Weekly Update

Seasonal fruit and veg
The week commencing Monday 8st August we’ll have the following available:

  • Potatoes (main crop)
  • Salad potatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Turnips
  • Sugar snaps
  • Small plums
  • Spinach
  • Courgettes

For quantities and prices please see our Seasonal page for more information.

On the Farm
We’ve been very busy last week trying to get a lot of different crops in. It didn’t quite work out as we had hoped. This is due to the good old British weather!

One of the hardest things in farming is working with the weather which can be unpredictable at times. We had barley to get in, barley straw, hay and silage. Once Tom studied several different weather forecasts it looked like it was going to be dry for long enough to make hay. (Need about 4 days of dry weather). But as we all know the weather forecast tends to change and so it did and it turned out to be wetter sooner than we hoped for.

In the end we made haylage instead of hay. This is basically a wetter kind of hay that needs wrapping in plastic like the silage in order to preserve it. It’s good stuff, but when it comes to feeding young calves you’re better with hay because it doesn’t go when kept out in the open.  Haylage (like silage) needs to be used up within a short period of time once opened before it goes bad. But you work with what you got!

In the end we’ve got a good crop of Barley, to be used as part of winter feed. Straw (sligthly damp,  but will hopefully dry out over time), some lovely haylage and a good crop of silage.