British Sausage Week comes to a close with the last of the regionals finals in Bristol today. We may not have won but we feel honoured to have met the King of Glam Rock himself, Noddy Holder! There were 8 finalists in the South West and with more than 300 entries nation wide, to get to this stage was more than we could have dreamed of. We’ll have to try harder next year… Is Simon saying “does my bum look big in this?”!
We will be at the Cotswold Farm Park on Sunday 16th October along with other producers from the North Cotswolds so if buying local is important to you, this is a great chance to meet lots of producers in one go. Adam Henson will be there and Rob Rees “The Cotswold Chef” will be doing cookery demonstrations throughout the day.
10.30am – 4.30 pm, free admission to the food festival, 10% discount voucher for the Farm Park available to download from www.cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk
We have finally managed to finish all the combining; the linseed proved a bit of a challenge and we had a few breakdowns (mechanical!) but got there in the end and it seems to have yielded quite well. We will have to dry it however before we can sell it despite the amazing weather we experienced at the end of September. We sold 4 loads of wheat early on but wish we had sold more as the price has now dropped by £30/tonne so we will hang for a bit longer and keep our fingers crossed before selling any more.
Simon has just made his annual trip to Builth Wells and came back with 45 young females (Welsh Mule ewe lambs that is). He only went for 30, they must have seen him coming! The tups are nearly ready to get started and are due for their MOT in the next week or so before being let loose with the girls.
The drilling is nearly finished with about 40 acres of wheat still to go in. We could do with a bit of rain now to get things moving before the temperatures drop too far. Simon has enjoyed this years cultivations with a new toy – a 160 horse power “Eco Friendly” tractor which is meant to help reduce our fuel costs. I’m not sure how many years we need to use it for to justify this but it was a good excuse anyway Simon!
The first Saturday in September looms and we are busy getting ready for the Moreton Show, 3rd September. Come and visit our “Glamrock Cafe” – we are cooking pork, beef and sausages as usual with bacon butties available for the early birds. There will be a chance to buy fresh meat from our stand on the day and see our newest Glamrock piglets.
After you have visited our stand then please go along to the Countryside and Heritage Area where there will be chicks hatching, butter making, bee-keeping, cider making, spinning & weaving and more… Get the kids to milk a cow and dress a chicken (not real ones!!)
Discounted show tickets are available from the farm shop.
PLEASE NOTE: THE FARM SHOP AT DORN WILL BE CLOSED ON SHOW DAY, SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENEINCE (remember we are open until 6.30pm on Friday)
…and sometimes you get what you ask for, and then some. We were disappointed to see the forecast but on the other hand, the country was so desparate for a good soaking it was quite apt that it should bucket down on Open Farm Sunday. Despite the rain we had a good turnout, more than 130 came to look around the new cutting room, see the sheep shearing and the Glamrock piglets followed by a hotdog and a cream tea. Only one hardy group actually did the farm walk as far as we know, watch this space as we will open it up again in the next month or so when the weather looks a bit more settled. Caroline Drummond, LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) Cheif Executive popped in to see us along with 3 delegates from the Ulster Farmers’ Union; John Thompson (UFU President), Taryn Carlton and Kate Cairns. They are hoping to host a similar event in Northern Ireland in the summer, let’s hope thay have better weather than we did! Thanks to all our helpers on the day who needed a good hot bath to warm up again when they got home.
If you’d like to see behind the scenes of a working farm then give us a call to arrange a free farm visit. We can cater for groups of all ages (minimum 6 people, maximum about 30) and we can tailor the visit to suit each individual group. Give us a call to find out more…
On Sunday 12 June 2011, Old Farm near Moreton in Marsh will be opening its gates to the public for LEAF’s Open Farm Sunday. This annual event is a must for anyone interested in discovering how farmers produce our food, and the ways they care for our countryside too.
- Where: Old Farm, Dorn
1 mile North of Moreton-in-Marsh on Fosse Way (A429).
Turn left for Dorn and follow the signs…
Postcode for Sat Nav GL56 9NS
- When: 12 June 2011, 11am – 3pm
- Admission: FREE
We will be opening up on June 12th, 11am to 3pm for Open Farm Sunday, now in it’s 6th year. The theme this year is “Discover Life on Britain’s Farms”. Along with the farm walk, animals, machines, hot dogs and shearing, Garry our butcher will be demonstrating his knife skills in our new cutting room. Watch this space for more details. Entrance is free, dogs welcome, on leads please. We look forward to seeing you there…