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Today marks another celebration for many of our friends and their families which they may not be able to mark in the same way as they had imagined this time last year. Thanksgiving is a time to gather with loved ones around the table and feast. For many this will not be possible and empty chairs may be found around the kitchen table.

Like every milestone or celebration, which has come and gone this year I find myself reflecting on what has gone before us. It’s now well over a month since we opened the pumpkin patch to visitors. Despite the challenging circumstances we found ourselves in, the whole team pivoted creatively and stoically and we got through to the other end fairly unscathed. It’s not what we had planned but, nevertheless, it was a success in so many others ways and we feel so very fortunate we were able to open.

The Patch provided a small glimmer of normality, allowing families to escape their daily grind and enjoy the countryside. We can not thank everyone enough for their support and kind comments.

We were able to show old and new faces the progress we have made with our pumpkins , spreading our message far and wide that pumpkins are not just for Halloween but are a delicious, nutritious and versatile seasonal ingredient, which deserves so much more recognition in the kitchen.

Planning for next year is already underway. No rest for the wicked as pumpkins don’t grow on trees. Preparation and consideration as to what seeds to plant next season begins now. We also have lots of other exciting developments underway as we focus on expanding our Kilduff Kitchen offering and develop even more recipes to whet your appetite.

We are still working our way through our pumpkins and as Thanksgiving is synonymous with pumpkin pie, I think I’ll be having a large slice for pudding and hopefully next year we can enjoy more with our our nearest and dearest.

Thank you again for your continued support. We really couldn’t do it without you.

Lucy x