Saturday 16th September saw the London Borough of Hillingdon host its fifth Autumn Fruit and Vegetable show, this year in the magnificent Great Barn at the Manor Farm site in Ruislip.
The quantity of entries and standard of produce increase each year, making winning prizes more satisfying and meaningful each year.
This year, I entered seven classes, including the highly competitive salad tomatoes, stump carrots, dessert apples and trug of vegetables, in all four of which I was delighted to secure prizes. In addition, my entries to the shallots >30mm and non-white potato classes received Highly Commended awards. Only in the beetroot class was my entry unclassified, which taught me that perfectly formed roots score higher than large ones……
I was delighted to hear from the Mayor and Councillor Jonathan Bianco that my Trug was a big hit with the judges as we posed for obligatory photos for the Council’s publicity department.
It is an excellent event going from strength to strength, not least due to the generous prizes on offer.
Prize winning pictures are shown below: