The time of the year with the summer feeling yet the endless days give way to darkened evening.
Up from the meadows rich with corn,
Clear in the cool September mornJohn Greenleaf Whittir
September – late summer or early autumn? Well, it depends on the weather. September can have the most pleasant weather, with clear hot sunny days (without the stifling heat of summer) and pleasant evenings however, the end of the month can herald autumnal wind and rain. September is regarded as the start of the farming year, with the harvest all but complete. September is also the start of the time for traditional feasts, festivals, and fairs. Modern-day carnivals and fairs rooted in the traditions of agricultural hiring fairs and feast celebrations of harvest home.
Notable Dates in September
3rd – 5th TBC September – Dundee Food and Flower Show
4th September – The Braemar Gathering
12th September – Ironman Wales
7th – 11th September – British Science Festival
7th September – New Moon
7th – 12th September – RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show
17th – 19th September – Camp Good Life
10th – 19th September – Heritage Open Days
Mid September onwards (TBC) – Matlock Bath Illuminations
17th & 18th September – Egremont Crab Fair & World Gurning Championships
18th September (TBC) – Pewsey Illuminated Carnival
18th & 19th September – Abergavenny Food Festival
21st September – Full Moon
21st September – Autumn Equinox
21st & 26th September – RHS Chelsea Flower Show
26th September – World Stone Skimming Championships
September seasonal Foods
What is seasonal in September.
Greens and leaves: Cabbage, Cavolo nero, Chervil, Lettuce, Mint, Pak choi, Radicchio, Sorrel, Spinach, Watercress.
Roots and other veg: Aubergine, Beetroot, Broad bean, Broccoli, Carrot, Celery, Celeriac, Courgette, Fennel bulb, Garlic, Globe artichoke, Kohlrabi, Lamb’s lettuce, Leek, Marrow, Onion, Parsnip, Spring onion, Peas, Pepper, Radish, Runner bean, Sweetcorn, Swiss chard, Tomato, Tuna
Meat: Beef, Chicken, Grouse, Goose, Guinea Fowl, Lamb, Pork
Fruit: Blackberry, Damson, Elderberries, Gooseberry, Loganberry, Pear, Plum, Raspberry, Redcurrant, Strawberry.
Seafood: Crab, Halibut, Salmon, Kipper, Mackerel, Oyster.
Exotics: Banana, Fig, Nectarine, Peach, Pomegranate.
The harvest of natures bounty
For more inspiration see the Nature Blog
On the Farm
Harvest continues at full pace, remaining barley and wheat being cut. Straw bailed and removed or shredded in-situ.
Wether lambs sold as they finish or as store lambs for further fattening. Preparation for gimmer and draft ewe sales. Wean lambs.
Harvest Potatoes. Start harvest of beets.
Ploughing and harrowing (disc harrowing to quickly open compacted soil to reduce water run off in heavy rains).
Drill oilseed rape, winter wheat and barley.
Things to do in September
In the September garden
What to plant and sow
Out and about
Also see the Out and about Blogs
Days and nights draw even.
Recipe of the month.
This recipe can be enjoyed anytime for the next six moths, of yuo are considering what is seasonal. There’s not much variety in the vegetable department, however, all the ingredients are traditional all the way though to the end of April.
Although butternut squash is specified, any similar squash would be great, Crown prince for one, maybe even pumpkin for a slightly sweeter version. Leeks are ever present, but can be substituted for Onion if required. The other ingredients, well, pure winter warming comfort.
400 g butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and cut into 2cm pieces
2 tsp. vegetable oil
2 leeks, trimmed and sliced
5 rashers unsmoked back bacon, roughly chopped
For The White Sauce
50 g butter
50 g plain flour
700 ml milk
75 g mature Cheddar cheese
For The Crumble
175 g plain flour
25 g parmesan, finely grated
1 tsp. dried mixed herbs
100 g butter, chilled and chopped
Oven proof dish.
I trust you have saucepans and wooden spoon.
Peel, de-seed and chop the squash into 2CM peices.
Clean and chop the leeks. Chop the bacon.
Preheat Oven to 190°C (170°C fan) mark 5.
Mix squash, 1tsp oil and some seasoning on a baking tray and roast for 30min, until tender.
Meanwhile, heat remaining 1tsp oil in a large frying pan over medium heat and cook leeks for 5min. Add bacon, turn up heat to high and fry for 5min, stirring occasionally, until starting to brown. Set aside.
Make the white sauce. Melt the butter in a large pan. Stir in flour and cook for 1min. Remove pan from heat and gradually stir in the milk until smooth. Return to heat and cook, stirring constantly, until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in the Cheddar.
Mix the cooked butternut squash and leek mixture into the white sauce. Check seasoning and spoon into a 2-litre ovenproof dish.
For the crumble, mix the flour, Parmesan, dried herbs and some seasoning in a bowl. Rub in butter using your fingertips until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
Sprinkle crumble mixture over the filling and cook in oven for 50min, until golden and bubbling.
Serve with seasonal vegetables and some potatoes.
For more inspiration see the Food Blogs
Activities, things to see and do in September
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.
Thinking about getting out and about, then perhaps Buy OS Landranger maps direct from Ordnance Survey to discover new places or see the latest handheld GPS devices with bundled mapping from Ordnance Survey.