Sloe Harvest: tips & rules from our team
Gin Fans, it's that time of year again! Join us on Sunday 30th September for our annual Sloe Harvest, where you bring us sloes, and we give you Sloe Gin.
Pop by Falls Farm between 11:00 and 17:00 to get involved! While you're here, you'll be able to meet our team and have an exclusive look around our Distillery to see where every bottle of Warner Edwards gin is distilled.
HOW TO HARVEST
You will need:
- Walking stick
Put on your gloves. Hold your umbrella upside down underneath a sloe bush. Hook your walking stick around a branch and pull it down towards you. Gently pluck the individual ripe sloes with your fingers, allowing them to tumble into your umbrella, then pour them into your bucket. Avoid stripping the branch, as you will catch unripe sloes as well as leaves and twigs. Any berries that are still firmly attached to the bush are not ripe, so leave them be until your next visit.
BUT THERE ARE RULES...
Remove any twigs and leaves – these will be detrimental to flavour. You can use a hair drier to blow the leaves away as you pour your sloes into a bucket. This will be both fun and effective.
Freeze your sloes until 30/09/18 – this ensures that they stay ‘fresh’, whilst bursting the skins and saving us from hand-pricking them all!
See you there!