Urban Croft Harvest day at Queen’s Park

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We popped down on Saturday to The Urban Croft at Queens Park (next to the rec ground) for the end of year harvest event. Thankfully the weather was ok as it had rained quite heavily for the first time in over a week that morning. The event was co – hosted by Locavore Glasgow and South seeds; Who seem to have been at all the events this summer! If you haven’t been to the urban croft or haven’t heard of it you must be new to these parts. A few years ago some pet goats ended up there and it caused many people to call the S.S.P.C.A as they didn’t know what was going on. Well the pet lawn mowers have now been moved to bigger pastures but it certainly raised awareness of the crofts existence.

The end of year harvest had a lot to offer besides the entertainment and amazing food.

To start the fun some volunteers sat down for a spicy leaf eating competition. The winner being determined by who could eat the most of the fiery green stuff in under 3 minutes. It got very competitive as you’ll see from the images; there were tears, dribbles down faces and sweat!

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The next round of entertainment was provided by some local poets. I didn’t catch everyone’s name but I do have some video snippets I can link in below. If you know the authors please tag them!

SIGN LANGUAGE POETRY AT THE URBAN CROFT.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qH6QrYQHTtA&feature=youtu.be

FERRY (ODE TO CALMAC)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9Wb87loNL0&feature=youtu.be

As always South Seeds had some smashing food on the go, veggie, vegan and meats were all out with Haloumi kebabs, lamb burgers and quesadillas cooked on the grill.

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Actually I’ll throw in a couple of Quesadillas recipes because they are bloody smashing!

http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/vegetables-recipes/ultimate-quesadillas/#LDWXSagrIPBIjX1i.97

Don’t worry, for this one the ‘Mole’ is a Mexican chilli not a furry hole digger!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/venison_with_mole_and_40040

I missed much of the music as I was only popping in but if anyone has any videos or know who played please tag the folks involved!

The last of the seasons veg was out too with some ginger, potatoes, beets and lovely leafy salad ready to use.

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On the way still were some courgettes and pumpkins starting to develop with the lovely colours of bee loving flowers. The sunflowers out were an absolutely amazing auburn. I’m told the grower wasn’t happy because they weren’t yellow but take a look at these beauties.

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I was also introduced to Janice who is the resident bee keeper at the Croft. We’ll hopefully get an article on what she’s doing and how she got into bee keeping along for you too. I’m told that in one small hive there are tens of thousands of Bees working away!

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If you would like to find out more about the croft, South seeds or Locavore food shop please get in touch with them!
The Crofts Facebook;

https://www.facebook.com/groups/862961833718210/

South Seeds Facebook;

https://www.facebook.com/SouthSeeds?fref=nf

Locavore Facebook;

https://www.facebook.com/GlasgowLocavore?fref=ts

Words and images by Lisa Craig

If you would like your community group, activity or business to have a feature article please get in touch with Lisa at lisacraigphoto@googlemail.com tel; 07903152283.

For those interested I also have an independent blog if you wish to check it out;

https://lisahelencraig.wordpress.com/

and my photo website;

http://www.lisahelencraig.co.uk/

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