Early September means the Ickenham and Swakeleys Horticultural Association Show.
I have been competing since 2013, steadily increasing my range of entries from a start solely including tomatoes and apples.
This year I entered 9 classes and achieved 5 first prizes, 3 second prizes and 1 third prize, with the greatest satisfaction coming from winning the stump carrots class against high quality opposition (the overseer of the village allotment sites).
Pictures are below:
Although not all crops are optimal in the first week of September, shows like this do add a discipline to growing, allow experimentation and give you an indication as to whether your growing skills are progressing or not.