Weekly update 06/08/18

The week commencing Monday 6th August we have the following available.

  • Cucumbers
  • Courgettes
  • Spinach
  • New potatoes
  • Fresh onions

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

On the Farm

Tom has been busy working out a way to feed our animals this coming winter, since the drought put a spanner in the works. So far we’ve only managed to get 1 crop of silage. We need at least 3 crops to have enough for the winter and we don’t know if we’ll get some more silage made this year. If the weather doesn’t improve (we need a lot  more of the wet stuff) we’ll not be able to cut more grass for winter feed.

Our barley is nearly ready for cutting. The barley will be used for winter feed and the barley straw for bedding.

Normally after the barley and straw has been harvested we sow grass in this field, but we might sow grass with kale added into it this time to give it more bulk.

We also have some wheat growing in another field. Once that’s harvested we normally leave the land as it is until April / May when we set our oats.  It might be an option, since the weather is warm, to sow another crop in between growing wheat and oats. Rye grass could be an option, as this is a type of grass that grows very fast as there isn’t much time in between harvesting the wheat and setting the oats.

Tom is currently weighing up the pro’s and cons and cost involved etc. Hopefully he’ll come up with a master plan that solves the feed problem!

We’ve some cows due to calve imminently, which I’m looking forward to. It’s not the same on the farm with only a few calves about! Of course there will be pictures when they new arrivals make an appearance!