The grass really is greener…

As Autumn turns into Winter there’s no sign of slowing down at Proudly Norfolk member Green Pastures in Berghapton. Autumn finished on a terrific high with a magnificent pumpkin harvest, including the increasingly popular squashes. These formed a beautiful display at the Harfest Event at Norwich Cathedral last month - and helped Green Pastures to win the Best in Show award.

In fact, it’s been celebrations all-round recently for the versatile business, with its restaurant, The Gardeners Kitchen, being crowned “Best Family Dining” at this year’s EDP Norfolk Food and Drink Awards.

Autumn’s grand finale was unquestionably the team’s annual ‘Pumpkin Day’, which is held on the last Saturday in October. Families flooded the garden centre and were kept busy with pumpkin carving and a treasure hunt - and were treated to displays, demonstrations, tastings and great local food.

It’s now full steam ahead for Christmas. Both the garden centre and farm shop are brimming with goodies from their army of local food and drink producers. Joining the ranks this year are fellow Proudly Norfolk members The Tiny Tipple Company, Wildcraft Brewery and the Chet and Waveney Valley Vineyard – handily situated at the other end of the village! Homemade gift hampers from the farm shop are a particular speciality, with the Norfolk Hamper and Chocolate Lovers’ Hamper our favourites.

And if you’re looking for a local Christmas tree, look no further - owners James and Michelle have been working hard behind the scenes to source all their trees from Norfolk (and a few from Suffolk, but we’re OK with that, seeing as how it’s nearly Christmas!)