For the last few years, WYOG has been holding a sale of plants grown by group members. These could either be surplus to your needs or, if you’re really keen, extras you’ve grown for the purpose. This year, it’s part of Saltaire Local Produce market on May 9th. So please get growing; everything sells, including tomatoes and peppers, brassicas, house plants, perennials you’ve split, fruit bushes grown from cuttings, the list is endless.
We’re also looking for someone to oversee the event for the group. If you’d be willing to coordinate, both in advance and on the day, please get in touch with me, Peter Taylor, at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring me on 01484-607748. It doesn’t involve a great deal of work but will run much better if someone is able to organise it. The event is good fun and a chance to talk to other growers and group members.
The annual WYOG post festive meal will be on Friday 31st January, 2014, at The Terrace Cafe Bar and Bistro, Saltaire, offering the finest French cuisine in West Yorkshire.
Our annual meal is a great chance to kick back, relax in good company, review the previous year and look forward to the next. All welcome, the more the merrier. Please let Peter Taylor know if you would like to come.
The Terrace website has a full range of menus, including vegetarian options on the specials menu. If you want to pre-order please let Peter know what you would like – that would be a great help.
Potato Day 2012 is on the 18th of February, in the Exhibition Hall, Exhibition Road, Saltaire. See the Potato Day page for more details.
More than three dozen varieties available – all for 15p per tuber! You can download a poster here, it would be great if as many of you as possible could download it and display them in local shops or your nearest library.
The 22nd Organic Fruit, flower and vegetable show will be held on the 17th of September in the Exhibition Hall in Saltaire.
As usual, there are classes for everyone (including the under 16’s) and there are 14 new categories for you to try your hand.
And as usual, fruit and veg is judged as nature intended – on taste.
So get your green fingers working and you never know how many prizes you may walk away with.
Full information is on The Show page and you can download the schedule for printing and there is a poster available as well. Please print as many as you can and display them in your local area – help spread the word. Thanks.
21st Show has proved that ‘grow your own’ is going from strength to strength. Held, as it is every year, in Saltaire, at Shipley College Exhibition Hall, there was a record number of entries from members of the public, and the produce was displayed in over fifty vegetable and fruit classes. People brought everything to show – from aubergines to zucchini; apples to Worcester berries; even bread and jam. And the children had a go, too. The top prize – the ‘Best in Show’ award – went to a dark and delicious courgette cake.
The attraction for the general public – and it was open to all – was everything being judged on taste. It didn’t matter if your tomatoes weren’t the same size, or your carrots were forked; so long as they tasted good they stood a chance of winning a prize. Even the chillies got tasted; but they had to have more to them than just heat.
The show will be running again next year, so if anyone’s missed it look out for it in September 2011 and have a go. If it’s grown without chemicals or artificial fertilisers, or baked with organic flour, eggs and sugar, then the West Yorkshire Organic Group judges would like to taste it.
There should be plenty ready –
hazels, sunflowers, pumpkin etc.
Just prepare them as you would normally for eating.
Lots of people make their own non-alcoholic drinks – bring along a bottle with appropriate information, eg to be used diluted or not, and the judges will make them up before they taste them. We are now going to be judging both hen and duck eggs, and some of the ‘any other’ vegetables now have their own class.
In the new ‘Miscellaneous’ section even non-growers can enter the
photo competition to celebrate organic growing in West Yorkshire –
interpret that how you want. And not a new class but a fun one! Bring
an example of this season’s disaster as a photo or the actual plant –
but nothing that will spread pests or diseases. Eg – the most eaten
brassica, carrot or potato, the most pathetic pumpkin or sweetcorn —
don’t be ashamed – we all have them!
In order to publicise the show and get more people to come and look
and hopefully to enter something we need everyone to put up copies of
the schedule or print out the front and back pages and display them
where you work or in local shops etc, or send to your local paper.
Also there will be a stall at Saltaire Farmers’ market on Saturday
21st August giving people a chance to see how we judge the produce and
to have a go themselves as well as our local growers available to give
gardening/exhibiting advice. We had hoped to do this in Keighley but
have heard that it is finishing – a great shame for Keighley – but are
planning to send a piece to the Keighley News instead.
We always need helpers at the show, especially to act as volunteer
helpers for the exhibitors while staging their exhibits and stewards
to support the judging. Also to help with the refreshments, at
registration time and setting/clearing up in general. The thanks you
get for being a volunteer are FREE REFRESHMENTS! Don’t worry if you’ve
not done any volunteering with us before – there will be guidelines to
help the stewards and plenty of people to tell you what needs doing.
Helpers tend to start arriving from 8/8.30 but most help needed
between 10 and 1.30.
Please let me know if you would like to act as a helper and what time
you will be available. We will be very grateful for any help you can
Finally we are producing a new leaflet to publicise WYOG and are
looking for some photos to go on it. Please email anything suitable to
me – an organic garden/allotment, pictures from recent potato days or
the last show, children gardening or anything else you think might be
suitable. Thank you.
The 21st Annual Organic Fruit, Vegetable and Flower Show will take place on the 18th of September, at theExhibition Hall in Saltaire.
There are sixty four categories you can enter, ranging from ‘3 french beans to eat fresh’, to ‘3 hens eggs – 1 boiled, 2 raw’. New categories this year include ‘Seeds, one dish ready for eating’, ‘non-alcoholic drinks’ and what should prove to a fun category – ‘This year’s disaster’!
In addition, there will be:
Organic fruit, vegetables and produce to buy
A chance to taste the fresh produce on display
Advice on how to grow fruit and veg
Entertainment and fun for all the family!
Time to visit Saltaire Festival
See The Show page for full details of categories, important information for exhibitors and directions to the show.
There were thirty-nine varieties of potato on sale at 15p each.
Varieties on sale included:
Duke of York
Red Duke of York
Highland Burgundy Red
International Kidney (Jersey Royal)
Pink Fir Apple