Harvest picnics

PUBLISHED: 12:00 03 August 2015

Harvest time is when Judith Taylor's memories turn to childhood picnics,

Harvest time is when Judith Taylor's memories turn to childhood picnics,


August brings memories of picnics in the harvest field for Judith Taylor, our voice of farming from Ludham.

Open air concerts, harvest, picnics, ice cream, the Aylsham Show, dahlias, barbecues, sunshine and the seaside - all the things that come to mind when I think of August.

This is one of the busiest months of the year for farmers, but an enjoyable one too – reaping the rewards of all their hard work throughout the past 12 months. Since I was a toddler, I have absolutely loved having a picnic in the harvest field; it always seems to me to be one of the most quintessentially English things to do. I remember when I was a little girl, watching my dad sitting on his combine which didn’t have a cab in those days – black from top to toe from all the dust, wearing his face mask with a hole cut in it for his pipe to go through!

While the corn harvest is being brought in we still enjoy sitting in the field in the warm evening sunshine munching our way through the abundance of goodies gathered from our vegetable patch, usually including a delicious quiche, tomato and basil salad, tasty salad leaves, and new potatoes with strawberries and cream or summer pudding followed by cheese and biscuits and some local ale, my elderflower champagne and a big flask of tea.

Talking of tea - Norfolk’s Own Cookbook, Everything Stops For Tea is now on sale. Written by the EDP Norfolk magazine’s very own Mary Kemp along with Melinda Raker and Vanessa Scott, this wonderful book is a charity cookbook costing just £20, all of which goes to Marie Curie Cancer Care, which provides care and support to people through terminal illness. The book contains 80 delicious teatime recipes, all from Norfolk contributors and promotes our county’s fabulous produce, growers, food creators and food outlets.

You can buy Everything Stops For Tea at Ceres Bookshop in Swaffham; Jarrold’s, The Book Hive, The Assembly House and The Britons Arms in Norwich; Picnic Fayre in Cley and Gurneys in Burnham Market, as well as online at 

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