Weekly update 25/09/17

The week commencing Monday 25th September we have the following available.

  • Cucumbers
  • Potatoes
  • Small tomatoes (cherry and baby plum)
  • Large tomatoes
  • Runner beans
  • Cooking apples
  • Eating apples

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

On the Farm
Sadly we had to say goodbye to 2 of our milking cows and 5 of our bull calves. The 2 cows weren’t paying their way anymore so we couldn’t justify keeping them. One of them we had nicknamed “the labrador” since she behaved like one!

As you might have read in a previous post, we had a lot of calves born in a short period of time and unfortunately a lot of them were male. We will keep them to rear them for veal or beef if we can, but we won’t be able to sell enough meat to warrant keeping them all, so we had to make the decision to sell some of them at auction.

Now the weather is colder we have brought quite a lot of young animals inside. These are all to be fed, watered and bedded up on a daily basis, so our daily chores are starting to change from growing crops, weeding and doing maintenance etc. to doing our “winter feeding jobs” again! It’s nice to have our jobs change all year round. This way you never get bored!

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There are currently 25 calves in the shed. They will stay here until spring!

Fruit pots
In order to keep cost down we’ve changed the size of our fruit pots. The new batch of raspberry fruit pots that we made earlier in the week now comes in 230 ml pots. (These are the same pots as we use for the raw cream we sell.)

This way we don’t need several different sizes of pots, which has become an issue since we’re no longer able to buy our pots in small quantities. (The minimum order quantity of the old size fruit pots would last us about 25 years!)

The price for the raspberry fruit pot of 230 ml is £2.50 from the farm gate and £3.00 for delivery. This is slightly more per gram than before, but it’s still very good value.
The most similar product you can get from the supermarket has a lot of unwanted ingredients in it. It generally contains mostly water and also contains cornflour (to thicken it since they’ve added water) and preservatives. It often only contains about 20% fruit.
Our fruit pots have just 2 ingredients: 73% Organic fruit and 27% white or demerara sugar. No other ingredients like water or cornflour are added, so it’s as natural as possible, and delicious!