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PYO Update 9.8.17

PYO still available: Strawberries, Raspberries, Blackberries, Blueberries, Rhubarb & Plums. PYO finished for the season: Gooseberries, Currants, Pulling Peas, Broad beans. We hope to see you soon to make the most of the PYO season. ... read more

What's happening on the farm July/August

What's happening down on the farm July/August 2017 July is a month where us farmers are watching our hard work come to fruition, we have cared and nurtured our crops over the last 10 months and have had some learning's this year but then we have h ... read more

PYO 07.07.2017

This weekend we will have plenty of the following for PYO: Strawberries, raspberries, peas, broad beans, black and red currants and rhubarb ... read more

PYO update 29.06.2017

Despite the weather we have plenty of broad beans, peas, strawberries, raspberries and rhubarb available for PYO. Please be aware - wellies may be the footwear of the day ... read more

PYO

We have plenty of lovely strawberries waiting to be picked this weekend together with gooseberries and rhubarb ... read more

What's happening on the farm

What's happening down on the farm June 2017 June is a month where we farmers are watching our hard work come to fruition. We have cared and nurtured our crops over the last nine months and have had some learnings this year but then we have had gr ... read more

News Letter

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. ... read more

Have a go at Crochet

Are you wanting to start a new hobby? Why not come along and have some fun and learn how to make a scarf. Personal tuition given by Ann of "Auriol Crochet" www.facebook.com/auriolcrochet This starter class is to be held at The Balloon Tree Farmshop, ... read more

What's happening on the farm

This is just a few snap shots of what is happening down on the farm over the next few weeks. Asparagus - This year we have big expectations for our asparagus crop, the old plantation has been grubbed and we will be cutting the whole of the new pla ... read more

"Have a go at crochet"

Are you wanting to start a new hobby? Why not come along and have some fun and learn how to make this scarf. Personal tuition given by Ann of "Auriol Crochet" www.facebook.com/auriolcrochet These starter classes are to be held at The Balloon Tree Fa ... read more

Opening times

We are open today as usual. On New Year's Eve the shop will be closing at 3.30 p.m. and the cafe 2.30 p.m. We will be open again on Monday 2nd January, 2017 as per normal - 9 a.m. until 5.30 p.m. in the shop and 9 a.m. until 4.30 p.m. in the ca ... read more

Up date for Christmas orders

There's still time to place your Christmas order to help take the stress out of Christmas Our Christmas Order Forms are available now to download online or pick one up from the farmshop. We hope to make your Christmas preparations as stress fre ... read more

Christmas Wreath Workshop

These workshops have proved to be ever popular and all four dates are now full ... read more

Christmas Wreath Workshop

Due to the success of past years we are holding the Christmas wreath workshops again this year on Monday 5th, Tuesday 6th, Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th December. Start time 6.45p.m. - 7 p.m. end time 9.00p.m. - 9.15 p.m. The cost of the workshop i ... read more

The Balloon Tree Voted Top Farm Shop in the Region

Owner Matthew Machin and the whole team at The Balloon Tree are delighted with winning the Farm Shop of the Year Award 2016 at the recently held Yorkshire Life Food and Drink Awards. Created to recognize the effort and ingenuity of Yorkshire’s b ... read more

What's happening down on the farm July 2016

July is a month where us farmers are watching our hard work come to fruition, we have cared and nurtured our crops over the last 10 months. We have had some learning's this year but then we have had great successes as well. We are finding it very s ... read more

What's happening down on the farm June 2016

June is a month when us farmers are watching our hard work come to fruition. We have cared and nurtured our crops over the last nine months and have had some learning's this year but then we have had great successes as well. We are finding it very s ... read more

PYO Gooseberries

Now is the time for the gooseberry jam makers out there to come along and PYO as we have an offer of 15% off if you pick 3 kg or over. We also have deals on the ready picked. ... read more

What's happening down on the farm May 2016

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 are even irrigating as a little to dry. We know w ... read more

