Weekly update 10/09/18

The week commencing Monday 10th September we have the following available.

  • Courgettes
  • Main crop potatoes
  • Onions
  • Carrots
  • Spinach beet
  • Beans

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

On the Farm
The combiner came last Sunday to harvest our barley and wheat. Unfortunately the evening dew came down early , so they didn’t manage to harvest all of it. A few days later when it dried up they came back to get the rest of the wheat.

The grain was ready to be harvested a few weeks ago, but we couldn’t harvest it because it was raining. This meant that a lot of the grain had fallen off the plants when we finally harvested it on Sunday. The pigeons and crows are having a field day eating all the left overs!

The amount of grain harvested per acre is very low since a lot got lost on the ground. The barley and wheat plants will make straw. We managed to get the barley straw baled and inside, but the wheat straw is still out in the field. It’s raining again, so it’s just a waiting game for a dry spell to get it dried and baled. The longer it’s left the most wastage you get as it starts to compost down! It looks like we’re going to have to buy in some straw for this winter, this is the first time  we have had to buy straw since we started to grow our own grain over 25 years.

All our recently born bull calves have gone to auction as we don’t have the straw bedding and feed to keep them over winter. We’re just keeping the amount of animals to the bare minimum.

Years like this make you realise how good the previous years have been! Hopefully next year will be better than this one!