All things bright and bountiful

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Tastes of the Orchards takes place on September 8 and is run by Irish Seed Savers

It’s time to reap and eat nature’s bounty. From blackberries to shellfish and fruit trees, Jessie Collins looks at ways to make the most of the harvest season

Freshly churned butter slathered over new potatoes, mashed up with leeks, scallions or wild garlic. Gooseberries, fraughans or wild blueberries swimming in fresh cream and sugar, washed down with freshly pressed apples, or porter, and followed by games of rounders and leapfrog. Such activities marked the time of harvest, or lughnasa, of yore. Now, with so few of us tied to the land, those rituals have fallen away. Yet there is a lot to be said for the reclaiming of those celebrations, and all that nature’s bounty provides in these few weeks, if for nothing else, to soothe the transition into longer, darker nights.

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