What's happening down on the farm April 2016

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 a head of us but it i ... read more

Easter Sunday Closure

We will be closed on Easter Sunday. But will be open for the rest of the Easter holidays normal opening hours. We would like to wish you a very Happy Easter. ... read more

The wonders of Wagyu

For those of you who have seen Yorkshire Wagyu in store and wondered what it’s all about, here’s the low down on this amazingly tasty beef. Wagyu is a breed of cattle that originated in Japan, where it is revered for its unrivalled taste, tend ... read more

New Yorkshire Wagyu butchery counter

We're very pleased to announce that the Yorkshire Wagyu Co. will be opening a new butchery counter at our farmshop. We were the first retail outlet to stock their premium beef when they launched last June and we've had consistently strong sales ev ... read more

Roy, the potter is back

Great news - we are pleased to announce that "The Pottery" will re-open on Saturday 9th April 10.00 a.m. - 2.00 p.m. You will also be able to make group bookings throughout the Easter holidays. Please telephone Roy on 01759 373473. ... read more

What's happening on the farm - March 2016

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 a head of us but it i ... read more

What's happening on the farm - Feb 2016

This is just a few snap shots of what is happening down on the farm over the next few weeks. Asparagus - This year we have big expectations for our asparagus crop, the old plantation has been grubbed and we will be cutting the whole of the new pla ... read more

Christmas Turkeys

Christmas Day is five weeks on Friday! (20th Nov) So let me ask you a simple question…. …Right now, how old is the turkey you’re going to eat on Christmas Day? Turkeys are big birds. They must take a while to reach maturity. So, two ... read more

Farmshop and Cafe News

A quick update on what is happening at The Balloon Tree in the next few weeks. We are pleased to say that our pumpkins are now in full flow. This year we have the best crop ever and farmer Peter and team have done a wonderful job in making sure th ... read more

What' happening on the farm - 22nd July update

Hello, its Farmer Peter here with a quick update on what’s happening on the farm… Strawberries - These are looking good, we are finishing with the variety Florence & Symphony in the next week and should soon be picking the later season varieti ... read more

PYO Gooseberries

We are pleased to say that our gooseberries are now ready for PYO.  Look out for recipes in the shop ... read more

PICK YOUR OWN STRAWBERRIES READY

We are pleased to announce we opened our 'pick your own trail' today for our homegrown superfresh strawberries. We should now have enough strawberries to last us through the PYO season. Keep checking back for updated information on the oth ... read more

Opening times over Bank Holiday

We are pleased to say that we are open over the whole of the Bank Holiday.  The shop is open from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and the cafe is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. ... read more

PYO Update

Due to the recent cold weather our PYO strawberries are not yet ready but we  do have ready picked available. However, we do have PYO rhubarb ready. Please feel free to have a walk about the farm and see the animals ... read more

Balloon Tree Asparagus

Our asparagus is now in full flow ... read more

Watch The Tour De Yorkshire at The Balloon Tree

  We are very excited to have the second stage of The Tour De Yorkshire passing our door step on Saturday 2nd May.  We are opening as usual from 9.00am. The Balloon tree is a great place to watch the race while relaxing in the garden ... read more

Opening over the Easter holiday

We will be open over the Easter holidays each and every day ... read more

Shop refurb - NOW OPEN

We are very pleased with the new shop refurbishment which is now fully open. We hope you enjoy the new shopping experience too.  ... read more

Easter Egg Hunt

Looking for something to entertain the children this Easter? We will be holding an Easter Egg hunt for the whole 2 weeks of the Easter holidays! Follow the 'wabbit' around the farm to find the clues, answering questions on the fruit and ve ... read more

Shop refurb is underway - exciting times ahead

We are excited to embark on our second phase, after the successful cafe extension, of making the Balloon Tree Farmshop an even more enjoyable shopping experience.  Unfortunately in order to carry out the work we have had to close the ... read more

