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What’s happening down on the farm April – May 2017

This is just a few snap shots of what is happening down on the farm over the next few weeks.

Generally we are happy farmers at the moment, the land is drying up and crops are starting to grow. We know we have some hard work ahead of us but it is also an exciting time for us starting to see our efforts come to fruition. We do hope you enjoy the food we produce.

Asparagus – Weather permitting we would hope to have asparagus available mid – late April. Although we are going through a cold spell at the moment, the warm weather does catch up and Asparagus will be plentiful in the next weeks, make the most of it while you can as the season is only very short. We normally have our fresh Asparagus coming into the shop around 10.00am every morning.
We are pleased to announce that this year we will have the newly planted Far Field plot in full production so hopefully going forward we will not run out as we have done in previous years.

Raspberry preparation
This year we have replaced nearly all of our ready picked Raspberry plots which will be ready in June/July time. Every cane has been carefully spread out an equal distance and tied in onto the wires to keep them nice and even when picking time comes.

Luckily we have some of our strawberries on a bag system, which means that we are able to plant in all weathers. We have now started to irrigate the plants as they have started to grow and are able to uptake the water and start producing the fruit for the season. Our indoor strawberries are starting to produce green fruit which normally means they will be ready mid May, weather depending.

Bush fruit
We have planted up a brand new plot of Blueberries/Gooseberries and Black Currants this year. They are all starting to blossom ready for picking throughout the next few months.

Broad beans & Peas
The land has now been cultivated and a seed bed will be prepared later on this week so the first seeds can be planted. We try to have 3 or 4 plantings to spread the season out as much as possible with the last one aiming to be planted mid April. These are available to pick mid to late June through until the end of July.

There will be plenty of recipe ideas in the shop if you want to be adventurous with what you pick. As always the bakery and the kitchen will be serving up various delights using our own produce starting with asparagus.

I do hope you have enjoyed reading this and hope to see you all over the season.

Thank you (Farmer Petar)


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