Monday, 18 October
Stressed Tom relays his worries about the lack of picking labour to Tony. They’ve promised Bridge Fresh customers seasonal fruit and veg this autumn, and they have to get on with the harvest. Tony offers to help though it’s not enough to fully meet the shortfall. Later, Tom’s stress levels rise further when he has to stop apple picking to sort a problem with the Bridge Fresh platform. Then it starts to rain and all picking is halted. Tony remains calm but Tom warns they’re rapidly running out of time to get the crop in.
Ruth shows Stella round Brookfield and then they clarify where Brookfield sheep will graze at Home Farm so there’s no more miscommunications in future. Over cups of tea they get on well, and Ruth invites Stella to the Harvest Supper. It’s a great way to get to know more people in Ambridge.
Adam’s walked out of his new job at Danforth Barton Farm and heads straight to Grey Gables to tell Ian. Christian had ordered Adam to fire a labourer and Adam had refused. He’s worried how Ian will react but Ian’s understanding; he recounts his own experience with a nightmare boss. Later they talk it over. Adam’s sorry for failing to provide. Ian reassures him. Adam’s keen to find other work fast – they need the money – though it won’t be easy with his short spell working for Christian and no hope of a reference from him.