The perfect pit stop for cyclists

  We are on Sustrans Route 66 and the "Way of the roses" Cycle routes, so why not pop in for a some well deserved refreshments and leave feeling nicely relaxed and re-energised. We are also very proud to be on the ... read more

New shop fit

After the successful cafe extension we now feel able to move onto phase two - the shop revamp.  We are keen to make the experience as exciting as possible for the customer.  To do this, we have tried to bring as much of the prep and ... read more

Burns Night

We now have haggis in ready for Burns Night which is celebrated in Scotland on or around the 25th January annually. It commemorates the life of the poet Robert Burns who was born on 25th January 1759.  Burns' best known work is " ... read more

Christmas/New Year opening and closing times

These are the opening and closing times for the Balloon Tree over the Christmas period SHOP Monday 22nd December - 8 a.m. - 5.30 p.m. Tuesday 23rd December - 8 a.m. - 5.30 p.m Wednesday 24th December - 8 a.m. - 2.30 p.m. CLOSED ... read more

Turkeys and geese

Officially our Christmas order forms have now been completed.  Unofficially, however, we have bought some extra turkeys and geese if you still wish to place an order for the festive time. These will be sold on a first come first served ba ... read more

Christmas Order Form

Tomorrow is the last day for Christmas order forms to be handed in - don't delay! ... read more

Christmas Trees

We are very pleased to announce that we now have our locally grown freshly cut Christmas Trees of various shapes and sizes and all priced individually.  They are also non-drop. Please feel free to come and have a look and if you have any ... read more

Sloe Gin Competition or any other Autumn Fruit Liqueur

Tomorrow is the last day to bring your entries in for the competition - please don 't delay ... read more

Christmas wreath class

After a late surge our Christmas wreath classes are now all full. ... read more

Christmas Wreath

Our Christmas Wreath classes are again proving very popular this year - Monday 8th December is now full - Tuesday 9th December one place left but on Wednesday 9th December we have 8 places left.  Don't delay if you are thinking of coming ... read more

Christmas wreath workshop

We are holding the Christmas wreath workshop again this year at The Balloon Tree. The workshops will be on 8th, 9th and 10th December 2014, 7pm - 9pm. The session costs £14 including refreshments and a wreath to take home (please bring your ... read more

Sloe Gin Competition Or any other Autumn Fruit Liqueur

  We are looking forward to receiving entries for our fourth Sloe Gin Competition! We have two classes: Class 1: Sloe Gin Class 2: Any other Fruit Liqueur using locally grown fruit Extra prizes will be given for best pres ... read more

Pumpkins of all sizes

We still have lots of lovely pumpkins for you to pick - varying in size from small to extra large.  Wheelbarrows are available for your use. ... read more

'The Yorker' Review

'The Yorker' is a student run website which provides news features, comments, university and college sports and reviews for the University of York has given us a really good review please follow the link   http://www.theyorke ... read more

Last 2 weeks for PYO

We have a good supply of raspberries, blackberries and cob/hazelnuts available for PYO hopefully taking us up to the end of September. We also have ready picked to buy in the shop.  Our pumpkins are also ready - loads of sizes to choose f ... read more

Record year for pumpkin growing

Not only has this been the earliest season for our pumpkins being ready but they are also the largest we have ever seen.  Due to the perfect growing conditions the pumpkins have simply excelled and are still growing to enormous sizes. As ... read more

End of season

Unfortunately we are coming to the end of our PYO but if you are willing to search you may still find some blueberries, blackberries and plums ... read more

PYO UPDATE 07.08.2014

Just a quick update of what is happening on the PYO front at the moment.  Blueberries are in full flow and we should have these for another two weeks.  Blackberries/white currants and plums are coming into their own and all looking h ... read more

PYO

We still have strawberries, raspberries,  blueberries, redcurrants and blackberries availabale ... read more

