February update

Where does the time go? Sorry for lack of communication since Christmas, I’ve been waiting to give you all news of our new shop (on the left as you come into the yard) but with one thing and another it’s still not quite ready. We’re just waiting for BT now (they were due to connect phone line in November but we’re now looking at March) and there are a few bits of decorating to finish off. I’m a bit wary about giving you all a date but let’s just say we hope to be in there by Easter.

We installed a biomass boiler before Christmas which now provides heat and hot water for the house and workshop. It can take small round straw bales (we’re burning home produced linseed straw at the moment) and whole pallets. The next phase is to supply the new farm shop and cutting room, hopefully later this year. We’re always on the look out for stuff to burn so please let me know if you have anything you want to get rid of (within reason!).

I have to mention the dreadful horse-meat saga that has been all over the news for the last few weeks. As producers we feel let down by the authorities who have allowed this fiasco to happen. What is the point of full “traceability” when you can’t believe what’s on the label anyway and with such a long and convoluted food chain it will be extremely difficult to pin-point blame. We have fresh beef available this week and I can guarantee that it was born at Old Farm and has only been as far as Long Compton. For those of you who have seen our horses out and about we do have one missing but I can assure you “Minty Bubbles” has gone to a lovely family home nearby!

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