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Harvest celebrations

Autumn is the time when we celebrate the harvest. It is a tradition that goes back a long way to a time when a family's survival depended on the food that had been harvested and stored to see them through the winter.

These days with so much food from all over the world in our supermarkets we barely notice the seasons pass, but autumn remains traditionally the time to celebrate the food we have and to thank the people who produce it for us.

Apple harvest Victorian-style
Fruit from all over the world on the supermarket shelf

Traditional harvest loaf
Robert Hawker, vicar of Morwenstow

Chickens and eggs

Chickens are reared for meat or to produce eggs. There are more chickens in the world than any other bird. In 2003 there were more than 24 billion. Most of the chicken farms in Cornwall are producing eggs. You can find eggs produced on Cornish farms on sale in local shops, farmshops and farmers' markets.

Battery cages
Free-range chickens

Eggs laid by caged birds are automatically collected on a moving belt
Packed eggs


In Cornwall there are only a few large pig farms keeping more than 500 pigs. On the Cornish farms that keep small herds the pigs are mostly 'outdoor-reared', which means the sows live out in fields and the young pigs are reared outside for the first part of their lives.

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