Full English Breakfast

Our very popular full English breakfast is now only being served from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. each day ... read more

PYO Update

We have the following fruits available for PYO - strawberries, plums, rhubarb, blackberries, black/red and white currants, raspberries and blueberries. ... read more

PYO update

Gooseberries have now finished for this season but we have loads of Black/red currants, blueberries, raspberies, strawberries, peas and beans. ... read more

Pick Your Own

We have lots of strawberries, raspberries, red and blackcurrants, gooseberries, rhubarb, blackberries, peas and beans for you to come and pick this weekend. There is no charge to come into the Balloon Tree, the only charge is for the amount of ... read more

New item in stock

We are now selling "Softpots".  Softpots are the art of making hand made fabric plant pots for both indoor and outdoor plants.  Designed and created for your environment, great gift ideas totally unique. Pop in and have a look ... read more

PYO update

We now have a plentiful supply of strawberries. We also have raspberries, black and redcurrants, gooseberries, peas and beans for you to come and pick. For those of you that have not been to The Balloon Tree to pick fruit before there is a ... read more

PYO update

We now have plenty of PYO gooseberries, raspberries, strawberries and red/black currants. We look forward to seeing you on the 'pick your own' trail soon.  ... read more

A quick "what's happening on the farm"

A quick "what’s happening on the farm update" Strawberries- These are looking good. We are finishing with the variety Sonata in the next week and should soon be picking the main season varieties called Florence & Symphony. ... read more

Award winning wine

Well done to Ryedale Vineyard who over the weekend were waiting for the results of the English and Welsh Wine of the Year Competition which took place in Oxford on Thursday and Friday last week.  To their great delight they found out that the ... read more

P Y O

If you are looking to while away an hour or so this weekend why not come and pick some of our lovely strawberries.  The sun has been out and we have plenty.  Gooseberries as well for those of you who are into jam making. ... read more

PYO

Our very popular gooseberries are now ready for PYO and we are now selling these in the shop.  Look out for gooseberry recipes as well. PYO strawberries will also be available this weekend but please wear wellies as the ground will still ... read more

PYO strawberries Update

Unfortunately due to the lack of sunshine, our PYO strawberries are not ripening quick enough. We are going to give them a break for a day and re-open on Sunday 1st June. We do hope you understand and hope to see you soon. ... read more

PYO Strawberries

We are opening our PYO strawberries again today but please be aware the amount of strawberries is limited due to the non-appearance of the sun.  Also, please remember to wear appropriate footing i.e. at the present time wellies! ... read more

PYO strawberries

Unfortunately the strawberries we had have all now been picked.   We hope to resume PYO this coming Thursday 29th May. ... read more

Bank Holiday Opening Hours

We will be open as per normal for the whole of the coming Bank Holiday - 9 a.m. - 5p.m. in the cafe and 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. in the shop ... read more

PYO Strawberries

Our PYO strawberries are now ready and will open on Saturday 24th May.  Please pick a punnet up outside the shop and follow the route to the Shop Field - table top strawberries only. ... read more

Brand new cafe now open

  We are very pleased to announce the brand new café is now open. The new extension is a spacious and pleasant space which has enabled us to double the size of the existing café. Customers can enjoy a simple cuppa and homema ... read more

Asparagus update

Our asparagus is now coming along but it is still first come first served. ... read more

Cafe extension

The building of the new café extension is now full steam ahead and we hope to open on the 29th April.  ... read more

Balloon Tree Asparagus

Our very popular asparagus has now started to poke through and as from the 14th April we will have a sporadic supply (first come first served).  Hopefully supply will be in full swing the week after.  Depending on the weather of course! ... read more

New Menu

As well as a new cafe we have a bigger and better kitchen where we are now able to offer a slightly more diverse range of meals.  In the run up to the opening of the cafe and the launching of the new menu we will be trying out new recipes to ... read more

