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Southbourne Spring Show, HandleBards coming to Tuppenny Barn, and Kohlrabi

I went along yesterday to see the Southbourne Spring Show that I mentioned last week and was delighted to see that the children’s entries outnumbered the adults. There were beautiful tray gardens, vegetables made into lots of interesting characters and terrariums to name but a few. It is the hope that some of these children will eventually go onto growing their own fruit and vegetables in the years to come. Talking of children, we still have a few places on Tuesday’s Easter workshop for the children and is for those of 6 years upwards. We are happy to take them slightly younger if they are accompanied. Abi will doing some cooking with them having last week produced delicious banana and spinach muffins. She always likes to try out new ideas on the children with healthy ingredients. They will also be planting with seeds and taking the opportunity to create nature artwork. Bookings can be made by following the link

I am pleased to announce that we are hosting another HandleBards production this year and it will be Romeo and Juliet on Friday 27th July. For those of you that attended last year, you will know that they are a wonderful travelling troupe that put on Shakespeare productions adding their own comical originality. This will be the third time that they will have visited us, both productions being fully sold out. Tickets are now on sale through our website Children’s tickets will need to be purchased via the office on 01243 377780.

This week in our shop, we will be selling kohlrabi. Quite often, customers are unfamiliar with this vegetable. For a little background, its very descriptive name is German and means ‘cabbage-turnip’. It is cooked in the same way as turnips and has a similar, although more delicate taste. Kohlrabi can be eaten raw in salads and the young leaves can be used like spinach. I have also roasted it when I am doing a selection of roasted vegetables. For sometime, kohlrabi has been particularly valued for its medicinal properties by the Chinese, who consider it a good tonic and beneficial to the body’s equilibrium. It is a good source of potassium and vitamin c.