In an attempt to generate some hard cash, Hugh rents the field over the river, installs a poly-tunnel to grow vegetables for the market and buys a cow and a sheep to join his pigs and chickens. But his aim of self-sufficiency is knocked when his hay crop is devastated by rain and the tomatoes in the poly-tunnel are threatened by blight. But ingenuity is his touchstone as he finds other ways to raise the cash turning bunnies into burgers, roasting one of his pigs at a medieval fair and launching his own food brand The River Cottage Glutton. Episode 1 ItGÇÖs a year since Hugh arrived at River Cottage and heGÇÖs expanding his operation. HeGÇÖs rented the field over the river and sets off to buy some livestock. A local carpenter comes over to help make HughGÇÖs chickens truly free-range by building them a high-rise fox-proof coop, then takes off to Lyme Regis to go scallop hunting with local divers. Episode 2 HughGÇÖs cattle and sheep are settling in but his chickens are having problems. Two of his chickens have failed to learn the GÇÿladder testGÇÖ. He then helps the local vet with the delicate operation of castrating his calf, and depressed that the rabbits have eaten his only early vegetables, declares his intent to turn adversity into opportunity by converting his pests into ready cash. Episode 3 HughGÇÖs landlord is holding a Medieval Fair to raise funds for charity so Hugh offers to donate one of his pigs. In order to ensure a continuing supply of beef itGÇÖs essential that HughGÇÖs cow, Marge, should produce a calf every year and local stud Knotting Regulus has come round to do the business. But Hugh canGÇÖt wait around to see if the relationship is consummated as he has a date on Chesil Beach. Episode 4 ItGÇÖs late summer at River Cottage but the weather is far from seasonal. Torrential rain washes out HughGÇÖs entire hay harvest and his polytunnel full of tomatoes is beset with blight. At least the wet weather has brought out the wild mushrooms and Hugh gangs up with expert foragers to exploit the situation. Meanwhile, Hugh decides to enter one of his sheep in the Melplash Agricultural Show. Episode 5 Hugh has decided to maximise his profits by converting his tomato crop into a range of deli products: tomato ketchup, smoked tomato soup, tomato and apple butter and green tomato and tomato samosas. HeGÇÖs come up with a brand name, The River Cottage Glutton and seeks help from a local artist for a suitable label design. Episode 6 Autumn is nearly over and Hugh is concerned about the winter ahead. HeGÇÖs slaughtered his steer and his old mutton but heGÇÖs short of firewood and, after his disastrous hay harvest, still hasnGÇÖt any feed for his animals. Hugh realises that as a means of earning winter fodder, playing the fox is a non-starter and decides to throw a party where the guests will be asked to bring a bale of hay instead of a bottle.
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