What's happening down on the farm Spring 2014

Asparagus - Weather permitting we would hope to have asparagus available mid - late April. For more up to date info on Asparagus we will be writing a blog on the progress of the crop. Please be patient. We are also in the process of planting ... read more

Finalists in the PYO of the year awards - UPDATE

We are very proud to have beeen nominated for the best PYO in the country. We are pleased to say that although we did not win the award we did reach the final 4 and are very privileged to do this.  Well done to the farm team for this.  ... read more

Easter Egg Hunt

Looking for something to do at Easter? We are holding an Easter egg trail over the Easter bank holiday weekend. Follow the 'wabbit' around the farm to find the clues, answering questions on the fruit and vegetables that we grow in order to ... read more

The Cafe Extension is well under way

The extension to the Balloon Tree is progressing well, due partly to the very good weather we have had recently. (long may it continue) In case people are not aware the shop will double in size - taking the space of the cafe. The cafe is goin ... read more

Christmas Wreath

We are pleased to say that we have added an extra day for the Christmas Wreath classes due to the fact that Wednesday and Thursday are now full. The new date is Tuesday 10th December and the cost will be £12 which includes expert tuition ... read more

A very proud farm team - finalists in the PYO of the year awards

  This year we are pleased to say that we have got through to the national FARMA awards for the "Pick Your Own of the year award".  Although this may seem to be slightly out of season it is a great triumph for the whole tea ... read more

Telephone lines

Unfortunately we are experiencing some difficulties with our telephone lines at the present time.   Hopefully the engineer will correct matters as soon as possible.  We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause ... read more

The Yorkshire Marathon

  The Yorkshire Marathon is being held on Sunday 20th October and we are excited to have been asked to be a cheer point for Yorkshire Cancer Research.  Please note that the roads will be open for people to come and park up at The Bal ... read more

Sloe Gin Competition Or any other Autumn Fruit Liqueur

  We are looking forward to receiving entries for our third sloe gin competition. We have two classes:   Class 1: Sloe Gin Class 2: Any other fruit liqueur using locally grown fruit   Great prizes ... read more

Wreath Workshop

We are holding our very popular wreath workshops again this year on Wednesday 11th December and Thursday 12th December.   We would like those who are coming to arrive at 6.45 p.m. to start at 7 p.m. and the classes should finish around 9 ... read more

What's happening down on the farm Autumn/Winter

This is just a few snap shots of what is happening down on the farm over the next few weeks. This year there really is no need for a farmer to be grumbling at the moment.  When we look back on the weather we have had it has been perfect i ... read more

September Update

We still have seasonal PYO blackberries/blueberries and raspberries available, please keep an eye out for the PYO pumpkins which will be ready early october.   The shop team have been busy stocking the shop with autumnal products rea ... read more

PYO update

We still have another few weeks left to PYO own fruit here at The Balloon Tree. The late summer/autumn crops are now coming into full swing with fruits such as Blackberries, Plums, Blueberries and Autumn Bliss Raspberries still very much in the mi ... read more

PYO still in full swing

Our farm team have done really well this year to extend the season of the PYO, we will have Strawberries, Raspberries, Currants, Rhubarb and Blueberries all ready now and looking and tasting great for you to enjoy. We are going to have P ... read more

Jam, Jelly, Chutney & Pickle Competition

  After such a successful competition last year, we decided to run the Jam, Jelly, Chutney & Pickle Competition again.    Great prizes for each class – Balloon Tree Vouchers to the value of: 1s ... read more

50% off PYO raspberries

For the weekend of 27th July - we are offering 50% off PYO raspberries when you pick 5kg and over. The perfect time to pick for jamming! And why not enter our jamming competition - details to follow soon.  ... read more

PYO Fruit

Looking for something to do this weekend, then come and pick some of our amazing fruit.  Strawberries, raspberries, black and red currants and gooseberries Look out for the discount offers being given on the fruit. ... read more

