October feels

Looking on the happy Autumn-fields, and thinking of the days that are no more.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

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Notable Dates in October

12th September – 1st November – Matlock Bath Illuminations

1st October – Full Moon

3rd & 4th October – Melton Mowbray Food Festival

10th October – Golden Spurtle

11th October – World Conker Championships

15th October – New Moon

31st October – Full Moon (Blue Moon)

October seasonal Foods

What is seasonal in October.

If you would like a selection of Seasonal Organic produce, try Riverford veg, fruit and meat boxes


Roots, etc:






In nature

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On the Farm

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Things to do in October

In the October garden

What to plant and sow

Gardening hints

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Out and about

Days and nights draw even.

Recipe of the month.

Crispy, juicy, melty Pork & roots.

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Pork – Cooking times.

If unsure, the following is a good rule of thumb:

@175C (170c Fan) 25 mins /Pound + 20 minutes. 35 mins /kg +20 minutes.

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Some Salt.


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Kitchen roll can be useful.

A large cup or mug you don’t use too often.


Get it out the fridge. Weight it, note it, or read the label with the weight on it.

Give it a rinse, Dry it using a kitchen towel, or tea towel (straight to the wash)

Rub liberally with salt. Ensure it is well scored – if you have a butcher, ensure that they score it, if not, do it yourself with a sharp knife. If this is not possible, don’t panic. Ideally, the pieces should be the size of the perfect scratching or crackling.

Leave for at least an hour, or maybe two or more if its big (over 6kg / 9lb) at room temperature. You may cover with something to keep of flies or domestic animals.


I think this goes very well with some carrots, (roast spuds if you are making them, or a bit of mash – potato or root), and lots of greens: depending on how the season is and your taste, Sprouts, Winter cabbage, Kale, Caleibrase or if lucky sprouting broccoli.

Activities, things to see and do in October

With lengthening days arise more opportunities to get out and about. To see what is happening in nature and the countryside. There is also a lot more to see as they year really starts to get going.

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