Lambing is nearly done for this year and the arrival of May means its time to turn our attention to […]
The arrival of June marks the beginning of Summer with light, long and (hopefully) warm days ahead. The previous months spent planting out seedlings and successional sowing comes to fruition, with a continual and ever growing supply of seasonal produce and flowers available for us to enjoy this month including:
Vegetables: Asparagus, Broad beans, Baby beetroot, Calabrese, Carrots, Cauliflower, Chard, Courgettes, French beans, Lettuce, Garlic, Globe artichokes, Kale, Peas, Perpetual Spinach, first Potatoes, Radishes, Salad leaves, Spring Cabbages, Spring Onions, Turnips
Fruit: Apricots, Blackcurrants, Cherries, Gooseberries, Raspberries, Redcurrants, Rhubarb, Strawberries, White currants
Herbs & edible flowers: Basil (indoor grown)Bay, Borage, Chervil, Chives, Coriander, Dill, Fennel, Lovage, Marigolds, Marjoram, Mint, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Sorrel, Tarragon, Thyme, Violas, Wild Garlic, Winter savory
Cut flowers: Achillea, Alstroemerias, Allium, Astrantia, Ammi Major, Anchusa, Alchemilla mollis, Bupleureum, Centaurea, Cerinthe, Daucus Carota, Delphinium, Dianthus, Digitalis, Eucalyptus, Euphorbia, Feverfew, Gladioli Nanus, Grasses, Gypsophila Covent Garden, Knautia, Larskpur, Nepeta, Nigella, Poppies, Roses, Salvia, Sanquisorba, Sweet peas
All our preserves, chutneys and relishes are handmade, in small quantities by Tina and her team in the kitchen on site. Wherever possible we use ingredients from the smallholding or locally sourced producers and our range changes to reflect the seasons and the bounty of our crops!
We have a flock over 100 browns hens who roam freely in and around our orchard and paddocks on the smallholding, laying delicious eggs which are used in all our home baking and are available for sale at the farm shop. These hybrid birds have been specifically chosen as they are known to be prolific egg layers. Many of our customers have commented on how yellow they are – we believe it is down to their great outdoor life! We also have a small number of bantams, who produce smaller eggs and a couple of ducks, who lay a slightly bigger and richer egg with a firmer blue tinged shell.
With a previous history in horticulture, Tina decided early on that a cut flower patch would form part of the gardens at the smallholding, along with a small nursery specializing in cottage garden plants with a variety of perennials, annuals and shrubs. Over the years the cutting garden has developed and we are now able to offer plants and cut flowers grown from our own harvested seed.
An integral part of life on the smallholding is our fruit and vegetable patches and orchard where we work with the seasons growing and harvesting produce; rotating crops and animals to work the land and experimenting with new varieties including heritage seeds.
A limited number of our rare breed sheepskins and cow hides are processed by a long established tannery based in Devon, to produce luxurious rugs and individual floor coverings for your home. Each rug is unique and varies in natural colour, pattern and wool length.