Update on Twitter feeds

We are very pleased to say that our Twitter feeds are now back on. ... read more

Twitter Feeds

You may have noticed that our twitter feeds on the website are no longer there as twitter have changed the way they let websites display thier feeds.  Our tech team are trying to work thier way through the issue so all our customers can see w ... read more

PYO

We now have the following for you to come and pick:> Strawberries, raspberries, black and red currants, gooseberries, peas, and broad beans.  There is no charge to go onto the field to pick but, of course, you have to pay for what ... read more

Home grown and freshly picked

This weekend should be a bumper one for PYO as we have the following available: Broad Beans, pulling peas, black and red currants, strawberries, raspberries and gooseberries (just a couple weeks left for the gooseberries) In the shop this ... read more

What's happening down on the farm July 2013

  July is a month where us farmers are watching our hard work come to fruition. We have cared and nurtured our crops over the last 10 months, with some learning's but also some great successes. We always find it very satisfying seeing ... read more

Fruit and veg update

Asparagus We shall only be picking this for the next two weeks - so don't miss out! Gooseberries We have ready picked but the PYO will be abother week or so - please phone to check New potatoes We have had lots of enquiries ... read more

Farm News

June is a month where farmers hard work starts to come to fruition.  We have cared for our crops over the last nine months - we have had some failures but these have been counter-balanced with some great successes.  It is very satisfying ... read more

PYO Trail

The Pick Your Own Trail will be open from Saturday 15th June 2013 - with Strawberries and Rhubarb available to begin with. And raspberries, currants and peas following shortly afterwards.  ... read more

PYO Strawberries

We are pleased to say that the PYO strawberries will be ready next weekend - 15th June. ... read more

Strawberry and asparagus update

We are now selling our own ready picked strawberries.  However, our PYO strawberries will still be another 10 days or so  as they are still ripening.  Please check for availability. We have plenty of asparagus but as it is a ver ... read more

Asparagus looking good

The warmer temps over the last few days have helped tremendously. I can now say with confidence that we should not run out in the shop. For the whole sale customers please still phone to check the availability.  ... read more

Strawberries nearly ready

  Our strawberries, like every thing else, are also late this year. We started picking our ready picked strawbs on Sunday, however there are not enough to keep the shop going but hopefully by the Bank Holiday weekend we should be nearly s ... read more

A few more weeks to go until PYO starts

  At the start of the year the farm team have a target which is to provide PYO strawbs for the Bank holiday at the end of May and to coincide with half term. Sorry we have let you down, we are nearly there but they are still a couple of w ... read more

What's happening down on the farm May 2013

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 are even irrigating, as it's a little too d ... read more

Superfresh homegrown Asparagus now Ready!

  At last the Yorkshire Asparagus season is here, sorry for the delay but we have been in the lap of the gods for the last few weeks. Dare I say we should have enough to keep us going for the next few weeks. Please be aware that we are st ... read more

Asparagus

Our first asparagus to come through will be the tunnelled crop and due to the high winds we were late putting the tunnels on so we are a touch behind.  We have now had three days of temperatures reaching 15ºc  and a healthy night te ... read more

What's hapapening down on the farm April 2013

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 b ... read more

News of Asparagus

This time last year we were actually harvesting asparagus from the tunnels at Dunnington.  A totally different story this year I'm afraid, we have not even been able to put the tunnels up until today because of the easterly wind.  Th ... read more

Easter Egg Trail

All ages welcome at our Easter Egg Trail running every day over the Easter bank holiday weekend... Fri 29th March - Monday 1st April, 9.30am - 4.30pm.  £3 per child and £1 per adult. 50% of profits go to charity.  ... read more

What's happening on the farm

After a very wet winter the land will hopefully start to dry out over the next few weeks.  It has been a very tough winter for farmers but we are looking forward, as always, to the coming season and getting stuck into the job in hand; that is ... read more

