Planning ahead for the Plums

IMG_0064.JPGDoes anyone remember the extra-special Plum Fayre in 2014? The usual plum market was supplemented by local organisations doing their own thing. A fun day was had by all, and all the organisations which took part made a bit extra for their funds. Five years on, we’re thinking to repeat this success, taking advantage of the fact that lots of extra people come to Newburgh each year specially for the plum market.

We’re inviting organisations to get involved. Do what you’re good at. Offer visitors something extra to do, see, taste or buy. Make a little cash, and have/give some fun along the way. No strings attached, no committee meetings to attend, no sweat. Just let us know please what you’re planning to do so that we can put the word around.

The date is Saturday 7th September, and depending on how many organisations want to get involved, this could be either a half or full day’s activities. RSVP to Gerben, our secretary, at

Water your plums!

Paul D plum in drought 2018

Many people are saying that, what with the cold winter and now the drought, Newburgh plums aren’t going to be putting on much of a show this year. Paul and Sheila have been assiduously watering their plum trees through the drought, and above shows the fruits close up. Small for the time of year, but already beginning to turn yellow. So they’re hoping they’ve saved at least something of a crop.

At NOGs AGM last night we were trying to predict a date for the plum market, but it’s too early to say. Even for a bad plum year. Provisionally, as always, it’s the last Saturday in August, i.e. 25th. Meantime though, there are a couple of things we want to share with you.

  1. If you have plum trees, please water them. You might think they don’t need watering, but they do. A lot! We had an extensive discussion last night around how much ‘a lot’ means. Oh, a fair bit, they all said. Loads. Eventually we agreed on the equivalent of four buckets of water per tree, per week. That’s about 60 litres per tree, per week. Surprised? I was.
  2. We’d really like to know how other people’s plum trees are faring. Members present last night were having a very mixed experience. Many of you bring plums to market in the early autumn. Could you get in touch with us please and give us an idea how yours are doing? Many thanks.

Leaving you with a nice image to inspire you. It’s not Newburgh though … it’s California! I believe they also have a strong reputation for fruit growing.

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Newburgh Rampant

I’ve lived in Newburgh for less than a year and am astonished at the way the vegetation just burgeons. I’ve never lived anywhere this verdant. At the first plum market of the season last Saturday we took in QUARTER OF A TON of plums! There are at least two further opportunities to sell your plums and any other fruit, veg, jams and chutneys – so as before, please bring them to Alysia’s garage in Gardens Road, at the foot of Mason Street, Friday night about 6.45pm.

Just to encourage you to think laterally about what you might bring to market, here are a couple of photos from the recent Flower Festival:

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And not forgetting …

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Wonky veg are all the rage so bring them on!

And finally, further to recent chat about damsons – we went a stroll down the Pow today and saw some positively pendulant examples. They could have been giant grapes, so purple and juicy they looked. However I tried one and – although I have a higDSCN2271h tolerance for sourness – had to spit it out. So will be interested to see if we have some rather less challenging samples this weekend.

So don’t forget – PLUM MARKET no. 2 THIS SATURDAY, 2nd Sept, 10am in St Katherine’s Square.



Plums aplenty delivered to Alysia’s garage tonight. All sorted for sale tomorrow morning. There will be more next week but don’t miss the season’s first plums, either for eating or jam-making. Also a few other fruits and veggies, and lots of jam. All top quality. See you tomorrow 10am in St Catherine’s Square!

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Favourable conditions have led to  early ripening of some plum trees – so, an extra plum market has been scheduled for this Saturday. The fruit intake will be on Friday 1 Sept., 6.30 – 7.30, at 9 Gardens Rd, Newburgh, KY14 6BZ (opposite the bottom of Mason Street). Please don’t bring underripe plums or other fruit, as there are at least two more markets to come.



























Newburgh High Street, 9.30 – 12 noon Saturdays

Sept 2nd, 9th & 16th


Fruit growers please bring your fruit


to 9 Gardens Road 6.30 – 7.30 pm on Fridays

Reddening Rapidly

It seems the plums are doing well everywhere in Newburgh this year, with reports of laden branches and nice colouring up. Everywhere, that is, except in the community orchard … Why? we can’t figure it out. But of course, with a bit of concentrated sunshine, that could all change. This is a picture of the Community Orchard plums at the end of August last year – looking good. Maybe these last few weeks will make all the difference.2016-08-27 10.35.47

In any case, the date for the plum market date has been set: Saturday 2nd September – unless we have exceptional weather and faster ripening, in which case the date might be brought forward a week. Growers will be contacted in all the usual ways. Please bring your plums and other produce to Alysia Leyshon Richards’ home at 9 Gardens Road, on Friday 1st Sept, 6.30pm.

And this is our brand new NOG Blog. We’ll be posting articles on all aspects of orchard activity in Newburgh and beyond. Please get in touch, ‘like’ us and share us, and give us your comments. We are also on Twitter: @Newburgh.Fruit