Above: Caochóg Cider produced four bottles of cider this week.
The harvest season is under way in Leylandiistan & Gurvata. Yesterday in Orchardstown, four bottles of cider were produced. 2.8 litres of apple juice were fermented for two weeks. The apples were grown, picked and juiced in Leylandiistan. The cider has been described as being “soft and sweet”. While the exact alcohol percentage is not known, it is said to be quite low. Residents were so pleased by this first batch that a second batch will be prepared on Tuesday. The cider is named after the Irish name for the Cubbyhole area, “Caochóg”, while the logo was designed by Fionnbarra Ó Cathail. The successful production of cider has proven to be a major milestone for not only the agricultural sector but the economy as a whole, as it proves the Confederation has the capability to produce exportable artisan products from its primary agricultural products.
Apples have so far dominated the harvest. Several jars of apple chutney have been produced, and more is on the way. Apple juice has been another favourite, while stewed apple, apple pie and apple crumble will all be prepared. Organic lemonade has been produced by Leylandiistan Beverages, but LeylandiiCola has had an uncertain season.
Above: An Fheirm Agricultural Co-operative is reporting great success so far.
Above: Carrots freshly picked at An Fheirm, while new workstation is up and running.
Elsewhere the harvest has also proven fruitful. So far 31 carrots have been pulled from the ground at An Fheirm, Leylandiistan’s agricultural co-operative. All the carrots have been consumed by residents of Leylandiistan. Meanwhile in Gurvata, citizens have also dined on fresh Gurvatan carrots. The small orchard in southern Gurvata is said to have provided plenty of apples. Plots in Gurvata and Leylandiistan are also producing tomatoes, while at An Fheirm melons and peppers have yet to ripen.
A new workstation has been installed at An Fheirm Co-op. The stone surface was salvaged from the hillside at Kilcatherine Point, Co. Cork. The flat slab was balanced on three rocks, in the style of ancient dolmens. It is said to be useful addition to the co-op, where it is used to pot plants, process herbs and lay out produce. Already An Fheirm is looking to the future, with hopes of expanding its facilities and range of crops. The government is also reviewing agricultural legislation, and hopes to begin an organic certification programme next year.
The weather is looking up for the rest of the harvest, and there is plenty of growth to be had yet. A final harvest review at the end of the autumn will be available here at Béal na Tíre.