Yorkshire Outdoor Pork

Over the last four years or more we have been selling Yorkshire Outdoor Pork sausages (many varieties) and they have proved to be ever popular.  Yorkshire Farmers was established more than 75 years ago by local livestock farmers who wanted to ... read more

Anna's Happy Trotters

We are pleased to say that we are now selling Anna's Happy Trotters sausages.  These sausages are 100% free range from start to finish and have won the Good Pig Award 2012.   Lots of flavours to choose from. ... read more

100% Traceability and authenticity with all our raw meat

Here at The Balloon Tree Farmshop you can buy meat with confidence, knowing that it is sourced from our trusted local suppliers with whom we have a long-standing relationship. We can promise 100% traceability and authenticity in both our raw m ... read more

Winning farm team

Congratulations to our farm team for reaching the finals of the best PYO site in the UK at the very prestigious FARMA awards held in Harrogate.  We are officially the third best in the country. The Awards, known collectively as "FARM ... read more

Chocolate gifts

We now have a selection of chocolate Easter goodies for you  to buy from the farmshop ... read more

Vegetable news

We are now down to our last few sprout storks for this season. Savoy cabbages are really good quality at the moment Our purple sprouting brocolli is almost ready to be harvested - watch this space For those of you who like mud on their ... read more

Burns Night

Traditional Burns Night Haggis "neeps and tatties" - everything you need to make your Burns Night special available here at The Balloon Tree.  Ramsay's award winning Haggis available from the chiller. ... read more

Opening times

We would like to wish all of our customers a very happy Christmas. Just to remind you that we are open again on the 27th December at 9 p.m. until 5.30 p.m. On New Year's eve we will be open from 9 a.m. - 3.30 p.m. and will be closed on ... read more

Rose Veal

Here at The Balloon Tree we are lucky enough to have found a really good Rose Veal source. The calves are born on the Shaw Family Farm in Elvington then reared by Mr. Shipley in Newton upon Derwent. You will see it for sale in the shop and ... read more

Christmas tasting days

    In the run up to Christmas, every Saturday, we have a wonderful selection of tasting days which are taking place here at The Balloon Tree Farmshop. Sat 1st Dec - Stuart from Ryedale Vineyards visits - taste his fantastic ... read more

Christmas Orders now being taken

Take the stress out of Christmas by ordering your Christmas food early so its one less thing to think about! Christmas orders can be placed in the shop, by email or over the phone on 01759 373023 by Dec 16th.  Download an order form her ... read more

Venison

After many years of trying we have finally found a regular supply of venison.  Supplied by Frank the Game Keeper the venison will only be on sale while in season until late February.  As a meat venison has a lot going for it, gram fo ... read more

Melody potatoes

This year has seen unprecedented weather affecting a whole range of crops.  Down on the lowlands you will see field after field with lakes in the middle of them.   Up on the Yorkshire Wolds where our potatoes are grown, although it ... read more

Christmas trees

In the middle of September on a wet and windy day, Martyn and Matthew went to choose this year's Christmas trees especially for you.  They have a farmer friend called Joe in Summer Bridge near Harrogate who had a plantation full of fantas ... read more

Christmas wreaths

Christmas wreathes have become rather a speciality at The Balloon Tree.  It all stemmed from the wreath making classes run by Chris Burt last year.  (I am afraid these are now sold out)  However, you will be pleased to know that Chr ... read more

Children's Christmas Card Competition

If you would like to design and make a card which will be sent to a soldier there are two age groups in the competition to enter.  The first will be up to and including eight years of age and the second from nine to twelve inclusive. Ther ... read more

Winter News update

  A message from Matthew Machin, Director What a roller coaster of a ride it has been over the last six months. We have had torrential rain at the beginning of April and really only letting up for a few one off weeks until the beginni ... read more

Sloe Gin Competition

After the success of last years competition, we are very excited to see and taste the entries again this year! We have two classes: Class 1: Sloe Gin Class 2: Any other fruit liqueur using locally grown fruit Entries should be in a cle ... read more

