You can now see footage of the Cotswold Life Food and Drink Awards where we won the “Best Farm Shop” category (this is about 17 minutes into the coverage). We’re wearing DJ’s and posh frocks, not something you see every day. Ours was the loudest table as we’d taken most of our staff to give us some moral support – we’d all been practicing our “oh, I’m really pleased they won” faces just in case. Simon and I hadn’t practiced our winning speech though as we didn’t think we’d have to make one – you’d never guess!! To skip straight to the shortlisted Farm Shop miniclips click here.
We’re thrilled to say that we were announced as winners in the “Best Farm Shop” category at the Cotswold Life Food and Drink Awards on Monday night beating Foxbury Farm and the Duchy Farm Shop no less.
450 highly esteemed guests, finalists and sponsors including Adam Henson, Sir Roddy Llewellyn and Rob Rees MBE joined Cotswold Life to celebrate the 10th Anniversary Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards at Cheltenham Racecourse.
There were a nail-biting few minutes as the nominations were read out and short films of the finalists were shown on the big screen; when our name was called out we could hardly believe our ears! The Horse & Groom and Cotswold Food Store also won their categories, it was a great night for the North Cotswolds.
The Wiggly Worm, championed by Rob Rees, is a charity that exists to improve health, well-being and self-esteem amongst the vulnerable, disadvantaged or seldom heard. Money was raised on the night and donations can still be made by texting ”WORM12 £xx” to 70070, go to www.thewigglyworm.org.uk for more information about the work they do…
There will be pictures and a full write up in the August edition of the magazine.
We have been thinking for a while about extending our hours and making the opening times easier to remember so from now on we are open:
Wednesday-Saturday 9.30am to 5.00pm
Apologies for any inconvenience, there will be a changeover period over the next few weeks so if you turn up on a Tuesday morning or after 5.00 on Friday just ring the bell and we’ll come and open up for you!
Yes, we do actually make a plan for the day!! Not sure about the weather on Sunday but we have plenty to look at undercover.
*11.00 Gates Open * 11.30 Shearing demo * 12.00 Lamb butchery * 12.30 Sausage making * 1.00 Shearing demo * 2.00 Guided Farm Walk, weather permitting * 3.00 Gates close
Also during the day: *Farm Shop open * Embarassing doggies * WR Haines Veg * Phoenix cards * Chicks hatching * BBQ * Cream teas * June’s cakes * Bee Keeping * Farm trail *
We hope to see you on Sunday, please dress for the weather…
We are delighted to be shortlisted (for the 2nd time) in the Cotswold Life “Best Farm Shop” category. We are up against Foxbury Farm and The Duchy Farm Shop, we might be small but you never know… Whatever happens we will have a good night out on July 2nd when the winners will be announced. May the best farm shop win!!!
Sheep Shearing, Sausage Making, Bee Keeping, Dog Training, Pig Knitting, Farm Walking, Eggs Hatching,
Livestock Viewing, Hog Roasting, Tea & Caking, Tyre Kicking, Wildlife Watching…
11 am to 3pm
Dogs welcome: on leads please
You may have noticed Simon ploughing in the Fosse Field and Batsford Corner last week, it took about 12 hours to complete the 17 hectares. The new drill Simon bought from a neighbouring farmer made the job a lot faster than our old one which only allowed us to travel at 6-8 km/h, at 12-15km/h he was done in half the time and the tractor used less fuel too so it should pay for itself in about 20 years! It is now planted with linseed, watch out for the beautiful blue flowers over the summer.
A big welcome to Sarah Mann who joined the Old Farm team this week. Sarah will be at the farm Monday to Friday and has already got the hang of sausage linking! Fiona will still be in the shop on Thursday and Friday mornings but will probably be grateful for some help as we are starting to get quite busy at these peak times.
Monday 23rd is St George’s Day and the start of the Great British Beef Week. Francis Green, The Cotswold Traiteur, has made us a tasty Provençal Daube of Beef (with our beef of course) and it will be in the shop from Tuesday. If you want some new recipes to try at home why not go to the British Beef Week website for some tasty ideas.
Lambing is nearly over now and we have had more than 300 so far, just another 40 ewes left… There were a couple of new calves too last week, one no bigger than BB!
We will be open as normal over the Easter weekend – Thursday 9.30 to 1.00; Friday 9.30 to 6.30 & Saturday 9.30 to 5.00.
Please feel free to come and see the lambs if you are coming to the shop and there are some lovely Gloucestershire Old Spot gilts out in the front paddock. We have just put one of our Glamrock boars in with them so hopefully we will be hearing the patter of tiny trotters in a few months time, well, 3 months, 3 weeks and 3 days to be exact!
We went to the Foodex exhibition on Monday last weekat the NEC just to have a look around and came back with a pig roaster (we really shouldn’t be allowed out together!). We are planning to hire it out complete with pig, staff optional, please contact us if you’d like more details. We will be roasting a pig for Farm Sunday (17th June) so you can see it in action.
We started 2012 with TB testing on 6th and 9th of January – we had been clear for 6 months and were hoping for another negative result to put us on annual testing. Unfortunately we had 1 reactor so we are back to 60 day checks. We will be carrying out a badger survey on the cow fields to see if there is anything we can do to try and keep the cattle and badgers apart (ie. fencing off badger latrine areas and badger-proofing cattle feed stations). Fingers crossed this works. (NB. There has not been a single documented case of someone developing human TB after eating meat and all our beef animals are checked at the abattoir by the Meat Hygeine Service).
Things are looking up in the sausage and bacon department but our Gloucester Old Spot herd is in need of new blood. We sometimes rear our own replacements using semen from the Deerpark Stud in Northern Ireland but this year we decided to buy a group of weaner gilts from a breeder in Derbyshire. They arrived on farm a couple of weeks ago and are settling in nicely.
The sheep have been scanned and we are starting to make preparations for lambing by giving the ewes extra rations. We will split them into groups depending on the number of lambs expected soon. Bonnie, the new sheep dog, is booked for her first training session in April, we must get and watch the training DVDs I bought Simon for Christmas!
We are now taking orders for turkeys (fantastic free range white and bronze birds from Lower Clopton), cockerels (tasty free range from Great Farm), mince pies (made by June with all butter pastry), pork pies (various flavours from “The Pie’s the Limit!” made with our Glamrock pork), Christmas veg (amazing value Christmas Veg Box from WR Haines) as well as our own hams, bacon, sausages (gold award winning), sausagemeat, beef, lamb and pork…
The best thing would be to pop to discuss your requirements with us but we do have some order forms/price lists for you to print off, see below. If you can’t make it in to the shop then please e-mail forms back to us asap as some items will be limited and allocated on a first come/first serve basis. Give me a call on 01608 650394 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org if you need more information.
christmasorders2011(word doc) ……… christmasorders2011pdf
christmas veg 2011
Veg order form example Nov 2011 *If you’d like to receive an up to date veg order form weekly, let me have your e-mail address and we’ll add you to the list.
shop price list nov-dec 2011
Christmas Opening Times:
Thurs 22nd 9.30-5.00
Fri 23rd 9.30-6.30
Sat 24th 9.30-1.00
Thurs 29th 9.30-1.00
Fri 30th 9.30-6.30
Sat 31st 9.30-1.00