Weekly update 09/07/18

The week commencing Monday 9th July we have the following available.

  • Gooseberries
  • Blackcurrants
  • Jostaberries
  • Coutgettes

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

On the Farm

The weather has continued to be very dry. There isn’t much grass for the cows to eat now. I’ve attached some photo’s below that show you how brown the grass is where the cows have been grazing. You can also see cracks in the ground from the drought. Some cracks are 20cm deep! We had to resort in feeding the cows more concentrate during milking in order to keep them full and happy. Normally they only get this amount of concentrate in the midst of winter!

Some of our customers mentioned that there is a strange taint in the milk. We suspect this is caused by the cows eating buttercups. Now there isn’t much to eat they will eat these plants they would normally leave alone. Buttercups look nice, but give the milk a taint unfortunately.

Since we’ve started irrigating the veg plot, things have improved a lot. We now have courgettes available and the onions are growing like stink now they have water! In a few weeks time we expect to have onions available and some other veg too.

Tom and I (Iris) are away at the moment. Tom will be back on Saturday afternoon and I’ll be back on Monday afternoon. We apologize in advance for any delays in email replies etc. Andy will be manning the shop with assistance from Will. We’re trying to keep things business as normal!

dav

cracks in the soil, deparate for some water!

dav

Green(ish) at the front, but behind the electric fence you can see where the cows have grazed, turning brown…