As the weather (hopefully gets warmer) and there is less risk of frost, there is lots to be getting on […]
April brings the onset of warmer weather , lighter evenings and plenty of new seasonal produce and flowers to enjoy. Cauliflowers, purple sprouting broccoli and rhubarb are at their best now. In the garden, tulips, grape hyacinths and fritillaria are all in flower and perfect for brightening up inside the home and out. Here’s a list of other produce and flowers currently in season and to be enjoyed this month:
Vegetables: Beetroot, Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower, Chard, Chicory, Jerusalem Artichokes, Kale, Leeks, Onions, Parsnips, Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Red Cabbage, Salsify, Savoy Cabbage, Spinach, Spring Greens, Spring Onions, Swedes, Turnips, White Cabbage.
Fruit & Nuts: Apples (stored), Rhubarb,
Herbs & edible flowers: Bay, Chives, Fennel, Lovage, Parsley grown under cover; Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, Winter flowering violas & primroses, Winter Savory
Cut flowers: Anemone, early Camellias, Cerinthe, Cyclamen, Daffodils, Euphorbia oblongata, Fritillaria, Fruit blossom, Helleborus niger, Hyacinths, Polyanthus, Prunus autumnalis, first hamamelis, Narcissi, pussy willow, hazel & alder catkins, Pulmonaria Lungswort, Tulips, Viburnum, Violas, Wallflowers
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.