Happy New Year to you all, good to be back to normal again (or as close as we can get)…
Actually, it’s all change at Old Farm for 2015. Our farm worker Ben has moved to pastures new (literally!) with a job at Barton Abbey Estate. He started here as an apprentice nearly 5 years ago and hopefully we have given him a good start to his farming career and we wish all the best for his new job. Freya is also moving on as she is at the end of her 6 month contract so Simon and I are going to be busy! Garry is still in the cutting room 2 days a week and Suzanne will be in the shop on Thursday and Friday mornings from now on. We are looking for help in the farm shop on Saturdays, see advert below.
We had the sheep scanned last Monday (Luke arrived at the same time as the wind and rain unfortunately) and we are expecting 500 lambs this year. Simon was really pleased with the results as there were only 2 barren ewes in the main flock and only 4 empty out of last year’s ewe-lambs which is a record for us – well done to the tups.
Following last year’s encounter with Chinese rock star Xu Wei, last Tuesday super model Liu Wen came to the farm as part of a Visit Britain press trip. She has >8.7 million followers on her social media pages and a picture of her with one of our Glamrock piglets has already had more than 8,200 “likes”. Whilst chatting to Simon she confessed she has a very sweet tooth, luckily we had made her chocolate orange brownies, lemon cake and scones – she liked all 3!
Saturday Vacancy: We are looking for an enthusiastic person to work in the Farm Shop on Saturdays, 9.00am-5.30pm. Applicants must be over 18 and preferably have a passion for locally sourced food! Duties include serving customers, re-stocking, cleaning, coffee/tea making, experience not essential as full training will be given. If you’re interested or would like more information please call (01608 650394) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) before 31/1/15.
I’ve done it! It’s a bit bigger than normal but we’ve managed to fit a lot in (meat, poultry, mince pies, veg, cheese, pork pies etc)
Just click here to download a copy. You can either…
- fill it in and e-mail back to me - email@example.com
- print it off and bring in to the shop
- pop into the shop and pick up a paper copy
- if you’re having any trouble downloading the file drop me an e-mail and I’ll send an attachment through.
It would be helpful if we could receive orders by 12th Dec and there are certain items that are limited and will be first come, first serve (e.g. hams/gammons, beef rib and sirloin) and if you are after a smaller turkey, these tend to sell out first. We will not be picking up the poultry until Sunday 21st (for collection from Monday 22nd) so late orders can be taken up to Saturday 20th although no guarantee for all sizes at this stage.
We have asked for a weight range in the turkey orders – this just helps us to allocate the birds although we do try to match them up as closely to your preferred weight as possible. A £20 deposit is required for all orders > £50.
Christmas Opening times:
Sun 21st : 10.00am – 3.00pm Sat 27th : 9.30am – 5.00pm
Mon 22nd : 9.00am – 6.00pm Tue 30th : 9.30am – 5.00pm
Tue 23rd : 9.00am – 6.00pm Wed 31st : 9.30am – 5.00pm
Wed 24th : 9.00am – 2.00pm Normal opening from 2/1/15
Remember Nigel and Adam’s Farm Kitchen? I know it seems like an age away but it has just been shortlisted (well in the long shortlist) for best factual TV program in the National TV awards! It needs your vote to get to the short-shortlist so if you have a spare moment and enjoyed the program follow this link: www.nationaltvawards.com
It must be that time of year as we were at the Gloucestershire Food and Farming awards last night and are thrilled to announce that we won the “Farmer of the Year” category. The category was sponsored and judged by Willans Solicitors, for more details click here!
8th June, 11.00am – 3.00pm * FREE ENTRY *
- farm walk
- sheep shearing
- cider tasting
- butchery demo
- tractor and trailer rides (from 12.00)
- cheese tasting
- pig roast
- tea and cakes
- meet the farmer and more!
Dogs welcome on leads please & remember to dress for the weather!
We can now count the pregnant ewes left in the barn on two hands and most of the flock are now enjoying the sunshine out in the fields. There are more than 400 lambs now – come along and see them if you get a chance over the Easter weekend. Our short walk is still available for kids to win an egg/chocolate bar by answering 3 easy questions and for the grown ups, have a go at counting the sheep in the Fosse Field for a chance to win a hamper. The walk is open this Thurs/Fri/Sat during shop opening hours.
Fresh Meat & Asparagus:
There is plenty of fresh meat in this week (especially lamb) and the burger machine has been on overtime ready for the bank holiday weekend. Just in time for Easter we have our first Asparagus of the season @ £2.20/bundle.
Dates for your diary:
17th May – Cider Tasting - 11.00-3.00. Come and try our “Righton’s Ruin” cider plus we’re having a table top sale in the barn. Refreshments available…
8th June – “Open Farm Sunday” – Watch this space for details
NB. The shop will be open as normal over the Easter – Weds-Sat 9.30-5.00pm (including Good Friday)
Come and see me @oldfarmdorn (ewe can follow us on twitter too!)
Easter Farm Walks
9th-12th & 16th-19th April
9.30am – 5.00pm
Follow the trail, see the lambs, find the clues to win an egg and help Simon count his sheep for a chance to win a local hamper & why not try an Old Farm Espresso, Latte or Cappuccino.
Have an Old Farm Easter Feast with home produced lamb, beef, pork and eggs plus
Nominations for the 2014 Cotswold Life Food and Drink Awards need to be in by 18th April. We won the “Best Farm Shop” category a couple of years ago with the old shop but now we’ve moved maybe we could be in the running again? Just to be shortlisted is great as you get to go to the awards dinner – we could do with a good night out!
Click here to nominate on line.
3 weeks on from the first lambs arriving we are now nearing the end. It has all gone by in a bit of a blur – Simon and I are starting to look a little worse for wear. We can’t burn the candles at both ends any more so Simon stays up late and I do the early shift. I quite enjoy my early mornings out on the farm, the picture below was on one of the rare frosty ones.It was harder getting up yesterday and today though as it’s dark again at 5.15 and Simon had a shock on Sunday morning as he went out at just gone midnight, spent an hour or so in the lambing shed but then it was 3.00am when he got to bed! The ewes and lambs have been enjoying the sunshine over the weekend, it’s a far cry from last year when we had sheep stashed in avery available nook and cranny to protect them from the cold. It certainly helps milk production to get the ewes out on the grass so the lambs should get off to a good start this year.EASTER WALKS: We’re opening up the Farm Walk over the Easter holidays (during normal shop opening hours 9.30-5.00, Weds 9th-Sat 12th and Weds 16th-Sat 19th) so come along and see how the lambs and crops are doing and why not try a coffee (other drinks are available) in the new outside seating area at the shop (or inside if rainy)!