A 300 acre mixed family farm with sheep, Hereford beef, Glamrock pigs, arable, horses, hens, farm shop, B&B and camping field. The farm is part of Batsford Estate and was used as the location for “Nigel and Adam’s Farm Kitchen” filmed for BBC1 in 2013.
Happy New Year, we are starting 2022 in typical retail fashion with a sale:
“3 for 2” on all flavoured frozen sausages
(offer does not include plain pork sausages or chipolatas)
There will be other offers in the bargain section too over the next few weeks, don’t forget to check them out!
Not much farm news this week, we had 2 new calves born over Christmas and will be having the sheep scanned in the next week or so to see what we can expect at lambing, our students from last year are booked in to come back to help which will make life a bit easier for us.
We’re not really big on New Year’s resolutions but if you’re looking for an easy one, don’t forget to have a look in our re-fill shed for our range of cleaning products from SESI and Green My Business and as an incentive we’ll give you 10% discount for the rest of January… (click here for a price list)
Simon has kindly offered to make up veg orders this year, take a look at the veg list and send through your order by e-mail, drop it into the shop or fill in an order form next time you come in. Forms need to be in by Saturday 11th December but don’t worry if you can’t place an order as we will have spare stock available.
It has been a busy year for turkey orders and we have 1 left in our allocation so first come first served. We do have spare cockerels, chickens, ducks, gammons, pork, beef, lamb, sausages etc. so don’t panic, I’m sure we can sort something out if needs be (and I might have ordered 1 or 2 spares).
Click here for our Christmas order page and opening times.
Fresh this week:
Sausages – Plain, Chipolatas, Gluten free, sausage meat
Pork chops, spare ribs & tenderloins
Pork loin, leg & shoulder joints
Chicken – whole birds, breast fillets, thighs
Bacon – back and streaky (smoked and plain)
and we are expecting our first mince pies of the season…
Getting into the Christmas spirit we have re-stocked the drinks department including Cotswold Distillery Christmas Gin, Bewdley Brewery “Bah Humbug” ruby ale and Cotswold Hills sparkling cans of wine, white and rose (I can highly recommend these!).
Our Christmas order form is now ready – go to the Christmas Orders 2021 page for all the details.
See how local you can make your Christmas this year, with turkeys from Lower Clopton, pigs in blankets from Old Farm and sprouts from Chipping Campden you’ll be off to a good start!
Plus we have Cotswold Hills sparkling wine, Cotswold Gin, Blacklion vodka, Burkes beers, Gorsehill Abbey Ice-cream, Holmleigh milk and cream, Netherend butter, Woodlands Farm yogurts, Kitchen Garden preserves, Le Petit Croissant bread as well as local cheeses, free range eggs from Burmington, stuffing mixes, bread sauce, smoked salmon…
Don’t forget to bring in your containers to re-fill your washing up liquid, laundry liquid and other cleaning products, see the shop page for the full list.
The weeks are whizzing by and we are getting on with all the autumn jobs. We’ve spread the muck and drilled the cover crops (stubble turnips to keep some ground cover over the winter as well as providing sheep feed when grass gets short). Hopefully we’ll be planting the winter wheat on Monday, the weather is looking good all next week. Our new apprentice Joe is settling in well and is a very welcome addition to our team. He is attending Hartpury College on Wednesdays for the formal part of his training and we provide the practical bits.
I will try and get the Christmas order form sorted soon, we don’t forsee any supply issues at Old Farm this Christmas but it may be a good idea to get your orders in earlier rather than later.
We are members of LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) – they have produced a simple guide showing how all of us can make a difference, whilst highlighting the positive actions in Farming that can help to tackle climate change – it explains a few of the things that we are doing at the farm to try and help… Climate change booklet
OK, so it’s never going to be big bucks and we’re hardly Alan Sugar but we are still looking for an apprentice to join us.
Enthusiastic person needed to work on our mixed farm. Successful applicant will gain experience with sheep, beef, pigs and arable as well as learning about other parts of the business including meat processing, retail, tourism and book-keeping (if interested!)
23rd July 2021
National Minimum Wage will be paid for any overtime hours.
Days and shifts to be confirmed.
Total hours per week: 30
Expected apprenticeship duration
Possible start date
01 Jul 2021
Intermediate Level Apprenticeship
Level 2 (GCSE)
What will the apprentice be doing?
- feeding and checking stock daily
- cleaning and bedding up stock pens
- husbandry tasks (eg. worming, dagging, foot trimming)
- tractor work
- meat processing/packing
- help in farm shop (re-stocking, serving customers)
- help with holiday accommmodation and camp site (cleaning/mowing grass)
What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?
- Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2)
- Hartpury College – 1 day a week in term time
- On the job training at Old Farm
- First Aid, PA1, PA6, Telescopic Handler (Hartpury)
- Health and Safety/Food Hygiene (on-line)
What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?
Our previous apprentice went on to a full time job on a 3000 acre estate.
Requirements and prospects
Desired skills and personal qualities
Communication skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Team working, Initiative, Patience, Physical fitness, Driving licence essential, Previous animal experience
Things to consider
We are a mixed working farm and have to work outside in all weathers. The role will include carrying bags of feed (20kg) and small bales of hay, catching sheep/turning them over & tractor driving. The candidate will also gain experience with pigs,cattle, alpacas, horses, arable work, meat processing/packing (sausages), retail & hospitality.
GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4) desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4) desired
We will be open as usual this Easter weekend – Friday and Saturday, 9.30am – 2.00pm.
Still taking orders for fresh lamb (chops, racks, half legs and half shoulders) and pork (loin and shoulder joints) with plenty of beef, sausages and burgers in the freezer…
I hope you didn’t suffer any damage in the storm last night, we just had a slight roofing issue on the grain barn but it’s looking a bit cooler and calmer over the weekend thank goodness.
Fresh this week:
Sausages – plain pork
Pork – Loin chops, spare ribs, belly,
tenderloins, leg & shoulder joints
Smoked salmon – sliced and trimmings
Cheeses – Somerset Brie, Oxford Blue, Barbers Cheddar, Dorset Red, Double Gloucester
Click here for Farm Shop stock list
(NB. not all items are in stock every week)
We still have a few Christmas items left in the freezer and some other items on special offer:
Barn reared cockerels £6.50/kg – 3.7kg, 4.5kg, 4.6kg
Free range turkey (half) – 4.3kg @ £35.00
Free range turkey crown – 3.6kg @ £50.00
Pork and apple burgers (4 pack) @ £2.00/pack
Pork and apple sausages (6 pack) @ £3.00/pack
Hog roast sausages (6 pack) @ £3.00pack – with pork, apple and sage (basically a pig roast in a sausage!)
Selected bacon (in the open chiller)- half price
Bacon bits and mis-shapes – buy one, get one free
Limited availability on some items so please let me know if you’d like anything reserved.
If you’re looking for some inspiration for your weekend menu the AHDB (Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board) have published some great recipes in the “The Ultimate Fakeaway Guide” and this week is Farmhouse Breakfast week, click here for some tasty ideas which to be honest, we’d eat at any time!!
As we go into another lockdown we’d like to remind you that we can be very flexible about shopping to minimise the risks. We are officially open on Fridays and Saturdays 9.30am to 2.00pm but are more than happy to arrange for you to come to the shop outside these hours or to arrange for a no-contact collection – see details below.
To see what we have available in the shop please go to current farm shop price list page. This is not a full list of what we have but it will give you an idea. We have added cheese, tinned tomatoes and flour (plain and self-raising) to our normal stock items and we have fresh veg in fro W R Haines every week. If there’s anything else you’d like to see on the shelves let me know and we’ll see what we can do.
Ways to buy:
1. Come to the shop during our opening hours (Fri/Sat, 9.30am – 2.00pm). We are operating a 1 in/1 out policy so please bear with us and we will be as quick as possible. Just wait outside (not too close to other customers) or in your car.
2. Make an appointment by phone (07846 980707) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) and come to the shop out of hours at a mutually convenient time.
3. If you are high risk or self isolating but are able to get to the shop then place your order, I will send an invoice via PayPal (no PayPal account required, just enter your card details), let me know when you are coming and I’ll leave your order out in a cool box outside the shop. I will disinfect these after each customer but it may be a good idea to wear gloves too.
4. We may be able to organise a delivery if you are really unable to get to Dorn…
We have added some extra items to the order form this year to try and help you prepare safely. Take a look at our Christmas page and get your orders in asap. We are only allowing one group (max 2 people) at a time in the shop and can offer out of hours collection if you just want to pre-order your shopping.
Stay safe and please get in touch if there’s anything we can do to help…
Sorry for lack of updates lately, we are in limbo waiting to get on with the harvest. So far we have managed to combine the peas and winter wheat, we just need to get the straw baled and get on with the spring barley and spring wheat. It will only take us 2 days to cut but at this rate we’re not sure when that will be! Simon still has about 10 days of combining for other people too so lets hope for some dry weather soon, luckily the combine we have now is on tracks rather than wheels which means he can still work even if the ground is a bit wet without compacting the soil.
On a positive note, all this rain has given us plenty of grass and the lambs and cattle are growing well. We have weaned the lambs to let the ewes recover so that they’ll be in good condition for tupping time in October. 3 sows have farrowed in the last couple of weeks (the piglets are at the farm if you want to come and see them), they would have been ready for us to take to our Farmtastic area at Moreton Show. There are still a few days left to enter the Moreton Show children’s competitions: Best Dressed Farmer, Guess the Balloons In Tractor, Farmtastic re-cycled & Vegetable Farm Animals. Entries need to be in by September 1st, check out the Moreton Show Facebook Page for more details and sorry, under 16s only!
Looking for something to do this weekend? Take a look at Joseph’s Amazing Camels, they are hosting a countryside show and camel racing extravaganza on Saturday 29th August, 12.00 – 5.00pm. Numbers will be limited so it may be a good idea to pre-book tickets, click here to go to their website for more information…
If you would like to help yourselves (during shop hours) we have apples, pears and damsons in the orchard. There are sheep, alpacas and a calf in the orchard who will be happy to see you but please use the foot-dip and wash any windfalls well! Come and see me in the shop first so I know you are there.
Fresh this week – sausages (plain & spicy dragons), gammon joints and steaks, bacon – smoked and plain.
Fresh next week – more sausages, pork chops and joints
To see what we have available in the shop please go to current farm shop price list page. This is not a full list of what we have but will give you an idea and I will update as stock becomes available or runs out.