Its W for Watercress!
Kingfisher Farm is one of our favourite places to visit. It is a watercress farm in Abinger Hammer in Surrey. And when we were asked where we might like to go to have some photographs taken for the book this is where we went. Watercress has been cultivated since Roman times but the first reported watercress farm dates back to 1808.
The reason there is watercress growing in Abinger Hammer is because of a stream of chalk that streaks across England deep underground all the way up to Lincolnshire. The chalk behaves like a giant sponge storing water that then springs out bubbling up to the surface. And this is where watercress farms first started to appear. Barry Arminson from Kingfisher Farm showed us around the long rectangular beds and took Freddie with him to cut and bunch up the cress. Freddie tiptoed along wooden struts. But when it came to posing for the photographs, holding watercress, smiling and balancing was a challenge....
We dried off and had a watercress picnic on the village green - soup and watercress calzone. Over the next week we will be eating more and more watercress which is very much in season. So please tell us how you like to eat your watercress...as Freddie decided that having munched on the watercress fresh from their Abinger Hammer beds, he is keen to try new watercress recipes. Tonight we are making pancetta & watercress quesadillas.