
Mulberries 9/10. We didn’t net and there were still mulberries to pick at throughout the season. Even the ducks enjoyed a few of the low hanging fruit.
Blueberries 6/10. Not a bad score especially seeing it was our first-ever crop. We probably enjoyed two or three desserts.
Strawberries 3/10 very disappointing harvest thanks to greedy rabbits. All up only a few bowls full.
Cherries 10/10 and we even were able to enjoy some for Christmas and wear them as earrings!

Spoilt not-so-rotten

March 10, 2013

Our pigs have plump tummies full of plums.
If you were a pig, you’d only want to live on The Tassie Farm. Since arriving, just a few weeks ago, our Duroc and Birkshire pigs have been spoilt rotten with not-so-rotten stone fruit. Plums, apricots and mangoes have been their diet. So, now our porkers are starting to look a little…plum…p.
We need your help naming our porkers.
The pigs remain nameless, so we were hoping you could vote for your favourite four names in the poll below. The most popular choice will be announced toward the end of the month. If you have any extra suggestions, just leave a comment or email as at
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Nectarines are quite peachy

February 21, 2013

This is the last of our stone fruit which means summer’s over.
There’s only one nectarine tree on The Menagerie and this year has been its first harvest. These nectarines (pictured) are probably the last we’ll see until November or December. While gobbling them, we found a few little tidbits about the nectarine and its cousin, peach. (On a very unlikely website).

University of Rhode Island Landscape and Horticulture Program says, the only difference between peaches and nectarines is the lack of fuzz on the nectarine skin. However, the site then goes on to list other differences! namely: nectarines tend to be smaller and more aromatic than peaches and have more red color on the fruit surface. Fresh peaches provide respectable amounts of the antioxidant Vitamins A and C in addition to potassium and fiber. Nectarines provide twice the vitamin A, slightly more Vitamin C, and much more potassium than peaches.

Are you a freestone or a clingstone? Or perhaps a Flintstone!
According to URI, there are hundreds of different peach cultivars (varieties), which can be divided into two categories – the freestones and the clingstones. In freestone types, the flesh separates readily from the pit. In the clingstone type, the flesh clings tightly to the pit. The flesh may be either yellow or white. Freestone types are usually preferred for eating fresh or for freezing, while clingstone types are used primarily for canning. Nectarines may be either yellow or white-fleshed.

Source: University of Rhode Island

Cheery cherries

February 8, 2013

Succulent. Sumptuous. Superb. Summer. Sunshine.
It’s almost like The Menagerie’s own self serve orchard – just a little more sophisticated! At D’Entrecasteaux Cherries & Kile Orchards, you buy direct from the grower. This family owned and operated cherry and apple orchard sell their washed cherries in 1kg bags, so you can eat them straight away. They even give you an extra bag for your pips and stems. You can find them at 3644 Channel Highway Birch Bay – in the Huon and Channel region of Southern Tasmania. Like these Tassie cherries at 

New Year Harvest

January 6, 2013

The month of January at The Menagerie.
Apricots, strawberries, rasperries and plums are all in-season on the farm. So, over the next three weeks we’re going to feature stories on each of these fruits, plus recipes including sorbet, jam and pavlova. You’ll also hear little tales about the farm. Like the self-serve orchard where our rooster holds down the tree branches with his beak so the hens can help themselves to the fruit. Who said chivalry was dead?
Higgledy-Piggledy Farm stories have moved.
Now the ebooks have launched, all Higgledy-Piggledy Farm news has moved to the children’s book tab on this blog. So, keep an eye out for more mixed up, messed up, muddled updates. As you know, there’s never a dull moment on Higgledy-Piggledy Farm.