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Shropshire Melons For Ludlow Food Festival

James Day of ETM & organiser of the Chefs Table Restaurant admire's Caroline's Shropshire Melons

James Day of ETM & organiser of the Chefs Table Restaurant admire's Caroline's Shropshire Melons

Shropshire Melons Fit for The Chefs Table
With the Ludlow Food Festival fast approaching this Friday – Sunday, James Day organiser of the Chefs Table Restaurant is selecting the finest local produce for their range of locally produced dishes.
“I heard that Caroline Lees, who grows much of the delicious asparagus from Shropshire, had been experimenting this year with growing melons, and heard they tasted delicious – so I popped up to see her on her farm just outside Bridgnorth” commented James.
Caroline Lee’s of ‘RTL Asparagus’ has been growing asparagus with her father since 1995 on their 50 acre farm, in Quatt, just outside Bridgnorth. Caroline who is always one to push the boundaries, and try something new experimented with growing just 15 melon plants last year, trying three varieties, resulting in just 4 growing successfully giving her a small crop of ‘Alvaros’ which are a Spanish variety. This year she has also introduced a French variety called ‘Hugo’ and with her expertise, patience, and a lot of hard work, has resulted in a yield of approx 16,000 fresh melons now being harvested.
“It was a real labour of love” commented Caroline “you can read all you want on growing melons, but until you try it you don’t know how they will react to soil, conditions, local water and of course the weather. This year was a great start, but due to the wet August we lost quiet a few plants which were damaged by the rain – about 25% of the crop was lost. However the results from the current harvest have been very reassuring, the feedback from customers including farm shops, restaurants and market stall holders has been phenomenal. It makes it all worth while – It will be great to see the reactions of diners at the Chefs Table Restaurant where they can enjoy our produce in the castle Grounds.”
James added ”The flavour is so intense, and sweet, just like the ones I used to buy in the French markets, you would never know they are gown literally just on our doorstep. We will be serving these in our Chefs Table Restaurant this weekend as one of our local desserts, and may be putting some in our fresh local salads, along side a wide range of other locally produced dishes including Bings Heath Smoked Chicken Salad, Brock Hall Farm Goats Cheese Tarts made by Jamie Yardley of the Boyne Arms, in Burwarton, Bridgnorth Pork Loins by Stuart Phillips of the Hundred House Nr Telford, and of course our wide range of dishes by Mbark Jbara our Head Chef from the Lion Hotel Shrewsbury.”

For more information on Caroline’s Produce , and the Chefs Table HERE .

Contact Caroline HERE

Caroline selects melons from her Bridgnorth fields

Caroline selects melons from her Bridgnorth fields

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