Wreath workshop

Come and have fun making your own Christmas Holly Wreath!  Wednesday 12th December and Thursday 13th December 2012 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. £12 including refreshments and wreath to take home (please bring your own secateurs) ... read more

Voted one of the Best Farm shops nationwide

We were thrilled to be in The Independents article at the weekend (29th Sept 2012) on 'The 50 Best Farm shops and Delis', and listed number 10!  To read more ... read more

New Winter Menu in the Cafe

We have introduced our Winter menu in the cafe, now that the weather is getting alittle colder we thought it was about time for some yummy winter warmers. See a taster from our menu...   Creamed field mushrooms and thyme on toasted Ar ... read more

The Balloon Tree scoops awards for its oven ready range.

Congratulations to the kitchen team for winning 2 awards in the Guild of Fine Foods Great Taste Awards. A Gold 1 star was awarded for Adam's Braised Beef in Brandy & Thyme Sauce. The judges said: "excellent texture to the meat ... read more

Calling all you jam makers!

It’s the first year we have run our Jam, Jelly, Chutney and Piccalilli Competition and we are very excited to see and taste the entries!  We have nine classes: Class 1:  Strawberry Jam Class 2:  Raspberry Jam Class ... read more

Enjoying the summer sun

We're really making the most of the summer sun this week at The Balloon Tree. Lots of people are calling in on their way back from a day at the coast. PYO is still going strong and now the cafe is open late at the weekend & till 5.30pm you can als ... read more

Special Offer on PYO

Special offer on Strawberries, raspberries and currants - the promotion is 10% off if you pick over 2.7kg and 15% off if you pick over 4.5kg off the normal pyo price.  Perfect time to make that jam. Check our recipes click here ... read more

Schools out for Summer

Well they've started. The school holidays that is. And Summer is here too. We have had 5 days in a row of hot and sunny weather. Ideal for a day out at The Balloon Tree. Or if you're going to the Yorkshire coast, call in on the way home for a drin ... read more

PYO is going well at The Balloon Tree

PYO is going well at The Balloon Tree with Strawberries, Raspberries, Currants, Gooseberries & Blueberries all available. We're doing a special "mix & match" on ready picked fruit with 2 punnets for £4! We sti ... read more

Raspberries on PYO

We've started harvesting and doing PYO on our summer variety of raspberry. They're really scrumptious, I tried one today! To celebrate the final week of Wimbledon we are offering our Facebook friends 10% off strawberries and raspberrie ... read more

National Bike Week

If you're out on your bike this week during National Bike Week (16th to 24th June), why not call in at The Balloon Tree. We're just off Sustrans route 66 at Gate Helmsley on the A166. Enjoy a snack in the cafe or an ice-cream cone or tub from one ... read more

Pulling peas are on the way!

We are all very excited about the pulling peas which have been under fleece to encourage them to be ready early. They have flowered already and we will very soon have tasty pulling peas in pods for us all to pick. Check with us for when the PYO is ... read more

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee

Here at The Balloon Tree we are all geared up for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Bunting is up, flags are flying, strawberries are picked and the English Sparkling Wine is on ice to have with them. Why not join us for an afternoon t ... read more

Asparagus Press Release

War Time Rationing Is happening With Asparagus Crop The English asparagus season has proved to be one of the most difficult in years; it started off very well due to a warm March but quickly went wrong during the cold wet spell in April and th ... read more

First strawberries of the season are ready!

First Strawberries of the Season are Ready! We have picked the first strawberries of the season from our polytuinnels and they taste delicious. They are sweet and tasty. Our customers said "your 1st of the season strawbs are the b ... read more

Rhubarb is in full swing!

We have a special offer on rhubarb as it is coming out of our ears.  We don't force it at The Balloon Tree, like they do in the rhuarb triangle, but we have some in the polytunnels which is ready earlier than the outside crop. Why not hav ... read more

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